W Connection stumble facing of Progreso

W Connection FC got their math and their shooting wrong as they turned three points into one when action in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League continued on Thursday night. The Savonetta Boys were at home in the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva when they met Honduras Progreso in their second Group Stage match of the Confederation Club Championship and if possession, skill, style and flair won matches, Stuart Charles-Fevrier and his men would have easily taken the contest but instead they have to be content with a 1-1 draw which leaves the TT Pro League outfit with little chance of securing a quarterfinal spot following their opening loss to Mexican powerhouse Pumas UNAM, who now look a safe bet for capturing the lone place into the next round.

W Connection started well in front of a decent crowd at the Ato Boldon as they looked dangerous early in the contest, with the likes of Malik St. Prix and Dimitrie Apai causing problems up-top, while Hughton Hector was masterful in midfield. National coach Stephen Hart must have been pleased with Hector's output as the Connection Captain weaved and passed his way through Progreso with grace and precision.

When the opening goal came in the 33rd minute it was no surprise that it came in favour of W Connection, such was the level of domination which was finally rewarded with a neat finished by St. Prix after clever work by Apai. More goals seem certain in the first period because of the output of those two along with Hector and the occasional bullet from Alvin Jones but 1-0 was the half time score. Five minutes after the break an ominous silence fell over the arena when Angel Tejeda converted what could only be describe as a "debatable penalty" awarded by American referee Baldomero Toledo to make it 1-1. Although the Hondurans did force Julani Archibald to make some saves, it was Connection who failed to make the most of their opportunities with the easiest chance falling to veteran Andre Toussaint who had an uncharacteristic misfire in front of goal. Briel Thomas also had opportunities for glory but his efforts only found the night sky. W Connection will next travel to Honduras on September 29 for the return fixture.

Highlights Courtesy: CONCACAF

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