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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, April 10, 2014
Suriname s Dimitre Api scored a second-
half hat-trick as four-time Digicel T&T Pro
League champions, DirecTV W Connection
stayed on course, thumping Police 6-1 in
the feature match of a double-header at the
Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, on Tuesday
In the second match, Central FC led by a
Willis Plaza treble spanked Caledonia AIA 5-
1, to join W Connection and idle defending
champion Defence Force, with 32 points from
17 matches, in a three-horse race for the $1
Entering the match with a seven-point
lead over Couva neighbour Central FC, W
Connection was eager for a quick start and
did so, courtesy two penalty-kicks converted
by national midfielder Joevin Jones in the
15th and 23rd minute.
First, Joevin blasted past goalkeeper Adrian
Foncette's reach towards the upper netting
after Ariel Mc David's foul on Kurt Frederick
well inside the area and then he got his second
when referee Cecil Hinds pointed to the spot
when Joevin's brother, Alvin Jones went to
ground under a challenge from Jasimar Ashers
to take his tally to 12 for the season, the same
as North East Stars forward Trevin Caesar
and one behind Pt Fortin Civic's Marcus
It got worse for Police three minutes later
as Mc David was shown a second yellow-
card by Hinds for a foul on Apai near the
touch-line to leave his team to play the rest
of the match with 10 men.
W Connection then had shouts for a
remarkable third penalty waived off after Apai
was brought down by Ashers and within sec-
onds Police pulled a goal back in the 29th
when Jameel Perry fired past W Connection
goalkeeper Julani Archibald after intercepting
a poor back pass by Frederick.
The short-handed Lawmen almost got
another when Perry fired onto the base of
the post in the 40th minute but it was not
to be and three minutes into the second-half,
he was quick to react to a Todd Ryan that
ricochet into his path, only to fire tamely at
The 19-year-old Apai, who joined the
"Savonetta Boys" during the January transfer
window, then made Police pay for their missed
efforts when he scored from a Neil Benjamin
pass, to restore his team's two-goal cushion
at 3-1 while 20-minutes later, Hashim Arcia,
ended any hopes of a Police comeback with
his team's fourth item, a sweetly timed vol-
ley.With the match all over as a contest, Apai
managed to add a late double in the 88th and
93rd, to complete his hat-trick as his team
improved to 45 points with three matches
left to play.
They include two against Defence Force
and one versus Caledonia as they bid to add
to their previous league triumphs in 2000,
2001, 2005 and 2011/2012.
But still hot on W Connection's heels, is
Central which also got a hat-trick from former
Vietnam-based striker, Willis Plaza in its
equally as impressive, 5-1 demolition of Cale-
Plaza, who also scored a double in his
team's 4-0 bashing of the same Caledonia
in their Lucozade Sports Goal Shield quar-
terfinal at the same venue last Friday, fired
in the opener in the 17th minute but Montser-
rat striker Julian Wade leveled for Caledonia
within six minutes.
It seemed as though Caledonia did not
learn anything from Friday's meeting with
Central, as the dangerous Plaza regained his
team's lead in the 29th while former midfielder
Ataulla Guerra made it two goals in two
matches against his former employers with
a 45th minute item for a 3-1 cushion.
Plaza then completed his hat-trick 13 min-
utes after the restart while Samuel Delice,
snapped up during the transfer window added
a fifth item, in the 75th.
Up at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya,
North East Stars saw its slim hopes of lifting
the title ended in a 1-0 loss to fellow top-
two hopefuls, Pt Fortin Civic.
Getting the decisive strike for Pt Fortin
was Joseph in the 54th minute with his league
leading 14th goal of the campaign.
The win saw Pt Fortin take sole possesion
of third spot with 36 points, but with only
two matches left to play while Stars, slipped
to fourth with 33 points and three matches
remaining. Before they resume league play,
W Connection and Central will be favourites
to reach the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield final
when they meet Pt Fortin (6 pm) and North
East Stars (8 pm), respectively, in their semi-
final at Couva tomorrow.
Fifa vice president and Concacaf president
Jeffrey Webb has expressed his satisfaction
with plans presented by the T&T Football
Association (TTFA) ensuring the sport s local
development, following his first official trip
Webb was in T&T for only five hours on
Tuesday, but met with President Anthony Car-
mona and TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee,
along with other senior government officials.
Also present was FIFA development officer,
Howard McIntosh, TTFA general secretary Shel-
don Phillips and Sebastien Paddington, Sport
Company of T&T (SporTT) chairman.
Giving his assessment of the country's plans
for football development, Webb said, "Trinidad
and Tobago has a legacy to maintain as one of
the Caribbean's best, and I am certain that,
with a continued focus on training and forward
planning, performances on the pitch and
improvements to the TTFA administration will
be realized in the near future."
TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee expressed
thanks to Webb for his continued support and
"We were indeed very pleased and honoured
to host president Webb in Port-of-Spain today,"
said Tim Kee. "His presence gave us the oppor-
tunity to engage in talks with the president of
the Republic, Mr Carmona and other stake-
holders for the ongoing development of our
football. This will go a long way for us."
Tim Kee added: "What Mr Webb said to us
was in fact very encouraging as he made it
known that Trinidad and Tobago is viewed as
one of the leading nations in the region and
that while the Fifa and Concacaf are aware of
the challenging conditions with which we have
been faced with, they have also taken note of
the strides that we have made over the past
year or so and they are expecting even greater
progress in the months ahead."
KINGSTON---Celebrated Jamaican sprinter
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been forced to
withdraw from the two major athletic meet on
Fraser-Pryce was instructed to rest for two
weeks by her medical team and will miss the
UTECH Classic at the national stadium Saturday
as well as the upcoming Penn Relays in Penn-
sylvania in the United States.
"Yes, the medical team has instructed her to
take two weeks' rest. She will miss the UTech
Classic and the Penn Relays," said Bruce James,
president of MVP track and field club.
"However, she will be back for the Jamaica
International Invitational meet in May".
The 27-year-old Fraser-Pryce rose to promi-
nence in the 2008 Olympic Games, when at 21
years old, she became the first Caribbean woman
to win 100m gold at the Olympics.
In 2012, she successfully defended her title,
becoming the third woman to win two consecutive
100m events at the Olympic Games.
Last year, she became the first female sprinter
to win gold medals in the 100m, 200m and
4x100m in a single World Championships.
Webb visits T&T
to withdraw from
Central FC win big
have been hit by more injury problems
as it prepares to enter the seventh and
final round of the Regional Four Day
Left-arm spinners Veerasammy Per-
maul and batsman Chanderpaul Hemraj
are both injured and have been forced
to pull out of the team which remains
winless after five matches.
Permaul and Hemraj have contracted
chicken pox and have been replaced by
dropped leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo
and batsman Vishal Singh.
Guyana are at the bottom of the table
on 21 points having lost four of their
five matches so far while holding on
for a draw against the Windward
They play front runners T&T at Prov-
idence from tomorrow. CMC
Struggling Guyana lose Permaul, Hemraj to illness
Leon Johnson (Captain), Assad Fudadin, Amir Khan, Trevon Griffith, Tagenarine
Chanderpaul, Zaheer Mohamed, Ronsford Beaton, Anthony Bramble, Devendra Bishoo,
Shimron Hetmyer, Raun Johnson, Keon Joseph, Vishaul Singh.
Andre Toussaint, centre, of Pt Fortin Civic FC forces his way through the North East Stars duo Franz
Husbands, left, and Jeromie Williams, in their Digicel T&T Pro League match at the Marvin Lee
Stadium, Macoya, on Tuesday night. Pt Fortin won 1-0. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
W Connection 6 (Dimitre Apai 53rd, 88th,
93rd, Joevin Jones 15th pen, 23rd pen, Hashim
Arcia 73rd) vs Police 1 (Jameel Peery 29th)
Central FC 5 (Willis Plaza 17th, 29th, 58th,
Ataulla Guerra 45th, Samuel Delice 75th) vs
Caledonia AIA 1 (Julian Wade 23rd)
Jabloteh 2 (Neil Mitchell 88th, 92nd) vs
St Ann's Rangers 2 (Kevon Cornwall 63rd,
Kadeem Corbin 66th)
Pt Fortin Civic 1 (Marcus Joseph 54th) vs
North East Stars 0
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