Army, Rangers go for top spot at halfway stage /

Teams will be jostling for po­si­tions at the halfway stage in the As­cen­sion Foot­ball League which re­sumes on Friday with a dou­ble-head­er at the Phase II recre­ation ground in La Hor­quet­ta.

Ter­minix La Hor­quet­ta Rangers hold the top po­si­tion by goal dif­fer­ence on sec­ond-placed De­fence Force, with both on 20 points. They will fan­cy their chances against beat­able op­po­nents this week­end but both may not want to slip.

Tonight, Rangers will be at home to AC Port of Spain in the fea­ture match from 8 pm in a game that could ce­ment their top po­si­tion with a vic­to­ry. Rangers coach Dave Quam­i­na has had six wins in eight match­es with two drawn ac­counts. They are yet to lose a game so far, while the army/coast-guard com­bi­na­tion team en­joys a sim­i­lar record, but has scored few­er goals (27) than Rangers (35).

The De­fence Force though will have to wait un­til Sat­ur­day at 7 pm at the Ari­ma Velo­drome, to spring in­to ac­tion against Re­al West Fort Unit­ed, the new­com­er to lo­cal foot­ball who are be­ing coached by Ron La For­est.

Last week, the west­ern­ers (West Fort) paid heav­i­ly for their de­ci­sion to use more than sev­en new play­ers in their line-up, as they were thrashed 4-0 by the im­prov­ing De­porti­vo Point Fortin (PF). La For­est has ac­cept­ed blame as he con­tin­ues his search for a start­ing 11.

Mean­while, Rangers’ op­po­nent AC Port of Spain ap­peared to have come to life in their last en­counter against Moru­ga FC with a 6-1 tri­umph. Coach Walt Nor­eiga be­lieves his team can hold off the league’s fron­trun­ners but have to be reg­i­ment­ed if they are to re­ceive at least a point in the en­counter.

In tonight’s open­ing game at 6 pm, Cunu­pia FC, the ear­ly lead­ers of the league af­ter some three match­es, will be up against Cen­tral Soc­cer World.

Fol­low­ing a red-hot start, the cen­tral team was brought back down to earth with three de­feats in their last three match­es. The Cunu­pia team now sits fifth in the stand­ings with 13 points, while their coun­ter­parts are six points be­hind them at sev­enth spot.



(At La Hor­quet­ta

Recre­ation Ground)

Cunu­pia FC vs Cen­tral Soc­cer World, 6 pm

Ter­minix Rangers vs AC Port of Spain, 8 pm


(At Ari­ma Velo­drome)

De­porti­vo PF vs Moru­ga FC, 5 pm

De­fence Force vs Re­al West Fort, 7 pm


Cen­tral FC vs Po­lice FC, St James Bar­racks, 5 pm


Place Club P W D L F A GD Pts

1 Rangers 8 6 2 0 35 11 24 20

2 De­fence Force 8 6 2 0 27 5 22 20

3 Po­lice FC 8 6 0 2 24 11 13 18

4 De­porti­vo 8 4 2 2 14 7 7 14

5 Cunu­pia FC 8 4 1 3 15 13 2 13

6 AC Port of Spain 8 2 3 3 16 18 -2 9

7 Cen­tral Soc­cer World 8 2 1 5 8 16 -8 7

8 West Fort 8 2 1 5 8 21 -13 7

9 Cen­tral FC 8 1 2 5 11 24 -13 5

10 Moru­ga FC 8 0 0 8 5 37 -32 0

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian

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