Mervin Doxilly scored a late equaliser to help rescue defending champions W Connection with a 1-1 draw against Caledonia AIA in the opening round of matches in the T&T Pro League on Friday night at the Diego Martin Sporting Complex in Bagatelle, Deigo Martin.
Aaron Richards had opened the scoring for Caledonia in the 21st minute but neither teams could find the back of the next before the halfway mark, giving Caledonia the 1-0 advantage at the break.
On the resumption, it was more of the same as the reigning champions hunted for an equaliser. But it wasn’t until four minutes before the end of regulation time that Doxilly (86th) netted the levelling goal to ensure Connection earned a share of the points with Caledonia.
In the other match of the double-header, a goal each from Devorn Jorsling and Darius Ollivierra saw Defence Force to a 2-1 victory against Terminix La Horquetta Rangers.
Jorsling scored the opener in the 27th to see the soldier/sailor combination unit go in at the half 1-0 up.
Rangers were hoping to level the scores on the resumption but Ollivierra (49th) had other intentions and at the start of the second half joined Jorsling on the scoresheet in the 49th to put Defence Force ahead 2-0.
The La Horquetta team did get a consolation goal thanks to Isaiah Lee in the 89th.
In another double-header over at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo, AC Port-of-Spain, formerly called North East Stars, and Police came away with victories.
Rashard Hyacenth netted a pair of goals in the ninth and 25th in AC Port-of-Spain’s 3-2 win against Central FC. The other goal was scored by Kordell Samuel (22nd).
For Central, Damani Richards (47th) and Kessan St Rose (83rd) were the goal-scorers in the losing effort.
In the second match, Police played to a 2-0 victory over Cunupia FC with goals coming from Christian Thomas (32nd) and Keion Wilson (34th).
The other opening-round match between Tiger Tanks Club Sando and San Juan Jabloteh was rescheduled to yesterday at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella and it was the former prevailing 1-0.
Kadeem Gittens netted the winner in the 87th minute.
TIGER TANKS CLUB SANDO 1 (Kadeem Gittens) v SAN JUAN JABLOTEH 0
(At Diego Martin Sporting Complex)
CALEDONIA AIA 1 (Aaron Richards 21st) v W CONNECTION 1 (Mervin Doxilly 86th)
DEFENCE FORCE 2 (Devorn Jorsling 27th, Darius Ollivierra 49th) v TERMINIX LA HORQUETTA RANGERS 1 (Isaiah Lee 89th)
(At Hasely Crawford Stadium)
AC PORT-OF-SPAIN 3 (Rashard Hyacenth 9th, 25th, Kordell Samuel 22nd) v CENTRAL FC 2 (Damani Richards 47th, Kessan St Rose 83rd)
POLICE 2 (Christian Thomas 32nd, Keion Wilson 34th) v CUNUPIA FC 0