Club Sando maintain slender Super League lead
The top of the bmobile National Super League table remains a three-way battle royale, with leaders Club Sando, and Guaya United and Malabar FC—second and third respectively—earning wins on Sunday to stay out front, away from the rest of the pack.
Club Sando made their goals count in a 2-1 victory over defending champions WASA FC, while Guaya withstood a late challenge from Joe Public’s Eastern Lions for a 3-2 win. Malabar, though, fell behind to FC Santa Rosa, but that was their only mistake in a 6-1 triumph.
At Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Club Sando earned their tenth win by getting the first two goals in their encounter with WASA. Kerron Smith gave them a 1-0 halftime lead with a 44th minute item, and Anthony Parris (47th) added another just after the break to assure the advantage.
WASA’s 72nd minute strike by Kareem Freitas was not enough for them to share the points.
Guaya trailed their home encounter at Guaya Recreation Ground 1-0 at halftime, Stephen Johnson putting a mark on the scoresheets in the 36th minute. But three goals in 14 minutes sealed it for the hosts, with Ryan Stewart registering a strike in between Carlon Hughes’ second half double.
Arvid Applewhite struck late for Joe Public to make the match interesting, but nothing more.
Malabar disposed of fellow Arimians FC Santa Rosa at Arima Velodrome, but only after Santa Rosa’s Devon King found the net in the 17th.
But Malabar shifted gears thanks to Shandel Samuel, who found the goal in the 32nd and 34th minutes, and added another for good measure in the 63rd to complete his hat-trick.
The trio of Calvin Shepperd, Gorian Highley and Hayden Tinto each scored late to add insult to Santa Rosa’s injury.
Other results saw Defence Force hammered 8-1 by Stokely Vale at Frederick Settlement, Caroni, with only a late goal giving the Army some respite. And at Canaan Bon Accord, FC Phoenix ensured Westside Superstarz continued a downward slide with a 90th minute goal and 1-0 triumph.
Siparia Spurs traded places with Defence Force in moving one spot up to ninth by edging Real Maracas 2-1 at Palo Seco Velodrome on an 87th minute item by Derron Matthews.
The results leave no margin for error, with Club Sando (32 points) set to meet Malabar (30) this weekend. Any slip-up by those teams could give Guaya (31) a boost to the top. No one else is set to get close to the top trio, with FC Phoenix (24, fourth) on a bye in the next round.