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Pro League scores: Rangers stun Central, Stars hold Connection in top of table clash

Teenaged forward Josh Toussaint scored the decisive goal for MIC-It St Ann’s Rangers tonight as the Pro League’s table proppers stunned defending champions Central FC 1-0 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

It was Central’s first loss this season and their second straight weekend without a win, after the “Couva Sharks” were held goalless by Morvant Caledonia United on 30 June.

Photo: St Ann’s Rangers and Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 Team midfielder Josh Toussaint (left) executes a Cruyff turn during Pro League action against W Connection at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 17 January 2017.
(Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)

The result means that Central remain in fifth place and five points shy from the summit while Rangers climbed from 10th the eighth place.

Neither of joint leaders W Connection or North East Stars were able to take advantage as they played to a 2-2 draw in the second game of the Couva double header. Connection must have thought they were home and dry as they led 2-0 when the game entered the final 10 minutes, after items from Neil Benjamin Jr and Marcus Joseph.

However, an 83rd minute item from Jameel Neptune and an extra time equaliser by Kordell Samuel—both pre-season signings from Morvant Caledonia—ensured that Derek King remains the only unbeaten coach in the Pro League so far this season.

Elsewhere at the Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin Civic managed their third straight draw after a goalless finish against Police FC. But it was not enough to keep Civic from slipping to the bottom of the standings after Rangers’ improbable triumph.

Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 head coach Derek King.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

Pro League results

(Friday 14 July)

Central FC 0, St Ann’s Rangers 1 (Josh Toussaint 57) at Ato Boldon Stadium;

W Connection 2 (Neil Benjamin 2, Marcus Joseph 38), North East Stars 2 (Jameel Neptune 83, Kordell Samuel 90+2) at Ato Boldon Stadium;

Point Fortin Civic 0, Police FC 0 at Mahaica Oval;

Upcoming fixtures

(Saturday 15 July)

Defence Force v Morvant Caledonia Utd, 4pm, Larry Gomes Stadium;

San Juan Jabloteh v Club Sando, 5pm, Barataria Recreation Ground.

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  1. Josh has always been a very good striker, and Rangers is steadily improving. They have very good youths, and Street will get some results.