Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 17th 2014 Contents A50
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, March 17, 2014
T Reason to Celebrate
Arsenal capitalized on a rare slip-
up by Premier League leader
Chelsea by claiming away wins at
their fiercest rivals yesterday to
close up an intriguing four-team
race for the title.
Liverpool humiliated soon-to-be-
deposed champion Manchester Unit-
ed in a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford,
with Steven Gerrard converting two
penalties and Luis Suarez also scoring
in a one-sided match that highlighted
the gulf that has emerged between
the two foes.
"It's a nightmare," said United
striker Wayne Rooney, whose team
is virtually assured of missing out
on qualifying for next season's
Champions League. "It's one of the
worst days I've ever had in football."
Tomas Rosicky's superb goal after
72 seconds sealed Arsenal's battling
1-0 win at Tottenham, a result that
also likely knocked Spurs out of con-
tention for a top-four finish.
The gap between Chelsea, which
lost 1-0 at Aston Villa on Saturday,
and fourth-place Manchester City
is now six points and all three teams
chasing the leaders have games in
hand over Jose Mourinho's side.
It is shaping up to be the most
exciting conclusion ever to a Premier
League title race.
For once, it won't include Unit-
ed.On the darkest day of David
Moyes' tumultuous first season at
Old Trafford, United was embarrassed
in front of its own fans by a rival
that is attempting to recreate its glory
days of the 1970s and 1980s, when
it dominated English football.
Liverpool's last English league title
came in 1990 but Gerrard said the
team proved it was a genuine con-
tender by running United ragged in
a match the visitors could easily have
won by six or seven goals.
Gerrard scored penalties in the
34th and 46th minutes and missed
another spot kick in the 78th after
United defender Nemanja Vidic was
sent off for a second booking for
fouling Daniel Sturridge.
Suarez completed the crushing
win with his 25th goal of the cam-
"I thought we were outstanding,"
said Liverpool manager Brendan
Rodgers, whose team put on a show
for watching Argentina great Diego
Maradona. "A real tale of dominance
in the game. From the first whistle,
our intent and will to press and attack
Such is the beleaguered state of
United's campaign that the team has
to win its remaining nine games to
avoid finishing with its lowest haul
of points in the Premier League era.
And such is the downward spiral
under Moyes that Liverpool has gone
from finishing 28 points behind Unit-
ed last season to 14 points ahead of
them this season.
While Liverpool produced another
masterful attacking display, Arsenal
was more than happy to win ugly at
White Hart Lane.
Rosicky drove a rising shot into
the corner from the edge of the area
to give Arsenal an early lead and the
visitors defended stoutly in the sec-
ond half to secure a first win at Tot-
tenham since September 2007.
"We had an early lead and we jug-
gled between protecting the lead and
finishing the game off," Arsenal man-
ager Arsene Wenger said. "We
absorbed a lot of pressure from Tot-
tenham. They gave very thing and
we needed a special resilience and
good defensive performance."
Two of Arsenal's next three match-
es are against Chelsea away, next
Saturday, and Man City at home.
Tottenham stayed fifth and is seven
points behind City having played
three games more. It looks to be a
three-way fight for fifth and sixth
place---the two spots that will seal
berths in next season's Europa
League, between Spurs Everton and
Spurs have lost three matches in
eight days, during which manager
Tim Sherwood berated his players
for showing a lack of character.
Liverpool, Arsenal claim big wins
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates after scoring against Manchester United during their English Premier League
soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Ambitious community-based club
La Horquetta SA continued to act on
its dream of qualifying for the National
Super League, when the club secured
a third consecutive win, this time 2-1
against Eastern Counties' Matura
None other than Keron Clarke scored
the winning goal on the half-hour mark
to lift his tally to six goals from three
matches. He doubled up on Anslem Jack-
son's 18th minute opening effort. In the
second half, Matura found a lifeline
through a penalty converted by Joel
Hoyte moments before the hour-mark.
That, however, was the final goal of the
match, as La Horquetta went to a perfect
nine points and one point away from an
assured place in the country's second
tier football competition.
The fixture played simultaneously with
Petrotrin Palo Seco's 6-1 drubbing of
Queen's Park Cricket Club.
The Parkites, who were thrashed 4-
1 four days before by La Horquetta, now
sit rock-bottom with one point from
three matches, and a likely spot back
into the Northern Football Association's
On the other hand, Palo Seco, which
had a slow start with a draw and a loss,
secured the confidence-boosting win to
go third, one point behind Coosal's Las
Las Lomas of the Central Zone, gave
Palo Seco a helping hand, when the club
played to a 2-2 draw with Goal City in
Tobago, on Saturday.
The fourth and second-to-last round
of matches will take place this Sunday.
La Horquetta will meet Las Lomas at
the Madras Recreation Ground, Cunupia,
while Petrotrin Palo Seco hosts Matura
at the Palo Seco Recreation Ground. Goal
City will travel to the Hasely Crawford
Stadium, where it will meet QPCC. Any-
thing but a win for the Tobago club will
likely see it booted out of contention.
La Horquetta 2 (Anslem Jackson 18th,
Keron Clarke 30th) v Matura Reunited 1
(Joel Hoyte 59th pen)
Petrotrin Palo Seco 6 (own goal 26th,
Jamal Ayers 27th, 58th, WiIliam Garcia
44th, Tigana Sparks 86th, 89th) v QPCC 1
(Chad de Freitas 83rd)
Goal City 2 v Las Lomas 2
La Horquetta eases
closer to Super League
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