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Substitute Balondemu Julius
scored what may be his most
important goal of his football
career to date to cap off a stun-
ning revival for Defence Force
which overcame a 2-0 deficit in
a 3-2 win over Pt Fortin Civic FC
on Tuesday night.
This was in the feature match
of a re-scheduled Digicel T&T Pro
League double-header at the Ato
Boldon Stadium, Couva.
With the win, its fifth on the
trot and second over Pt Fortin in
less than two weeks, the
improved to 32 points from 17
matches, one behind Pt Fortin and
North East Stars which have played
21 and 20 matches respectively
while W Connection leads with
42 from 20 matches, seven ahead
of Central FC which has a match
With both teams needing a win
to stay within reach of leaders and
four-time champions, DirecTV W
Connection, a tactical defensive
contest was expected on Tuesday.
However, it was not the case as
Pt Fortin threatened within the
first five minutes through Marcus
Joseph, only for his effort to ric-
ochet off the base of the upright.
Five later it was Defence Force's
turn to seek an opener, but with
only goalkeeper Marvin Phillip to
beat, striker Richard Roy fired
straight at the Pt Fortin custodian
while in the 15th minute, Roy's
team-mate, Jerwyn Balthazar saw
his goal-ward shot cleared off the
line by Pt Fortin defender, Weslie
Pt Fortin eventually took one of
the chances presented to both
teams when midfielder Kelvin
Modeste headed past goalkeeper
Kevin Graham off a Kevin Rouse
cross in the 31st minute and six
minutes later Joseph almost added
to his 12-goal tally for the league
campaign, only to be denied by
Graham to keep his team in the
match at the break.
On the resumption, Defence
Force was quick to settle with Balt-
hazar testing Phillip from long-
range in the 52nd, but three min-
utes later it was Pt Fortin which
doubled its advantage via a header
from John off a Joseph free-kick.
With his back against the wall
and his team's title defence on the
verge of being dealt a severe blow,
Defence Force coach, Ross Russell
turned to his bench and introduced
Josimar Belgrave for the in-effec-
tive Roy in the 57th minute.
And within six minutes of being
on the field, Belgrave had a role in
his team's first goal as his initial
shot was blocked out by Phillip,
only for Jorsling to blast home the
Two minutes later, Belgrave
made his coach look like a genius
when he headed his team level at
2-2 from a left-side cross.
Russell was not about to settle
for a share of the points as she
sensed Pt Fortin was buckling
under his team's late surge and he
again turned to his bench with
Julius replacing Kerry Joseph in
the 66th minute, and within nine
minutes of his introduction he cap-
italised on some sloppy defending
to fire past Phillip from within the
six-yard box for what turned out
to be the decisive item for his
team's third league win in as many
meetings with Pt Fortin this sea-
A stunned Pt Fortin tried to
mount a fight-back with Kariym
Balthazar and substitute Sean
Cooper having late attempts on
goal, but both denied by an alert
Graham to seal an important win
for his team.
In the night's opener, Police had
a push for a top two finish jolted
after a 2-1 loss to Caledonia despite
taking the lead in the 22nd minute
through Joel Kevin Lewis.
For Caledonia, now with 24
points from 18 matches, Nathan
Lewis got the equaliser in the 35th
while Keyon Edwards fired home
the winner six minutes from time.
Action now shifts to Lucozade
Sports Goal Shield competition
which begins today and runs until
April 25 while league matches
resume on Tuesday.
Caledonia 2 (Nathan Lewis
35th, Keyon Edwards 84th) vs
Police 1 (Joel Kevin Lewis 22nd)
Defence Force 3 (Devorn
Jorsling 63rd, Josimar Belgrave
65th, Balondemu Julius 75th) vs
Pt Fortin Civic 2 (Kelvin Modeste
31st, Weslie John 55th)
Defending Lucozade Sport Goal
Shield champions and two-time win-
ners W Connection will open their
defence on Saturday in the quarterfinal
round against play-off winner between
San Juan Jabloteh and St Ann's Rangers,
who face off today in their round-of-
16 playoff at the Larry Gomes Stadium,
Malabar, from 4 pm.
The match-ups as well as a $90,000
sponsorship by Lucozade Sport were
revealed during yesterday's launch of the
2014 Lucozade Sport Goal Shield at Cap-
ital Plaza, Wrightson Road.
The "Savonnetta Boys", winners of
this season's Digicel Charity Shield, Toy-
ota Classic and FA Trophy, are after a
fourth title this term, separate from their
ongoing league title ambition.
The quarterfinal round kicks off
tomorrow at the Ato Boldon Stadium,
Couva, with Central FC against 2012
winners Caledonia AIA from 6 pm fol-
lowed by 2010 winners North East Stars
and last-year's runner-up against two-
time finalist, Defence Force.
A day later, the quarterfinal continues
at the Couva venue. W Connection,
which blanked Defence Force 3-0 in the
2009 final and edged North East Stars
4-3 on penalty-kicks last year after a 0-
0 draw, tackles the Jabloteh/Rangers
winner from 5 pm.
Two hours later Point Fortin Civic
meet Police FC.
The semifinals will also take place at
Couva on April 11 followed by the final
two-weeks later (April 25).
This season's edition, the unique tour-
nament, based on its cash for goals incen-
tive, will see the winners take away an
increased base prize, from $20,000 to
$30,000 and $3,000 for every goal scored
in the final, $2,000 for every goal scored
in the semi-final, and $1,000 for every
goal scored in the quarter-final round.
While the runners-up prize structure
pays out a $10,000 base amount and
$1,500 for every goal scored in the Final,
$1,000 for every goal scored in the semi-
final, and $500 for every goal scored in
the quarter-final round.
T&T's netballers ended a disap-
pointing three-match tour of Scotland
with a third straight loss, 30-44 to the
host country at the Emriates Arena,
Glasgow, Scotland, yesterday.
The loss follows a 40-41 defeat on
Monday, and 32-44 for the world eight
ranked "Calypso Girls" against the 12th
ranked Europeans as both team con-
tinued their preparation for the upcom-
ing Commonwealth Games which also
takes place in Glasgow, Scotland in
Compared to the two previous
matches, T&T managed to keep the
match close for most of the way and
trailed 11-13 and 18-22 at the half-way
stage before the host pulled away to
lead 35-25 by the end of the third.
At the Commonwealth Games in
July/August, T&T will compete in a six-
team Pool B which also comprises world
champions, Australia, England, South
Africa, Wales and Barbados. Scotland
is in Pool A with New Zealand, Jamaica,
Malawi, and Northern Ireland.
Leg-spinner Samuel Badree has
leaped over countryman Sunil Narine
and is now the number bowler in
International T20 cricket.
This according to the latest Inter-
national Cricket Council (ICC) release
sent out yesterday.
Badree gained the top position after
his excellent burst of three for 10 against
Pakistan in the final preliminary round
match of the current World T20 being
played in Sri Lanka.
Badree is currently the third highest
wicket-taker in the tournament with
10 scalps from four matches, at an aver-
age of nine and an economy rate of
The Penal lad efforts have helped
him gain 109 ratings points to finish
on 855, 45 ratings points ahead of team-
mate Narine. Before the start of the
tournament, Badree was behind Narine
by just one ratings point.
Other postives movers for the West
Indies in the bowling department are
Jamaicans Krishmar Santokie now in
34th position up from 72nd and Marlon
Samuels now in 40th place from his
On the batting front England's Alex
Hales has moved up a place to second
Hales scored an unbeaten 116 against
Sri Lanka, the highest individual score
thus far in the tournament. Hales is
now on 834 ratings points and trails
the number-one ranked Australia bats-
man Aaron Finch by 58 ratings points.
For the West Indies Lendl Simmons
is now in 28th position (up by one),
Dwayne Bravo in 31st (up by two) and
Dwayne Smith in 48th (up by 18).
Overall the West Indies team has also
made a positive stride replacing Aus-
tralia for fifth spot.
In the other change in the table, West
Indies and Australia have swapped posi-
tions.The Caribbean team gained five
ratings points and is now on 115.
Australia, on the other hand, has
moved down a place to sixth with a
drop of five ratings points to end on
110. India has moved ahead of Sri Lanka
into the number-one position.
stuns Pt Fortin Civic
Pt Fortin Civic goalkeeper, Marvin Phillips punches away the ball as Defence Force's Jerwyn Balthazar
attempts a header on goal in their Digicel T&T Pro League match at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, on
Tuesday night. Defence Force won 3-2. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
Badree tops Narine as
number one bowler
Lucozade Sport Goal
Shield kicks off
Scotland sweeps Calypso netballers
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