Caledonia hands Jabloteh a reality check

'San Juan Kings' suffer second consecutive league defeat; Cale' jumps second

San Juan Jabloteh shown receiving their 2014 Toyota Classic trophy on Friday 12 December after defeating Point Fortin Civic for the crown.
Wednesday 17 December 2014

Hasely Crawford Stadium, PORT OF SPAIN—Play Whe San Juan Jabloteh, fresh from their 2014 Toyota Classic crowning on Friday night, fell to a 4-1 defeat against neighbouring rivals Caledonia AIA on Tuesday in Round One Match Day Seven of the 2014-2015 Digicel Pro League (DPL).

It was the second consecutive DPL loss for the Keith Jeffrey-coached Jabloteh, which suffered a 4-0 defeat against Central FC a week ago at the same venue before landing the club's first title in six years, last Friday, with a 4-2 penalty win over Point Fortin Civic after a 1-1 draw.

Jabloteh were pulled back down to reality twice in the first half after Caledonia's Nathan Lewis and Kareem Joseph found the back of the net in the 20th and 26th minutes respectively for a 2-0 score.

Jabloteh's troubles worsen in the second half as Caledonia moved two places up the DPL standings into second with 11 points—one point ahead of defending champions DIRECTV W Connection (10 points) and two points shy of leaders Central FC (13 points).

Caledonia attacker Pernell Schultz defeated goalkeeper Shane Mattis from the penalty spot in the 56th minute to make it 3-0 after he was brought in the box by Garth Thomas.

And in the 59th minute Jabloteh defender Dario Holmes' back pass defeated his own goalie in favour of Caledonia—celebrating a 4-0 lead—with an own goal.

Jabloteh finally pulled a goal back in the 64th minute through substitute forward Johan Peltier, following an excellent build-up, however it only amounted to a consolation item in the 4-1 result.

In the second match of the double header, Point Fortin Civic visited Defence Force at the Port of Spain venue and took away one point in a 1-1 draw.

Defence Force midfielder Jerwyn Balthazar and forward Richard Roy were both denied by the frame in the 28th and 34th minutes respectively before Roy directed in Jemel Sebro's right side cross past goalkeeper Marvin Phillip for a 1-0 advantage seconds into the second period.

Civic, in search of the equalising item, saw defender Kevin Rouse head wide of an open net in the 51st minute and defender Weslie John denied in the 80th minute by an excellent Sheldon Clarke save.

But in the 81st minute Civic got the levelling item courtesy an own goal when Defence Force defender Glynn Franklyn's attempt to clear a dangerous cross, only sliced the ball into his own net for the 1-1 score.

Sharing the spoils, Defence Force, now tied with 7 points along with North East Stars, remains seventh, while Civic, now with 5 points, continues to occupy eight position ahead of bottom of the table St. Ann's Rangers (1 point).

On Thursday, Round One Match Day Seven continues with third positioned W Connection against fourth positioned Police from 6 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium, followed by North East Stars, sixth on the standings, against top of the table Central FC from 8 pm, closing off the year for the Christmas break. The DPL will resume on January 9.

Digicel Pro League 2014-2015
Round One Match Day Seven
Tuesday’s Results at the Hasely Crawford Stadium
Caledonia AIA 4 (Nathan Lewis 20', Kareem Joseph 26', Pernell Schultz 56', own goal Dario Holmes 59') vs San Juan Jabloteh 1 (Johan Peltier 64')

Defence Force 1 (Richard Roy 46') vs Point Fortin Civic 1 (own goal Glynn Franklyn 81')

Upcoming Round One Match Day Seven Matches
Thursday 18 December 2014
W Connection vs Police FC—6 pm
Central FC vs North East Stars—8 pm

Tuesday's Teams

Caledonia AIA: 1. Shemel Louison (GK), 2. Taylor Benjamin (7. Stephan David 76th minute), 4. Conrod Smith (31. Kyle Adams 77th minute), 5. Cristoper Mejia, 9. Keyon Edwards, 10. Hayden Tinto (32. Kyle Bartholomew 85th minute), 12. Kareem Joseph, 16. Pierre Hitner, 22. Jameel Neptune, 27. Nathan Lewis, 28. Pernell Schultz

Unused substitutes: 13. Julian Wade, 14. Keon Russell, 15. Franz Husbands, 33. Zane Coker (GK)

Coach: Jamaal Shabazz

San Juan Jabloteh: 30. Shane Mattis (GK), 11. Bryan Baliss (9. Johan Peltier 57th minute), 13. Coneal Thomas, 18. Jevon Morris, 4. Garth Thomas, 6. Dario Holmes, 19. Dillon Kirton (22. Calib Sturge) 14. Shaquille Bertrand, 15. Duran Dilworth (3. Brent Sam), 7. Andell Noray, 17. Fabian Reid

Unused substitutes: 36. Raheem Belgrave (GK), 16. Nyron Jones, 23. Brendon Figuera, 25. Troy Moses

Coach: Keith Jeffrey

Defence Force: 25. Sheldon Clarke (GK), 2. Glynn Franklyn, 3. Keston Williams, 4. Dave Long (10. Josimar Belgrave 66th minute, 8. Curtis Gonzales, 12. Jemel Sebro, 17. Ross Russell Jr., 21. Aklie Edwards (11. Akeem Roach 68th minute), 22. Jamali Garcia, 26. Richard Roy (9. Devorn Jorsling 74th minute), 99. Jerwyn Balthazar

Unused substitutes: 16. Kellon Serrette, 18. Sean Narcis, 23. Kerry Joseph, 28. Andre Marchan

Coach: Ross Russell

Point Fortin Civic: 1. Marvin Phillip (GK), 4. Weslie John, 5. Andre Ettienne, 2. Garyl Doldron (13. Tevin Balfor78th minute), 23. Kevin Rouse, 6. Akeem Redhead (3.Steven Joseph 65th minute), 7. Kelvin Modeste, 19. Andre Pacheco, 12. Glenn Sutton, 11. Andre Toussaint, 20. Jamile Boatswain (21. Andre Alexis 65th minute)

Unused substitutes: 24. Miguel Payne (GK), 16. Ancil Wells, 17. Keswin Goolie, 15. Rondell Paul

Coach: Reynold Carrington