League One – Round One Round Up

League One – Round One Round Up

The Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) League One kicked off on 11 June 2017 with a host of intriguing match ups around the twin island republic.

In the “battle for the south” at the Guayaguayare Recreation Ground, Guaya United FC came from behind to claim all three points at the expense of Club Sando Moruga.  Kyle Morgan opened the scoring for the Moruga outfit with a left footed finish beyond Guaya custodian Shane Mattis in the first half.

However, the “Green Army” fired back in the second half when Carlon “Judgement” Hughes stole home to score the equalizer. This set the stage for debuting defender Glenton Wolffe to rifle home two thunderous penalty kicks to lead Guaya United FC to a 3-1 home victory in front of a large jubilant crowd.

At the Larry Gomes Stadium, FC Santa Rosa ensured that their march towards back to back titles kicked off with winning ways. Two debutants for the “Big Cannons” of Arima provided the added bit of game changing magic. New signing Mikheil Peters laid the ball into the path of Keron Clarke to slam home in the 5th Minute before debuting attacker  Nathan Julien waltzed his way into the opposing penalty box to score what proved to be the match winner.

Cunupia FC forward Gorean Highley pulled one back for the “Predators” late in the game but FC Santa Rosa held on for the 2-1 victory.

Not to be outdone by their neighbours in the east, UTT put in a dominating performance at their O’meara Campus Grounds to beat WASA FC 2-1.  Former Trinidad and Tobago international Kevaughn Connell scored a brace alongside the impressive Ricaldo Castellano to lead the UTT to a perfect start this season. WASA FC coaching staff however will feel like there is still a lot more work to be done as they only had Kylon Gay’s effort as consolation on the day.

Over in Tobago, Bethel United FC claimed all three points at the expense of travelling QPCC at the Mt Gomery Recreation Ground by holding onto a 1-0 win. Densyl James scored the solitary item but the impressive Makan Hislop was the defensive rock on which Bethel’s victory was built on.

1976 FC Phoenix, also playing at home in Tobago, had to settle for a share of the spoils against a resolute Police FC outfit. Che Richards opened the scoring for Phoenix in the 73rd minute but Police responded soon after through Real Dedier. Police FC had goalkeeper Kelvin Charles to thank for preserving the scoreline after he made a string of important saves throughout the match.

In the late kick off, Defence Force TTSL FC stated their title credentials early as they raced to a 3-0 half time lead against Siparia Spurs at the Hasely Crawford Stadium Training Field.

At this stage, Siparia were already down to 10 men as left back Akiba Peters was given his marching orders for a horrendous tackle on Dexter Thornhill. Luckily Thornhill, escaped serious injury.

For the Defence Force, Tirek George was chief destroyer with two goals and was ably assisted by wideman Jamaal Goodridge who scored the first item.  The two young attackers also showed that their link up play will be one to watch this season.

Last season’s top scorer Andy London, showed his predatory instincts once again for the “Sand City Boys” by scoring Siparia’s lone goal but was largely left frustrated and starved of service on the day. Coach Anthony Jones will hope that his marksman and his team mates return to the same wavelength soon enough.


TT Super League Round One Results

Guaya United 3 (Carlon Hughes 64, Glenton Wolfe 77 [p], 89 [p])
Club Sando Moruga 1 (Morgan 27)
at Guayaguayare Recreation Ground

Bethel United FC 1 (Densyl James 29)
at Mt Gomery Recreation Ground 

Defence Force 3 (Jamaal Goodridge 24, Tirek George 38, 40)
Siparia Spurs 1 (Andy London 66)
at Hasely Crawford Stadium training field 

Cunupia FC 1 (Gorean Highley 83)
Santa Rosa FC 2 (Keron Clarke 5, Nathan Julien 83)
at Larry Gomes Stadium 

1976 Phoenix FC 1 (Che Richards 73)
Police FC 1 (Real Didier 76)
at Canaan and Bon Accord Recreation Ground, Tobago 

UTT 2 (Kevaughn Connell 13, 31)
WASA FC 1 (Kylon Gay 21)
at UTT, O’Meara

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