Trinidad and Tobago’s national men’s football team’s loss to Haiti in Panama City this past Friday night continued to reverberate as a major let-down but the franchised national Red Force cricket team stood up as big achievers for their magnificent home victory against arch-rivals Barbados Pride on Saturday in the regional 50-overs-per-team championship.
The footballers look next to away and home matches in March versus St Vincent and the Grenadines in CONCACAF qualifying for FIFA World Cup finals 2018. The Red Force cricket team are in Tobago to play today, seeking their third win in as many matches with the already twice-beaten ICC Americas as opponents.
We’d have news and reactions about both the football and cricket teams and events in our subsequent morning news and sports casts so you would want to stay tuned in.
Meantime the two major football Leagues in the nation enjoyed a full turn of match action this past weekend after the break for Christmas and the turn into the New Year and it’s Defence Force in command of both.
Yesterday evening at the Petrotrin Fyzabad Recreation Ground, Defence Force scored the first three goals of their National Super League Premier Division match with Siparia Spurs who scored the last two and the 3-2 win for the Defence Force kept them top of the 15 team standings.
Defence Force had beaten previous leaders Guaya United 3-2 also in midweek in Guayaguayare and now with five matches left to end the contest for the league Championship title, both remain best poised. for the prized collection.
On Friday night while TT struggled to score in their 1-nil loss to Haiti in that Copa America Centenario play-in, Defence Force were slamming Morvant/Caledonia United eight goals to nil in TTPro League action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. It was a victory that confirmed the army-coastguard, air-guard footballing outfit as first-round leaders and winners of the Rawle Fletcher Memoriam Trophy. Club Sando meanwhile upset W Connection, losers by one-goal to nil.
In cycling Adam Alexander ground out a victory in the Cycling Federation’s first Road race for 2016, crossing the line at the Mucurapo Foreshore on the return from Couva in one hour 38 minutes 18 seconds. Such was the dash for victory that the first eight across the line were separated by no more than 90 seconds. Sportt Company Chairman Michael Phillip was sixth timed at 1.40.08 for the morning’s round-trip.
On Saturday too at Tacarigua at the opening of the Courts All Sectors Netball League, it was UTT led by national goal shoot Samantha Wallace who heads for England today to start her professional contract with Hertfordshire winning the Premier Division KO event beating Police in the finale. Fire Service beat Defence Force for the Championship Division accolade and TSTT rolled over Fire for the Alternative Division season-opening title.
Footballers netting hattricks this past weekend were Jerwyn Balthazar for Defence Force versus Morvant/Caledonia United, Juma Clarence for Marabella Family Life Crisis Centre, 4-2 winners over la Horquetta S C yesterday at the Larry Gomes Stadium and add Makesi Lewis of Police for his double strike in his team’s 3-2 Pro League win over Point Fortin Civic at the Larry Gomes Stadium on Saturday.