Late Cummings strike earns N/E Stars late draw with Caledonia

North East Stars midfielder Keron Cummings, left, pictured in this file photo as he controls the ball ahead of W Connection winger Aaquil Campbell during the final of the 2015 FA Trophy on 29 March. (Photo: Allan V. Crane /
Sunday 3 May 2015

North East Stars midfielder Keron Cummings scored with two minutes of regulation time left on Saturday at the Larry Gomes Stadium to earn North East Stars a late 1-1 draw with Caledonia AIA in their final Digicel Pro League 2014-2015 match.

The draw, courtesy Cumming’s 88th minute strike for his seventh league goal this season, shot the Angus Eve coached-North East Stars up a spot into fourth place with 34 points, one point ahead of Point Fortin Civic, who must face eight placed Police FC from 8 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Tuesday 5 May in the closing match of the 2014-2015 DPL championship.

While Caledonia, who moved up one spot into seventh place with 27 points, must return to action on Tuesday from 6 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium to tackle cellar placed St. Ann’s Rangers in the qualifier match of the 2015 Digicel Pro Bowl, which is set to begin on Friday 8 May with the quarterfinal round.

On Saturday Guyana international Purnell Schultz handed Caledonia a 15th minute lead at the Malabar venue, with his 13th league goal of the season, but the Jerry Moe coached-Morvant/Laventille side were denied maximum points in the end by the 2015 TTFA FA Trophy winners North East Stars.

It was the sixth league draw this season for Caledonia, who finished with 7 wins and 10 defeats, while the Sangre Grande based-North East Stars finished with 9 wins, 7 draws and 8 defeats, 21 points away from league champions Central FC (55 points). W Connection (49 points) finished in second and Defence Force (39 points) in third.

Digicel Pro League 2014-2015
Round Three Match Day Nine results
Friday 1 may 2015
Hasely Crawford Stadium

Defence Force 1
 (Devorn Jorsling 45'+1) vs St. Ann’s Rangers 2 (David Williams 42', Sayid Freitas 83')
San Juan Jabloteh 3 (Johan Peltier 35', Adrian Reid 40' penalty, Tyrone Charles 76') vs W Connection 2 (Jerrel Britto 11', 27')

Saturday 2 May 2015
Larry Gomes Stadium

North East Stars 1 (Kerron Cummings 88’) vs Caledonia AIA 1 (Purnell Schultz 15’)

Upcoming Round Three Match Day Nine fixture
Tuesday 5 May 2015

Ato Boldon Stadium

Point Fortin Civic vs Police FC—8pm

Digicel Pro Bowl qualifier
Tuesday 5 May 2015
Ato Boldon Stadium

Caledonia AIA vs St. Ann’s Rangers—6pm