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Connection loses at last; Point Fortin edges rival at Mahaica

DIRECTV W Connection’s glorious unbeaten Pro League run came to an end at Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin this afternoon as the “Savonetta Boys” were edged 2-1 by Point Fortin Civic.

Photo: Point Fortin attacker Andre Toussaint runs at the W Connection defence during an earlier Pro League encounter. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/ Wired868)
Photo: Point Fortin attacker Andre Toussaint runs at the W Connection defence during an earlier Pro League encounter.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/ Wired868)

It is the first league defeat suffered by Connection since falling 1-0 to North East Stars on 3 April 2013. Connection coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier led his charges to three successive wins to close the 2012/13 season and then 12 unbeaten games in this term.

But a 31-year-old journeyman, Sean Cooper, brought Connection’s unbeaten sequence to an end with a 72nd minute winner on his debut for the Point Fortin club.

The result saw Civic jump two points ahead of Police FC to second place although still 12 points behind runaway leaders, W Connection.

Connection might have thought it was business as usual when wily attacker Hashim Arcia put the visitors ahead after just eight minutes. It was only Arcia’s second league goal this season as the frontman has done most of his best work in the cup competitions.

Photo: DIRECTV W Connection attacker Hashim Arcia (right) attempts a flicked pass during the Toyota Classic Cup semis against Guaya United. (Courtesy Wired868)
Photo: DIRECTV W Connection attacker Hashim Arcia (right) attempts a flicked pass during the Toyota Classic Cup semis against Guaya United.
(Courtesy Wired868)

Civic coach Reynold Carrington, who was Connection’s first captain in its professional era, made more than a few changes to his squad in the January transfer window but it was veteran Andre Toussaint, another Connection old boy, who brought the host team level from the penalty spot in the 16th minute.

The winner came from an unlikely source, though.

Cooper, a tricky winger and former Trinidad and Tobago national youth player, has had a nomadic existence made up of several stints in the Portugal lower leagues as well as cameos in the local top flight with Futgof, Joe Public and North East Stars.

Photo: New Point Fortin Civic signing Sean Cooper (left) poses with Netherlands legend and current AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf.
Photo: New Point Fortin Civic signing Sean Cooper (left) poses with Netherlands legend and current AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf at a charity match in Portugal.

But he certainly announced his return home in some style today as he converted the winner on his Point Fortin debut. It meant the end of a memorable run from a Connection team still heavily favoured to take the 2013/14 Pro League title and the million dollar cash prize that comes with it.

 

Pro League results

(Fri Jan 31)

Central FC 0, Police FC 0 at Hasely Crawford

Caledonia AIA 1 (Kareem Joseph 1), San Juan Jabloteh 0 at Hasely Crawford

(Sat Feb 1)

Point Fortin Civic 2 (Andre Toussaint 16 pen, Sean Cooper 72), W Connection 1 (Hashim Arcia 8) at Mahaica Oval

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