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Tyrone terrorises Caledonia, Jabloteh pull within four points of CONCACAF spot

Attacker Tyrone Charles returned to devastating effect yesterday evening as San Juan Jabloteh stretched their winning run to four consecutive matches with a 3-0 triumph over a hapless Morvant Caledonia United at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar.

Photo: San Juan Jabloteh attacker Tyrone Charles (left) takes on Club Sando defender Andre Phillip during 2015 TTFA FA Trophy quarterfinal action in Malabar. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: San Juan Jabloteh attacker Tyrone Charles (left) takes on Club Sando defender Andre Phillip during 2015 TTFA FA Trophy quarterfinal action in Malabar.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

The result saw fourth placed Jabloteh pull within four points of second placed Defence Force with just seven matches left in the TT Pro League 2015/16 season. The top two clubs advance to the qualifying rounds of the CONCACAF 2017/18 competition.

DIRECTV W Connection lost ground with their own title chase as they were held goalless by Police FC at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

The tie snapped a two game losing streak by Police while it was their first clean sheet in four matches.

Connection remained in third spot with 37 points—two more than Jabloteh and two shy of Defence Force—while the “Lawmen”, who led the Pro League until a week before Christmas, are sixth with 28 points, which is a whopping 18 points behind leaders and defending champions, Central FC.

In yesterday’s other fixture, veteran marksman Kerry Baptiste bagged a double in North East Stars’ 4-3 win over St Ann’s Rangers, which brings the tally with his new employers to six goals in three outings.

Photo: Veteran poacher Kerry Baptiste (centre) leads the charge for North East Stars during TT Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 1 March 2016. Baptiste's teammate (far left) Anthony Wolfe tries to anticipate his pass while Club Sando midfield anchor Shannon Phillip (second from right) tries to keep up. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Veteran poacher Kerry Baptiste (centre) leads the charge for North East Stars during TT Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 1 March 2016.
Baptiste’s teammate (far left) Anthony Wolfe tries to anticipate his pass while Club Sando midfield anchor Shannon Phillip (second from right) tries to keep up.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Rangers have gone five games without a point while they have not won a league match since a 1-0 victory against Point Fortin Civic on 19 December 2015.

Thrice, Rangers trailed yesterday and, each time, the Angus Eve-coached team clawed their way back to level terms, only for an Anthony Guppy item in the 82nd minute to secure the three points for Stars coach Ross Russell.

In Malabar, it was a matter of when and not if Jabloteh would gun down an impotent Caledonia team. If anything, Jabloteh coach Keith Jeffrey might be disappointed that he had to wait as long as the 58th minute for the opener.

But he would have enjoyed the decisive move, as Charles, who was making his first appearance after a lengthy injury-enforced break, flew past Caledonia right back Antonio Joseph and crossed for striker Jamal Gay, who teed up playmaker Fabian Reid for a simple tap in.

Jabloteh should have had another in the 67th minute, as Jabloteh’s other flying flanker, Nathan Lewis, rolled the ball through the legs of Caledonia’s other full back, Ordell Flemming, before crossing to Reid. Only for the Jamaican to hit overbar from inside the six yard box.

Photo: Battle of the maestros. San Juan Jabloteh midfielder Fabian Reid (right) tries to hold off W Connection playmaker Andre Toussaint during 2015/16 Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Battle of the maestros.
San Juan Jabloteh midfielder Fabian Reid (right) tries to hold off W Connection playmaker Andre Toussaint during 2015/16 Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Charles, a former Caledonia employee, was again instrumental for Jabloteh’s second, as he won a corner kick and took it himself, with the lanky Gay applying the finishing touch with a flicked header home.

Three more former Caledonia players combined for the third and final item.

Midfielder Marvin Oliver glided past an opponent and passed for the overlapping Noel Williams, who sent a hopeful, diagonal pass through the opposing defence.

Inexplicably, Flemming failed to cut it out and Lewis collected the through ball before blasting past Morvant Caledonia and Trinidad and Tobago international goalkeeper Phillip to seal a handsome 3-0 triumph.

Jabloteh will have a much sterner test on Saturday evening, when they host Defence Force from 6.30 pm at the Barataria Recreation Ground in Barataria.

Photo: Defence Force midfielder Sean Narcis (centre) heads past Club Sando goalkeeper Kelvin Henry (right) while Devon Modeste looks on during 2015/16 Pro League action. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Defence Force midfielder Sean Narcis (centre) heads past Club Sando goalkeeper Kelvin Henry (right) while Devon Modeste looks on during 2015/16 Pro League action.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Morvant Caledonia and Police will both hope to regain momentum when they square off from 6 pm on Friday in the first of a double header at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

W Connection face Point Fortin Civic in the second match at the same venue from 8 pm.

(Teams)

San Juan Jabloteh (4-2-3-1): 35.Andrew Durant (GK); 4.Garth Thomas, 21.Aquil Selby, 24.Adrian Reid, 6.Akeem Benjamin (2.Noel Williams 46); 11.Damian Williams, 26.Marvin Oliver; 27.Nathan Lewis (20.Aaquil Campbell 84), 13.Fabian Reid, 10.Tyrone Charles; 7.Jamal Gay (9.Brent Sam 84).

Unused substitutes: 30.Shemel Louison (GK), 8.Keyon Edwards, 15.Jerome McIntyre, 23.Kennedy Hinkson.

Coach: Keith Jeffrey

 

Morvant Caledonia United (4-1-3-2): 1.Marvin Phillip (GK); 16.Antonio Joseph (20.Jamaal Harvey 62), 3.Ranaldo Bailey, 18.Joel Russell, 4.Ordell Flemming; 5.Mensah Maestro; 12.Kareem Joseph (captain), 17.Akim Armstrong, 22.Jameel Neptune (8.Anthony Charles 86); 28.Pernell Schultz, 29.Kareem Knights (2.Robert Primus 67).

Unused substitutes: 34.Stephon Seepersad (GK), 11.Abdallah Phillips, 15.Otev Lawrence.

Coach: Jerry Moe

 

Referee: Marlon Peruse

Man of the match: Tyrone Charles (San Juan Jabloteh)

Photo: San Juan Jabloteh attacker Tyrone Charles (right) keeps the ball from Central FC right back Kaydion Gabriel during 2015/6 Pro League action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: San Juan Jabloteh attacker Tyrone Charles (right) keeps the ball from Central FC right back Kaydion Gabriel during 2015/6 Pro League action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

TT Pro League results

(Wednesday March 9)

Morvant Caledonia Utd 0, San Juan Jabloteh 3 (Fabian Reid 58, Jamal Gay 71, Nathan Lewis 81) at Larry Gomes Stadium;

W Connection 0, Police FC 0 at Ato Boldon Stadium;

St Ann’s Rangers 3 (Kevon Piper 39, Jeromie Williams 63, Kadeem Hutchinson 80), North East Stars 4 (Kerry Baptiste 33, 57, Ryan Stewart 71, Anthony Guppy 82) at Ato Boldon Stadium;

Photo: North East Stars midfielder Ryan "Fry" Stewart (left) dribbles Club Sando left back Kemuel Rivers during their TT Pro League clash at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 1 March 2016. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: North East Stars midfielder Ryan “Fry” Stewart (left) dribbles Club Sando left back Kemuel Rivers during their TT Pro League clash at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 1 March 2016.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Upcoming fixtures

(Friday March 11)

Morvant Caledonia Utd v Police FC, 6 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

W Connection v Point Fortin Civic, 8 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

(Saturday March 12)

San Juan Jabloteh v Defence Force, 6.30 pm, Barataria Recreation Ground.

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AboutLasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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8 comments

  1. It’s nice to see Tyrone when he’s in full flight. Sad that he had a shocking debut with the senior team.

  2. Noel really doesn’t look like a player who has been out for ages. He has fitted right in and flying already yes. And Oliver is doing well too.
    Would be interesting to see them against Central who play at a much more demanding tempo though.

  3. Top 2 finish is going to be a hard race this year

  4. Noel Williams all over the place again ?