Caledonia AIA and defending Digicel Pro League champions DIRECTV W Connection will attempt to rebound today with rescheduled Round One rescheduled matches at the Ato Boldon Stadium after dropping important points last weekend.
Defending champions Connection will tackle neighbouring rivals Central FC from 8 pm, following Caledonia's 6pm rescheduled match against seventh placed St Ann's Rangers at the Couva venue.
Caledonia, second on the standings with 23 points from 12 matches, suffered a 3-2 defeat against Central FC at the very same Couva venue on Saturday which saw leaders Defence Force establish a nine-point advantage after they picked up full points in a 2-1 win against Connection on Friday at the Marvin Lee Stadium.
Connection slipped a spot into fourth with 19 points, while North East Stars, 3-1 winners over T&TEC, swapped for third with 20 points.
"I think we are always a little unlucky against Defence Force," said long-standing Connection coach Stuart Charles Fevrier.
"I think we played the better game but the result was against us. We had our chances to put away and didn't. It's something that has been plaguing us this year and all season."
Fevrier added: "We are definitely still confident in the way we play because we play very well against all our opponents. We are confident in ourselves and it's just down to how we execute on the night of the game."
Connection defeated Central 3-0 on January 5–one day after Terry Fenwick joined the 'Sharks'–in their Round Two clash, with a hat-trick from striker Shahdon Winchester.
However later that month, Winchester signed a one year loan deal with Finland Premier League club FF Jaro.
"It would be nice to have Shahdon," continued the Connection St. Lucian coach. "But we don't dwell on who isn't here to help us. We feel the players here are capable and we continue to work with them. We have been working every day on the training pitch [on our finishing] but we don't have any guarantee."
Connection's long injury list includes striker Jerrel Britto, defender Kern Cupid, midfielder Tremain Paul and Brazilian goalkeeper Murilo Da Costa "which isn't helping our case," said Fevrier. "…but we won't give up. We have some youngsters who are still going to school and we are utilising them in the senior team."
Fevrier continued: "We won 3-0 the only time we played them (Central) and they would come a little more focused and prepared. But we are always confident in our ability and we are going to be positive in getting a good result."
Speaking of the likelihood of his team defending the League title, the Connection coach said: "It's obviously difficult. We don't have much more games and shouldn't worry about Defence Force. We have to focus on ourselves at this point."
Meanwhile, Caledonia, in a slightly better position on the standings, face tricky opponents in Rangers. Despite the St Ann's club being near the bottom of the ladder, the Dean Pacheco-coached team has proven a handful for opponents and most recently held North East Stars to a 0-0 draw earlier this month.
Caledonia will meet Rangers back-to-back this week, with the rescheduled fixture today and a clash at the Marvin Lee Stadium on Saturday.
Digicel Pro League fixtures
Ato Boldon Stadium
Round One Match Day Seven
Caledonia AIA vs St. Ann's Rangers–6 pm
Round One Match Day One
W Connection vs Central FC–8 pm
Round Two Match Day Seven
Ato Boldon Stadium
T&TEC FC vs Defence Force–6 pm
Police FC vs W Connection–8 pm
Marvin Lee Stadium
St. Ann's Rangers vs Caledonia AIA–5 pm
Central FC vs North East Stars–7 pm