Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC) were gifted three points yesterday to help their promotion chase to the CNG National Super League (NSL) Premiership Division, as their opponents Xtra Foods Chaguanas FC failed to show up for the Match Day 16 clash at the Dibe Recreation Ground, Long Circular.
Coach Shawn Cooper’s undefeated “Parkites”, who lead T&T Prison Service FC by two points with just two games remaining in the NSL Championship, were geared and anxious to continue their unbeaten run. But their ninth-placed opponents could not manage the 7 pm start, even though they apparently requested it.
First prize in the NSL Championship Division is $140,000.
Star-studded Barrackpore United benefitted from a default victory of their own to continue their escape from demotion as cellar-placed Malabar FC failed to show. Maybe the Malabar team was not too keen on facing the likes of Conrad Smith, Dwane James and Championship top scorer and ex-Malabar attacker Mikheil Peters in the south land yesterday.
The two no-shows meant Malabar and Chaguanas FC are both favourites for relegation back into the zonal divisions.
PriceSmart are not the only ones offering giveaways this time of year, it seems.
Prisons FC were most present at YTC in Arouca yesterday, though, as they scored two goals inside the first 10 minutes en route to a thrilling 4-2 win over seventh place UTT. Second half goals by Terrence Gene and Curtis Carrington ensured that Prisons stayed hot on the heels of QPCC.
Elsewhere, Jabari “Jah Jah” Carasquero haunted his old club Petit Valley United as he helped Saddle Hill Hotspur to a 2-0 win at the Hasely Crawford Stadium training field. Carasquero was aided by ex-Wrexham and Trinidad and Tobago striker Hector Sam who scored his 17th goal of the Championship season to seal Saddle Hill’s triumph.
At Edinburgh, third-placed Cunupia missed the chance to keep pace with the frontrunners as they played to a 1-1 draw with Edinburgh FC. An extra time item by Cunupia’s Stevon Stoute cancelled out a first half effort by Calvi Grazette.
CNG NSL Championship Division results
(Saturday November 5)
Cunupia FC 1 (Stevon Stoute 90), Edinburgh 500 FC 1 (Calvi Grazette 26), Edinburgh;
Barrackpore United SC 3, Malabar FC 0, by default, Barrackpore;
Saddle Hill Hotspur 2 (Hector Sam 15, Jabari Carasquero 65), Petit Valley United FC 0, HCS Training Field;
T&T Prison Service FC 4 (Questelle Walters 4, Ricardo Alleyne 10, Terrence Gene 53, Curtis Carrington 71), UTT 2 (Joseph Brown 8, Isaiah Mejias 45), YTC, Arouca;
QPCC 3, Xtra Foods Chaguanas FC 0, by default, Dibe Recreation Ground;
Upcoming Championship fixtures
(Tuesday December 8)
Malabar FC v Cunupia FC at D’Abadie, 7 pm;
Edinburgh 500 FC v Saddle Hill Hotspur at Edinburgh 500 Rec Grd, 7 pm;
Xtra Foods Chaguanas FC v Petit Valley United FC at New Settlement Grd, 7 pm;
UTT v QPCC at UTT, O’Meara, 7 pm;
T&T Prison Service FC v Barrackpore United SC at YTC, Arouca, 3:30 pm;
CNG NSL Championship Division standings
(Tabulated as played-won-drew-lost-goals for-goals against-points)
QPCC FC 16-12-4-0-36-16-40
Prisons FC 16-12-2-2-41-13-38
Cunupia FC 16-9-6-1-34-15-33
Saddle Hill 16-7-2-7-41-35-23
Barrackpore Utd 16-6-2-8-31-26-20
Petit Valley Utd 16-5-3-8-29-37-18
Edinburgh 500 16-4-2-10-17-33-14
Chaguanas FC 16-3-4-9-19-41-11
Malabar FC 16-3-1-12-22-56-10