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Police FC and defending champion
Defence Force are now second and third,
respectively, on the Digicel Pro League
standings, and will remain there during the
Christmas break which runs from today
until January 2.
Police, previously third, tackled second-
placed North East Stars in the first match of
the Round One Match Day Eight double head-
er at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucu-
rapo, on Friday night and edged the Angus
Eve-coached Sangre Grande club 1-0.
Coach Richard Hood s men, now with 13
points in second, grabbed what turned out
to be the winner in the 31st minute, when
midfielder and team captain Todd Ryan head-
ed a well-placed goal towards Akiba Peters
corner, which Stars midfielder Kaashif Thomas
failed to keep out.
Stars, who have ten points, slipped a spot
following the defeat, then a further spot into
fourth by the end of the second match at the
Mucurapo Road venue.
Defence Force, previously occupying fourth,
moved a spot upwards with 12 points, after
overcoming a stubborn eighth-placed San
Juan Jabloteh 2-0.
The Ross Russell-coached Defence Force
scored on either side of the half in a match
that saw a couple flared tempers near the
Midfielder Jerwyn Balthazar broke the San
Juan club a minute before the break for a 1-
0 advantage, when he scored from close up,
after the Jabloteh defence failed to clear a
Devorn Jorsling free kick swung into the area.
Jorsling later spilled an excellent scoring
opportunity in the 72nd minute, heading
overbar from close up when he met a Ross
Russell Jr corner from the left.
The ace forward was on target in the 75th
minute but was denied by Jabloteh goalkeeper
Police, Army move up before Christmas break
Sport psychologist and consultant at the Sport
Ministry Donald La Guerre; with Krysta Wallace,
beauty artist; and Tobias Ottley, executive
manager of Elite Development and Performance
Unit, SporTT, at the Ministry of Sport's Christmas
dinner and awards ceremony held at the Centre
of Excellence in Macoya, on Wednesday.
Kevin Dodds, who guided the well-struck 22-yard
free-kick onto the crossbar and behind for a corner.
However, Defence Force doubled the advantage, 2-
0, by the 86th minute when Russell Jr smashed in
substitute Kerry Joseph corner at the back post, and
his celebrations included his customary hug from his
father and head coach, Ross Russell.
In the end, Army doing well to find the back of the
net twice, while keeping Jabloteh and this season s
leading league goalscorer Kerry Baptiste (seven goals)
Baptiste s best openings of the match came in the
90th minute and wasn t his usual form; first slicing
a Lemuel Lyons cross with an acrobatic attempt, and
on the follow-up cross by Nyron Jones, Baptiste missed
an attempted header.
Round One Match Day Eight continued last night
with league leader DirecTV W Connection (18 points),
fresh from Wednesday s 6-5 penalty win, following a
2-2 draw in the Trophy Final against town rivals Central
FC, was scheduled to face sixth-positioned Caledonia
AIA (eight points).
Earlier, the seventh-positioned Central (8 points)
was to host bottom of the table St Ann s Rangers (3
Fifth-positioned Point Fortin Civic, with nine points
from seven matches, was on a bye, and will return to
action when the league resumes on January 3 with
Round One Match Day Nine.
Police FC 1 (Todd Ryan 31st) vs North East Stars 0
San Juan Jabloteh 0 vs Defence Force 2 (Jerwyn
Balthazar 44th, Ross Russell Jr 86th)
A SPORTING CHRISTMAS
NASSAU---The Bahamas government plans to
install a new track at the Thomas A Robinson Sta-
dium for the inaugural World Relays in 2014.
The world relays are set for May 24-25 in Nassau
but the track at the main stadium is not Class 1 cer-
tified which is required to host such a global event.
There are more than 200 member federations of
the International Association of Athletic Federations
(IAAF), and quite a number of them will be repre-
sented at the world relays.
A total of eight world championship spots in the
sprint and mile relays, in each gender, will be up for
grabs and it was recently confirmed that the top
eight will qualify for the 2015 IAAF World Cham-
pionships in Beijing, China. (CMC)
Bahamas to install new
track for world relays
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