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TnT Team News ! - 21-Jul-2003
Mon Jul 14, 2003 10:41

Joe Public draw again.
By Ian Prescott & Gregory Trujillo.

Sunday afternoon football has once again denied Joe Public a full three points in the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League.
Yesterday, the Eastern Lions drew their eighth match in 11 league outings this season when they were held 1-1 by the South West Institute of Football (SWIF) at Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya.
The meeting between the two mid-division teams never got out of first gear. They both seemed content to play casual Sunday afternoon football until Peter Prosper got two early chances for the southern footballers. First Prosper headed a free-kick from Nicholas Thomas just wide of the far post and later he blasted overbar from outside the six-yard box, after a one-two combination with teammate Bevon Lewis.
That only seem to spur on Joe Public to take a 32nd minute lead through a Denzil Theobald corner, which Ochieng Abosi headed past goalkeeper Andy Dean.
Once they hit the front, Joe Public controlled the rest of the half and should have doubled their tally when Theobald was uprooted by goalkeeper Dean and a penalty awarded in the 42nd minute. But stopper Derek King never looked composed as he took the spot-kick and scooped the ball over the crossbar.
Joe Public were punished by Peter Prosper, who levelled the score at 1-1, three minutes later. The Lebanon-based striker was played through the Joe Public left and buried a low shot past Michael McComie. The SWIF footballers were obviously the more enthusiastic bunch as they left the field at the half.
Joe Public hardly ever looked likely to score in the second session and were lucky not to lose all the points. It all looked like the day would end in defeat for the Eastern Lions when Marlon Minguel rounded goalie McComie in the 56th. Luckily for Joe Public, Seon Power was on the line to head away Minguel’s shot.
Through the hard work of central midfielder Thomas and Kelvin Hernandez on the flank, SWIF stretched the Joe Public defence several times, but they lacked the decisive finish to win the game. McComie was often called upon to cut off several dangerous centres as Hernandez constantly looked to find Prosper in the centre.
Joe Public’s best effort at a goal in the second session came when Sterlin O’Brien who looked to capatilise on poor marking from SWIF on the flank. Coming in from the flank, O’Brien cut into the six-yard box, but hit overbar from close up.
W Connection closed the gap on leaders CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh in the Trinidad and Tobago Professional Football League with a 4-1 win yesterday over cellar-placed Tobago United at Ato Boldon Stadium, Freeport.
The Leroy Spann-coached WCFC found itself trailing after 10 minutes when Garth Woodley beat goalkeeper Alejandro Figueroa. Brazilian Gefferson Goulart started the comeback for the “Savonetta Boys” in the 22nd hitting home in a scrimmage.
League’s leading goalscorer, Kittian George Isaac netted his ninth item in the 37th with a right footer from inside the 18-yard box. National Under-23 striker, Kendall Davis benefitted from two excellent build-ups to score easy goals in the 53rd and 67th to complete the scoring.
Starworld Strikers, under coach Everald “Gally” Cummings, whipped Caledonia AIA at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium and Joe Public was held 1-1 by South West Institute of Football at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya.
National youth goalkeeper Marvin Phillip had an outstanding match between the uprights for Strikers. He saved a penalty from Ronald St Louis when his team was leading 3-0 and also brought off two mor brilliant saves.
Caledonia striker Abdullah Phillip missed two one-on-one chances against Phillip before the first goal was scored by Kestor Cornwall in the 31st. Cornwall netted again in the 49th to record a double. The other goals were scored by Marc Borde (42nd) and Dale Saunders (90th).

Senior Division.

W Connection 4 (Kendall Davis 53rd, 67th, Gefferson Goulart 22nd, George Isaac 37th) vs Tobago United 1(Garth Woodley 10th).

Starworld Strikers 4 (Kestor Cornwall 31st, 49th, Marc Borde 42th, Dale Saunders 90th) vs Caledonia AIA 0.

Joe Public 1 (Ochieng Abosi 32nd) vs SWIF 1(Peter Prosper 44nd).

Arima Fire v Defence Force — postponed.

U-20 Division.

W Connection 4 (Christopher Durity 57th, 90th, Akil Pierre 48th, Kenwyne Jones 85th) vs Tobago United 2 (Dion Thomas 20th, Keron Manning 88th).

Starworld Strikers 1 vs Caledonia AIA 1.

Joe Public 2 vs SWIF 1.

Arima Fire vs Defence Force — postponed.
News from the 20th of July, 2003.
San Juan Jabloteh crush North East Stars.
By Lasana Liburd.

There were no "giant-killer" heroics by the North East Stars football team yesterday evening at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
And, as the clock expired, the Sangre Grande outfit looked punch drunk as their hosts, CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh, kept firing away.
If it were a boxing match, the referee would have been dutybound to blow the whistle and save the battered Pro League outfit. But football is not so humane and Stars were forced to bear the late humiliation.
The final score read 5-2 in favour of the defending league champions, Jabloteh, who now enjoy an eight-point lead over their nearest rivals, Vibe CT 105 W Connection.
Connection can narrow the gap today when they host Tobago United from 4 p.m. at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, though it remains a sizeable advantage.
Still, yesterday's final scoreline was a poor reflection of the contest.
The Stars were not the only team anxiously awaiting the final whistle.
The result apart, yesterday's fare was mostly forgettable as the two clubs endured a war of attrition on the slick surface.
In the past four weeks, the Stars have played eight times in the league and First Citizens Bank (FCB) Cup, while Jabloteh had two outings less due to a default and postponement.
It is a gruelling schedule and the loose, stuttering play from both outfits gave its own testimony.
Stars goalkeeper Trevor Nottingham and stopper Wilfred Joseph—both well into their 30s—felt the strain more than most.
Still, it was the underdogs who struck first in the 18th minute.
Jabloteh right back Ronald Primus was slow to push out as Stars striker Randolph Jerome broke their attempt at an offside trap before taking maximum advantage of Ansil Elcock's late effort to retrieve the ball.
There was the hint of a lowered shoulder by Elcock and Jerome went down easily to win the decision, before burying his penalty to the left of Jabloteh captain and custodian, Kelvin Jack, with the shortest of run-ups.
It was a goal which should have strengthened the Stars' resolve and prompted Jabloteh to return to their slick, fluent passing game.
Instead, passes regularly went astray, players dithered in possession and weak, telegraphed flicks failed to reach their destinations.
It did not make for an appreciable contest for the small crowd, although defensive lapses and misjudgements did create regular scoring chances.
Jabloteh levelled the score in the 34th minute after Cornell Glenn redirected an Otis Seaton shot, but Jerome responded with a close-range glancing header in first half stoppage time following a headed pass from captain Charles Pollard.
The Stars, who lost 5-0 and 5-3 in their visits to this ground last season, were ahead at the interval and at least one fan was enjoying every minute of it.
"This is not last year, yuh know," he said to a disbeliever. "This is not 2002. This is 2003."
But the Stars' determination gave way soon after the break and so, too, their advantage.
It was virtually one-way traffic after Jabloteh midfielder Kerry Baptiste headed home from a Nigel Daniel cross in the 53rd minute—his sixth goal in five consecutive matches.
Seaton scored his third penalty of the season to put the hosts ahead in the 65th minute, after a handled ball from Pollard, and the final outcome was sealed.
The body language from the Stars players was revealing.
Nottingham was on the ground so often that the visiting physio spent as much time in the Stars' penalty area as the Jabloteh strikers.
A tired Joseph was at the mercy of the younger and quicker Glenn and when coach Lloyd Solomon replaced him in the 88th minute, the damage had been done.
Three of the five goals emanated from runs down the right side of the Stars' defence.
Kerry Noray rounded off the scoring in the 83rd and 87th minutes after crossballs from Glenn and Josh Johnson, respectively, to complete the lopsided result.
Worse still, the Stars have just three days' rest before they—and Jabloteh—enter the second leg of their FCB Cup semi-final. It must be a worrying thought for the giant-killers.
News from the 16th of July, 2003.
Jason Scotland gets his work permit, sets up Dundee contract.
By: Shaun Fuentes.

Trinidad and Tobago striker Jason Scotland will soon be living his dream of playing professional in the Scottish Premier League after hearing on Tuesday that he had been granted a work permit and will now sign with Dundee United.
The former Defence Force forward who will now go on to sign a two-year contract with the team where he will now partner fellow T&T striker Colin Samuel who signed a three-year deal with the “Tangerines” last week.
Both players will fly out with the rest of the Dundee United team for preseason tours of Austria and Germany on Wednesday.
“The news just came as a shock to me. I’m delighted to get this chance now” the 24-year-old Scotland told TTFF Media on Tuesday afternoon.
Scotland’s agent Mike Berry revealed that he was granted the work permit on a unanimous verdict following the appeal which involved a five-man committee. Berry added that personal negotiations will now take place and Scotland will sign a two-year-contract later this month.
“I am thrilled to that yet another one of my Trinidad and Tobago’s players have gotten through to play at the highest level in Scotland,” said Berry who is also the agent of goalkeeper Clayton Ince and Wrexham trio Dennis Lawrence, Carlos Edwards and Hector Sam. “I also want to give credit to the management of the Defence Force for what they had done for the past six years in helping develop Jason as a player as well as the TTFF for helping with the permit requirements.”
“It’s big times or no times,” an excited Scotland added. “For a long time I’ve been wanting a move like this and now it’s just a matter of time before I settle in. I need to thank those who have been at my side, particularly Mike (Berry), the people at Defence Force and the National team and most of all my mom Brenda (Joseph) and my girlfriend Nimpha (Jeffrey).
“The coach likes what he has been seeing and they actually feel here that myself and Colin can be the top two strikers in Dundee United. Now it’s just a matter of us proving ourselves,” he said. “The players have made us feel very welcomed. The training has been real intense but we know that this is what we have to expect once we want to make it out here.”
Samuel, who signed a three-year deal with the club also had is work permit renewed and was equally delighted. “Since I came back from the South Africa tour with the national team, there has beena lot of talks about me going to another club. Dundee United made a bid for me and Falkirk accepted it. I’m just happy to make the move into the Premiership where hopefully myself and ‘Scotty’ can perform well,” Samuel told TTFF Media.
News from the 14th of July, 2003.
Joe Public suffers first defeat.
By Gregory Trujillo.

San Juan Jabloteh stayed atop the standings in the Trinidad and Tobago Professional Football League, with a 4-0 win over Caledonia AIA yesterday at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar. And closest rivals, Vibe CT 105 W Connection remained on the heels of the defending champion, whipping the unreliable Joe Public 3-0 at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Centre of Excellence, Macoya.
North East Stars, bottom of the table in its inaugural season last year, was again in “giant-killing” mood, defeating Defence Force 2-0 on a soggy Sangre Grande recreation ground.
In the day’s other match, SWIF wasted a golden chance of recording their third win of the season when national Under-23 midfielder Kevon Clement missed a penalty in the 82nd minute. The teams were locked 1-1 at the time, Jace Peters netting in the 11th for SWIF and Anthony Haynes equalising for Arima Fire in the 50th.
While Jabloteh was convincing against Caledonia, it will have to do without the services of its coach Ricky Hill in its next outing.
Coach Hill was ejected in the 16th for using obscene language to fourth official Patrick Hunte.
Just before his departure from the bench, Kerry Baptiste put the champion ahead in the 12th minute.
Cornell Glenn then increased the score with a quick double (30th and 35th) before Kerry Noray rounded off the scoring in the 73rd.
W Connection handed Joe Public its first defeat in the League competition this season with a workmanlike performance.
Kittian George Isaac started the slide for the “Eastern Lions” by opening the scoring in the eighth minute. The goal was his eighth of the season for Isaac who remains as the leading individual scorer.
Earl Jean (40th) and Kendall Davis (90th) added the two other goals for the former champion.
Defence Force, going after its seventh successive win, failed to click on the difficult ground conditions against home side North East Stars.
North East Stars took the lead as early as the sixth minute through Randolph Jerome and had to wait until the 86th to get the second from Anthony Wolfe.

Senior Division Results.

SWIF 1 (Jace Peters 11th) vs Arima Fire 1 (Anthony Haynes 50th).

North East Stars 2 (Randolph Jerome 6th, Anthony Wolfe 86th) vs Defence Force 0.

San Juan Jabloteh 4 (Cornell Glenn 30th, 35th, Kerry Baptiste 12th, Kerry Noray 73rd) vs Caledonia AIA 0.

Joe Public 0 vs W Connection 3 (George Isaac 8th, Earl Jean 40th, Kendall Davis 90th).

U-20 Division Results.

SWIF 3 (Makisi Peters, Kizi Lara, Ghymyo Harper) vs Arima Fire 1 (Dwayne Ellis).

Joe Public 1 vs W Connection 2.

San Juan Jabloteh 2 (Own goal 27th, Jeremaiah Headley 46th) vs Caledonia AIA 3 (Billy Dee Scanterbury 24th, Aldo Hope 78th, Seon Jack 90th).

North East Stars 3 vs Defence Force 1.

Senior Division Standings.
TEAMS            P W D L  F  A Pts.
Jabloteh 9 8 1 0 30 6 25.
W Connection 9 6 2 1 20 8 20.
Defence Force 10 6 0 4 17 17 18.
NE Stars 10 5 2 3 14 10 17.
Strikers 9 4 2 3 17 12 14.
Joe Public 10 2 7 1 13 14 13.
SWIF 10 2 4 4 16 20 10.
Caledonia AIA 10 1 3 6 8 17 6.
Arima Fire 10 1 4 6 6 19 6.
Tobago United 9 0 2 7 2 19 2.
Under-20 Division Standings.
TEAMS            P W D L  F  A Pts.
Strikers 9 7 1 1 23 8 22.
Caledonia AIA 10 5 3 2 21 11 18.
Jabloteh 9 5 2 2 18 8 17.
W Connection 9 5 2 2 22 10 17.
Joe Public 9 3 4 2 18 11 13.
Defence Force 9 3 1 5 19 22 10.
Arima Fire 10 3 1 6 14 21 10.
SWIF 10 2 3 5 10 20 9.
NE Stars 10 3 2 5 11 16 11.
Tobago United 8 1 1 6 6 28 4.
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