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Rangers stun champs in Pro League
Keron “Ball Pest” Cummings added to the woes of struggling defending Digicel T&T Pro League champions, Defence Force when he netted a second-half brace to inspire a St Ann’s Rangers 3-2 win at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya on Saturday.
A former member of the Soca Warriors squad under coach Russell Latapy, and a past W Connection player, Cummings first drew Rangers level in the 62nd minute for a 2-2 score before he got the winner seven minutes later for the club’s first league win in four matches.
Earlier on, Clevon Mc Phee had fired Rangers ahead in the 18th minute against the “Teteron Boys” who were coming off their first league win, 3-2 against Caledonia AIA seven days earlier.
The “Teteron Boys” then turned the match on its heads and went 2-1 up after winger Josimar Belgrave tied the match in the 32nd minute for a 1-1 half-time score.
Belgrave’s go-ahead item came three minutes after the restart as the First Citizens Cup runners-up looked to secure a second league win on the trot after losing their first two, by similar 3-1 margins.
However, instead of dropping their heads, Rangers fought back and led by the inspiration midfield play of Cummings, upstaged the faltering Defence Force which now finds itself level at the bottom of the nine-team table on three points with San Juan Jabloteh and Rangers, all from four matches.
In the night’s other match, four different players were on target as Caledonia ended a nine-match winless streak in all-competitions this season (Concacaf Champions League, First Citizens Cup and Pro League) with a convincing 4-1 whipping of Jabloteh.
Discarded T&T winger, Noel Williams opened the scoring after only eight minutes for Caledonia and four minutes before the half, national midfielder, Densil Theobald doubled the advantage to give his team some breathing space.
Four minutes after the restart, the match was put beyond the reach of Jabloteh when another out-of-favour national player, Keyon Edwards found the target before. Already up 3-0, Caledonia got some help from its opponent when Jabloteh added to its own demise by conceding an own-goal.
Shaquille Bertrand managed to get a consolation item for Jabloteh, in the 76th minute, but by then his team was a well beaten unit, while Caledonia breathed a sigh of relief at the final whistle as the league goes into a month long break for FIFA international matches, the Toyota Classic and T&T Football Association FA matches before resuming on December 6.
Going into the break, three-time league champions, DirecTV W Connections has a comfortable six points leads over debutants Pt Fortin FC, after a 2-0 win in their top-of-the-table clash on Friday at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva carried its points tally to maximum 15 from five matches.
Surprise package, Police joined recent First Citizens Cup winners, Centra FC in third spot with seven points each after a 4-1 upset thumping in their clash, also at Couva while North East Stars which was on a bye has six followed by Caledonia, a point back.
Teams P W D L F A Pts
W Connection 5 5 0 0 15 2 15
Pt Fortin Civic 5 3 0 2 6 6 9
Central FC 4 2 1 1 7 5 7
Police 5 2 1 2 10 9 7
North East 4 2 0 2 6 4 6
Caledonia 5 1 2 2 7 8 5
Defence Force 1 0 3 7 11 3
Jabloteh 4 1 0 3 11 16 3
Rangers 4 1 0 3 8 16 3
St Ann’s Rangers 3 (Keron Cummings 62nd, 69th, Clevon Mc Phee 18th) vs Defence Force 22nd, Josimar Belgrave 48th)
Caledonia 4 (Noel Williams 9th, Densil Theobald 41st, Keyon Edwards 49th, own goal 65th) vs Jabloteh 1 (Shaquille Bertrand 76th)
Police 4 (Elijah Belgrave 16th, 36th, Joel Kevin Lewis 32nd, Akiba Peters 68th) vs Central FC 1 (Dwight Quintero 87th)
W Connection 2 (Joevin Jones 5th, 72nd) vs Pt Fortin Civic 0
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