Club Sando maintained their rich vein of form in the 2017 Pro League season with a third successive win—and their biggest scalp to boot—as they edged San Juan Jabloteh 2-1 in action at the Barataria Recreation Ground today.
Jabloteh, the 2017 Caribbean Club Championship runners-up, opened the scoring through full back Jevon Morris in the 35th minute but had their lead wiped out before the interval by new Sando arrival Akim Armstrong.
And the winner came in dramatic fashion for coach Angus Eve’s men as Nical Stephens decided the match in the third minute of second half stoppage time for the visitors.
The result propelled Sando to fourth place in the 10-team standings, just three points shy of joint leaders W Connection and North East Stars. And Eve’s men are the joint highest scoring team this term with 11 goals from six matches.
So far, though, the 2017 Pro League season looks like breaking the wrong sort of scoring records.
This afternoon, Defence Force and Morvant Caledonia United produced the fifth goalless tie of the season at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar. And, after six rounds of matches, the Pro League has recorded just 58 goals this season.
By way of context, the 2016/17 Pro League season had 109 goals and just one goalless result from the first six rounds.
Coincidentally, more than half of the early scorers at this stage of the competition last year no longer ply their trade in the local top flight competition as Akeem Roach (Club Sando), Jamille Boatswain (Defence Force), Jerrel Britto, Jason Scotland (both North East Stars), Darren Mitchell, Kenwyne Jones (both Central FC) and Willis Plaza (San Juan Jabloteh) have all moved on while veteran poacher Devorn Jorsling (Defence Force) is on leave at present.
The W Connection duo of Neil Benjamin Jr and Marcus Joseph have a credible four and three goals respectively thus season while Sando’s Tyrone Charles has three. But better offensive returns would have been expected from the likes of Jameel Perry (Police FC), Hashim Arcia (Defence Force), Jason Marcano (Central FC) and Nathan Lewis (San Juan Jabloteh).
Perhaps it half-explains why Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Dennis Lawrence promoted second division forward Keron Clarke to his 26-man provisional squad to face Ecuador after the 31-year-old FC Santa Rosa forward’s seven goals from four TTSL outings.
Pro League results
(Friday 14 July)
Central FC 0, St Ann’s Rangers 1 (Josh Toussaint 57) at Ato Boldon Stadium;
W Connection 2 (Neil Benjamin 2, Marcus Joseph 38), North East Stars 2 (Jameel Neptune 83, Kordell Samuel 90+2) at Ato Boldon Stadium;
Point Fortin Civic 0, Police FC 0 at Mahaica Oval;
(Saturday 15 July)
Defence Force 0, Morvant Caledonia Utd 0 at Larry Gomes Stadium;
San Juan Jabloteh 1 (Jevon Morris 35), Club Sando 2 (Akim Armstrong 37, Nical Stephens 90+3) at Barataria Recreation Ground.