Sunday, February 25, 2018

Ref gets to Russell

...while Central move second

Willis Plaza scored a hat-trick as Central FC moved second in the Digicel Pro League with a 6-0 win over the bottom team St Ann’s Rangers, while a brief “hot spot” flared up,  as defending champions Defence Force whipped San Juan Jabloteh 3-0 via goals from Josimar Belgrave, Devorn Jorsling and an own goal on Friday night at Ato Boldon Stadium (ABS), Couva. 

However, Defence Force head coach Ross Russell was a frustrated man.

“Let Brizan stay away from my games nah,” Russell shouted at the top of his voice. “Please Pro League. Please.”

Everyone heard, presumably even Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene who was in attendance at  the ABS, where Defence Force won comfortably, despite a disputed second half ejection of Army central defender Curtis Gonzales by referee Neal Brizan..

There was some sort of collision, as Gonzales squeezed  the Jabloteh midfielder Neil Mitchell near the side of the field.  From afar , it  hardly looked anything like red-card material, and the  assistant referee nearest the action did nothing at first. Not until a Jabloteh player rushed up to him, shouting: “yuh right they” in an aggressive manner. Almost challenged into action, suddenly the assistant referee raised his flag. Referee Brizan ran in, and after consultation, sent off  T&T Junior World Cup defender Gonzales. 

There were several verbal exchanges  between the teams, but no physical confrontation. 

For the most part, Russell kept his head, and though unsatisfied himself, Army striker Devorn Jorsling showed his experience by ushering away teammates from the hot spot, and calming the situation.  Even short a man, defending champions Defence Force already had a three-goal tally and had done enough to win the points, although Jabloteh used the man advantage to dominate the remainder of the match.

Earlier, Friday night, “The Sharks”  Central FC devoured  the bottom team St Ann’s Rangers 6-0 , with  Plaza scoring a hat-trick, including two second half bullet shots to the near post. Plaza has netted  sixth goals in three matches since returning from Vietnam. There were also goals for Jason Marcano, Darren Mitchell, and Johan Peltier. 

The run of three wins moved Stars up from sixth to second place.





Central FC 6 (Jason Marcano 12, Willis Plaza  39, 61 & 81, Darren Mitchell 60, Johan Peltier 90) St Ann’s Rangers 0

Defence Force 3 (Josimar Belgrave 10, Devorn Jorsling 35, own goal 45) San Juan Jabloteh 0


Caledonia AIA 0 W Connection 0



6 (p.m.) - North East Stars v  Defence Force, Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya