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Pro League round-up: Central snap three game winless streak after “Drogba” double

Central FC snapped a three game winless streak this afternoon, as they came from behind to defeat Morvant Caledonia United 3-1 in Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

Morvant Caledonia are yet to win this season but were first on the score sheet today, as Renaldo Francois got the opening goal in the fourth minute. It was the third time in as many matches that the “Eastern Stallions” drew first blood.

Photo: Then Central FC players Willis Plaza (left), Kaydion Gabriel (top) and Ataulla Guerra celebrate during their 5-2 win over Point Fortin Civic in the 2014/15 Pro League season.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

And, as with every other occasion, they could not hold on. Central veteran Kaydion “Drogba” Gabriel—who was a striker at youth level but played virtually all his senior football at right back—was an unlikely source of an equaliser for the “Couva Sharks” in the 23rd minute.

And lightening struck twice, as Gabriel put Central ahead late in the first half before captain Duane Muckette got an insurance goal for the Sharks in the 73rd minute.

The result pushed Central back to fifth in the 10 team standings—one point ahead of St Ann’s Rangers but eight shy of leaders W Connection, after five matches.

Morvant Caledonia, who have two games in hand, are second from bottom with just goal difference separating them from table proppers and defending champions, North East Stars.

Pro League results

(Friday 24 August)

San Juan Jabloteh 1 (Jomoul Francois 43), Club Sando 0 at Ato Boldon Stadium;

Defence Force 1 (Brent Sam 14), W Connection 2 (Marcus Joseph 45+1, Kadeem Corbin 55) at Ato Boldon Stadium;

(Saturday 25 August)

North East Stars 0, St Ann’s Rangers 1 (Kerry Baptiste 87) at Larry Gomes Stadium;

Point Fortin Civic 1 (Nathaniel Garcia 31), Police FC 3 (Kareem Freitas 9, 68, Christian Thomas 82) at Mahaica Oval;

(Sunday 26 August)

Central FC 3 (Kaydion Gabriel 23, 40, Duane Muckette 73), Morvant Caledonia United 1 (Renaldo Francois 4) at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Photo: Central FC stand-in captain Duane Muckette (left) takes a crack at goal while Defence Force midfielder Jerwin Balthazar looks on during the FCB Cup final at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 20 July 2018.
(Copyright Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Upcoming fixtures

(Tuesday 28 August)

St Ann’s Rangers v Police FC, 4pm, Larry Gomes Stadium;

Club Sando v North East Stars, 6pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

San Juan Jabloteh v Defence Force, 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

(Wednesday 29 August)

Central FC v Point Fortin Civic, 6pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Morvant Caledonia Utd v W Connection, 8pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium.

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