Wednesday 4th July, 2007

 

Byers nets hat-trick in Jabloteh 5-1 win

 
 
 
 
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Michael Edwards, left, of Defence Force fends off a challenge from United Petrotrin’s Sylvester Teesdale during their T&T Pro League match at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, yesterday. Defence Force won 3-0.
Photo: Anthony Harris

BY NIGEL SIMON

ANTIGUAN Peter Byers continued his good form in front of goal when he scored a first-half hat-trick in CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh’s 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 Petrotrin.

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 Martin.

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.

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