'Sharks' attack T&TEC 'workers'
Antiguan Peter "Big Pete" Byers netted a beaver-trick as Central FC, "The Sharks", won 5-0 in the Digicel Pro League on Saturday night. They made light work of T&TEC at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya.
The T&TEC footballers, all workers with the local electricity company, were no match for Central after a first half in which they trailed by just one goal.
Byers opened the scoring four minutes before the break after picking up Jason Marcano's pass, skipping past two defenders and striking a low shot past goalkeeper Akini Adams. And the bulky forward added three goals to his tally in the second half, his beaver-trick following a 55th minute penalty strike by teammate Marvin Oliver.
Marcano won the penalty when he was tripped inside the area by defender Antuan John. Marcano contributed to yet another item, when he fed Byers for a quick turn and finished past Adams in the 60th minute, and 20 minutes later (80th minute), the Antiguan knocked in a right side Darren Mitchell cross for his team's fourth goal.
Byers later wrapped up his scoring in the 86th minute when his attempt to send a low cross towards substitute Hector Sam was cut out by a T&TEC defender and back on his feet, he completed an easy tap-in from close range.
The result improved Central to 26 points, however the "Sharks" remained fifth on the standings.
Meanwhile, North East Stars also failed to climb the ladder and remained fourth with 28 points after escaping with a 2-2 draw against Police.
The "Lawmen" dominated for the most part and took a come-from-behind lead with a pair of late Todd Ryan goals. Ryan netted in the 80th and 82nd minutes. But in the fourth minute of injury time, re-called Trinidad and Tobago international Cornell Glen won a penalty from referee Joel Davidson after going down under the challenge of left-midfielder Noel Williams. Glen, who replaced Kerry Baptiste following the break, then slammed the spot kick into the roof of the net, beating goalkeeper Adisa Alleyne to level the scores at 2-2.
North East Stars were first to score in the 61st minute when Marcus Gomez took full advantage of a communication lapse between goalkeeper Alleyne and defender Karlon Murray, by blasting the ball into the net.