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Connection stays perfect; Point Fortin loses fourth in a row

Pro League leaders DIRECTV W Connection maintained its perfect run so far this season with a 1-0 win over Couva rivals, Central FC, yesterday evening at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

Connection playmaker Joevin Jones left for Italy yesterday and a trial with Serie A club, Udinese, but it did not affect the moment of the “Savonetta Boys” as Surinamese winger Stefano Rijssel returned from injury to grab a late winner over the “Couva Sharks.”

Photo: W Connection winger Stefano Rijssel (right) controls the ball while Antigua Barracuda captain George Dublin calls for help during the 2013 Caribbean Cup. (Courtesy Wired868)
Photo: W Connection winger Stefano Rijssel (right) controls the ball while Antigua Barracuda captain George Dublin calls for help during the 2013 Caribbean Cup.
(Courtesy Wired868)

Connection has now won all six of its league outings this season and enjoys an eight-point gap over second place North East Stars. Even more remarkably, coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier’s men conceded just two goals during that period and has a remarkable five clean sheets in this campaign.

For Central, its early season sparkle seems to have dimmed considerably. Yesterday’s outing was its third straight League match without a win and saw the team slip from fourth to seventh place.

Elsewhere at the Mahaica Oval, the wheels seemed to have come off for Point Fortin Civic as the Pro League newcomer slumped to its fourth successive defeat after losing 3-1 at home against defending champion club, Defence Force. It was Civic’s fourth loss at Mahaica Oval from six fixtures in all competitions.

Bevon Bass opened the scoring for the host team after 29 minutes. But Defence Force, who lost to Point Fortin on that ground in the TTFA FA Trophy competition last month, pulled level through Richard Roy before Devorn Jorsling and Kerry Joseph completed the revival with second half items.

Photo: Defence Force striker Richard Roy (right) keeps the ball from Caledonia left back Noel Williams during a previous Pro League fixture. (Courtesy Allan V. Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Defence Force striker Richard Roy (right) keeps the ball from Caledonia left back Noel Williams during a previous Pro League fixture.
(Courtesy Allan V. Crane/Wired868)

The result propelled Defence Force from eighth to fourth in the nine-team table while Civic fell four spots to sixth place. Only St Ann’s Rangers has a worse goal differential than the Point Fortin squad, which has scored eight League goals but conceded 12 this season.

Action switches to the FA tournament in midweek as Central is set to face Super League team Malabar FC in one semi-final fixture from 5 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva while Connection kicks off against North East Stars from 7.30 pm in the second match of a Couva double header.

 

Pro League results

(Fri Dec 6)

Police FC 2 (Joel Lewis 28, Karlon Murray 35), St Ann’s Rangers 0 at Hasely Crawford

North East Stars 1 (Kennedy Hinkson 89), San Juan Jabloteh 0 at Hasely Crawford

(Sat Dec 7)

W Connection 1 (Stefano Rijssel 78), Central FC 0 at Ato Boldon

Point Fortin 1 (Bevon Bass 29), Defence Force 3 (Richard Roy 36, Devorn Jorsling 70, Kerry Joseph 87) at Mahaica Oval

 

TTFA FA Trophy fixtures

(Wed Dec 11)

Malabar FC vs Central FC, 5 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

North East Stars vs W Connection, 7.30 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.

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