Marcano rescues Central against Stars, after Glen super strike

Marcano rescues Central against Stars, after Glen super strike Central FC’s December/January window signing Jason Marcano is paying off high dividends for Head Coach, Englishman Terry Fenwick, but the same cannot be said for Antiguan forward Peter Byers.

On Saturday in the second match of a double header at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Marcano set up an equalizer before snatching the winner—all in a space of two minutes, following a super strike by North East Stars forward and former player of Fenwick at San Juan Jabloteh, Cornell Glen.

Central later held on to win the Round Two Match Day Seven Digicel Pro League contest 2-1, but remained fifth on the standings with 18 points, while the Stars are one spot higher in fourth with 20 points. Both teams remain with a match in hand against each other, but sits nowhere near leaders Defence Force (33 points) and second positioned Caledonia AIA (29 points). Meantime defending champions DIRECTV W Connection occupies third position with 25 points.

Glen, playing the hero role upfront for Stars’ Head Coach and former assistant to Fenwick at Jabloteh, Angus Eve, fired the Sangre Grande club ahead in the 23rd minute with probably the best goal this season.

The over-looked Trinidad and Tobago World Cup striker unleashed a left-footed blast from well outside the area to beat fully stretched goalkeeper Marvin Phillip into the roof of the net after turning past defender Fabien Lewis to meet Akiel Guevara’s long kick forward.

Ten minutes later Central midfielder Hayden Tinto was denied by the upright after teaming up with high profile forward Byers, who has just one goal since joining the ‘Sharks’ at the beginning of January. Byers remains less than a shadow of the player that played under Fenwick back in 2007 at Jabloteh, top-scoring in the league and having a good run in 2008 before moving to Montreal Impact midway through the season.

But in the 34th minute Marvin Oliver was clinical with a glancing header off a Marcano cross to beat his former Jabloteh teammate, goalkeeper Cleon John to level the scores.

And a minute later Marcano blasted Central ahead 2-1 from outside the area beating a fully sprawled John following a buildup involving Tinto and Byers.

North East Stars failed to recover despite pressing the Central and creating openings. Apart from a clear miss by Kerry Baptiste and having two penalty shouts waved on by referee Rashby McPhie, who ejected Eve for dissent following the second protest, North East Stars defender Glenton Wolfe was denied by goalkeeper Phiilip from close up when substitute Marcus Gomez played in a low cross.

Coming off an exciting weekend which saw Defence Force held 1-1 by T&TEC FC; Caledonia shake off St. Ann’s Rangers 4-2; and Connection dump Police 5-2, the league action continues on Wednesday with a rescheduled Round Two Match Day Six fixture between Rangers and Police from 6pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

North East Stars 1—2 Central FC
Cornell Glen 23’  ;  Marvin Oliver 34’, Jason Marcano 35’

North East Stars—Cleon John(gk)(capt.), Kareem Moses, Kerry Baptiste(Marcus Gomez 64th minute)(Yellow Card), Kevon Villaroel, Jeromie Williams, Cornell Glen, Akiel Guevara(Micah Lewis 54th minute), Kaashif Thomas(Keithy Simpson 72nd minute), Glenton Wolfe, Kennedy Hinkson, Keryn Navarro

Coach—Angus Eve

Central FC—Marvin Phillip(gk)(capt.), Omar Charles(Yellow Card), Hayden Tinto(Darrell Mitchell 60th minute), Anthony Wolfe(Yellow Card), Marvin Oliver, Peter Byers, Justin Fojo, Carey Harris, Jason Marcano, Fabien Lewis, Jameel Neptune

Coach—Terry Fenwick


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