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Thomas stars as Police stops Central’s joy ride

Sunday, September 23, 2018
W Connection's defender Isaiah Garcia, left, vies for the ball with former national striker and North East Stars's Hayden Tinto during their Pro League clash at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, Arima yesterday. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. Photo by:ABRAHAM DIAZ

Police FC defeated Central FC 3-0 with a vengeful performance on Friday night as action in the T&T Pro League resumed at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

Kemron Purcell prodded Police in front before 19-year-old winger Christian Thomas struck one and set up another for Kareem Perry to seal the win, all in the first half. The Lawmen are now unbeaten in six consecutive outings, and have gone to second on the standings on 16 points, a mere six points behind leaders W Connection which were scheduled to face North East Stars at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar Arima yesterday.

In other matches, yesterday Defence Force was scheduled to meet Point Fortin Civic, and Club Sando had a date with Morvant Caledonia United in a double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium from 6 pm.

Ironically Central, which was ahead of its counterparts on 16 points before the game started, has now been reduced to third on a superior goal differential.

Purcell put Police in front after 13 minutes from Christon Thomas' corner. Thomas' cross fell nicely for his brother Christian Thomas inside the area, but his fierce low drive was acrobatically saved by Marvin Phillip before Purcell quickly pounced on the rebound for the opener.

Thomas (Christian) got his award soon after however when he drilled Clevon Mc Fee's low cross past Phillip for a 2-0 advantage.

Thomas (Christian), the lanky teenage midfielder then provided a telling pass to Perry to seal the win with a thunderous drive past a hapless Phillip late in the half.

Five minutes after the resumption, Central received a golden opportunity to pull a goal back from the penalty spot, but Duane Muckette saw his effort crash off the upright before going to safety. Still, the Central Sharks did not give up and they would be provided with another chance from a free kick.

Referee Crystal Sobers ruled a hand ball when a powerful drive from Jamaica international Ewan Grandison struck the outstretched arms of defender Dexter Alleyne in the 37th minute. But Akim Armstrong’s curling effort struck the upright before going out.

On the opposite side, Phillip was again called upon to prevent efforts from Kenaz Williams and Kareem Freitas in the 74th and 78th minutes respectively.

Meanwhile, an earlier match between San Juan Jabloteh and Terminex St Ann's Rangers did not play because of an unprepared pitch at Mucurapo Road.

Yesterday, W Connection was held by North East Stars to a 1-1 draw at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar, Arima.

W Connection went under after an unfortunate own goal but Kadeem Corbin returned later to level the scores, 1-1, which remained the same when time expired.


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