ENERGETIC: Hungry for goals, North East Stars striker Anthony Wolfe chases down Caledonia AIA’s Antiguan central defender Akeem Thomas. Wolfe scored twice as North East Stars won the Digicel Pro League match 3-0 on Saturday night at Hasely Crawford Stadium.
—Photo: ANISTO ALVES
Hungry Wolfe takes a bite out of Caledonia
Ian Prescott email@example.com
ANTHONY WOLFE looked hungry again.
The 29-year-old Manzanilla-born striker marked his third stint with North East Stars by scoring two second half goals when leading the Sangre Grande-based team to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA in the Digicel Pro League on Saturday night at Hasely Crawford Stadium.
The Stars’ victory completed a high-scoring night, as earlier, St Lucian left-back Kurt Frederick (65th, 81st & 84th) netted a hat-trick to help W Connection take maximum advantage of a ten-man St Ann’s Rangers on the way to a facile 7-0 victory. Also scoring for W Connection were Brazilian Celio Da Silva Santos (16th), Surinamese striker Stefano Rijssel (34th & 69th) and Jomal Williams (75th).
Coached by Angus Eve, Stars had also beaten Caledonia AIA 1-0 in their first meeting last season, on the way to a fourth-placed finish in the Pro League. Stars 2013 recruits including the former Caledonia trio of pacy Tobago striker Trevin Caesar, Aquil Selby and the elusive wide-right midfielder Micah Lewis—who all conspired to undermine their former employers.
Lewis put Stars ahead in the 14th, blasting his shot past Cali goalie Shemel Louison when AIA failed to deal well with a free-kick. Wolfe then doubled Stars’ advantage to 2-0 when heading home a Kennedy Hinkson free-kick in the 55th, and extended the score with a third goal in the 87th by putting in the rebound after Lewis’ initial shot crashed off the crossbar.
Wolfe, only missed his hat-trick because of a superb save from Louison in the 70th, the Grenadian stopping what looked a certain goal. Caesar also rocked the underside of the AIA crossbar in the 25th minute.
Caledonia played their passing brand mostly, but hardly looked penetrative against rock-solid Stars’ defense. Tyrone Charles was a threat, with an early free-kick across the goalmouth, striker Jamal Gay also put a shot wide, and just before the first half ended “Cali” twice hit the upright.
Captain Stephan David forced an initial save from Stars goalie Cleon John, who turned the shot onto his crossbar. But when the ball fell, Caledonia midfielder Keyon Edwards also put his shot off an upright. Similar scenes continued in the second half where both Cali’s Nathan Lewis and Kareem Joseph threatened without truly menacing Stars keeper John or his defenders.
THIS WEEKEND’S DIGICEL PRO LEAGUE RESULTS:
(Saturday- Hasely Crawford Stadium)
North East Stars 3 (Micah Lewis 14th, Anthony Wolfe 55th & 87th) Caledonia AIA 0
W Connection 7 (Celio Da Silva Santos 16th, Stefano Rijssel 35th & 68th, Kurt Fredrick 65th, 80th & 85th, Jomol Williams 75th,) St Ann’s Rangers 0
(Friday –Ato Boldon Stadium)
Central FC 3 (Jason Marcano 28th, Dwight Quintero 66th, Rondell Winchester 77th) Defence Force 1 (Kerry Joseph 7th)
Point Fortin Civic FC 4 (André Toussaint 16th, Marcus Joseph 36th, Matthew Bartholomew 38th & 84th) Police 1 (Todd Ryan 63rd)