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Pro League round-up: Connection stretch lead despite stumble, Central cruise with goal from Jamaican debutant

Pro League leaders W Connection had their first stumble of the 2018 season yesterday evening, as they were held goalless by strugglers Morvant Caledonia United at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

The result saw the “Savonetta Boys” lose their 100 percent record this season. But even in defeat, Connection prospered, as coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier’s men still stretched their lead to three points over second place San Juan Jabloteh, after the latter team team lost 2-0 to third place Defence Force on Tuesday.

Photo: St Ann’s Rangers forward Kerry Baptiste is guarded by Police FC players (from left) Kurdell Brathwaite, Dillon Kirton and Ryan O’Neil during Pro League action at the Larry Gomes Stadium on 28 August 2018.
(Copyright Annalicia Caruth/Wired868)

Central FC and Club Sando kept on their tails with wins in contrasting style to stay fourth and fifth respectively.

Central whipped Point Fortin Civic 4-0 with a goal from their new Jamaican signing Ewan Grandison, a stocky Portmore United midfielder with a hammer of a shot, while Sando held off a late surge from table proppers North East Stars to win 5-4 in a match that had six goals in the final half hour.

At present, Connection have 16 points from six matches while Jabloteh have 13 and Defence Force, Sando and Central have 10 each.

At the Larry Gomes Stadium on Tuesday, St Ann’s Rangers’ two game winning streak was halted by Police FC, as the Lawmen ran out 3-0 winners. Both teams now have six points although Police, who are sixth, have a superior goal differential.

There will be two rescheduled Pro League fixtures on Saturday as St Ann’s Rangers tackle Morvant Caledonia and Defence Force face Police in a double header at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

Photo: Portmore United captain and midfielder Ewan Grandison (centre) hammers home the equalising goal past San Juan Jabloteh defender Akeem Benjamin (left) during 2017 Caribbean Club Championship action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 18 May 2017.
(Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)

Pro League results

(Tuesday 28 August)

St Ann’s Rangers 0, Police FC 3 (Kareem Freitas 45 pen, Kurdell Brathwaite 53, Jameel Perry 73 pen) at Larry Gomes Stadium;

Club Sando 5 (Kemuel Rivers 33, Shackiel Henry 38, Tyrone Charles 55, Keron Cornwall 69, Quinn Rodney 73), North East Stars 4 (Jabari Brathwaite 71, Allister Bernard 77, Sherwyn Williams 82, Kyle Bartholomew 90) at Ato Boldon Stadium;

San Juan Jabloteh 0, Defence Force 2 (Devorn Jorsling 30, Dylon King 41) at Ato Boldon Stadium;

(Wednesday 29 August)

Central FC 4 (Russell Alfred 4, Ewan Grandison 48, Jared London 68, Dwight Pope 90), Point Fortin Civic 0 at Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Morvant Caledonia Utd 0, W Connection 0 at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Photo: St Ann’s Rangers coach Dave Quamina (left) has a word with his players during Pro League action against Police FC at the Larry Gomes Stadium on 28 August 2018.
(Copyright Annalicia Caruth/Wired868)

Upcoming fixtures

(Saturday 1 September)

St Ann’s Rangers vs Morvant Caledonia Utd, 4pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.

Defence Force vs Police FC, 6pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.

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