The trinidad Guardian / North East Stars improved their psychological advantage on challengers W Connection after a 6-0 hammering of cellar-placed MIC-IT St Ann’s Rangers on Tuesday to stretch their lead atop the Pro League standings to nine points with three games to go.
Rundell Winchester, Densill Theobald, Kevon Villaroel, Akeem Garcia and Jomoul Francois all got their names on the score sheet while an overly generous Rangers’ defender Shane Sandy added the other in the Stars rout at the Arima Velodrome. With the result the Stars have now placed one hand on the title with 36 points with second place W Connection a distance behind on 27 and third Club Sando 0n 25.
Connection and Club Sando did not see action on Tuesday after their respective matches against San Juan Jabloteh at the Barataria Oval and Police FC at the Training Field of the Hasely Crawford Stadium respectively were postponed due to waterlogged pitches.
Derek King, the Stars coach said “We haven’t won yet, but we are in a good position to win the League title. Three more games left. There are a couple make-up games for other teams but we are responsible for our destiny, and our aim now is to keep our guys focused.”
King commended his players for the team’s “magnificent” league form, saying “There were the disappointments in the FA Trophy and First Citizens Cup, but our players have maintained good vibes in the league which will enable us to achieve our main focus and represent T&T at the Caribbean Club Championship, then hopefully onto CONCACAF.”
According to King the Stars were not spared the current financial crisis being faced across the league and by extension the country, and praised owner Darryl Mahabir’s commitment and honesty to the team. “We have built more than just a team with good experience and youth this season, we have built a family at North East Stars.”
The Stars will next be at home at the Velodrome to Club Sando on Tuesday (November 7), needing a victory that will basically assure them the title. King believes the game will be no walk in the park.
Central FC, the three-time Pro League holders, edged Morvant Caledonia United 3-2 to hurdle over the Eastern Stallions and Jabloteh for fifth position Tuesday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium main field despite torrential downpour.
Sheldon Holder scored his second league double in eight days for Morvant Caledonia, but the Guyanese international goals in the 9th and 75th minutes weren’t enough against the Couva Sharks. Morvant Caledonia’s early lead was cancelled out by an own goal by Ghanaian defender Maestro Mensah in the 11th minutes, before Kaydion Gabriel handed Central the lead on half hour.
And eight minutes left Jason Marcano got the winner for the Central Sharks.
? Central FC 3 (Own Goal Maestro Mensah 11′, Kaydion Gabriel 30′, Jason Marcano 82′) vs Morvant Caledonia United 2 (Sheldon Holder 9′, 75”), at Hasely Crawford Stadium (Main Field); ? North East Stars 6 (Rundell Winchester 15′, Densill Theobald 33′, Own Goal Shane Sandy 39′, Kevon Villoroel 51′, Akeem Garcia 60′, Jomoul Francois 76′) vs MIC-IT St. Ann’s Rangers 0, at Arima Velodrome; ? Point Fortin Civic 0 vs Defence Force 1 (Jerome Mc Intyre 32′), at Mahaica Oval;