Police FC coach Richard Hood believes a top-two finish in the T&T Pro League, which will assure his team a berth in the Caribbean Club Championship, is achievable.
The 'Lawmen' are in second position on the 10-team standings with 26 points and four matches left against Terminix St Ann's Rangers, North East Stars, Morvant Caledonia United and Central FC. The Policemen played unbeaten in eight of their last nine matches, which took them to four points behind leaders W Connection (30 points).
Hood in a brief interview said, “The intention is to first qualify for the Caribbean Club Championship. We would like to finish as champions but that is not really within our hands. So the intention is to finish second which is within our hands.”
Police, in 1991, finished runners-up behind champions Club Puebla of Mexico in the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup. Hood, was a member of that team, but his playing days were cut short by a broken leg.
“Credit to our players, most of whom have been together for the last few seasons and have given their best this season. The players want to achieve something, the staff wants to do well this season, and where we are now couldn’t be possible without the Police Service affording us the time to train and recover, like a professional team,” Hood explained.
The first of four games will begin today with a match-up against cellar-place Rangers from 6 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, the first of a doubleheader. In the other contest at 8 pm, Defence Force will take on San Juan Jabloteh.
Connection, on the other hand will take on Caledonia this afternoon from 3:30 pm at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium. And in their next three matches, they will face Point Fortin Civic, San Juan Jabloteh and North East Stars, in that order. Central FC, another team battling for the top two places in the league, will have a date with Civic at 7 pm at Mahaica Oval tonight.
The Connection men are winless in their last four outings though maintaining an unbeaten run, but with Police, Central and Club Sando tight on their heels, the “Savonetta Boys” cannot afford to drop another point.
Central and Sando are both on 24 points and are also keen of grabbing one of the top two spots at stake for the right to play in the CONCACAF play-off, the region’s qualifying tournament to the CONCACAF Champions League and CONCACAF League.
North East Stars and Connection, which were champions and runners-up of last season, have already booked their places for the 2019 edition of the CONCACAF tournament.
W Connection vs Morvant Caledonia United, 3:30 pm at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella
Police FC vs Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers, 6 pm at Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo
Defence Force FC vs San Juan Jabloteh, 8 pm at Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo
Point Fortin Civic vs Central FC, 7pm at Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin.