Point Fortin Civic FC

Point Fortin wows supporters on Pro League debut with 4-1 win over Police

Point Fortin Civic FCPoint Fortin Civic FC got off to a winning start on Friday night in the Digicel Pro League by mauling Police FC 4-1 in the second match of a double header at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

A double by Matthew Bartholomew and an item each by Andre Toussaint and Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Marcus Joseph were more than enough to win the hearts of over 2,000 fans that showed up at the Couva venue.

Toussaint, a former W Connection, Joe Public, T&TEC FC and Caledonia AIA forward, fired Point Fortin ahead in the 16th minute for a 1-0 advantage in the Round One Match Day One fixture.

The ex-T&T international was played at the edge of the six yard area, for an easy tap in, by Bartholomew, who knocked back a Lyndon Andrews' cross which left goalkeeper Adrian Foncette beaten.

Then Joseph, who forced the debuting Police goalkeeper into action twice earlier, handed the southerners a 2-0 cushion in the 36th minute.

Joseph, a former Joe Public midfielder, spanked a low left-footed strike towards the near post which Foncette allowed to slip into goal.

The former North East Stars goalie was beaten again two minutes later when Toussaint slipped a pass forward to send Bartholomew free behind the defense and the former T&T U20 and 23 forward made no mistake hitting into far netting for a 3-0 score before the break.

Police, which had its closest effort of the first half shave the top of the netting from a Trent Noel freekick, finally pulled a goal back in the 63rd minute.

Todd Ryan's glancing header off an Akiba Peters free kick from the left got past T&T and Point Fortin goalie Marvin Phillip to reduce the deficit 1-3.

On the opposite end Point Fortin had a chance to bury a fourth item in the 76th minute, but Bartholomew with goalkeeper Foncette at his mercy allowed himself to be closed-down against the recovering Police.

And despite burying a penalty in the 84th minute after a foul on Steven Joseph by Karlon Murray, Bartholomew missed another open play opportunity in the final play of five added on minutes.

Nevertheless Point Fortin, bettering that of a 3-1 Central FC win over defending champions Defence Force in the earlier match, debuts at the top of the table.

On Saturday Round One Match Day One continues when St. Ann's Rangers hosts DIRECTV W Connection from 5pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, and Caledonia AIA takes on North East Stars from 7pm in the second match of the Port of Spain double header.

Police FC 1—4 Point Fortin Civic FC
Todd Ryan 63’  ;  Andre Toussaint 16’, Marcus Joseph 36’, Mathew Bartholomew 38’, 84’(PEN)

Police FC—29. Adrian Foncette(G), 21. Todd Ryan, 5. Anton Hutchinson (Yellow Card), 4. Karlon Murray, 8. Akiba Peters (Yellow Card), 2. Jasimar Ashers, 6. Kenaz Williams(15. Jameel Perry 62nd minute), 10. Trent Noel, 23. Christon Thomas(40. Joel Kevin Lewis 46th minute), 20. Elijah Belgrave, 7. Errol Charles

Unused substitutes—Theon Browne (G), 26. Dwayne Salazar, 17. Dexter Alleyne, 37. Jabari Williams, 9. Keon Quow

Coach—Richard Hood

Point Fortin Civic FC—1. Marvin Phillip(G), 6. Kelvin Modeste (C), 2. Garyl Doldron (Yellow Card), 3. Lyndon Diaz, 4. Wesley John, 5. Andre Ettienne, 17. Glen Sutton(8. Steven Joseph 62nd minute), 19. Andre Pacheco, 10. Marcus Joseph (15. Keron Neptune 63rd minute), 9. Matthew Bartholomew, 11. Andre Toussaint(20. Sylvester Teesdale 75th minute)

Unused substitutes—22. Akini Adams (G), 29. Kevin Rouse, 18. Akeem Readhead, 14. Bevon Bass

Coach—Reynold Carrington

Match Referee—Larry Lalchan