Jabloteh wins 11-goal affair against Rangers; Point Fortin's Bevon Bass scores injury-time winner against Stars

Point Fortin Civic midfielder Bevon BassSan Juan Jabloteh’s Kerry Baptiste and St. Ann's Rangers’ Clevon Mc Fee both had hat-tricks on Friday night in Round One Match Day Two of the Digicel Pro League, but altogether their goals were dwarfed by a single injury time strike by Point Fortin Civic's Bevon Bass which erupted the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Jabloteh had earlier defeated Rangers 6-5 in an incredible comeback, but when Bass' 92nd minute strike against North East Stars in the second match of the double-header grabbed a 1-0 Point Fortin win, it was a Carnival atmosphere among nearly 2,000 supporters.

One of the many females that made the long trip from deep south to north Trinidad on Friday, shouted, "No one is going to beat Point Fortin!"

"This was a good game. It was a good performance by both teams," said a male supporter, who also made the long journey to Port of Spain.

It was indeed an intense match between Stars, coached by Angus Eve, and Point Fortin, coached by Reynold Carrington, both coming off Match Day One victories last weekend against Caledonia AIA, 3-0, and Police FC, 4-1, respectfully.

And although it lacked goals, it had all the attributes of a final. The engagement of a very noisy crowd complemented the contest. Even match referee Chevon Wilson wasn't spared by the crowd in disagreement to some of his calls.

Goalless it was by the final minute of regulation time, after solid defending on either end, but in the second of three minutes added on, everything changed.

The Stars had a freekick swung in from the left by wing-back Kevon Villaroel which was collected by Anthony Wolfe inside the area but he was denied by goalkeeper Marvin Phillip.

And on a quick counterattack, Point Fortin substitutes Sylvester Teesdale and Bass combined on the right, and the later broke the deadlock after getting behind the defense to finish superbly into goalkeeper Cleon John's far netting for the 1-0 win.

"I felt overjoyed," said Carrington on his feelings following the Bass item. "It took me back some years. I felt as if Trinidad (and Tobago) qualified for the World Cup again.

"...after the guys worked so hard, I just didn't want them go home without anything.

"We could have settled for just a point, but getting everything was tremendous."

Point Fortin Civic Head Coach Reynold CarringtonCarrington, a former T&T and W Connection midfielder, and one of three (Jabloteh's Keith Jeffrey and Rangers' Gilbert Bateau the others) debuting head coaches this season, has one early concern though.

"As we move along I just want us to be careful we don't become complacent and overconfident.

"The games will be hard, but I always know that once the players come with the right attitude, they will be successful."

Carrington, who had an assistant coaching stint at Connection and coaching roles at various national youth teams coaching stints, and is a former national teammate of Eve, added, "[Tonight's] match was a more intense than our first game. We had our way in that game (against Police). But this team (North East Stars) being under Angus Eve, will be a better coached team, and better quality players and so on.

"We knew it would have been tougher for us, but what's important for us, is the three points."

Eve's former club, Jabloteh, was merrier in a game of loose defending and eleven goals.

Jabloteh announced its return to the league, after a one-year hiatus, with a compelling 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Rangers.

Former T&T international Baptiste marked his return to San Juan club, which he served between 2003 and 2006, with three of his team's six items.

The 2009 TT Pro League/Toyota Player of the Year rediscovered old form with a simple tap in past goalkeeper Akil Clarke for a 1-0 advantage in the 12th minute on a second attempt.

Rangers forward, Mc Fee, then momentarily stole the show with a first half hat-trick.

First from a deflected set piece in the 15th minute, Mc Fee defeated goalkeeper Keston Malchan to level the score 1-1.

A snap at spectators reacting to Bevon Bass' injury time goal against North East StarsHe then made it 2-1 in the 23rd minute by blasting past Malchan from the top of the area after he was picked out by right winger Qian Grosvenor.

The Rangers captain then completed his hat-trick by the 30th minute with a strike from inside the area for a promising 3-1 advantage.

Mc Fee, who found the back of the net again in the 36th minute but from an offside position, found the side netting a minute later.

And by the 43rd minute teammate Kennedy Isles was making repeated flips in celebrating a goal of his own and a comforting 4-1 Rangers' lead before the break.

But Baptiste, who captains his side, added his second item five minutes inside the second period for what turned out the start of a Jabloteh comeback, 4-2 the score.

Rangers' Kerron Cummings had a free-kick gloved behind for a corner in the 57th minute, and in the 63rd minute the talented midfielder had a crack from distance just overbar following a neat buildup by Rangers, but that didn't quell Jabloteh’s plans.

In the 65th minute Rennie Britto, a former Ma Pau, W Connection and Central FC winger, further reduced the deficit 3-4 when he guided in a Baptiste pass to beat Clarke.

Britto later returned the assist with a cross in the 69th minute and Baptiste was clean on the control before blasting past Clarke to level the scores 4-4.

Jabloteh were back in front by the 78th minute with a 5-4 lead thanks to a blast into the roof of the net by Britto, getting to his double. And by the 83rd minute, it was 6-4, when a well executed Shane Hospidales' free-kick, following a foul on Baptiste just outside the area, defeated the wall and goalkeeper Clarke.

Two minutes from time Rangers' substitute Michael Yaw Darko, who was denied by Malchan in the 83rd minute, pulled a goal back for the 6-5 final score.

San Juan Jabloteh 6 - 5 St. Ann's Rangers
Kerry Baptiste 12', 50', 69' Rennie Britto 65', 78', Shane Hospidales 83'  ;  Clevon Mc Fee 15', 23', 30', Kennedy Isles 43', Michael Yaw Darko 88'

San Juan Jabloteh - 1. Keston Malchan (G), 10. Kerry Baptiste (C), 7. Rennie Britto, 18. Jevon Morris, 6. Dario Holmes, 13. Savion Kirton(17. Kerry Daniel 41st minute), 22. Shane Hospidales, 16. Nyron Jones(21. Lemuel Lyons 46th minute), 19. Dillon Kirton, 20. Kevon Piper, 12. Jamal Spencer

Unused substitutes - 30. Jessie Peters (G), 14. Shaquille Bertrand, 9. Jelani Felix, 26. Keino Goodridge, 25. Alfie James

Coach - Keith Jeffrey

St. Ann's Rangers - 1. Akil Clarke (G), 7. Clevon Mc Fee (C), 4. Jelani Peters, 8. Joel Whiteman, 9. Conrad Smith, 10. Kerron Cummings, 13. Caleb Sturge, 16. Kennedy Isles(14. Michael Yaw Darko 66th minute), 19. Akim Ash, 20. Qian Grosvenor(5. Duran Dilworth 77th minute), 23. Dwane James

Unused substitutes - 2. Marcus Roberts, 11. Jumol Harewood, 18. Jemel Berot, 25. Terrence Lewis, 27. Jelani Grosvenor

Coach - Gilbert Bateau

North East Stars 0 - 1 Point Fortin Civic
  ; Bevon Bass 92'

North East Stars - 22. Cleon John (G)(C), 2. Kareem Moses, 3. Kevon Villaroel, 5. Aquil Selby, 6. Jeromie Williams(12. Jayson Joseph 83rd minute), 8. Micah Lewis, 11. Anthony Wolfe, 18. Kaashif Thomas(17. Andres Cabrero Gomez 64th minute), 20. Trevin Caesar(36. Marcus Gomez 60th minute), 23. Kennedy Hinkson, 25. Keryn Navarro

Unused substitutes - 1. Stephan Berkeley (G), 7. Elijah Manners, 9. Akiel Guevara, 19. Glenton Wolfe

Coach - Angus Eve

Point Fortin Civic - 1. Marvin Phillip (G), 6. Kelvin Modeste, 2. Garyl Doldron, 3. Lyndon Diaz, 4. Wesley John (Yellow Card), 5. Andre Ettienne, 17. Glen Sutton, 19. Andre Pacheco(20. Sylvester Teesdale 60th minute), 10. Marcus Joseph, 9. Matthew Bartholomew (Yellow Card)(14. Bevon Bass 65th minute), 11. Andre Toussaint(15. Keron Neptune 57th minute)

Unused substitutes - 22. Akini Adams (G), 29. Kevin Rouse, 18. Akeem Redhead, 21. Andre Alexis

Coach - Reynold Carrington

2013-2014 Digicel Pro League
Round One Match Day Two fixtures
Saturday 21 September 2013
Ato Boldon Stadium
W Connection vs Police FC—5pm
Central FC vs Caledonia AIA—7pm