Roving, Joevin Jones provided two quality goals--including one which matched his mid-week rocket against North East Stars--when leading Digicel Pro League leaders Directv W Connection to a comfortable 2-0 victory over exciting newcomers Point Fortin Civic, at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on Friday night.
Connection have now won all five matches played in the Digicel Pro League this season, and lead the nine-team competition with a maximum 15 points. Suffering a second successive defeat in four days, Civic (9 points) kept second only because the Central FC (7 points) bunch who beat them 3-0 on Tuesday night were themselves stung by Police.
From a high of winning the First Citizens Cup final 2-1 over Defence Force and outpointing Point Fortin Civic 3-0 within four days, Central FC slumped 4-1 against a very capable
Police (7 points) team.
The lawmen played a strong defensive game, and scored two gems. The goal count could well have reached seven had Police not wasted several easy chances late in the match.
After trailing by four goals, striker Dwight Quintero got a late consolation for “The Sharks” when putting away Jason Marcano’s cross.
There was no waste from W Connection’s Jones, who produced two perfect finishes.
Sometimes midfielder, sometimes striker, roving Jones opened the scoring in the fifth minute. Taking an inside pass from the smooth-passing Laventille midfielder Hasim Arcia, the Connection talisman pocketed a right-footer to the corner with a low shot past the dive of Trinidad and Tobago senior team keeper Marvin Phillip.
And after a sustained spell of second half Civic pressure, Jones sealed the match in the 72nd minute with a furiously hit shot inside the penalty area with his favoured left foot. There was not even a tiny chance Phillip could stop it, the shot whizzing past at tremendous pace.
W Connection bossed a match that had its own excitement but little goal-mouth action. Civic always looked potentially able to create a goal, but were lulled to sleep by the pace at which their opponents wanted to play.
The Point Fortin team made a sustained second half effort to pull level. While Connection’s 22-year-old St Kitts and Nevis goalkeeper Jelani Archibald was not duly tested, the defensive quartet of Daneil Cyrus, Brazilian right-back Joao Annanias, Kurt Frederick and Mekeil Williams were kept busy. And Connection captain, St Kitts and Nevis international midfielder Gerrard Williams won everything Civic threw in the air.
On for just a few minutes, Civic’s Mathew Bartholomew hit powerfully past the near post, after a slip by Frederick gave him clear sight at goal. And in the dying stages, Archibald diverted a cross away from the onrushing Andre Toussaint. There was always the sense, though, that there was no road back for Civic, except the Point Fortin highway.
FRIDAY’S DIGICEL PRO LEAGUE RESULTS
Police FC 4 (Elijah Belgrave 16th & 36th, Joel Kevin Lewis 32nd, Akiba Peters 68th), Central FC 1 (Dwight Quintero 87th)
W Connection 2 (Joevin Jones 5th & 72nd), Point Fortin Civic FC 0.