One of the most combative matches in the 2013-2014 season of the Trinidad and Tobago Professional Football League looms tonight when standings leader W Connection clash with defending champions and second-placed Defence Force in the penultimate match for both.
8 o’ clock is kick-off time for the showdown, the Ato Boldon Stadium in Balmain, Couva, Central Trinidad, the venue.
W Connection who once held a 15-point advantage on the nine-team standings, take the field on 46 points from 22 matches.
Defence Force who were on a sabbatical from competition from January 10 to February 13 this year for stepped-up national security duty by its entire staff, made rapid strides to move into second to W Connection with 45 points from 22 matches.
Last Friday night at the Couva venue, Defence Force and W Connection met in a re-scheduled second-round match and the absorbing encounter ended 2-all.
In early January, before the break from play by the Defence Force, they had played to a 1-1 draw.
Another drawn outcome tonight will heighten focus on next Tuesday’s last matches for both teams – W Connection to face current sixth-placed Caledonia AIA of Morvant/Laventille, Defence Force to confront current 8th, San Juan Jabloteh.
A win for W Connection tonight will however earn them the League championship and the million-dollar prize.
Defence Force meanwhile are unbeaten their last 10 league games with 9 consecutive wins and last Friday’s 2-2 draw and a win for them tonight will also make next Tuesday’s curtain drop matches a nail-biting one for fans.
Twice, last Friday, Defence Force took the lead on Connection through excellent goals by midfielder Jerwyn Balthazar (20th minute) and substitute Devorn Jorsling (80th minute) but failed to keep the advantage both instances because of poor defending at the back.
Stefano Rijssel (29th minute) was the first to equalise for Connection in the first half, and one minute after Jorsling’s second half item, Alvin Jones rescued the “Savonnetta Boys” to a 2-2 draw.
Also tonight from 6 o’ clock at the Ato, Central FC who are still with a mathematical chance of finishing second, play Jabloteh.
There’s a double-header too the Hasely Crawford Stadium with fifth-placed North East Stars (36 points) against last-placed St. Ann’s Rangers from 7 pm and from 9 pm Caledonia AIA versus Point Fortin Civic Centre.