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Leaders’ summit: Pro League top four clash in Couva

Digicel Pro League leaders DIRECTV W Connection and Point Fortin Civic, who are separated only by goal difference, should face searching tests of their credentials tomorrow evening when the first and second placed team respectively faces third placed North East Stars from 6 pm and fourth placed Central FC from 8 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

Connection won all three of its opening matches against St Ann’s Rangers, Police FC and San Juan Jabloteh. And, despite a First Citizens Cup semifinal loss to Central, the “Savonetta Boys” have reintegrated captain Joevin Jones and gifted defender Daneil Cyrus into their first team and should be firing on all cylinders tomorrow.

Photo: W Connection attacker Hashim Arcia (right) tries to keep his balance after a lunge from Defence Force player Rodell Elcock. Connection whipped Defence Force to the Charity Shield crown in the opening day of the season. (Courtesy Wired868)
Photo: W Connection attacker Hashim Arcia (right) tries to keep his balance after a lunge from Defence Force player Rodell Elcock.
Connection whipped Defence Force to the Charity Shield crown in the opening day of the season.
(Courtesy Wired868)

Stars’ counter-attacking brand is tailor-made for Connection though. And keep an eye on speedy striker Trevin Caesar who scored a brilliant hattrick in a 3-1 win for the Sangre Grande-based team over Defence Force before the international break.

In the closing game of the double header, newly crowned First Citizens Cup champions, Central, will try to maintain momentum against newcomers Point Fortin. Connection and Point Fortin are the only teams in the League with 100 percent records.

“It’s really important for us to keep winning,” Central captain Jason Marcano told the TT Pro League website. “We want to show the (Trinidad and Tobago) national team and the general public what we are capable of with our mixture of youth and experience.

“We are playing an attacking style of football and hopefully our performances can bring the best out of other teams as well.”

Point Fortin coach Reynold Carrington said his boys welcome the challenge.

“Central will obviously be on a high coming off winning the First Citizens Cup,” said Carrington, “and no way at all, will be a team that we can walk over easily. The contest will be very challenging.

“In saying that, our players now have an opportunity to go out and prove themselves and not let down the magnitude of the double header.”

Photo: Point Fortin Civic player Andrei Pacheco's drives a penalty past W Connection goalkeeper Julani Archibald. (Courtesy Allan V. Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Point Fortin Civic player Andrei Pacheco’s drives a penalty past W Connection goalkeeper Julani Archibald.
(Courtesy Allan V. Crane/Wired868)

In tomorrow’s other double header, defending champion Defence Force and last season’s runner-up Caledonia AIA face each other from 8 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain with both teams desperate not to fall too far behind the leaders.

Defence Force has lost both of its Pro League outings so far while Caledonia has just two points from three games played this season.

San Juan Jabloteh will kick off in fifth place and hopes to build on a promising start when the newly returned Pro League team tackles Police FC from 6 pm at the same venue.

Police has one point from three games so far this term.

 

Pro League fixtures

Tuesday October 21

(Couva)

W Connection vs North East Stars, 6 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium,
Central FC vs Point Fortin Civic, 8 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium,

(Port of Spain)
Police FC vs San Juan Jabloteh, 6 pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium,
Defence Force vs Caledonia AIA, 8 pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium.

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