Trinidad and Tobago Pro League leaders Central FC can seal their first domestic league crown tomorrow night when the “Couva Sharks” face Point Fortin Civic from 8 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain.
At present, the Sharks lead defending champions, DIRECTV W Connection, by six points. Central have two outstanding fixtures while Connection have three. However, Central’s goal difference is 14 goals superior to Connection’s.
Should the Sharks lose to Civic, Connection would need Central to lose their final league match against North East Stars as well as win their remaining three fixtures by a margin of at least 15 goals. The Digicel Pro League offers a $1 million first place prize while second place is worth $300,000.
“If we do our business right against Point Fortin and with our (superior) goal difference, it would be very difficult for Connection to catch us,” Central FC coach Terry Fenwick told the TT Pro League. “I would like to win the two remaining games… Our players had a good long season and now they can wind it up in style by winning the league.”
Fenwick, a former England international has won the Pro League crown three times with San Juan Jabloteh although much of the ground, on this occasion, was covered by fellow European coach Zoran Vranes. Central, under Vranes, led the Pro League for most of the season before club operations director Kevin Harrison decided to replace the Serbian coach with Fenwick.
Connection, who are hunting their sixth league title, face Caledonia AIA from 4 pm tomorrow at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella.
“At this point (in the league) it’s difficult, (the league crown) is no longer in our hand but we will just concentrate on our games and try to win,” said Connection coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier, “because that is what we have control over.”
In the other upcoming fixtures, North East Stars and St Ann’s Rangers clash from 6 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium with as many as nine potential Trinidad and Tobago internationals involved including the St Ann’s Rangers trio of Kadeem Corbin, Kevon Goddard and Jelani Peters and the Stars trio of Neveal Hackshaw, Duane Muckette and Dwane James.
The Pro League’s all-time leading scorers Devorn Jorsling (134 goals) and Kerry Baptiste (131 goals) go head-to-head on Sunday afternoon as Defence Force and Play Whe San Juan Jabloteh square off from 4 pm at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar.
Pro League fixtures
(Fri 24 April)
W Connection v Caledonia AIA, 4 pm, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium,
North East Stars v St Ann’s Rangers, 6 pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium,
Central FC v Point Fortin Civic, 8 pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium;
(Sun 26 April)
Defence Force v San Juan Jabloteh, 4 pm, Larry Gomes Stadium;
(Tue 28 April)
W Connection v Police FC, 6 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium,
Central FC v North East Stars, 8 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.