Former Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 Team winger Akeem “Froggy” Garcia continued his revival—after a long term knee injury threatened to derail his promising career—with the winning goal at the Arima Velodrome last night as North East Stars edged Police FC 3-2 in 2017 Pro League action.
Garcia’s item, which came three minutes into the second half, was his first top flight goal in 29 months. The tricky winger was wearing W Connection colours on the last occasion that he got into the referee’s notebook. Ironically, his previous goal came in a 2-0 Connection win over North East Stars on 10 March 2015 at the Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya.
Yesterday, Garcia’s strike put Stars three points clear of Connection at the top of the Pro League. At present, Stars, who are coached by former National Under-20 Team head coach Derek King, are the only unbeaten team in the competition.
Connection will have a chance to reclaim pole spot in the Pro League from 4pm today at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva when the “Savonetta Boys” face Defence Force. However, Connection would have played one game more than Stars.
Stars had to sweat yesterday a they went ahead twice only to be pegged back by “The Lawmen.”
Speedy attacker Rundell Winchester opened the scoring after 10 minutes with his fourth goal in six matches while Stars skipper Elton John converted from the penalty spot in the 39th minute. But, each time, Police caught up though utility player Elijah Belgrave and then forward Jameel Perry.
There was no answer for Froggy’s strike, though, as Stars maintained their momentum at the top of the standings.
Pro League results
(Friday 28 July)
North East Stars 3 (Rundell Winchester 10, Elton John 39 pen, Akeem Garcia 48), Police FC 2 (Elijah Belgrave 20, Jameel Perry 45+1) at Arima Velodrome;
(Saturday 29 July)
St Ann’s Rangers v Morvant Caledonia Utd, 4pm, Larry Gomes Stadium;
W Connection v Defence Force, 4pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
Central FC v Club Sando, 6pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
(Friday 18 August)
Point Fortin Civic v San Juan Jabloteh, 6pm, Mahaica Oval.