Four different players were on target as Terminix La Horquetta Rangers spanked defending champions W Connection 4-1 in the feature match of a 2019/2020 T&T Pro League double-header at the La Horquetta Recreation Ground, Phase II, La Horquetta, on Saturday night.
With the win, La Horquetta Rangers carried their points tally to 23 from13 matches in the second spot on the 11-club table, six adrift of leaders Defence Force, who have a game in hand and one more than third place Police FC, who trounced Central FC 5-1 in the opening match on Saturday.
Former national Under-20 player Jamal Creighton fired Rangers ahead as early as the eighth minute with his league-best ninth goal of the season, while another former national youth player, Kishun Seecharan, made it 2-0 two minutes later.
W Connection, coming off a 4-1 win over Central FC last Wednesday, managed to cut the lead in half in the 18th minute via national Under-20 player Molik Khan.
But nine minutes before the half-time whistle, national midfielder Ross Russell Jr reclaimed a two-goal cushion for Rangers and in the 38th minute out-of-favour national midfielder Keron “Ball Pest” Cummings extended the advantage to 4-1 for the hosts to go in well poised at the break.
The home fans were expecting another barrage of goals in the second period but Rangers failed to add to their tally as W Connection gave a much improved second-half defensive display.
Earlier on, national strikers Juma Clarence and Jabari Mitchell netted two goals each to help Police register a come-from-behind 5-1 over Central FC 5-1.
Romario Burke had given Central FC a 16th minute lead only for Clarence (18th & 20th), Mitchell (55th & 71st) and Christon Thomas (47th) to hit back for the lawmen.
W CONNECTION 4 (Isaiah Garcia 28th, Dimitrie Apai 42nd, 92nd, Neil Benjamin Jr 80th pen) v CENTRAL FC 1 (Sean Bonval 54th)
PT FORTIN CIVIC 3 (Daniel Diaz 2nd, Justin Sadoo 61st, Julien Briston 89th) v AC PORT-OF-SPAIN 2 (John-Paul Rochford 22nd, Xaepierre De Four 77th)
DEFENCE FORCE 3 (Brent Sam 38th, Reon Moore 54th, Adrian Welch 65th) v AC PORT-OF-SPAIN 2 (Shem Clauziel 87th)
TIGER TANKS CLUB SANDO 3 (Shaqkeem Joseph 13th, 46th pen, Keron Cornwall 61st) v MORVANT CALEDONIA AIA 0
PT FORTIN CIVIC 2 (Daniel Diaz 27th, Justin Sadoo 32nd) v SAN JUAN JABLOTEH 1 (Brandon Semper 77th)
POLICE FC 5 (Juma Clarence 18th, 20th, Jabari Mitchell 55th, 71st, Christon Thomas 47th) v CENTRAL FC 1 (Romario Burke 16th)
LA HORQUETTA RANGERS 4 (Jamal Creighton 8th pen, Kishun Seecharan 10th, Ross Russell Jr 36th, Keron Cummings 38th) v W CONNECTION 1 (Molik Khan 18th)
Teams P W D L F A Pts
1. Defence Force FC 12 9 2 1 22 10 29
2. LH Rangers 13 7 2 4 39 18 23
3. Police FC 13 6 4 3 26 13 22
4. W Connection 12 5 3 4 22 19 18
5. Pt Fortin Civic 12 5 3 4 18 20 18
6. Morvant Caledonia 13 4 6 3 14 16 18
7. Jabloteh 14 4 4 6 19 27 16
8. Club Sando 13 4 3 6 19 17 15
9. Central FC 14 3 4 7 15 24 13
10. AC PoS 14 3 4 7 17 33 13
11. Cunupia FC 12 1 5 6 9 23 8
Defence Force v Cunupia FC, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, 6 pm
Police FC v Tiger Tanks Club Sando, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, 8 pm
Pt Fortin Civic v W Connection, Mahaica Oval, Pt Fortin, 7 pm
LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian