T&T Pro League leaders W Connection dropped its first points of the season in six matches after it was held to a goalless draw by Morvant Caledonia United in the feature match of a double-header at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo on Wednesday night.
In fact, the ‘Savonetta Boys” were lucky to escape with a point as St Kitts and Nevis goalkeeper Julani Archibald had to be at his best, making back-to-back saves -- in the first minute of play, to deny Renaldo Francois and Sheldon Holder on the rebound.
Archibald was called into action ten minutes into the second half to put behind a Kerry Daniel free-kick as Morvant Caledonia, recently equipped with two former W Connection stars, 22-year-olds Aikim Andrews and Jesus Perez, continued to prove the bogey side of the Couva-based club.
W Connection tried to punish Morvant Caledonia on a quick counterattack from the resulting corner but Kadeem Corbin’s lob attempt was picked out of the air by his former team-mate, goalkeeper Terrence Lewis, who also thwarted an Adan Noel effort.
The best chance of the game fell to Marcus Joseph six minutes from time, but the W Connection star and leading scorer fired wide of goal after a measured Corbin cross put him against Lewis.
W Connection, now with 16 points from six matches, have not defeated Morvant Caledonia since January 2017 and were knocked out of the 2018 First Citizens Cup by the Eastern Stallions at the group stage last July.
In the night’s opener, Jamaica international Ewan Grandison grabbed his first Pro League goal and assist on for new club Central FC in a comprehensive 4-0 win over Pt Fortin Civic.
Four minutes into the match, Civic goalkeeper Miles Goodman allowed a grounder from Russell Alfred who recently switched from Club Sando to creep past him for the go-ahead item and three minutes into the second-half,
Grandison, 27, who joined Central during the August transfer window, doubled the Couva Sharks lead. Jared London made it 3-0 with his first goal of the season in the 68th minute when he completed a sweeping move with a solid finish past Goodman off a squared Jameel Neptune feed before the burly built former Portmore United captain, provided the assist from a corner for substitute Dwight Pope to celebrate his first ever Central goal with a header on 90 minutes to complete the comfortable victory.
The win, only Central’s third from six league outings this season, lifted the three-time former champions up a spot into fourth but tied on ten points with Defence Force FC (third) and Club Sando (fifth).
On Saturday, Morvant Caledonia, yet to post a league win after four games, will face Terminix St Ann’s Rangers in one of two outstanding fixtures at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva before the league breaks for the September 3 – 11 international fixture window.
Central FC 4 (Russelll Alfred 4’, Ewan Grandison 48’, Jared London 68’, Dwight Pope 90’) vs Pt Fortin Civic 0
Morvant Caledonia United 0 vs W Connection 0
Latest T&T Pro League standings
1. W Connection*6*5*1*0*17*2*16
3. Defence Force*5*3*1*1*18*6*10
4. Club Sando*6*3*1*2*9*9*10
5. Central FC*6*3*1*2*11*11*10
7. St Ann’s Rangers*5*2*0*3*5*13*6
8. Morvant Caledonia*4*0*2*2*6*9*2
9. Pt Fortin Civic*6*0*2*4*3*11*2
10. North East Stars*5*0*1*4*5*10*1
St Ann’s Rangers vs Morvant Caledonia United, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, 4 pm;
Defence Force FC vs Police FC, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, 6pm