Defence Force and Caledonia AIA enjoyed winning starts to their 2014/15 Digicel Pro League campaigns yesterday afternoon with hard-fought victories over North East Stars and Point Fortin Civic respectively.
An extra time Richard Roy penalty settled an otherwise barren affair at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar as Defence Force managed a last gasp triumph over North East Stars. And, at the Mahaica Oval, Caledonia fought back despite host team Point Fortin striking first through Akeem Redhead in the 48th minute.
Civic barely held its advantage for two minutes before Caledonia equalised through Guyanese midfielder Pernell Schultz and, in the 58th minute, Trinidad and Tobago 2012 Caribbean Cup attacker Keyon Edwards settled the affair for the “Eastern Stallions.”
Defending champions DIRECTV W Connection enjoyed a bye for the first round and looked on as Couva rival, Central FC, set the pace with a 7-0 dismantling of St Ann’s Rangers at the Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya on Friday evening.
In the second match of a Macoya double header, Police FC and San Juan Jabloteh played to a goalless draw.
Pro League results
(Fri Oct 26)
Central FC 7 (Dwight Quintero 17, Marvin Oliver 24, 35, Jason Marcano 30, Nathaniel Garcia 69, Sean De Silva 73, Kaydion Gabriel 81), St Ann’s Rangers 0 at Macoya
Police FC 0, San Juan Jabloteh 0 at Macoya
(Sat Oct 27)
North East Stars 0, Defence Force 1 (Richard Roy 90) at Malabar;
Point Fortin Civic 1 (Akeem Redhead 48), Caledonia AIA 2 (Pernell Schultz 50, Keyon Edwards 58) at Mahaica;