Defending Pro League champions Central FC suffered the largest defeat of their five-year existence last night as they were crushed 6-0 by North East Stars at their Ato Boldon Stadium headquarters in Couva.
After an unprecedented three straight league titles, the “Couva Sharks” have haemorrhaged quality players this season—owing mostly to financial issues—and, unsurprisingly, some former employees were at the other end of the lopsided scoreline.
Rundell Winchester, who joined Central four years ago as a teenager, led the rout with a hattrick while another ex-employee, Elton John, opened the scoring. Stars, who led 4-0 at the interval, also got a goal apiece from Jameel Neptune and Jelani Felix.
In yesterday’s other affair at the same venue, Defence Force pulled off a late triumph against San Juan Jabloteh as Hashim Arcia settled the match with an 84th-minute winner.
The results saw the Army/Coast Guard combination leapfrog Jabloteh into fourth place in the 10-team standings while Central slipped one spot to seventh.
Stars, led by new head coach Derek King, are four points clear atop the standings although second-placed W Connection have a game in hand.
Pro League results
(Friday 22 September)
Defence Force 1 (Hashim Arcia 84), San Juan Jabloteh 0 at Ato Boldon Stadium;
Central 0, North East Stars 6 (Elton John 4, Jameel Neptune 14, Rundell Winchester 22, 41, 85, Jelani Felix 81) at Ato Boldon Stadium.
Standings (Tabulated as Won-Drawn-Lost-Goals For-Goals Against-Points)
- N/East Stars 11-7-3-1-21-9-24
- W Connection 10-6-2-2-20-12-20
- Club Sando 10-5-2-3-15-11-17
- Defence Force 11-4-3-4-13-14-15
- S/Juan Jabloteh 9-4-2-3-9-8-14
- Police FC 9-2-4-3-10-12-10
- Central FC 10-2-4-4-11-14-10
- Point Fortin 9-2-3-4-6-12-9
- M’vt Caledonia 9-1-4-4-4-7-7
- S/A Rangers 10-2-1-7-8-18-7