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W Connection looking to rebound faces rival Central FC

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
North East Stars’ Keithy Simpson, right, grabs hold of Central FC’s Dwight Quintero jersey in an effort to stop the striker during their Digicel T&T Pro League match at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo on Friday. The match ended 1-1. Photo: Anthony Harris

Four-time Digicel T&T Pro League champions, DirecTV W Connection will be hoping to get back to winning ways when it faces Central FC in the feature match of a double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva from 8.30pm tonight. 


Two hours earlier, Police, enjoying its best campaign in over a decade, will also be out to get maximum points and sustain its push for second spot when it comes up against cellar-placed St Ann’s Rangers. The Savonetta Boys, as W Connection are known, currently sit atop the nine-team table with 32 points, nine clear of Pt Fortin Civic FC with a match in hand. Caledonia AIA is next with 20 points followed by North East Stars and Police with 18 each, then Central FC, a further two points behind.


However, after starting the season with an impressive record of ten wins and two drawn matches from its first 12 encounters, the Stuart Charles-Fevrier coached W Connection tasted defeat, losing 2-1 away to Pt Fortin on February 1, and it will be interesting to see how the team responds against a now familiar opponent in Central, coached by long-time rival, Englishman Terry Fenwick.


So far this season, the clubs have met three times with W Connection winning their T&T Football Association FA duel, 6-5 on penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw, and 1-0 in their league first round fixture.


Central FC has also enjoyed some measure of success against W Connection this season, with a 3-2 penalty kicks win after a 0-0 deadlock in their First Citizens Cup semifinal, despite playing most of the match with ten men.


Fenwick and his squad will also be desperate to end a run of four straight draws in the league as it looks to get back in the hunt for a top-two finish.


For tonight’s match, W Connection is expected to be at full strength while Fenwick will have to do without Akeem Benjamin due to yellow-card accumulation. Ataulla Guerra who missed Central FC’s 1-1 draw with Stars, will be available after being suspended for that match.


In the earlier fixture, Police, 2-0 winners over Rangers when the teams met in the first round, will be eager for a similar result as it looks to extend an unbeaten run of three matches since a 5-0 loss to Pt Fortin.


Rangers on the other hand are bottom of the table with only three points and have not scored in their last five matches, a problem coach Gilbert Bateau and his squad will be anxious to solve.


In the day’s other match, North East Stars’, still smarting from a 1-1 draw with Central FC, after the latter got a last gasp equaliser from Marvin Oliver, comes up against San Juan Jabloteh at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya from 6 pm.


Missing out on tonight’s contest for Stars’ will be Jamaican Keithy Simpson who went from hero to villain in Friday’s match with Central FC, first scoring the go-ahead goal before seeing red from referee Neil Brizan after the final whistle for disent while Jabloteh’s Jevon Morris returns after his one-match suspension.



Venue: Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva:


Police vs St Ann’s Rangers, 6.30pm


Central FC vs W Connection, 8.30pm

North East Stars vs San Juan Jabloteh, Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya, 6pm

Teams P W D L F A Pts


W Connection 13 10 2 1 28 7 32


Pt Fortin 14 7 2 5 21 15 23


Caledonia 13 5 5 3 21 14 20


N/East Stars 12 5 3 4 12 9 18


Police 13 5 3 5 18 20 18


Central FC 12 3 7 2 14 12 16


Defence Force 8 4 1 3 15 14 13


Jabloteh 13 3 1 9 18 30 10


Rangers 12 1 0 11 11 37 3




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