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Army blows past Jabloteh
Dylon King scored a pair of goals as three-time winners and last year’s runner-up Defence Force hammered San Juan Jabloteh 4-0 in its opening match of the 2018 First Citizens Cup Immortelle Group in the feature match of a double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on Sunday night.
Reon Moore and debutant Brent Sam were also on target for the ‘Teteron Men’ against two-time winners Jabloteh to lead the five-team round-robin pool on goal-difference from another two-time champion, Central FC which blanked MIC-IT St Ann’s Rangers 2-0 in the opening encounter thanks to a brace from Akim Armstrong.
Central, boasting the likes of Densill Theobald, Anthony Wolfe, goalkeeper Marvin Phillip, Jared London and Duane Muckette were the more experienced of the two sides but for the opening moments looked nothing of a team keen on shaking off disappointments of the 2018 Caribbean Club Championship finals in Jamaica last month when they failed to qualify—after three chances—for this season’s Concacaf League.
Les than ten minutes before the break Rangers almost took s shock lead through an ambitious move down the right by Kristian Meloney whose low cross across the six-yard box was just missed by forward Jamal Gay.
A few seconds later Duane Muckette and Keron Cummings tested Rangers goalkeeper Cleon John who made two excellent saves.
John, though, was unable to rescue coach Adrian Romain’s side four minutes from the half-time interval when Armstrong’s angled shot flew into the far bottom corner to cap off a move involving no fewer than a dozen passes.
Meloney, one of a handful of Pro League debutants in the Rangers side, later had a chance himself on the hour mark but goalkeeper Phillip was quick to smother the midfielder’s effort.
Eight minutes later on the other end Armstrong, who moved to Central from Club Sando two months, completed his double when he got the better of defender Holan Joseph chipped the ball over John and into the back of the net for a 2-0 scoreline.
He later had a chance to complete a hat-trick but was denied at point-blank range in the 75th minute when John pushed the Central forward’s half-volley behind.
First Citizens Cup Results
Match Day One results
Police FC 5 (Kareem Freitas 16th, 29th, Kadeem Riley 17th, Jameel Perry 53rd, 85th) vs North East Stars 1 ( Kyle Bartholomew 66th)
W Connection 3 (Marcus Joseph 22nd, 32nd, Kurt Frederick 86th) vs
Pt Fortin Civic 2 (Ronell Paul 2nd, Jabari Mitchell 9th pen.)
Central FC 2 (Akim Armstrong 41st, 68th) vs St Ann’s Rangers 0
Defence Force FC 4 (Dylon King 12th, 67th, Reon Moore 14th, Brent Sam 73rd) vs San Juan Jabloteh 0
Abercrombie Group standings:
Pt Fortin Civic*1*0*0*1*2*3*0
North East Stars*1*0*0*1*1*5*0
Immortelle Group standings:
St Ann’s Rangers*1*0*0*1*0*2*0
San Juan Jabloteh*1*0*0*1*0*4*0
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