Reigning champions Defence Force stunned joint league leaders Caledonia AIA 2-1 to record its first three points of the season in the Digicel T&T Pro League, at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, yesterday. Goals from Richard “Shaka” Roy and Keston Williams in the first and second half, respectively, put Defence Force in the driver’s seat before Kareem Joseph converted a penalty to give Caledonia hope with just over 20 minutes to go in the match. The scoring was done, however, as the bottom team, Defence Force went on to win its first match of the season after two straight losses. The result for Caledonia, cost the team a clear spot at the top of the eight team standing as they remain on 15 points, level with W Connection and T&TEC, which has a match in hand.
Caledonia, fresh off its triumph in the Kashif & Shanghai Football Tournament in Guyana on January 1, could not conjure up the same attacking style that saw the team sneak a narrow 3-2 win over the Tetron Boys when they met in the first leg on December 17. Roy, who netted a double in the first leg, found the opener in the 24th minute, to give Defence Force a lead which would stand into the half time interval. Just over the hour-mark national defender Keston Williams slotted home his team’s second. Caledonia fired back from the penalty spot in the 68th minute through Kareem Joseph, after Kevin Graham in goal for Defence Force was ajudged to have brought down the midfielder.
Caledonia, however, left it too late as the team sunk to its fifth loss after ten matches played. Last evening, Police and Adam’s Construction San Juan Jabloteh were also in action, with the latter team also seeking a top spot with a result. T&TEC and W Connection both, with Caledonia and Jabloteh (as of last evening) sit on 15 points at the top of the Pro League standings. The Electricity Boys will be back in action on Saturday to reclaim the top spot when they challenge Adam’s Construction San Juan Jabloteh.