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McKnight opens 2014 with hat-trick for Club Sando
The league’s leading goal scorer Teba McKnight welcomed the return of the blink/bmobile National Super League (NSL), yesterday, with another hat-trick as he helped his team, Club Sando, remain on top of the standings for a 5-0 win over Tobago outfit Bethel United.
The win extended Club Sando’s prolific run this season, while its nearest challenger Malabar FC, capitalised on Guaya United’s bye with another comfortable win, this time a 3-0 victory over Real Maracas. Gorian Highley bagged a first half brace for the Malabar giants, while Cyrano Glen completed the simple win with a goal 10 minutes from time.
Club Sando’s win kept it in the lead with 38 points, while Malabar soared into second spot, trailing the leader by two points. Guaya United which was on a bye for the match day dropped into third, but remains with two matches in hand over Malabar and one over Club Sando.
The top three teams will now continue a string of matches in the league’s resumption on Wednesday in three rescheduled fixtures. Again, all top three teams will be back in action with a full round of matches on Sunday.
In other key matches yesterday, WASA FC, the defending champion, continued its woeful run this season, remaining dead last after suffering a late 1-0 loss to Defence Force. After squandering a number of chances, the Waterboys succumbed to the Teteron Boys, when Jahvon Neptune scored the winning effort five minutes from full time. WASA, apart from a default win, has failed to wrap up a single victory in 17 matches this season.
The two other Tobago clubs, 1976 FC Phoenix and Stokely Vale, secured wins over 2011 treble winner Joe Public (4-2) and Siparia Spurs (1-0), respectively.
Malabar FC v 1976 FC Phoenix, Larry Gomes Stadium, 4 pm
Stokely Vale v Club Sando, Plymouth Recreation Ground, 4 pm
Westside Superstarz v Guaya United, HCS training field, Wrightson Road, 4 pm.
Teams Pld W D L F A Pts
Club Sando 15 12 2 1 39 13 38
Malabar FC 16 11 3 2 58 26 36
Guaya United 14 11 1 2 38 16 34
1976 Phoenix 16 7 7 2 26 21 28
Stokely Vale 15 7 1 7 28 32 22
Real Maracas 16 6 3 7 26 22 21
Westside 16 7 0 9 29 32 21
Joe Public 15 5 4 6 26 25 19
Defence Force 16 5 3 8 23 44 18
Siparia Spurs 16 3 5 8 30 36 14
Bethel Utd 16 3 4 9 21 45 13
FC Santa Rosa 16 2 5 9 18 40 11
WASA FC 17 1 6 10 16 26 9
1976 FC Phoenix 4 (Lejandro Williams 61st, 76th, Shelton Williams 80th, Akil Frank 90th) v Joe Public 2 (Richard Inniss 16th, Desmond Baptiste)
FC Santa Rosa v Westside Superstarz - Did Not Play
Malabar FC 3 (Gorian Highley 27th, 30th, Cyrano Glen 80th) v Real Maracas 0
Stokely Vale 1 (Darron Williams 79th) v Siparia Spurs 0
Defence Force 1 (Jahvon Neptune 86th) v WASA FC 0
Club Sando 5 (Coneal Thomas 31st, Devon Modeste 38th, Teba McKnight 47th, 55th, 66th) v Bethel United 0
Guaya - bye.
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