Central restores 6-point DPL lead with 1-0 win over Caledonia

'Couva Sharks' undefeated in seven consecutive league games

Central FC midfielder Ataulla Guerra, second from left, celebrates scoring against Point Fortin Civic from the penalty spot during the First Citizens Cup in October.
Wednesday 28 January 2015

Ato Boldon Stadium, COUVA – Ataulla Guerra converted from the penalty spot on Wednesday to earn leaders Central FC a 1-0 win over Caledonia AIA in their Round Two Match Day Three clash of the Digicel Pro League championship.

The win restored Central's six-point lead – now with 8-2-1, 26 points – ahead of second positioned and defending champions DIRECTV W Connection (6-2-2, 20 points).

Also with Wednesday's win, the Zoran Vranes-coached Central celebrated their fourth consecutive win in seven straight undefeated league outings.

While the Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Guerra celebrated his seventh goal of the DPL this season to tie with goal scoring leader Kerry Baptiste.

Guerra, from the spot in the 27th minute, struck the ball to the left of goalkeeper Shemel Louison, and although the Grenada international 'keeper got glove to the ball, it wasn't enough to stop the ball from entering the net as Central partied a 1-0 advantage.

Referee Keilon Bacchus had awarded Central the penalty after Jameel Neptune bundled Jason Marcano to ground in an attempt to deny the midfielder a shooting opportunity from close up.

It wasn't until the 81st minute, however, that Guerra had an opening against his former employers but dragged his right footed effort wide of the far post.

Half hour earlier Central defensive signing, Jamaica international Upston Edwards, had an excellent chance of scoring on debut but the 25-year-old headed over bar from Jason Marcano's left side corner.

Caledonia, led by assistant coach Jerry Moe in absence of technical director/head coach Jamaal Shabazz, did well to limit Central but failed to take advantage of their rare scoring opportunities.

Guyana international Pernell Schultz had the seventh placed Caledonia (3-2-5, 11 points) best chances in the first half but was denied by goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams in the 6th, 32nd and 38th minutes.

Shabazz, currently on international duty with the Guyana national team preparing to face Barbados in a friendly on February 1, will also be absent for Caledonia's Round Two Match Day Four fixture against third placed Defence Force (5-2-3, 17 points) on Friday 30 January from 8 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

Earlier on Friday fourth placed North East Stars (5-2-4, 17 points) will take on fifth placed Play Whe San Juan Jabloteh (4-4-3, 16 points) from 6 pm at the Couva venue.

The action continues on Saturday when cellar placed St. Ann’s Rangers (0-1-10, 1 point) meet W Connection from 3:30 pm at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, and on Sunday with sixth placed Police (3-5-3, 14 points) against Central from 6 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

Digicel Pro League 2014-2015
Round Two Match Day Three results

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Caledonia AIA 0 vs Central FC 1 (Ataulla Guerra 27' pen)

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Point Fortin Civic 1 (Andre Toussaint 17') vs San Juan Jabloteh 2 (Kerry Baptiste 3', Adrian Reid 83')

Police FC 2 (Todd Ryan 61' pen, 80' pen) vs St. Ann's Rangers 1 (Sedale Mc Lean 29')

North East Stars 0 vs W Connection 1 (Jerrel Britto 31')

Upcoming Round Two Match Day Four fixtures

Friday 30 January 2015

Ato Boldon Stadium

North East Stars vs San Juan Jabloteh—6 pm

Caledonia AIA vs Defence Force—8 pm

Saturday 31 January 2015

Mannie Ramjohn Stadium

St. Ann's Rangers vs W Connection—3:30 pm

Sunday 01 February 2015
Ato Boldon Stadium

Police FC vs Central FC—6 pm

Wednesday's Teams at the Ato Boldon Stadium

Caledonia AIA: 1.Shemel Louison (GK), 8.Keron Bethelmy (4.Conrod Smith 90th minute), 18.Trayon Bobb, 10.Hayden Tinto (26.Nicholas Mercano 65th minute), 12.Kareem Joseph (C), 9.Keyon Edwards, 16.Pierre Hitner, 28.Pernell Schultz (32.Kyle Bartholomew 80th minute), 5.Cristoper Mejia, 22.Jameel Neptune, 23.Jamil Joseph

Unused substitutes: 31.Kyle Adams, 60.D'Eandre Villaroel (GK)

Coach: Jerry Moe

Central FC: 29.Upston Edwards, 45.Ataulla Guerra (19.Nathaniel Garcia 83rd minute), 21.Jan-Michael Williams (GK), 12.Jamal Jack, 7.Jason Marcano (77.Rundell Winchester 87th minute), 15.Kaydion Gabriel, 8.Sean de Silva (C) (11.Sean de Silva 77th minute), 33.Willis Plaza, 4.Uriah Bentick, 2.Elton John, 17.Marcelle Francois

Unused substitutes: 30.Akel Clarke (GK), 99.Dwight Quintero, 14.Jean-Luc Rochford, 24.Kevon Villaroel

Coach: Zoran Vranes