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Police aims attack on W Connection
Police FC second-year coach Richard Hood will hope to do what no other team has managed to achieved in the Digicel T&T Pro League thus far this 2013/2014 season, when his team faces run-away leaders DirecTV W Connection today from 6 pm. That is secure a win.
The match between W Connection, winners of six of its eight matches for 20 points, and Police, one of three clubs in second spot with 13 points takes place at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.
Two hours later at the same, Caledonia AIA, and Central FC, both with 12 points meet and while this match-up seems much more interesting, its the confidence of Hood and his high flying Police squad which has put his team in the spotlight.
Speaking ahead of the battle, second year Police coach, Hood believes his team has the quality to end the unbeaten run of W Connection. “We have met W Connection twice, and on both occasions they defeated us 1-0, but we are hoping to beat them this time around. That’s our intent and if our players play within the plans that we have designed for them, we can beat W Connection.”
The lawmen enter tonight’s match in an un-familiar position of second on the league table so deep into the season and buoyed by their back-to-back wins over St Ann’s Rangers 2-0 and North East Stars, will be hopeful of avenging a 1-0 first round loss to the Savonetta Boys and a similar 1-0 loss in the round-of-16 of the T&T FA Trophy competition.
Hood chances of getting a win were boosted by the return of utility player Clevon Mc Fee, 25, and midfielder Kurdell Braithwaite, 21, both from St Ann’s Rangers, along with former Caledonia striker LJ Mitchell, 24 during the January transfer window.
On the other-hand, W Connection coach, Stuart Charles-Fevrier while expressing confidence in his team’s ability to maintain its unbeaten run noted his team has to be more effective.”
The St Lucian-born Charles-Fevrier reflecting on his team’s last two matches, draws against Caledonia (0-0) and defending champions Defence Force (1-1) said they were matches they should have won.
“Offensively we were found wanting in terms of putting away our goal scoring opportunities. It has plagued us. It's also a problem of other teams as well, but we are aware of our responsibilities and we have the same objective as other teams in wanting to be champions.
With regards to opponents Police he said, “We have a good record against them over the years but football is on the day and this season they have a very young team and have been playing well. So we have to be mindful of that.”
Caledonia and Central FC will also be desperate to pick up full points in their showdown as they look to close the gap on four-time league champions W Connection.
When both teams met in the first round at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, the match ended goalless, but Caledonia will go into the clash in a much more confident mood, unbeaten in their last four matches, including a 2-1 win over Pt Fortin Civic a wee ago.
Central FC has won two of its last four matches, but was disappointingly held to a 1-1 draw by lowly San Juan Jabloteh on Sunday and coach Terry Fenwick, will be keen for his players to get back to winning ways, with the hope of catching runaway leaders W Connection.
Expected to be in the Central FC Sharks line-up is newly acquired defender, 27-year-old Yohance Marshall who has signed from Nay Pwi Taw of the Myanmar National League where he was voted into the League’s 2013 All-Star team.
The California based Marshall, has made five international appearances for T&T, but has spent his entire professional career overseas, first in the USA when he joined US Major League Soccer’s L.A Galaxy in 2009, then in the Far East with Chainat FC of Thailand and then Nay Pwi Taw.
A former St Anthony’s College standout and Diego Martin resident, Marshall opted to sign on with Terry Fenwick Sharks’ after looking at options both home and abroad with his representative Narada Wilson of The Brazil Link.
Tomorrow, North East Stars (13 points) travel to the Mahaica Oval to face slumping seventh placed Point Fortin Civic, which after three wins to start the season has tasted defeat in its last five while at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, Jabloteh battles Rangers in a clash of the cellar-placed clubs. (3 points).
Today’s Digicel T&T Pro League matches
Venue: Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo
Police vs W Connection, 6pm
Caledonia vs Central FC, 8pm.
San Juan Jabloteh vs St Ann’s Rangers, Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, 3.30 pm
Point Fortin Civic vs North East Stars, Mahaica Oval, Pt Fortin, 3.30pm.
Current T&T Pro League standings
Teams P W D L F A Pts
W Connection 8 6 2 0 17 3 14
Police 8 4 1 3 14 11 13
North East Stars 8 4 1 3 9 6 13
Defence Force 8 4 1 3 15 14 13
Caledonia 8 3 3 2 15 10 12
Central FC 8 3 3 2 12 10 12
Pt Fortin CC 8 3 0 5 9 14 9
Jabloteh 8 2 1 5 15 21 7
Rangers 8 1 0 7 11 28 3