Former national youth player Kishun Seecharan scored a first-half brace to lead Terminix La Horquetta Rangers to an emphatic 7-2 drubbing of AC Port-of-Spain in round two of the T&T Pro League on Thursday night.
Going into the match at La Horquetta Recreation Ground, La Horquetta, host club Rangers were under pressure to get a win after losing their season opener to Defence Force 1-2 a week ago.
And it didn’t take long for Rangers to get things going, as Seecharan fired in the opener as early as the third minute.
However, AC Port-of-Spain, who edged past three-time league winners Central FC 3-2 to kick start their season, were soon back on level terms through John-Paul Rochford a minute later.
It took a while for Rangers to regain control of proceedings but Seecharan restored their slim lead in the 20th minute, which they carried into the half-time interval.
Five minutes after the restart, however, Rangers sprung to life through out-of-favour national midfielder Keron “Ball Pest” Cumming, who extended the lead to 3-1 before two more former national youth players, Jamal Creighton (62nd) and Anselm Jackson (75th), pushed the advantage to 5-1.
The AC Port-of-Spain players did not drop their heads and were handed a glimmer of hope courtesy a Rashad Hyacenth 76th strike to cut the margin to 5-2, but that was as close as they would get as senior national team duo Tyrone Charles (85th) and Kadeem Corbin (87th) added their names to the scoresheet to complete the lopsided win for Rangers to go top of the table with three points from two matches. Rangers now hold the edge on goal-difference from Police FC, Defence Force, Tiger Tanks Club Sando and AC Port-of-Spain while Morvant Caledonia United and W Connection are next on the table with a point each.
LA HORQUETTA RANGERS 7 (Kishun Seecharan 3rd, 20th, Keron Cummings 50th, Jamal Creighton 62nd, Anselm Jackson 75th, Tyrone Charles 85th, Kadeem Corbin 87th) v AC PORT-OF-SPAIN 2 (John-Paul Rochford 4th, Rashad Hyacenth 76th)
Current T&T Pro League standings:
Teams P W D L F A Pts
L.H Rangers 2 1 0 1 8 4 3
Police FC 1 1 0 0 2 0 3
Defence Force FC 1 1 0 0 2 1 3
Club Sando 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
AC Port-of-Spain 2 1 0 1 5 9 3
Morvant Caledonia 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
W Connection 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Pt Fortin Civic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Central FC 1 0 0 1 2 3 0
San Juan Jabloteh 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
Cunupia FC 1 0 0 1 0 2 0