Round 8 in the Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL), served up a toast of excellent midfield performances.
The Team of the Week (TOTW) is packed with midfield maestros who were at the heart of their club’s performances and therefore dictated that we packed our midfield in a 3-5-2 formation for Round 8.
Starting in goal this week is TOTW debutant Joel Sampson of Bethel United. The Tobago custodian, whose team has been struggling this season, was like a one man wall for the Bethel Village club. He produced a string of excellent saves to preserve a clean sheet and a much needed point for the “Bethel Kings”.
In defence, serial TOTW defender Glenton Wolffe is joined by debutants Sheldon Nesbitt (Cunupia FC) and Dominic Hutchinson (QPCC). Wolffe was at his solid best to deny the usually potent FC Santa Rosa attack while Nesbitt produced a gritty performance to help his team earn a 1-1 draw with UTT. “Parkite” Hutchinson, facing off against Siparia Spurs, was extremely composed and personified the values of hard work that has seen QPCC go unbeaten in 6 matches.
Goalscorers dominate the midfield with Lejandro Williams of 1976 Phoenix FC adding the bit of magic to give his team their first win of the season at the expense of inconsistent Club Sando Moruga. Another player who stepped up to stop his club’s free fall was Michael Darko. The Cunupia midfielder was vibrant and inventive and capped off his display by creating and scoring his team’s penalty.
In that same encounter, Darko was equally matched by the classy Isaiah Mejias. Mejias scored with a precise shot from the top of the box after an excellent pull back from June Player of the Month Theon James. Surprisingly, this is Mejias’ first appearance in the TOTW even though he has an enviable stat CV this season. With 5 goals and 5 assists already, we can expect to see Mejias in a few more TOTWs before the end of the season.
At 2-0 down, Dexter Thornhill orchestrated a remarkable recovery. 2 assists and 1 goal from the boot of Thornhill at the end of full time and Defence Force left WASA FC holding their heads. Excellent performance.
FC Santa Rosa suffered their second loss of the season in a tense affair in Guayaguayare. 36 year old Beville Joseph roved in midfield and when the opportunity came to kill off the game, Joseph responded with aplomb as he thumped a rasping shot into the roof of the net int he dying minutes.
Joseph is joined in the team of the week by his Guaya United team mate Shaquille Ferrier. The electric winger was enterprising throughout and gleefully accepted his chance at glory to give his team the prized 3 points.
Rounding out the TOTW is the skillful Dwight Crichlow of WASA FC. Making his second appearance in the TOTW, Crichlow has just kept getting better. He ran riot against Defence Force in the early exchanges and recorded an assist and a classy goal but couldn’t prevent Defence Force’s second half recovery. Very harsh on Crichlow.
TTSL Team of the Week is compiled by the TTSL Editorial Team with recommendations provided by coaches and match commissioners.