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Stars look to widen lead at top
North East Stars will have a great chance to widen its lead at the top of the 2017 T&T Pro League standings when they come up against Pt Fortin Civic at the Mahaica Oval, Pt Fortin from 6pm this evening.
Currently, the Derek King-coached Stars lead the table with 16 points from six matches, two ahead of joint second placed team, Club Sando and W Connection, both of whom have played two more matches than the table leaders.
Pt Fortin Civic, meanwhile are second from bottom of the table with six points from seven matches, the same as Police FC, two more than cellar-placed St Ann’s Rangers.
Also on this evening, is a double-header at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo with Police FC and Defence Force meeting in the opener from 6 pm followed by Club Sando and Morvant Caledonia United two hours later.
Both Defence Force (eight points) and Police FC (six points) currently occupy are desperate for points to get back in the title hunt while Club Sando will also be out to stay in touch with the table toppers..
Speaking ahead of the match, Defence Force coach Marvin Gordon said his team always take matches against Police very personal because the tradition is that we don’t want to lose against Police, and likewise, Police don’t want to lose against us.”
“A rivalry will always exist between Police and Defence Force,” echoed Police head coach Richard Hood. “It’s a tradition I try to maintain, although I’d say it’s a friendly rivalry. Army nor Police wants to lose to each other.
Defence Force remains T&T’s most successful club with 20 national league titles—three of them as Pro League champions (1999, 2010/11 & 2012/13)—and a combined 35 major titles including the 2001 Caribbean Club Championship crown and two times (1978 & 1985) champions of the Concacaf Champions’ Cup—the former name of the current Concacaf Champions League.
Meanwhile, Police, the Army’s perennial rivals, have six major trophies, which includes winning the national league and FA Trophy double in 1994, but have not won a major trophy since.
Hood’s side is still without 2015/16 Pro League top scorer Makesi Lewis, who missed last season due to a broken leg, while speedy winger Micah Lewis is expected out for six weeks with a hairline foot fracture.
“Our problem has been in the scoring [department] as well as the overall commitment of his players,” said the former T&T women’s coach.
“But we are in a much better place at the moment and have been improving a lot on the training pitch. It’s now for us to transfer that into the games, ” he ended.
(Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo)
Police FC vs
Defence Force FC, 6 pm
Morvant Caledonia United vs
Club Sando, 8 pm
Mahaica Oval, Pt Fortin:
Pt Fortin Civic vs
North East Stars, 6 pm
(St Augustine Secondary Ground)
St Ann’s Rangers vs
W Connection, 4.30 pm
Latest Team standings
Teams P W D L F A Pts
1. N/East Stars 6 5 1 0 11 6 16
2. Club Sando 8 4 2 2 14 9 14
3. W Connection 8 4 2 2 13 11 14
4. Jabloteh 6 3 1 2 6 5 10
5. Central FC 6 2 3 1 10 2 9
6. Defence Force 8 2 2 4 7 10 8
7. Morvant Caledonia 7 1 4 2 4 5 7
8. Police FC 7 1 3 3 5 10 6
9. Pt Fortin Civic 7 1 3 3 4 10 6
10. St Ann’s Rangers 7 1 1 5 4 10 4