MARCUS JOSEPH’S 16th goal won him the Golden Boot for the 2013-2014 Digicel Pro League season, and also propelled Point Fortin Civic to a credible fourth-place finish in their first season as a professional football club.
Joseph dramatically scored four minutes into injury time to give Civic a come from behind 2-1 victory over Caledonia, when stroking a low left-footer past Grenadian keeper Shemel Louison, after taking Nicholson Thomas’ pass in the penalty area.
The points earned kept Civic Centre ahead of North East Stars on goal-difference, after both teams finished on 42 points. Stars was also victorious on the night when taking a 1-0 victory over the bottom team St Ann’s Rangers via a second minute item by Kennedy Hinkson.
Even Hinkson might have been caugh a bit off-guard when a defender booted the ball straight to him following Neveal Hackshaw’s free-kick. However, Hinkson controlled on his chest before beating young Rangers goalkeeper Christopher Biggette from atop the penalty area.
Meanwhile, Joseph had already won the golden boot after his main rival, Stars striker Trevin Caesar, remained on 14 goals after failing to score against Rangers. The more immediate problem for Joseph was helping Civic Centre overturn Pernel Schultz’s fifth minute strike from within the penalty area, which saw him comprehensively beat T&T national keeper Marvin Phillip to give Caledonia a 1-1 lead.
Joseph twice struck the crossbar within a four-minute period near the half hour, and also forced Louison to make a couple of saves from goalie Louison, but Caledonia still looked good to end the season with a victory until lanky Antiguan Central defender Akeem Thomas awkwardly put the ball into his team’s net for the own goal, after getting a head to Steven Joseph’s free-kick. Civic were elated and pressed further for the winner which Joseph supplied in the dying stages, after Thomas won the ball in midfield and quickly fed a pass into the penalty area.
DIGICEL PRO LEAGUE
Marcus Joseph Point Fortin Civic 16
Joevin Jones W Connection 14
Trevin Caesar North East Stars 14
Willis Plaza Central FC 14
Josimar Belgrave Defence Force 12
Devorn Jorsling Defence Force 10
Jason Marcano Central FC 8
Kerry Baptiste San Juan Jabloteh 8
Densill Theobald Caledonia AIA 7
Rundel Winchester Central FC 6