Nathan Lewis scores Jabloteh winner but Sando defeat Couva Sharks for top-four finish

Photo: Nathan Lewis left in action for San Juan Jabloteh during the 2017 Caribbean Club Championship.

San Juan Jabloteh, for a second time in four days, surfaced winners in a goal rush when they edged hosts Point Fortin Civic 5-4 at the Mahaica Oval on Saturday.

Kennedy Hinkson and Sean Bonval, scorer in a 4-3 win over Police FC last Wednesday in Barataria, both led Jabloteh’s clawback with a double each against Civic before Trinidad and Tobago international Nathan Lewis snatched the visitors’ winner with his tenth goal in all competitions this season.

Club Sando (27 points), however, have virtually secured a top-four finish — an improvement from last season — with an earlier 2-0 win over Central FC at Larry Gomes Stadium on Saturday, while Jabloteh, the 2017 Caribbean Club Championship runners-up, who must face new Pro League champions North East Stars on the closing day (Tuesday) from 6pm at the Arima Velodrome, can possibly finish fifth.

Pro League 2017 standings

#

Team

MP

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

 

1

North East Stars

17

12

4

1

37

12

25

40

 

2

W Connection

17

10

3

4

33

18

15

33

 

3

Defence Force

17

9

3

5

27

20

7

30

 

4

Club Sando

17

8

5

4

28

16

12

29

 

5

San Juan Jabloteh

17

7

2

8

24

31

-7

23

 

6

Morvant Caledonia

17

5

4

8

18

21

-3

19

 

7

Point Fortin Civic

17

5

3

9

19

29

-10

18

 

8

Police FC

17

4

5

8

22

27

-5

17

 

9

Central FC

17

4

5

8

21

30

-9

17

 

10

St. Ann’s Rangers

17

2

4

11

12

37

-25

10

 


Keyon Edwards and Josiah Trimmingham scored beyond the hour mark to earn Sando a victory at the expense of the ninth-positioned Couva Sharks’ eight league loss from 17 outings in the truncated season.

Later, Civic, an improving side hoping to also finish in an improved position, were in control against Jabloteh early on but allowed a three-goal cushion to slip after double-scorer Jared Bennett’s opener and a goal each from Akinola Gregory and Jabari Mitchell all within the first half hour.

Civic, seventh on the standings, will host cellar-placed MIC-IT St. Ann’s Rangers from 6pm on Tuesday in their final game, while Central will simultaneously host Police FC at the Ato Boldon Stadium before second-positioned W Connection, poised to celebrate a return to CONCACAF qualifying, tackles Morvant Caledonia United from 8pm at the Couva venue.

Defence Force, with the furthest of mathematical chances at upstaging Connection, will kick off the final day against Club Sando from 3:30pm at the training field of the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Trinidad and Tobago Pro League 2017
Round Two Match Day Eight results

(Saturday 25 November 2017)

Club Sando 2 (Keyon Edwards 69’, Josiah Trimmingham 78’) vs Central FC 0, at Larry Gomes Stadium;

San Juan Jabloteh 5 (Kennedy Hinkson 40’, 51’, Sean Bonval 60’, 72’, Nathan Lewis 70’) vs Point Fortin Civic 4 (Jared Bennet 5’, 47’, Akinola Gregory 22’, Jabari Mitchell 28’), at Barataria Oval.

(Friday 24 November 2017)

Morvant Caledonia United 3 (Sheldon Holder 30’, Simeon Bailey 73’, Sedale Mc Lean 90’+2) vs St. Ann’s Rangers 0, Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Police FC 0 vs North East Stars 1 (Keston George 75’), at Ato Boldon Stadium;

Defence Force 2 (Devorn Jorsling 16’, Shaquille Bertrand 90’+3) vs W Connection 1 (Neil Benjamin Jr. 75’), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Upcoming
Round Two Match Day Nine

(Tuesday 28 November 2017)

Defence Force vs Club Sando, 3:30pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium (outside field);

North East Stars vs San Juan Jabloteh, 6pm, Arima Velodrome;

Point Fortin Civic vs St. Ann’s Rangers, 6pm, Mahaica Oval;

Central FC vs Police FC, 6pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

W Connection vs Morvant Caledonia United, 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.