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Roach scoreless as Rangers hold Sando; Apai and Mitchell chase Golden Boot prize

Twenty-one year old Club Sando attacker Akeem Roach remains on course for his maiden Pro League scoring title despite a barren showing yesterday in a 3-3 draw with St Ann’s Rangers at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

Roach, who has 11 goals, failed to find the back of the net in the 18th and final league game of the season.

Photo: Club Sando attacker Akee Roach (left) looks to glide past fallen Central FC defender Kevon Villaroel during Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 16 December 2016. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Club Sando attacker Akee Roach (left) looks to glide past fallen Central FC defender Kevon Villaroel during Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 16 December 2016.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Instead, 16 year old St Anthony’s College schoolboy Che Benny stole the spotlight with a double—his first top flight goals—as Rangers stormed back from a three goal deficit to snatch a point.

Jameel Antoine grabbed the other item for Rangers while Joel Lewis, Akeem Humphrey and Shaquille Holder were on target for Sando.

Club Sando are fifth in the 10 team while Rangers are eighth. Neither can be overtaken, regardless of the results this evening and tomorrow.

There was a draw in the second game of yesterday’s Couva double header as well as Police FC striker Jameel Perry and Courts Morvant Caledonia United winger Lester Joseph traded items in a 1-1 stalemate.

It was Perry’s tenth league goal this season.

Morvant Caledonia finished ninth while Police climbed to sixth—although the Lawmen will be overtaken if Defence Force draw or defeat Point Fortin Civic from 5pm today at the Mahaica Oval in Point Fortin.

Photo: Defence Force striker Devorn Jorsling celebrates a strike against Morvant Caledonia United in the First Citizens Cup semifinal on 27 November 2016. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Defence Force striker Devorn Jorsling celebrates a strike against Morvant Caledonia United in the First Citizens Cup semifinal on 27 November 2016.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Defence Force marksman Devorn Jorsling, who is the TT Pro League’s all-time record scorer with 153 goals, has nine items this season but will miss the chance to overtake Roach today due to injury.

His offensive partner, Hashim Arcia, is not far behind with eight league goals along with forward Jamille Boatswain who is likely to start in place of Jorsling at Mahaica. Ironically, Boatswain scored seven of his eight goals for Civic this season before he swapped clubs just last month.

Tomorrow is the Pro League’s million dollar affair with leaders Central FC chasing history against San Juan Jabloteh from 3.30pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium. If the “Couva Sharks” win, they will become the first team in Pro League history to win three successive titles.

However, a draw or loss for Central will open the door for DIRECTV W Connection to pip them on the line.

Connection trail Central by just one point and they face Ma Pau Stars from 3.30pm at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella.

Photo: Central FC midfielder and captain Darren Mitchell (foreground) celebrates his game winning strike against San Juan Jabloteh in Pro League action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 2 December 2016. (Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)
Photo: Central FC midfielder and captain Darren Mitchell (foreground) celebrates his game winning strike against San Juan Jabloteh in Pro League action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 2 December 2016.
(Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)

The two Couva clubs are the only winners of the million dollar Pro League jackpot, as Connection won in 2013/14 before Central banked the prize in 2014/15 and 2015/16.

Connection’s Surinamese winger, Dimitrie Apai, can become the first foreigner to win the Pro League scoring title if he can match or surpass Roach. Apai has nine goals at present along with Central midfielder Darren “Chucky” Mitchell who, remarkably, started his sterling scoring run while playing at right back.

Stars striker Jerrel Britto, who also has nine goals, will not have a shot at the Golden Boots prize, as he departed last week for a professional deal in Honduras. But Britto’s veteran teammate Jason Scotland is still in the running with eight items.

The 37 year old Scotland, a former World Cup 2006 player, won his only scoring title in 2000 for Defence Force before departing for Britain in a professional career that took him to the England and Scotland Premier Leagues.

Jorsling’s four scoring titles remain a Pro League record. But maybe Roach, a winger-cum-striker, can start his own dynasty this season.

Photo: Santos Laguna goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin uses his right leg to block a shot from W Connection attacker Dimitrie Apai during 2015 CONCACAF Champions League action. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Santos Laguna goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin uses his right leg to block a shot from W Connection attacker Dimitrie Apai during 2015 CONCACAF Champions League action.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Pro League results

(Friday 3 February)

St Ann’s Rangers 3 (Che Benny 62, 85, Jameel Antoine 82), Club Sando 3 (Joel Lewis 3, Akeem Humphrey 12, Shaquille Holder 55) at Ato Boldon Stadium;

Police FC 1 (Jameel Perry 2), Morvant Caledonia Utd 1 (Lester Joseph 64) at Ato Boldon Stadium;

Upcoming fixtures

(Saturday 4 February)

Point Fortin Civic v Defence Force, 5pm, Mahaica Oval;

(Sunday 5 February)

San Juan Jabloteh v Central FC, 3.30pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Ma Pau Stars v W Connection, 3.30pm, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;

Photo: Police FC forward Jamal Perry (far left) keeps his eye on the ball while W Connection defender Daneil Cyrus (second from left) keeps an eye on him during Pro Bowl quarterfinal action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 10 May 2016. Perry scored once but Connection won 4-3. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Police FC forward Jamal Perry (far left) keeps his eye on the ball while W Connection defender Daneil Cyrus (second from left) keeps an eye on him during Pro Bowl quarterfinal action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 10 May 2016.
Perry scored once but Connection won 4-3.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

2016/17 Pro League top scorers

11—Akeem Roach [2 pen] (Club Sando),

10—Jameel Perry (Police FC),

9—Darren Mitchell (Central FC), Devorn Jorsling [2 pen] (Defence Force), Jerrel Britto (Ma Pau Stars), Dimitrie Apai (W Connection),

8—Jamille Boatswain [7 goals for Point Fortin Civic], Hashim Arcia (Defence Force), Jason Scotland [1 pen] (Ma Pau Stars),

7—Dylon King [FK] [6 goals for St Ann’s Rangers] (Morvant Caledonia), Hughtun Hector, Jamal Charles (W Connection),

Photo: Ma Pau Stars striker Jason Scotland (left) holds off Police FC midfielder Kenaz Williams in the First Citizens Cup semifinal on 27 November 2016. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Ma Pau Stars striker Jason Scotland (left) holds off Police FC midfielder Kenaz Williams in the First Citizens Cup semifinal on 27 November 2016.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Pro League Golden Boots

1999: Arnold Dwarika (Joe Public)—45 goals

2000: Jason Scotland (Defence Force)—22 goals

2001: No information

2002: Sean Julien (South Starworld Strikers)—16 goals

2003/04: Randolph Jerome [Guyana] (San Juan Jabloteh)—28 goals

2004: Jerren Nixon (North East Stars)—37 goals

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago attacker Arnold Dwarika (top) drives home his country's opening goal in the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-final against Costa Rica. Dwarika is a former Joe Public standout and SSFL champion with Malick Secondary. (Copyright AFP 2015)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago attacker Arnold Dwarika (top) drives home his country’s opening goal in the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-final against Costa Rica.
Dwarika is a former Joe Public standout and SSFL champion with Malick Secondary.
(Copyright AFP 2015)

2005: Gefferson Goulart [Brazil] and Earl Jean [St Lucia] (both W Connection)—14 goals

2006: Roen Nelson [Jamaica] (Joe Public) and Anthony Wolfe (San Juan Jabloteh)—16 goals

2007: Peter Byers [Antigua and Barbuda] (San Juan Jabloteh)—15 goals

2008: Devorn Jorsling (Defence Force)—21 goals

2009: Kerry Baptiste (Joe Public)—35 goals

2010/11: Devorn Jorsling (Defence Force)—15 goals

2011/12: Richard Roy (Defence Force)—15 goals

Photo: Veteran poacher Kerry Baptiste (centre) leads the charge for North East Stars during TT Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 1 March 2016. Baptiste's teammate (far left) Anthony Wolfe tries to anticipate his pass while Club Sando midfield anchor Shannon Phillip (second from right) tries to keep up. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Veteran poacher Kerry Baptiste (centre) leads the charge for North East Stars during TT Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 1 March 2016.
Baptiste’s teammate (far left) Anthony Wolfe tries to anticipate his pass while Club Sando midfield anchor Shannon Phillip (second from right) tries to keep up.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

2012/13: Devorn Jorsling (Defence Force)—21 goals

2013/14: Marcus Joseph (Point Fortin Civic)—16 goals

2014/15: Devorn Jorsling (Defence Force)—21 goals

2015/16: Makesi Lewis (Police FC)—21 goals

2016/17: ????

Photo: Police FC sharp shooter Makesi Lewis (right) celebrates after his strike against San Juan Jabloteh on 22 January 2016. Looking on is his teammate Kareem Freitas. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Police FC sharp shooter Makesi Lewis (right) celebrates after his strike against San Juan Jabloteh on 22 January 2016.
Looking on is his teammate Kareem Freitas.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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7 comments

  1. Akeem D Sweetman Boss <3 blessings

  2. Look after him if I can lol , hence the reason why I want the “Players Association” up and running in our sweet country so that I can do my part, which I have been doing for many moons in my second sweetest country for our players and others from other Caribbean sweet countries, and I won’t only be doing it for Che Benny, it will always be for our young future stars of tomorrow and of course along with meh friend Dion Sosa and meh family Gordon Pierre.

  3. Che Benny has such a bright future ahead of him. It is imperative that he has the right support off the field and gets proper advice. Look after him if you can Mango. I expect him to be a national senior team player before his 20th birthday.

  4. hahahahahaha My future midfield/ playmaker/ prolific goal scorer Che Benny buss up the Club Sando team nets twice eh, and he earned $$$$$$ for doing that, after the game he said ‘Manager” ah tired, and I said to him welcome to the professional game eh, so you know what you have to do now, mucho personal getting your fitness and eating properly eh, and on the other hand my other prolific goal scorer better don’t stick and score his hat trick in order to win the $$$$$$$ and the boots of his choice eh, because he told me before the season started that he was running to sit on his throne ent Devon Cool Droggy Jorlsing……. Them really good yes.