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W Connection, D/Force in battle for top spot
DirecTV W Connection and Defence Force will lock horns in the first of back-to-back matches tonight at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva from 8 pm tonight with the $1 million Digicel T&T Pro League up for grabs.
Currently, four-time Pro League winners’, W Connection leads with 45 points from 21 matches, one point ahead over three-time winner and defending champions Defence Force, and two matches left to play for each club after today.
However, despite holding a slim lead at the top, W Connection, coming off a 2-1 loss to bitter rival Central FC in last week’s Lucozade Sport Goal Shield final also at Couva will enter the match as underdogs against the “red-hot” Defence Force, winners of their last nine league matches since a 2-3 loss to Central back in February, including a 4-0 thumping of Caledonia AIA, on Friday at Couva as well.
Both W Connection and Defence Force will meet again on Tuesday at Couva before closing out their campaigns against Caledonia and San Juan Jabloteh respectively.
Commenting of the upcoming matches, W Connection’s Stuart Charles-Fevrier who has led his team to two league titles and numerous Cup triumphs noted that both matches against Defence Force will come like virtual finals.
“They (Defence Force) have been in good form in the league and at the same time we have been very consistent, so I think both teams will have an equal chance to come out on top in their next two meetings.
While Charles-Fevrier was optimistic about the outcome of their meetings, Defence Force coach Ross Russell warned that his team will be throwing everything at W Connection.
Speaking after a training session with his squad which included striker Devorn Jorsling who missed the last three matches with a hamstring injury, Russell said, “We have three matches to go and the next two are against W Connection, so in a sense its like two finals for both clubs.
He explained, “If we win this match we will take a two point into our next meeting on Tuesday putting ourselves in the drivers seat to retain our title, but if W Connection comes out on top it will open a four-point lead and will be in control of the title race.
Despite what some may consider a difficult task against what is expected to be a disciplined Stuart Charles-Fevrier W Connection outfit, Russell, said his team is in very high spirits.
Also on tonight from 6pm at Couva, is a Digicel Pro Bowl qualifying contest between cellar-placed duo, San Juan Jabloteh and St Ann’s Rangers.
Teams P W D L F A Pts
W Connection 21 13 6 2 43 15 45
Defence Force 21 14 2 5 44 25 44
Central FC 22 11 8 3 46 21 41
Pt Fortin 23 12 3 8 35 24 39
North East Stars 22 10 6 6 24 17 36
Caledonia 21 7 6 8 32 31 27
Police 23 8 3 12 30 41 27
Jabloteh 22 3 3 16 22 53 12
Rangers 22 2 1 19 19 64 7
Venue: Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva:
Central FC vs San Juan Jabloteh, 6 pm
Defence Force vs W Connection, 8 pm
Venue: Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo:
North East Stars vs St Ann’s Rangers, 7 pm
Caledonia AIA vs Point Fortin Civic, 9 pm
Marcus Joseph (Pt Fortin Civic)—15
Trevin Caesar (North East Stars) —14
Joevin Jones (W Connection) - 12
Willis Plaza (Central FC) - 12
Josimar Belgrave (Defence Force) —11
Devorn Jorsling (Defence Force) —9
Jason Marcano (Central FC) —8
Kerry Baptiste (Jabloteh) —8