Defence Force and Central in final push to secure a CFU Club Championship spot

Pro League CEO laud clubs for competitiveness

Defence Force players during last Friday's 4-3 penalty win over Point Fortin Civic following a 2-2 draw in the quarter-final round of the 2014 Digicel Pro Bowl at the Ato Boldon Stadium

Monday 12 May, 2014

The attention is now on Defence Force and Central FC, as both clubs, against separate opponents on Tuesday 13 May, will try to secure a second position finish in the 2013-2014 Digicel Pro League and qualify for next season’s Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship.

Defence Force, second on the standings with 45 points, stands with the best chance of securing the final of two CFU spots.

A draw or win against San Juan Jabloteh from 9 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Round Three Match Day Nine will concrete coach Ross Russell’s side’s position behind league champions W Connection to represent Trinidad and Tobago in Caribbean Club Championship next year.

While Central FC, with 42 points and a superior goal difference over Defence Force, must defeat St. Ann’s Rangers, when they clash from 9 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium, and hope for a slip by the soldiers against Jabloteh if they were to finish second.

Connection, who secured the league crown, the $1,000,000 winners’ prize, and their CFU spot on the penultimate day, will wrap up its 2013-2014 league fixtures against Caledonia AIA from 7 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

Central and Defence Force are also aiming for the best finishes for a better share in the $1,000,000 of the league’s $2,000,000 prize money scheme this season.

Meanwhile Police FC, seventh with 27 points, and North East Stars, fifth with 36 points, also hoping to improve their positions on the league standings, will tackle each other from 7 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
TT Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene speaking during the launch of the 2014 Digicel Pro Bowl last Thursday
Last Thursday, during the launch of the 2014 Digicel Pro League, which kicked off on Friday with a very entertaining quarter-final round, TT Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene used the opportunity to applaud clubs on a competitive 2013-2014 Digicel Pro League championship.

He pointed out that the league championship has been an exciting one, not having a sure winner till the penultimate day.

“Congratulations to W Connection for winning the first edition of the million dollar prize,” said Skeene.

“We still have two clubs [Defence Force and Central FC] battling for the second Caribbean Club Championship spot on the final day of competition.

“ It's a tremendous advertisement for the Digicel Pro League and more so the Trinidad and Tobago professional football league. One of the benchmarks of a strong professional league is the competitiveness of the games and we can truly say that we have a competitive league in which the result of the games are unpredictable.”

On Tuesday 20 May, North East Stars will meet Rangers, and Caledonia against Point Fortin Civic, in two rescheduled Round Three Match Day Eight fixtures to wrap up the 2013-2014 Digicel Pro League.

Skeene went on to add, "Kudos must go to all of the teams including St. Ann's Rangers, San Juan Jabloteh and Police FC who have improved tremendously this season, for always striving to raise the bar, to win games and topple the leaders.

"Credit must go to the players for their excellent effort and display of God given skill and talent.

“Credit must go the owners and clubs. At no time or point did Central FC, Defence Force, Point Fortin Civic or North East Stars give up, notwithstanding the gap, which was created by the fine early performance of W Connection.

“ Special kudos to the Army, which despite the loss of two of our talented sons, Kevon Carter (died of a heart attack on February 28) and Rawle Fletcher (murdered on December 20), they still found the resilience and indomitable will to battle back to a position where victory was possible up to (last) Tuesday night, the penultimate night of the Digicel Pro League.

“It shows that the League's values are revealing themselves in the very nature and behaviour of the teams. The TT Pro League is about exhibiting a never say die attitude and striving for excellence," said the Pro League CEO.

Digicel Pro League 2013-2014
Tuesday 13 May
Round Three Match Day Nine
Ato Boldon Stadium
W Connection vs Caledonia AIA—7 pm
Central FC vs St. Ann’s Rangers—9 pm

Hasely Crawford Stadium
Police FC vs North East Stars—7 pm
San Juan Jabloteh vs Defence Force—9 pm

Tuesday 20 May
Rescheduled Round Three Match Day Eight Fixtures
North East Stars vs St. Ann’s Rangers—6 pm
Caledonia AIA vs Point Fortin Civic—8 pm