Joshua Alexander and Jevick Mac Farlane scored late for Morvant Caledonia United to end a four-match winless streak and achieve a 2-0 victory over Terminix La Horquetta Rangers, that moved them into second spot on the 11-team T&T Pro League standing on Tuesday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.
The teams went into the encounter level on 10 points, with a chance to secure the runner-up position, but at the end of the first 45 minutes, the teams were locked at 0-0 as their defenders stood firm in the face of attacks from their opponents. However, with six minutes left in the contest, Alexander put Caledonia ahead, before Mac Farlane added the insurance item in the 92nd minute to push the club to 13 points into second, but from two matches more than leaders Defence Force (14 points) who had no match schedule, while Rangers slipped to fifth.
The win was the first for Morvant Caledonia team since their 1-0 win over San Juan Jabloteh on January 3, and will no doubt serve as a confidence booster for first-time coach and former national captain Densil "Bleeder" Theobald whose next assignment is a top-of-the clash with the "Teteron Men" on Saturday at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
Earlier, at Mucurapo, in the opening match, San Juan Jabloteh found their scoring touch in a 5-2 come-from-behind thumping of AC Port-of-Spain.
Former national Under-20 captain Jean-Luc Rochford pushed AC Port-of-Spain ahead as early as the fourth minute, but the national youth team duo of Justin Araujo-Wilson and Micah Lansiquot hit back with strikes in the 14th and 15th minutes respectively to put Jabloteh ahead 2-1.
AC Port-of-Spain then added to their woes when La Shawn Roberts turned the ball into his net and his team was trailing 3-1 at the half-time interval.
Eight minutes into the second-half, Jabloteh put the result beyond doubt, thanks to Renaldo Francois. However, AC Port-of-Spain had other ideas and got a second goal back through Sedale Mc Lean to keep the match alive.
But their faint hopes of mounting a comeback quickly faded when Shakiyl Phillip netted a fifth item for Jabloteh, a penalty, five minutes from the final whistle to hand coach Keith Jeffreys his second win of the season from seven matches.
At the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, defending champions W Connection continued their march up the table with a 2-0 win over cellar-placed Cunupia FC with goals from Kurt Frederick in the 18th minute, and Isaiah Hudson, in the 61st minute.
In the other match, Pt Fortin Civic celebrated playing their first match at their Mahaica Oval, Pt Fortin home this season with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over former three-time champions Central FC.
Nippy Che Benny silenced the Pt Fortin crowd when he put the visitors ahead in the 17th minute, but within four minutes Kervile Jeremiah drew Civic level before Shakuile Williams netted the game-winner in the 35th minute.
San Juan Jabloteh 5 (Justin Araujo-Wilson 14th, Micah Lansiquot 15th, La Shawn Roberts 39th o.g, Renaldo Francois 53rd, Shakiyl Phillip 85th pen) vs AC Port-of-Spain 2 (Jean-Luc Rochford 4th, Sedale Mc Lean 71st)
Morvant Caledonia Utd 2 (Joshua Alexander 84th, Jevick Mac Farlane 92nd) vs La Horquetta Rangers 0
W Connection 2 (Kurt Frederick 18th, Isaiah Hudson 61st) vs Cunupia FC 0
Pt Fortin Civic 2 (Kerville Jeremiah 22nd, Shakuile Williams 35th) vs Central FC 1 (Che Benny 17th)
Latest Team Standings
1. Defence Force FC*6*4*2*0*8*4*14
2. Morvant Caledonia*8*3*4*1*9*6*13
3. W Connection*6*3*2*1*11*4*11
4. Police FC*7*3*2*2*9*6*11
5. L.H Rangers*7*3*1*3*18*11*10
6. Pt Fortin Civic*6*2*3*1*8*6*9
7. Central FC *8*2*3*3*8*9*9
9. AC Port-of-Spain*7*2*1*4*9*20*7
10. Club Sando*7*1*3*3*5*9*6
11. Cunupia FC*7*0*3*4*4*10*3
6 - Keion Wilson (Police FC)
5 - Kervile Jeremiah (Pt Fortin Civic)
4 - Keron Cummings (La Horquetta Rangers), Rashad Hyacenth (AC PoS),
3 - Shaqkeem Joseph (Club Sando), Sean Bonval (Central FC), Aaron Richards (Morvant Caledonia), Jamal Creighton (La Horquetta Rangers)
On Friday (HCS, Mucurapo)
Police FC vs AC Port-of-Spain, 6 pm
W Connection vs San Juan Jabloteh, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, 6 pm
Pt Fortin Civic vs Cunupia FC, Mahaica Oval, Pt Fortin, 7 pm
(Live on TTT)
Central FC vs La Horquetta Rangers, Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, 3.15 pm.
Defence Force vs Morvant Caledonia United, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, 4 pm