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Central slip on Roach; Army hold Pro League leaders

A debut league goal for Defence Force’s teenaged winger, Akeem Roach, put the skids on Pro League leaders, Central FC, as the two outfits battled to a 1-1 draw at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella.

Photo: Defence Force winger Akeem Roach (right) takes on a North East Stars defender during a TTFA FA Trophy quarterfinal contest. (Courtesy Sinead Peters/Wired868)
Photo: Defence Force winger Akeem Roach (right) takes on a North East Stars defender during a TTFA FA Trophy quarterfinal contest.
(Courtesy Sinead Peters/Wired868)

The result cut Central’s lead atop the standings to three points although second place DIRECTV W Connection, who are the defending champions, have a game in hand. Central, who opened the scoring through midfielder Sean De Silva, does enjoy a +37 goal differential, though, while Connection’s own goal difference is +29.

In today’s other Pro League fixture, St Ann’s Rangers maintained its own miserable run at the foot of the standings with a 2-1 loss to Caledonia AIA at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar. Guyanese pitman Purnell Schultz scored twice for Caledonia to take his season tally to 11 goals while Sayid Freitas got his first item this season for Rangers.

Rangers’ only point this season came last November in a 1-1 tie with Caledonia. Remarkably, the St Ann’s team lost their other 20 Pro League matches and have conceded 74 goals with just 17 scored.

It has been nine years since a Pro League team ended the season without a single win. In fact, Tobago United managed that unflattering distinction for three successive years between 2004 and 2006.

Tobago’s performance in 2004 will forever be the Pro League’s lowest point as they played 21 games without picking up a solitary point and conceded 128 goals while scoring 18.

Photo: St Ann's Rangers attacker Kadeem Corbin (left) takes on Caledonia AIA captain Kareem "Tiny" Joseph during a previous Pro League contest. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: St Ann’s Rangers attacker Kadeem Corbin (left) takes on Caledonia AIA captain Kareem “Tiny” Joseph during a previous Pro League contest.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Rangers, with the Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 trio of Kadeem Corbin, Nicholas Dillon and Kevon Goddard in the rank, have so far bettered Tobago by only the finest of margins.

The biggest winner this weekend was undoubtedly Connection who held off a suspension-hit Point Fortin Civic team 2-0 to pull within touching distance of Central.

The Pro League now enters an international break to facilitate next Friday’s senior friendly clash between Trinidad and Tobago and Panama, which kicks off from 7 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

Pro League results

(Fri Mar 20)

Police FC 1 (Micah Lewis 24), North East Stars 1 (Keron Cummings 80) at Hasely Crawford;

W Connection  2 (Hashim Arcia 41, Jomal Williams 53), Point Fortin Civic 0 at Hasely Crawford;

(Sat Mar 21)

Central FC 1 (Sean De Silva 14), Defence Force 1 (Akeem Roach 19) at Marabella;

St Ann’s Rangers 1 (Sayid Freitas 88), Caledonia AIA 2 (Purnell Schultz 71, 80) at Malabar

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