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Jorsling, Carter extend Defence Force’s lead
Soca Warriors’ duo Devorn Jorsling and Kevon Carter combined for three goals as Defence Force blasted St Ann’s Rangers 3–0 to extend their lead at the top of the Digicel T&T Pro League table on Saturday night at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya.
Playing in the feature match of a double-header, Jorsling who led the “Teteron Boys” to the title two years ago, their 19th national league crown, found the target as early as the seventh minute and four minutes before the interval to carry his league leading tally to 15 goals before Carter added a 73rd minute item.
With the win, Defence Force pushed its points tally to 36 from 15 matches, seven ahead of Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA which has a match in hand, while defending champions DirecTV W Connection is next with 25 and North East Stars, fourth, 20.
In the day’s earlier fixture, Police FC also won 3–0 over cellar-placed T&TEC which ended with ten men to end a disappointing six-match winless run.
The lawmen, coming off a 5–2 loss against W Connection, took a 1–0 lead in the 17th minute when winger Noel Williams’ cheeky flick above the area was finished off by a perfect Anton Hutchinson strike past the “Electricity Boys” goalkeeper Akini Adams
Ten minutes later, T&TEC was granted some life when Police’s right back Clevon Mc Fee was issued a straight red card by referee Cecile Hinds in the 27th minute for a reckless challenge on teenager Nathaniel Garcia. Three minutes before the interval T&TEC almost took drew level when Sylvester Teesdale’s effort from long range forced Police goalkeeper Anthony Marshall into a finger tip save for a corner.
The Electric Boys had another attempt four minutes after the resumption with Daniel Garcia heading over bar from Eustace Darius’ cross.
At the other end of the field Police defender Karlon Murray came close to doubling his team’s lead but his powerful header off Kareem Perry’s corner at the back post was inches wide of the T&TEC upright.
With about a half hour left in the match T&TEC coach Dexter Cyrus introduced Simeon Augustus and Glen Sutton for Tigana Sparks and Daniel Garcia with the hope of finding an equaliser, but it was Police which made it 2–0 instead with Williams curling a right footer past Adams and into the far corner.
Substitutes Sutton and Keeron Benito had half chances for T&TEC before Williams turned provider, squaring for Perry to slot home past Adams to tap home from close range for a comfortable 3–0 triumph.
The win was only the third in 15 matches for Police who also blanked T&TEC 2–0 in their round one and round two encounters to improve to 14 points in sixth spot, four adrift of fifth placed Central FC, which will meet North East Stars in a re-scheduled encounter at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on Wednesday from 6 pm.
Police 3 (Anton Hutchinson 17th, Noel Williams 61st, Kareem Perry 88th) vs T&TEC 0
Defence Force 3 (Devorn Jorsling 7th, 41st, Kevon Carter 73rd) vs St Ann’s Rangers 0
Teams P W D L F A Pts
Defence Force 15 11* 3 1 43 16 36
Caledonia 14 9 2 3 41 21 29
W Connection 14 7 4 3 27 15 25
N/East Stars 13 5 5 3 18 13 20
Central FC 13 5 3 5 17 22 18
Police 15 3 5 7 20 27 14
Rangers 15 2 4 9 19 38 10
T&TEC 15 1 2 12 10 43 5
North East Stars vs Central FC, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, 6pm.
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