An important development this week that is going almost unnoticed is the lack of involvement by many of local racing’s prominent owners in the Ocala Sales that begun yesterday.
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Baptiste bags Jabloteh winner
Kerry Baptiste notched his eighth goal of the 2013/2014 Digicel Pro League on Saturday, the lone item of the match to hand San Juan Jabloteh a 1-0 win over bottom-of-the-table St Ann’s Rangers, at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Arima.
Meanwhile, down at the Mahaica Oval, home team Point Fortin Civic and Sangre Grande-based club North East Stars played to a 0-0 draw to wrap up Round Two Match Day One.
The Stars moved up a spot into second on the standings with 14 points, nine points behind undefeated leader DirecTV W Connection (23 points).
Behind them are Caledonia AIA, Police FC, Central FC and Defence Force in third, fourth, fifth, and sixth positions, respectively, all with 13 points each.
Jabloteh with 10 points, moved up a spot into seventh on Saturday, only ahead of now eighth-positioned Point Fortin on goal difference, while the defeated Rangers, suffering its eighth league defeat, remain slumped at the bottom with a mere three points.
Jabloteh attacker Rennie Britto had a great opportunity to fire the San Juan club ahead in the 30th minute, when neat through-ball by Baptiste set him free against goalkeeper Akel Clarke, but lost his footing getting a slight advantage ahead of the Rangers goalie.
But, Britto made up six minutes inside the second period with a well placed cross from the right, and Baptiste towered inside the area for a textbook header to beat a hapless Clarke for the 1-0 score.
Rangers’ Jelani Peters had a good opportunity to level the scores in the 55th minute, but to the disappointment of the technical area, the team captain fired wide.
The St Ann’s club was close again in the 82nd minute, but Jabloteh goalkeeper Kevin Dodds was brilliant, gloving behind a curling effort by Kennedy Isles from above the area.
On Friday night, Connection held off Police FC, 2-1, in the second match of a double header hosted at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Wrightson Road. And, in the second match, Caledonia AIA and Central played to a 1-1 draw.
W Connection 2 (Neil Benjamin Jr 31st, Gerard Williams 70th pen) v Police FC 1 (Elijah Belgrave 14th)
Central FC 1 (Jason Marcano 42nd) v Caledonia AIA 1 (Densill Theobald 56th pen)
San Juan Jabloteh 1 (Kerry Baptiste 51st) v St Ann’s Rangers 0
Point Fortin Civic 0 v North East Stars 0
Teams Pld W D L F A Pts
W Connection 9 7 2 0 19 4 23
N’East Stars 9 4 2 3 9 6 14
Defence Force 8 4 1 3 15 14 13
Caledonia AIA 9 3 4 2 16 11 13
Police FC 9 4 1 4 15 13 13
Central FC 9 3 4 2 13 11 13
Jabloteh 9 3 1 5 16 21 10
Pt Fortin Civic 9 3 1 5 9 14 10
Rangers 9 1 0 8 11 29 3