Defence Force, Central push for final CFU spot
Defence Force and Central FC, will seek second spot in the 2013-2014 Digicel Pro League and qualification for next season’s Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship. Already, Directv W Connection have filled the first CFU qualifying spot, having won the $1 million Pro League title this season.
Defence Force and Central FC take on separate opponents today. Last season’s champions Defence Force are currently second on 45 points and only need a point from their final match of the season to secure the CFU spot. They take on San Juan Jabloteh from 9 p.m. at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Meanwhile, third-placed Central FC have 42 points and a superior goal difference over the “Army,” but only have a slim chance of grabbing second spot. Central must first beat the bottom team St. Ann’s Rangers when they clash from 6 p.m. at the Ato Boldon Stadium, and hope that the soldiers fall against Jabloteh later that night.
Last Thursday, during the launch of the 2014 Digicel Pro Bowl, TT Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene used the opportunity to applaud clubs on a competitive 2013-2014 Digicel Pro League championship. He pointed out that the league championship has been an exciting one, not having sure winners until the penultimate day.
“We still have two clubs [Defence Force and Central FC] battling for the second Caribbean Club Championship spot on the final day of competition. It’s a tremendous advertisement for the Digicel Pro League and moreso, the Trinidad and Tobago Professional Football League.
“One of the benchmarks of a strong professional league is the competitiveness of the games and we can truly say that we have a competitive league in which the result of the games are unpredictable.”
Following what was to be today’s official final round, the Pro League season will actually wrap up with two rescheduled matches on May 20. The matches were postponed from a week ago due to poor marking of the field at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. North East Stars will meet Rangers in one match, and Caledonia take on Point Fortin Civic in the final game of the 2013-2014 League season.
UPCOMING DIGICEL PRO
6 pm — Central FC vs St. Ann’s Rangers, Ato Boldon Stadium
8 pm — W Connection vs Caledonia AIA, Ato Boldon Stadium
7 pm — Police FC vs North East Stars, Hasely Crawford Stadium
9 pm — San Juan Jabloteh vs Defence Force, Hasely Crawford Stadium
Tuesday, May 20
6 pm — North East Stars vs St. Ann’s Rangers
8 pm — Caledonia AIA vs Point Fortin Civic
DIGICEL PRO LEAGUE STANDINGS:
Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts
Direct TV W Connection 23 14 7 2 49 18 31 49
Defence Force 23 14 3 6 47 31 16 45
Central FC 23 11 9 3 46 21 25 42
Point Fortin Civic FC 23 12 3 8 35 24 11 39
North East Stars 22 10 6 6 24 17 7 36
Caledonia AIA 22 7 6 9 32 35 -3 27
Police FC 23 8 3 12 30 41 -11 27
San Juan Jabloteh 23 3 4 16 22 53 -31 13
St. Ann’s Rangers 22 2 1 19 19 64 -45 7