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NSL: Stern strikes for Saddle Hill; but QPCC win 4-3 to go top

Former Trinidad and Tobago World Cup 2006 star Stern John got a debut goal for Saddle Hill Hotspur at the Ato Boldon Stadium tonight. But it was not enough to deny QPCC a 4-3 triumph in Couva.

Photo: Caribbean All Stars striker Stern John (right) appeals successfully for a penalty after a collision with Chelsea goalkeeper Richard Goddard in the 2015 Tobago Masters competition. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Caribbean All Stars striker Stern John (right) appeals successfully for a penalty after a collision with Chelsea goalkeeper Richard Goddard in the 2015 Tobago Masters competition.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

The result put the Queen’s Park outfit two points clear at the top of the CNG National Super League (NSL) Championship Division, although second placed Prisons FC have a game in hand.

The “Parkites” opened the scoring from as early as the sixth minute through Alex Knaggs and led throughout the contest. But Saddle Hill kept coming back as former Pro League journeyman Cyrano Glen, the younger brother of World Cup 2006 forward Cornell Glen, and then John, a Premier League player with Birmingham City and Sunderland, reduced the deficit.

Another former Trinidad and Tobago international, Hector Sam, also struck in stoppage time for Saddle Hill.

But Jerome Charles’ double and a late Akil Glasgow goal was sufficient for QPCC to continue their unbeaten run in the Championship Division.

Photo: QPCC forward Benedict Barrett (centre) is surrounded by Petit Valley players (from right) Sydney Charles, Mashama Baptiste and Quason Hartman while referee Glendon Superville looks on during 2015/16 CNG NSL action at the Queen's Park Oval. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: QPCC forward Benedict Barrett (centre) is surrounded by Petit Valley players (from right) Sydney Charles, Mashama Baptiste and Quason Hartman while referee Glendon Superville looks on during 2015/16 CNG NSL action at the Queen’s Park Oval. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

CNG National Super League Championship Division results

(Wednesday November 4)

Saddle Hill Hotspur 3 (Cyrano Glen 36, Stern John 61, Hector Sam 90), QPCC 4 (Alex Knaggs 6, Jerome Charles 12, 49, Akil Glasgow 83) at Ato Boldon Stadium;

 

Standings (Tabulated as Played-Won-Drew-Lost-Goals For-Goals Against-Points)

QPCC FC                10-7-3-0-22-12-24

Prisons FC              9-7-1-1-23-7-22 

Cunupia FC            9-6-2-1-21-10-20

Saddle Hill             10-5-2-3-26-18-17

UTT                            10-3-2-5-21-20-11

Petit Valley Utd    10-3-2-5-19-22-11

Chaguanas FC       10-3-2-5-14-22-11

Malabar FC            10-3-1-6-16-27-10

Barrackpore Utd  10-2-1-7-13-19-7

Edinburgh 500      10-2-0-8-4-22-6

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