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‘Karen’ postpones final Ascension fixtures with ‘Army’, Deportivo, Giants and UTT chasing glory

Tropical Storm Karen has disrupted the Ascension Invitational Tournament’s final round of fixtures with Defence Force FC on the verge of the Division One crown and Deportivo PF, San Fernando Giants and UTT FC all within touching distance of the Division Two title.

Tournament organisers informed all participants this morning that games scheduled for this afternoon have been postponed until further notice. A decision on tomorrow evening’s game between Terminix La Horquetta Rangers and San Juan Jabloteh will be made on Monday morning.

Photo: Defence Force captain Jerwyn Balthazar (centre) executes an improvised volley during Ascension Invitational action against La Horquetta Rangers at Phase 2 La Horquetta on 17 August 2019.
Balthazar’s effort rebounded off the bar as both teams played to a goalless draw.
(Copyright Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)

The Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) has already announced the postponement of all games carded for Monday. And Caribbean Airlines have cancelled today’s domestic flights as well as regional flights to and from St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada.

In the Ascension competition, Defence Force would have backed themselves to secure the inaugural Division One title this afternoon when they were due to host cellar placed Matura ReUnited in Couva.

A draw would have been enough for the Army/Coast Guard combination, since their nearest rival, Morvant Caledonia AIA, were expelled from the tournament on Friday as a result of their behaviour in a mid-week fracas involving match officials Crystal Sobers and Kirt Charles.

However, should Matura surprise ‘Army’, San Juan Jabloteh still have a mathematical chance to pip them at the death—if they can defeat Rangers by five goals or more. Rangers are third at present but could finish second with a win over Jabloteh or fourth if the La Horquetta-based team lose and Cunupia FC defeat Police FC in their final fixture.

In Division Two, it looks to be a straight shootout between leaders Deportivo PF and San Fernando Giants who are separated only by goal difference. The winner of their clash will be crowned champions.

UTT Theon James
Photo: San Fernando Giants full back Jamal Du Barry (left) tries to get away from UTT winger Theon James during Ascension Division Two action at UTT Campus, O’Meara on 14 September 2019.
(Copyright Annalicia Caruth/Wired868)

However, should they play to a draw, UTT—which is one point adrift—can overtake them both to win the second tier with a win over bottom placed Marabella Family Crisis Centre.

The rescheduled fixtures are expected to be announced in midweek.

Ascension Invitational fixtures to be rescheduled

Division One

(Sunday 22 September)

Cunupia FC v Police FC, 3.30pm, Larry Gomes Stadium;

Defence Force v Matura ReUnited, 4pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Prison Service FC v Guaya United, 4pm, San Juan North ground;

QPCC v Club Sando, 4pm, St Mary’s College ground;

(Monday 23 September)

Terminix La Horquetta Rangers v San Juan Jabloteh, 6pm, Phase Two, La Horquetta.

Photo: San Juan Jabloteh attacker Jodel Brown (centre) tries to create space for himself during Ascension Invitational action against Defence Force at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar on 21 August 2019.
(Copyright Nicholas Bhajan/CA-Images/Wired868)

Division Two

(Sunday 22 September)

San Fernando Giants v Deportivo PF, 4pm, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium Training Field;

Erin FC v RSSR FC, 4pm, Erin Recreation Ground;

Bethel United v Harlem Strikers, 4pm, Mt Gomery Recreation Ground;

UTT FC v Marabella Family CC, 4pm, UTT, O’ Meara;

Police FC v Club Sando Uprising Y’ths, 4pm, Teacher’s Training College, Valsayn;

Petit Valley/D’go Martin Utd v Moruga FC, 4pm, St Anthony’s College Ground.

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