Jabloteh held to 1-1 draw
By JOEL BAILEY Monday, July 16 2007
KENDALL VELOX netted a 58th minute equaliser as North East Stars held leaders CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh to a 1-1 draw in Round Two Match Day Four action of the Pro League yesterday.
Former national defender Cyd Gray put the table-toppers in front after 52 minutes, but veteran St Vincent midfielder Velox tied the scores six minutes later.
Caledonia AIA moved back to second spot after eking out a 1-0 win over the inconsistent Superstar Rangers in the second of back-to-back matches at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, on Saturday.
After his initial corner was cleared in the 68th, Guyanese Walter Moore’s right-sided centre deflected off defender Lorne Joseph and sailed over the lunging goalkeeper Shane Mattis and into the back of the net.
Rangers welcomed influential playmaker Kerwyn “Hardest” Jemmott back into their lineup, after a two-month absence with a hamstring injury. Even though they controlled the early proceedings, their lack of self-belief saw them lose yet again and drop to eighth in the 10-team table.
Third-placed Joe Public and fourth-placed W Connection battled to a goalless draw at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Tunapuna, with ex-national goalkeeper and current national Under-23 assistant coach Michael McComie returning to guide his former club, on an interim basis, after Joe Public’s Cuban-born coach Domingo Hernandez was fired less than 24 hours before the match.
The improving Defence Force dominated proceedings, but needed two late goals to hand Police their 11th defeat, courtesy of a 2-0 result in the earlier match at Mucurapo.
One of their new recruits, striker Richard Roy, broke the deadlock in the 71st. After Police failed to clear his initial shot, Roy got the loose ball from Devon Jorsling and drilled his right-footer past goalie Anthony Marshall. And, in a 77th minute counter-attack, Roy and Jorsling exchanged one-twos before Jorsling tucked the ball beyond Marshall.
United Petrotrin cruised to a 4-0 triumph over Tobago United at the Palo Seco Recreation Ground.