Rangers win and Police rally to hold Jabloteh in 6-goal thriller

Coach Angus Eve proving why he is the appropriate fit at St. Ann’s Rangers.
Friday 27 November 2015

Last season it took St. Ann’s Rangers all of the 24 Digicel Pro League games before registering a win in the final match-day. But this this season, under the guidance of new coach Angus Eve, Rangers are celebrating a win and last term’s 5-point tally by their fourth league outing.

Experienced forward Sayid Freitas scored a first half brace to steer Rangers to a 2-1 victory over Morvant Caledonia United (MCU) in the first game of a double-header at the Hasely Crawford Stadium last night.

Then in the second game, a late double within a space of three minute from Police FC attacking midfielder Makesi Lewis saw the Lawmen battle back to a 3-3 draw with San Juan Jabloteh.

Jabloteh, who must tackle Defence Force in Sunday’s Toyota Classic semi-final round, had a 2-0 advantage into the break after netting early on within a space of seven minutes.

Even a double on the night from former Trinidad and Tobago Under-23 forward Jamal Gay, Jabloteh allowed maximum points to slip away.

Gay opened the scoring for Jabloteh in the 7th minute when he smashed a heeled Nathan Lewis pass into the roof of goalkeeper Adrian Foncette’s net.

The Keith Jeffrey-coached Jabloteh then doubled the advantage on the 13th minute when Lewis went from provider to scorer with a neat chip over an advancing Foncette from inside the box.

But a 25-yard rocket of a free-kick by Police captain Todd Ryan which cannoned off the far upright on the 45th minute signalled what was to follow in the second period.

Jabloteh were lucky not to concede an own goal in the 63rd minute when an attempted headed clearance by Aquil Selby sent the ball skidding off the top of goalkeeper Shemel Louison’s crossbar.

Police forward Kareem Freitas (#10) during the First Citizens Cup against Central FC.

Police finally pulled a goal back five minutes later through Kareem Freitas, the younger brother of Rangers' double scorer Sayid Freitas.

Freitas (K) sent a low strike into Louison’s far bottom corner to reduce the deficit 1-2 following a free-kick into the area and short feed.

But Gay, showing good composure after latching onto a long ball forward by Caleb Sturge before attacking the area, executed a simple finish past Foncette on the 79th minute to restore Jabloteh’s two-goal lead with a 3-1 score.

Gay, who failed score on a golden opportunity in the 24th minute after Foncette got his glove to a Kaashif Thomas strike, failed to complete a hat-trick in the 83rd minute when he rolled an effort inches wide of the far post.

Jabloteh’s rued chances, including a stoppage-time effort from Jevon Morris which flew inches over, would stand to haunt the San Juan club in the end.

Makesi Lewis on the other end had stolen the show with a brilliant double, netting in the 85th and 87th minutes, to level Police 3-3, a result that kept coach Richard Hood’s side in fourth position with 6 points while Jabloteh on 4 points remained seventh.

Rangers meanwhile jumped three spots up the standings into fifth, an unfamiliar position for the side that finished bottom of the standings in recent years.

Freitas gave Rangers a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute when he converted from the spot, beating Caledonia goalkeeper Marvin Phillip after referee Keon Yorke awarded the penalty for a tackle by Shaquille Edwards which sent Sedale Mc Lean to ground inside the right of the area.

The 33-year-old former Police FC forward then completed his double on the 20th minute to give Rangers a 2-0 cushion.

Kevon Piper whipped in a perfect delivery from the right, and Freitas blasted in a left-footer on the second bite after Phillip’s outstretched arm got in the way of the forward’s initial attempt.

Freitas missed to later chances before the break, heading overbar from a right side Richard Williams’ free-kick in the 37th minute and seconds later hitting a right-footer wide.

But in the end, like a second half strike in Rangers’ only win last season achieved against Defence Force 2-1, his two goals on Thursday night proved vital for the St. Ann’s club after Caledonia pulled back a goal five minutes into the second period.

Caledonia, who had two failed attempts from Densill Theobald in the first half, got their item on the 50th minute when Sheldon Holder executed a cool finish past goalkeeper Christopher Biggette after Kennedy Isles’ cross from the right slipped through the defence.

In the end Caledonia remained winless after four league games and occupies ninth place with one point, the same as cellar-positioned Club Sando.

Digicel Pro League 2015-16
Round One Match Day Four results
Tuesday at the Ato Boldon Stadium
Club Sando 1 (Teba Mc Knight 75’) vs Defence Force 4 (Ross Russll Jr. 53’, 88’, Devorn Jorsling. 64’, Kerry Joseph 72’); at the Ato Boldon Stadium

Central FC 1
 (Willis Plaza 22’) vs W Connection 1 (Briel Thomas 88’); at the Ato Boldon Stadium

Tuesday at Mahaica Oval
Point Fortin Civic 1
 (Kerwin Stafford 62’) vs North East Stars 2 (Keron Cummings 35’, Jomoul Francois 75’); at Mahaica Oval

Current Digicel Pro League 2015-16 standings

Rank

Team

MP

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Pts

1

North East Stars

4

3

1

0

10

6

4

10

2

Defence Force

4

2

2

0

8

4

4

8

3

Central FC

4

2

2

0

7

3

4

8

4

Police FC

4

1

3

0

10

9

1

6

5

St. Ann’s Rangers

4

1

2

1

6

6

0

5

6

W Connection

4

0

4

0

3

3

0

4

7

San Juan Jabloteh

4

1

1

2

5

7

-2

4

8

Point Fortin Civic

4

1

1

2

3

5

-2

4

9

Morvant Caledonia

4

0

1

3

4

7

-3

1

10

Club Sando

4

0

1

3

3

9

-6

1



Thursday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium
Morvant Caledonia United 1
 (Sheldon Holder 50’) vs St. Ann’s Rangers 2 (Sayid Freitas 16’ penalty, 20’)

Police FC 3 (Kareem Freitas 68’, Makesi Lewis 85’, 87’) vs San Juan Jabloteh 3 (Jamal Gay 7’, 79’, Nathan Lewis 13’)

Teams at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Thursday
Game One
Morvant Caledonia United
: 1.Marvin Phillip (GK), 4.Ordelle Flemming, 10.Sheldon Holder, 12.Kareem Joseph, 13.Kyle Bartholomew (20.Jamaal Harvey 76th minute), 14.Kennedy Isles (Yellow Card) (24.Gregory President 76th minute), 15.Otev Lawrence (Yellow Card), 18.Akeem Roach, 21.Densill Theobald (Yellow Card), 22.Jameel Neptune, 23.Shaquille Edwards (11.Abdallah Phillips 33th minute)

Unused substitutes: 3.Ranaldo Bailey, 5.Daniel Whyte, 29.Kareem Knights, 30.Anthony Whyte (GK)

Coach: Jerry Moe

St. Ann's Rangers: 22.Christopher Biggette (GK), 2.Shakiyl Phillip, 4.Jelani Peters (Yellow Card), 7.Sedale Mc Lean, 8.Kevon Piper, 14.Jemel Berot (9.Keron Cornwall 60th minute), 16.Richard Williams, 17.Kadeem Hutchinson (11.Josh Toussaint 79th minute) (Yellow Card), 18.Trevin Latapy (6.Shaquille Moses 68th minute), 19.Rasheed Simon, 23.Sayid Freitas(Capt.),

Unused substitutes: 1.Stefan Berkeley (GK), 5.Miguel Romeo, 12.Darius Ollivierra, 21.Keon Peters

Coach: Angus Eve

Match Referee: Keon Yorke

Game Two
Police FC
: 1.Adrian Foncette (GK), 2.Jasimar Ashers, 6.Jibri Mc David (Yellow Card), 9.Makasi Lewis, 10.Kareem Freitas, 14.Kaaron Foster (18.Dylon King 79th minute),  19.Christon Thomas, 20.Elijah Belgrave, 21.Todd Ryan (Capt.), 12.Kevin Joel Lewis (15.Jameel Perry 66th minute), 17.Nequon Caruth

Unused substitutes: 22.Keion Paul, 5.Anton Hutchinson, 7.Wendell Joseph, 13.Ricardo Peltier, 11.Kadeem Riley 

Coach: Richard Hood

San Juan Jabloteh: 35.Shemel Louison (GK), 5.Rickcardo Harriott, 7.Jamal Gay, 10.Tyrone Charles (12.Jordan Devonish 77th minute), 27.Nathan Lewis, 18.Jevon Morris (Capt.) (Yellow Card), 13.Fabian Reid (Yellow Card) (23.Kennedy Hinkson 79th minute), 21.Aquil Selby, 16.Kaashif Thomas (17.Josiah Trimmingham 76th minute), 22.Caleb Sturge (Yellow Card), 4.Garth Thomas

Unused substitutes: 36.Raheem Belgrave (GK), 8.Keyon Edwards, 15.Jerome Mc Intrye 

Coach: Keith Jeffrey

Match Referee: Gyasi Mc Dona

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