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Winchester restores W Connection’s cushion
Shahdon Winchester scored on either side of the break as DirecTV W Connection blanked cellar-placed St Ann’s Rangers 2-0 at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, on Saturday to restore an eight-point lead at the top of the 2013/2014 Digicel Pro League million-dollar title race.
Winchester gave Connection a 1-0 advantage by the 19th minute, and overcame a resilient Rangers’ goalkeeper Akel Clarke again in the 57th minute to complete the 2-0 win.
With the win, its 11th from 16 matches, W Connection pushed its points tally to 37 from 16 matches, eight more than second placed Pt Fortin Civic FC with eight matches left for each club.
Third placed Central FC, which came up against defending champions Defence Force last night, is third 26 points along with North East Stars, both from 16 matches, followed by Caledonia and Police, each with 21 and then Defence Force with 17 but with five matches in hand.
Winchester was at the end of a Hashim Arcia pass before blasting his strike into the back of the net to give his team the lead at the break.
In the 57th minute, Winchester handed Connection a 2-0 cushion—with his fifth goal since returning to Fevrier’s squad in January.
Last night, defending champions Defence Force was hoping to begin its recovery from the death of one of its stellar players, winger Kevon Carter with a win over Central FC, at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar.
Carter’s funeral took place on Friday at the Trinidad Christian Centre, at the corner of Morne Coco and Simeon Road, Petit Valley, and was followed by the burial at the military cemetery in St James.
Last night, his team-mates who are yet to overcome the loss off another team-mate Rawle Fletcher who was shot dead last December, began a busy run of five matches over a ten-day period.
Following last night’s encounter, Defence Force will be back in league action again tomorrow against Caledonia from 9 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, and two days later versus St Ann’s Rangers.
They will then face Pt Fortin on March 16 and North East Stars three days later before leaving for Kingston, Jamaica, to compete in the Caribbean Football Union’s Club Championship qualifiers to the Concacaf Champions League.
In Jamaica, the Ross Russell-coached Defence Force, the reigning T&T Pro League champions will face Guyana’s Alpha United, Suriname’s Sporting Vereniging Notch, and home-team Habour View FC in Group Three from March 21-25.
At the same time, last season’s Pro League runners-up, Caledonia, will contest Group Two against Sportive de Mirebalais of host country Haiti, Inter Moengotapoe of Suriname and Jamaica’s Waterhouse FC.
While Group One will be contested in Puerto Rico, with Centro Dominguito of the Netherlands Antilles, Unite Saint Rosienne of Curacao, Cayman Islands outfit Bodden Town and home team Bayamon FC making up that group. The winner of each group will advance to the semi-final round.
Teams P W D L F A Pts
W Connection 16 11 4 1 32 9 37
Pt Fortin Civic 16 9 2 5 26 16 29
Central FC 16 6 8 2 28 15 26
N/East Stars 16 7 5 4 17 12 26
Caledonia 16 5 6 5 24 19 21
Police 15 6 3 6 19 23 21
Defence Force 11 5 2 5 19 17 17
Jabloteh 16 3 2 11 19 37 11
Rangers 16 1 0 15 11 47 3
Venue: Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva
North East Stars vs Police, 7 pm
Caledonia vs Defence Force, 9 pm
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