St Ann’s Rangers continued their impressive early season form tonight as they down Police FC 2-0 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva to move, temporarily, to second place in the 2016/17 Pro League standings.
Rangers lost their first game of the season last Tuesday, as coach Anthony Streete’s 10-man outfit were whipped 3-0 by Ma Pau Stars. But they rebounded tonight in Couva against the “Lawmen”, who are struggling for incisiveness after injuries to strikers Makesi Lewis, Jameel Perry and Keion Wilson.
There was no sympathy from Rangers midfielder Dylan King, who represented Police last season, as he put the St Ann’s team ahead in the 32nd minute while diminutive attacker Marvin Lee finally added the insurance item in second half stoppage time.
Rangers now have seven points from their four games and trail leaders and defending champions, Central FC, by two points, although the latter team have a game in hand. It was the first defeat of the season for the Lawmen who opened their campaign with a 5-1 win over Stars but drew their next two fixtures.
It was a bad day for local servicemen as Club Sando shocked Defence Force 3-2 in the first game of the Couva double header. The Army/Coast Guard combination led 2-0 at the half through Hashim Arcia and Sean Narcis and looked to be heading for their second win of the campaign when Sando, who were pointless before tonight, struck.
A double by versatile Jamaican player Keith Simpson brought Sando level by former Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 midfielder Akeem Humphrey bagged the decisive item.
The result saw Sando skip two places to 8th in the 10-team standings while Defence Force slipped to ninth, just two points ahead of table proppers Point Fortin Civic who have one draw from three outings so far.
Pro League results
(Friday 21 October)
Club Sando 3 (Keithy Simpson 53, 78, Akeem Humphrey 85), Defence Force 2 (Hashim Arcia 35, Sean Narcis 45) at Ato Boldon Stadium;
St Ann’s Rangers 2 (Dylon King 32, Marvin Lee 90+2), Police FC 0 at Ato Boldon Stadium;
(Sunday 23 October)
San Juan Jabloteh vs Ma Pau Stars, 5pm, Barataria Recreation Ground;
(Tuesday 24 October)
W Connection vs Point Fortin Civic, 6pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
Central FC vs Morvant Caledonia Utd, 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.