Edwards, left, of Defence Force fends off a challenge from
United Petrotrins Sylvester Teesdale during their
T&T Pro League match at the Hasely Crawford Stadium,
Mucurapo, yesterday. Defence Force won 3-0.
Photo: Anthony Harris
ANTIGUAN Peter Byers continued his good form in front of
goal when he scored a first-half hat-trick in CL Financial
San Juan Jablotehs 5-1 come-from-behind win over Tobago
United at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, yesterday.
But the win did not look to be on the cards early on as
Tobago handed Jabloteh an early set back in its bid to gain
sole possession of the lead on the table when Kayode Legall
opened the scoring in the sixth minute.
Jabloteh did not panic and got back on level terms in the
10th minute through national midfielder Trent Noel, while
Byers put his team ahead for good seven minutes later.
The Tobagonians were still in the match at 2-1 down, but
that quickly changed as Byers extended the lead to 3-1 in
the 35th minute before Elton John (44th) and Byers netted
on the stroke of half-time for a 5-1 cushion.
On the resumption, Jabloteh with its handsome lead, took
its foot off the pedal while holding the Tobago United players
at bay to register win number two from as many meetings
between the two clubs in four days.
With the win, Jabloteh improved to 23 points from 10 matches,
three ahead of Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA, who came
up against Vibe CT 105 W Connection in a late match at Ato
Boldon Stadium, Couva.
In the two other early matches played yesterday, Defence
Force and Economy North East Stars continued their climb
up the table with comfortable wins.
At the Hasley Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, Defence Force
got goals from Devon Jorsling, Corey Rivers and Richard
Shaka Roy in a 3-0 shut-out of faltering United
Jorsling opened the scoring in the 16th minute when he side-footed
in a Kevon Carter right-sided cross that managed to sneak
under the foot of Petrotrin defender Devon Drayton.
Rivers made it 2-0 one minute before the interval when he
latched on to a Jorsling pass and stroked the ball into
the bottom left corner of the goal past the advancing Perry
Roy made certain of all three points for the Teteron
Boys in the 78th minute when he outmuscled his way
past a weak Drayton screen and toe-poked the ball into the
roof of the net past a stranded Martin.
In the first match at Couva, Randolph Jerome (ninth), Kendall
Velox (26th) and Kendall Jagdeosingh (80th) were all on
target for Stars in the win over Police.
Superstar Rangers hosted defending champions bmobile Joe
Public in the second match at Mucurapo last night.