Saturday, February 24, 2018

'Stars' stay put in standings after win over Police FC


ON TARGET: Cornell Glen

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North East Stars beat Police FC 2-1 while T&TEC FC held Central FC to a 1-1 draw when round two of the Digicel Pro League continued Saturday night at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

North East Stars remained fourth on the standings with 13 points from nine games, three points behind defending champions DIRECTV W Connection.

Although North East Stars emerged victorious, they were nearly made to come from behind after a near miss from Police's Christon Thomas, his long range strike meeting the crossbar near the half hour mark.

But Cornell Glen showed Police how to convert from inside the 18-metre box, powering a pass from Micah Lewis—who had to be substituted as he got injured on the cross—to put open the scoring.

After the break, Jamaican Keithy Simpson, curled a right footer past goalkeeper Adisa Alleyne to bolster Stars' lead to 2-0 in the 52nd minute.

However, Keryn Navarro handled ball within his own area to give Police the opportunity to cut into the lead as their captain Todd Ryan converted from the penalty spot in the 56th minute.

In the other match, Sylvester Teesdale's volley in the 72nd minute gave T&TEC a share of the points with Central FC.

Teesdale converted past goalkeeper Marvin Phillip after Lester Edwards headed on Angus John's long cross.

In the 55th minute, referee Cecil Hinds awarded Central the opening goal when Jason Marcano headed towards goal a flicked-on header by Marvin Oliver from a Peter Byers long throw-in from the right.

Both Oliver and Weslie John reacted in an attempt to make sure the ball crossed the goal-line and in the process, caged goalkeeper Darryl Francis who had already gone to ground in a vain attempt to stop Marcano's header which clipped the bottom side of the crossbar.

Saturday's result made it yet another Central failure at earning three points , the last victory being a 2-1 win against the same T&TEC last October.

Central moved up into sixth spot on Saturday with eight points, only ahead of St Ann's Rangers on goal difference.

T&TEC remain bottom-of-the-table on four points.

Saturday's Digicel Pro League results

Police 1 (Todd Ryan 57th (pen) 2 North East Stars (Cornell Glen 38th, Keithy Simpson 52th)

T&TEC FC 1 (Jason Marcano 55th) 1 Central FC (Syl'ester Teesdale 72th)

Current Digicel Pro League standings

Teams GP W D L GF GA GD Pts

Defence Force 10 8 1 1 33 12 21 25

Caledonia AIA 9 5 2 2 24 14 10 17

W Connection 9 4 4 1 17 8 9 16

North East Stars 9 3 4 2 12 10 2 13

Police 10 2 4 4 10 13 -3 10

Central FC 8 2 2 4 8 16 -8 8

St Ann's Rangers 9 2 2 5 12 23 -11 8

T&TEC 10 1 1 8 7 27 -20 4