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Kerry Joseph and substitute Josimar Belgrave
both netted second-half goals as defending
champion Defence Force continued its chase
of leader DirecTV W Connection for the $1 mil-
lion Digicel T&T Pro League title with a 2-1
win over St Ann s Rangers at the Ato Boldon
Stadium, Couva on Tuesday night.
The win improved the Army/Coast-Guard
combination to 41 points from 20 matches, the
same as Central FC which whipped Police 4-1
in the second match on Tuesday, and four behind
W Connection which has played 21 matches.
However, while Defence Force, also champion
in 1999 and the 2010/2011 campaign, has four
matches left to play including what looks like
two deciding encounters on May 4 and May 6
against W Connection, the latter only has three
while Central FC has two left and is now ranked
outsiders for the crown.
The top two clubs in the league will also qualify
to compete in the Caribbean Football Union
(CFU) Club Championships, a qualifier to the
Concacaf Champions League.
Despite being without the services of ace for-
ward Devorn Jorsling---due to a hamstring injury
---for a second consecutive match and doubtful
for another week and a half, Defence Force started
as the favourite having won its last seven straight
But at the end of the first 45 minutes, the Ross
Russell-coached "Teteron Boys" had nothing to
show on the scoreboard against a plucky Rangers
line-up, no doubt bouyed by its 3-2 win over
Caledonia a week ago, only its second win from
With his team needing all three points, Russell
replaced the in-effective Richard Roy with Bel-
grave at the restart and he came within inches
of the opener soon after with a header off a
Curtis Gonzales cross, that crashed off the cross-
bar. From the resulting corner, Defence Force
eventually took a 1-0 lead with Joseph diving to
meet a Keston Williams centre to beat goalkeeper
The goal came at a cost for Joseph as he sus-
tained a nose injury and was replaced by Akeem
Roach, but it did not seem to affect Defence
Force as Belgrave created an opening in the 67th
minute but blasted overbar before he found the
target six minutes later with a fierce blast to ease
his team s nerves.
But three minutes later Rangers, which defeated
Defence Force 3-2 in their first round league
clash before losing the second encounter 5-1 cut
the lead in half via a 76th-minute strike from
Kennedy Isles, who was first to react after goal-
keeper Kevin Graham spilled Kevin Carter s long
Rangers then went in search of an equaliser
and had a late shout for a penalty waived off as
Defence Force held on for valuable three points.
In the second match, Police, unbeaten in two
previous league meetings with Central, took a
shock 1-0 lead after only four minutes through
a long range effort from Aaron Stewart which
took a wicked deflection past goalkeeper Jan-
It looked as though it would be Police s day
when goalkeeper Adrian Foncette denied Ataullah
Guerra s 17th minute penalty attempt after
defender Jasimar Ashers had clipped Rundell
Winchester inside the area.
But nine minutes later Guerra redeemed himself
with a low blast past Foncette before Willis Plaza
put the Central "Sharks" ahead, 2-1 in the 30th
minute with a solo effort after collecting a pass
Two minutes before the half, Police almost
drew level through Clevon Mc Fee, however, his
effort was kept out by a diving Williams.
Five minutes into the second-half, Plaza got
his second of the match and his team s third
when he netted from inside the six-yard box
after Foncette had blocked out his first effort
from a Jason Marcano cross.
Any chances Police had of getting back into
the contets suffered a blow when defender Anton
Hutchinson was shown a straight red card by
referee Gyasi Mc Donald for a tackle on Win-
chester with 25 minutes left.
With a player advantage Central urged on by
coach, former England defender Terry Fenwick
piled on the pressure in search of more goals,
but Akeem Benjamin and Dwight Quintero, who
replaced Plaza in the 52nd were both thwarted
And five minutes into added-on time substitute
midfielder Darren Mitchell wrapped up the scoring
for Central with a solo run as his team kept its
slim title hopes alive.
Central FC, winners of the First Citizens Cup
already this season will now shift its attention
to Friday s meeting with W Connection in the
Lucozade Sport Goal Shield final at the Ato
Boldon Stadium, Couva from 8pm.
Also on Friday, Defence Force, which is third
in the league only on goal-difference will tackle
Caledonia in a rescheduled match at Couva from
A win for the "Teteron Boys" will see them
climb to within a point of W Connection, before
their back-to-back meeting and then San Juan
Jabloteh on May 13 to end the season.
Young local footballers Travell
Edwards, Sebastian Camacho, Kori
Cupid and Raheam Borde will cer-
tainly remember their stint at the
Digicel Kick Start Academy which
was held in Barbados in October.
"It was like a dream come true,"
said 15-year-old Travell Edwards, a
student of St Anthony s College.
The Academy, which is the culmi-
nation to the Digicel Kick Start Clinic,
a developmental programme launched
in 2008, presents aspiring footballers
with a-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
to attend the prestigious Academy.
Last year, the clinic established a
strategic partnership with the leg-
endary English Premier League Club,
Chelsea. The chosen elite youngsters
attended a week-long camp where
they were trained under the watchful
eye of the world-renowned Chelsea
The three Chelsea coaches-David
Monk, senior international football
development officer, Andrew Patrick
Ottley, international development offi-
cer and Kane Nicholas Cowburn,
international football development
head coach, who conducted the local
leg of the clinic ---selected these four
footballers from a competitive field of
31 young men who qualified to take
part in last year s Clinic.
Camacho, 17, who plays football for
Fatima College, one day, hopes to wear
the T&T colours.
"I entered the Digicel Kick Start
Clinic to learn from top class coaches
and improve my overall game," he said.
The Digicel Kick Start Clinic and
Academy certainly left a profound
impact on the young footballers.
"I learnt that football is not all about
winning but expressing yourself," said
"The Programme was awesome. I
felt it was a great experience because
we got a first-hand opportunity to be
coached by coaches of the highest
level, and even got to play against the
Barbados national team."
After participating at the Digicel
Academy in Barbados, Camacho said,
"I thought I had a good session and
thankfully the Chelsea coaches
believed in me and gave me an oppor-
"As a footballer that is all we can
ask for. It was the closest thing I ve
seen to the actual life of a pro foot-
baller, calculated in everything we did.
Breakfast was at a certain time, train-
ing with intensity on and off the ball.
"All the things necessary to be 100
per cent in everything you do on and
off the field. It is an experience I will
Both Edwards and Camacho were
grateful to Digicel for facilitating their
opportunity to showcase their talent
and interact with the Chelsea coach-
es.Edwards said, "Having experienced
this I would tell my football contem-
poraries when they go to trials, put
out your all and work hard because
an opportunity like this only comes
around once in a lifetime."
Army makes it
...cuts W Connection lead to four points
in action on the
field in Barbados.
Defence Force FC 2 (Kerry Joseph 48th,
Josimar Belgrave 73rd) vs St Ann's
Rangers 1 (Kennedy Isles 76th)
Central FC 4 (Willis Plaza 30th, 50th,
Ataullah Guerra 36th, Darren Mitchell
90+5) vs Police 1 (Aaron Stewart 4th)
WConnection.21 .13. .6 . .2. .43. .15.45
Defence Force 20 .13 . .2 . .5 .40 .25 .41
CentralFC. . . . .22. .11. .8. . .3. .46. .21.41
PtFortin. . . . . .23.12. .3. .8. .35.24.39
NEStars. . . . . .22.10. .6. .6. .24. .17.36
Caledonia. . . . .21. .7. .6. .8. .32. .31.27
Police. . . . . . . . .23. .8. .3.12. .30. .41.27
Jabloteh. . . . . .22. .3. .3.16. .22. .53.12
Rangers. . . . . . .22. .2. .1.19. .19.64. .7
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