W Connection edge Police
Two matches, and just a single goal.
Saturday night’s Digicel Pro League matches were not as fruitful as the night before when 12 goals were scored. Neither were they as dramatic.
W Connection won 1-0 over Police FC at the Ato Boldon Stadium, but laboured to do so. The lone goal came in the 49th minute when Joevin Jones shot a low shot throw the legs of Police goalkeeper Adrian Foncette, after taking a short feed from midfielder Jomal Williams.
The three points were enough to put W Connection back into a joint lead with Point Fortin Civic Centre atop the standings, both on six points after two matches. However, after just two match days, Pro League football will take a break until October 22 for the staging of the first knockout tournament of the season, the First Citizens Cup which begins on Friday.
Except for the goal, and a brief burst of energy in the opening minute, W Connection played Police at pedestrian pace, with few chances.
However, the game promised so much in the opening seconds when a sweeping move between Glen Benjamin and Williams gave Stephano Rijssel a clear look at Foncette in goal. But, with just the keeper and goal facing him, the Surinamese left wide midfielder shirked the responsibility by looking for another pass. What eventually turned out to be the best chance of the match was lost.
Following the opening minute lapse, Police fortified and only allowed Connection a brief look at goal in the 41st, through Jones’ snap shot in the penalty area from Benjamin’s square pass. But, keeper Foncette gathered effortlessly.
Unsatisfied, W Connection coach Stuart Charles Fevrier changed his pair of attackers at half time, bringing on Juma Clarence and Hasim Arcia for Rijssel and Benjamin. But except for the goal, W Connection still did not find must punch up front.
Later on, Caledonia AIA cancelled out Central FC as the teams played to a tame 0-0 draw, creating few chances as they went along. Jan Michael Williams had only routine work in the Central FC goal. Caledonia attacked, but rarely looked penetrative. Likewise, Caledonia custodian Glenroy Samuel had but sweeping up duties on the night.
Central FC went close when striker Dwight Quintero headed over Darren Mitchell’s cross on the stroke of halftime, and Mitchell had the match best chance late in the second half when dribbling a clear path through Caledonia, but then drilling a weak shot straight at keeper Samuel.
DIGICEL PRO LEAGUE STANDINGS
P W D L GF GA GD Pts
W Connection 2 2 0 0 8 0 8 6
Point Fortin Civic 2 2 0 0 5 1 4 6
Central FC 2 1 1 0 3 1 2 4
North East Stars 2 1 0 1 3 1 2 3
San Juan Jabloteh 1 1 0 0 6 5 1 3
Caledonia AIA 2 0 1 1 0 3 -3 1
Defence Force 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0
Police FC 2 0 0 2 1 5 -4 0
St Ann’s Rangers 2 0 0 2 5 13 -8 0