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Champs Defence Force signs off on Pro League in style

Newly crowned domestic champions Defence Force signed off on the 2012/13 Digicel Pro League season last night with an emphatic 4-0 win over T&TEC FC at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya.

Two goals in each half saw the army/coast guard combination ease past the table proppers in a lopsided fixture that typified the final day of the Pro League.

Photo: Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene hands the league trophy over to stand-in Defence Force captain Kevon Carter. (Courtesy Wired868)
Photo: Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene hands the league trophy over to stand-in Defence Force captain Kevon Carter.
(Courtesy Wired868)

In Couva, DIRECTV W Connection and Neal & Massy Caledonia rained a combined eight goals without reply on Police FC and St Ann’s Rangers respectively.

An Andrei Pacheco hattrick and a goal apiece from 18-year-old striker Neil Benjamin Jr and Surinamese attacker Stefano Rijssel saw Connection maintain its strong close to the season with a 5-0 win over the sixth place Lawmen.

The result kept Connection in third place and ahead of fourth place North East Stars by goal difference.

Second place Caledonia AIA whipped second from bottom St Ann’s Rangers 3-0 after captain Stephan David set the “Eastern Stallions” on their way with a penalty for his first goal this season. Jamal Gay, who is expected to return to the Trinidad and Tobago international set-up next month, also scored in his fourth successive game while Guyanese attacker Vurlon Mills managed his first item since re-joining the club in January.

Photo: Caledonia AIA captain Stephan David is knocked over by Police midfielder Kenaz Williams in a previous fixture. (Courtesy TT Pro League)
Photo: Caledonia AIA captain Stephan David is knocked over by Police midfielder Kenaz Williams in a previous fixture.
(Courtesy TT Pro League)

Things were tighter for the opening game in Macoya where the Sangre Grande-based Stars edged rookie club Central FC 1-0.

North East was again without talisman striker Cornell Glen, who is recovering from a calf strain, but got the decisive item from Kerry Baptiste who nipped ahead of stand-in Central goalkeeper Shane Mattis to nod home a Kennedy Hinkson cross in the 30th minute.

The Jamaican goalkeeper atoned somewhat, ten minutes later, when he flew to his right to keep out a Baptiste penalty kick. And Stars attacker Elijah Manners had a second half attempt ruled out for offside as neither team managed another goal.

One goal was never going to be enough in the closing match, though.

T&TEC FC gave the Defence Force team an honour guard as the champions strode on to the artificial surface. The “Electricity Boys” were even more generous in the 32nd minute as defender Cebastian Bailey got a turn completely wrong and, under minimal pressure, flicked the ball into his own net.

Kevon Carter, who was deputising for the suspended Cory Rivers, got Defence Force’s second, six minutes later, after an incisive build-up that involved Curtis Gonzales and Devorn Jorsling.

Photo: Defence Force attacker Kevon Carter (left) glides past T&TEC FC defender Cebastian Bailey. (Courtesy Wired868)
Photo: Defence Force attacker Kevon Carter (left) glides past T&TEC FC defender Cebastian Bailey.
(Courtesy Wired868)

Jorsling, already the top domestic scorer, got his 20th league goal of the season and 27th in all competitions from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute before Jerwyn Balthazar signalled the start of the party with a bullet into the roof of the net from on top the penalty box.

And the new Digicel Pro League champions were crowned.

(Teams)

Defence Force: 1.Kevin Graham; 2.Glynn Franklyn, 20.Rodell Elcock, 21.Aklie Edwards (28.Dwight Scott 46); 29.Jemel Sebro, 8.Curtis Gonzales, 17.Ross Russell; 15.Jerwyn Balthazar, 12.Josimar Belgrave (9.Richard Roy 34), 11.Kevon Carter; 10.Devorn Jorsling (7.Balondemu Julius 54).

Unused substitutes: 25.Sheldon Clarke, 16.Kerry Joseph, 18.Sean Narcis, 19.Dexter Pacheco.

Coach: Ross Russell

 

T&TEC (4-1-4-1): 32.Tevin Archer; 66.Antuan John (40.Stefan Payne 75), 7.Cebastian Bailey, 8.Eustace Darius, 35.Akiniyel Rouse; 20.Brent Garcia; 15.Tigana Sparks (37.Tyrell Seales 54), 42.Akeem Redhead, 46.Nathaniel Garcia, 16.Bevon Bass; 10.Daniel Garcia (25.Givon John 54).

Coach: Dexter Cyrus

 

Referee: Neal Brizan

Friday’s Digicel Pro League results

(10 May 2013)

North East Stars 1 (Kerry Baptiste), Central FC 0 at Macoya

Defence Force 4 (Cebastian Bailey OG 32, Kevon Carter 38, Devorn Jorsling 53 pen, Jerwyn Balthazar 90), T&TEC 0 at Macoya

W Connection 5 (Neil Benjamin Jr 15, Andrei Pacheco 20, 48, 50, Stefano Rijssel 29), Police 0 at Couva

Caledonia AIA 3 (Stephan David 31 pen, Jamal Gay 47, Vurlon Mills 65), St Ann’s Rangers 0 at Couva

Pos   Team Pld W T L GoalsDiff Pts
0 2012/13 0 0 2 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 4 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 5 3 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 7 4 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 5 4 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 5 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 8 4 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 5 4 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 6 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 3 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 5 4 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 4 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 4 4 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 5 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 4 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 4 3 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 5 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 5 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 4 2 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2012/13 0 0 5 3 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 5 4 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 3 3 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 2 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 4 2 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 6 2 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 3 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 2 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 5 1 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 1 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 2013/14 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 Defence Force 21 14 4 3 52:220 46:13
0 W Connection 12 10 2 0 27:50 32:2
0 Caledonia AIA 21 13 3 5 53:270 42:18
0 Point Fortin Civic FC 12 5 2 5 17:140 17:17
0 W Connection 21 11 5 5 46:190 38:20
0 North East Stars 11 5 2 4 11:80 17:14
0 North East Stars 21 10 8 3 32:170 38:17
0 Police FC 12 5 2 5 18:200 17:17
0 Central FC 21 8 6 7 31:320 30:27
0 Caledonia AIA 11 3 5 3 17:140 14:14
0 Police FC 21 3 7 11 25:430 16:40
0 Central FC 10 3 5 2 13:110 14:11
0 St Ann's Rangers 21 2 7 12 22:490 13:43
0 Defence Force 8 4 1 3 15:140 13:10
0 T&TEC 21 2 2 17 13:650 8:53
0 San Juan Jabloteh 11 3 1 7 18:270 10:22
0 St Ann's Rangers 11 1 0 10 11:340 3:30
0 Westside Superstarz 2 2 0 0 6:00 6:0
0 Club Sando 10 8 2 0 26:70 26:2
0 Club Sando 2 1 1 0 5:30 4:1
0 Guaya United 8 7 1 0 22:80 22:1
0 Malabar FC 2 1 1 0 5:40 4:1
0 Malabar FC 10 6 3 1 32:190 21:6
0 Guaya United 2 1 1 0 4:30 4:1
0 Westside Superstarz 9 5 0 4 21:120 15:12
0 Real Maracas 1 1 0 0 3:10 3:0
0 Joe Public 9 4 3 2 17:130 15:9
0 Stokely Vale 2 1 0 1 5:50 3:3
0 1976 FC Phoenix 8 3 4 1 10:80 13:7
0 Joe Public 2 0 2 0 0:00 2:2
0 Real Maracas 8 4 1 3 13:120 13:10
0 Defence Force 2 0 1 1 2:30 1:4
0 Stokely Vale FC 9 4 0 5 17:190 12:15
0 Siparia Spurs 2 0 1 1 2:40 1:4
0 Bethel United 9 2 2 5 12:230 8:17
0 WASA FC 2 0 1 1 0:20 1:4
0 WASA FC 10 1 3 6 8:140 6:21
0 FC Santa Rosa 1 0 0 1 1:20 0:3
0 Siparia Spurs 9 1 2 6 20:260 5:20
0 1976 FC Phoenix 1 0 0 1 0:30 0:3
0 Bethel United 1 0 0 1 0:30 0:3
0 Defence Force 8 1 2 5 11:260 5:17
0 FC Santa Rosa 9 0 1 8 7:290 1:25
0 Trinidad and Tobago 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 Guatemala 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 Jamaica 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 Aruba 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 United States 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
0 Panama 0 0 0 0 0:00 0:0
1 Naparima College 13 10 1 2 40:1228 31:7
1 Panama 5 5 0 0 9:09 15:0
1 Defence Force FC 15 9 5 1 40:832 32:8
2 San Juan North Secondary 13 9 1 3 30:1515 28:10
2 United States 5 3 1 1 12:210 10:4
2 W Connection 16 9 5 2 40:1426 32:11
3 St Anthony's College 12 9 0 3 36:1620 27:9
3 Guatemala 5 3 1 1 6:24 10:4
3 Central FC 15 9 4 2 36:1125 31:10
4 St Benedict's College 13 6 5 2 16:88 23:11
4 Trinidad and Tobago 5 1 1 3 7:70 4:10
4 Police FC 16 7 3 6 39:336 24:21
5 Trinity College East 13 6 5 2 25:196 23:11
5 Jamaica 5 0 2 3 2:7-5 2:11
5 San Juan Jabloteh 16 7 2 7 27:270 23:23
6 Shiva Boys Hindu College 13 7 0 6 24:240 21:18
6 Aruba 5 0 1 4 1:19-18 1:13
6 North East Stars 15 6 4 5 19:30-11 22:19
7 St Mary's College 13 5 3 5 16:151 18:18
7 Club Sando 16 5 2 9 15:30-15 17:29
8 St Augustine Secondary 13 4 6 3 20:200 18:15
8 Morvant/Caledonia Utd 15 4 1 10 15:36-21 13:31
9 Fatima College 13 4 3 6 20:28-8 15:21
9 Point Fortin Civic 15 3 3 9 14:35-21 12:30
10 Presentation College (San Fernando) 13 4 1 8 16:20-4 13:25
10 St Ann's Rangers 15 2 3 10 13:34-21 9:33
11 Carapichaima East Secondary 13 3 3 7 10:25-15 12:24
12 Chaguanas North Secondary 13 2 4 7 8:31-23 10:25
13 East Mucurapo Secondary 12 2 1 9 9:25-16 7:28
14 Arima North Secondary 13 2 1 10 15:27-12 7:31

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 15 years experience at several local and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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