Defence Force lost their perfect record in the TT Pro League Tuesday evening, held to a 1-1 draw by San Juan Jabloteh in their encounter at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, but other results only helped to solidify their position atop the standings.
On a night when the top three all suffered setbacks, second-placed Police FC went under 1-2 to Terminix La Horquetta Rangers, a result that widened the gap between themselves and “The Army” to three points while Caledonia, who started the night in third, dropped one spot after Central FC beat them 2-1 in Couva.
The misfortunes of the front-runners translated into upward movement for others; Rangers and Central each climbed one spot—to fourth and fifth, respectively—while AC Port of Spain jumped two places to sixth following a 1-0 win over Cunupia FC at Diego Martin.
At Mucurapo, teenager Justin Araujo-Wilson put Jabloteh on top after 25 minutes, only for Shaquille Bertrand to draw Defence Force back level just six minutes later. They were still deadlocked (1-1) at half-time and neither side could find a winner in the second half.
In the late game Rangers’ captain Jamal Creighton stunned Police with a goal in just the eighth minute but the visitors conceded a penalty just five minutes later, one which Keion Wilson converted, and they went in 1-1 at the half. Samuel Delice (61’) scored the only item after the restart to hand Police their second loss in six outings as Rangers moved to nine points, just one behind the lawmen.
In Couva, Sean Bonval (27’, 59’) struck in either half to secure victory for Central over Caledonia, for whom Aaron Richard grabbed a late item as his team slipped to fourth.
Earlier, Point Fortin Civic, languishing one off the bottom at the start, pulled off the shocker of the season thus far when they thrashed Tiger Tanks Club Sando 3-0. Kern Edwards had put the visitors ahead in the 28th and Kerville Jeremiah (61’, 72’) wrapped up the victory that lifted Civic three places to seventh.
There were no surprises at the Diego Martin Sporting complex, however, as Rashad Hyacinth’s 10th-minute strike was all hosts AC Port of Spain needed to defeat cellar-placed Cunupia FC.
The next round starts on Friday with the feature match, a top-of-the-table clash between Defence Force and Police, set for Sunday at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Arima.
Defence Force 1-1 San Juan Jabloteh
Police 1-2 La Horquetta Rangers
Club Sando 0-3 Pt Fortin Civic
Central FC 2-1 Morvant/Caledonia Utd
AC Port of Spain 1-0 Cunupia FC