|Connection humble Lawmen 8-0 |
By JOEL BAILEY Sunday, September 6 2009
W CONNECTION heaped further misery on Police’s tortuous Digicel Pro League season with an 8-0 humiliation in their rescheduled Round One Match Day Eleven clash on Friday evening, with a beaver-trick from Jonathan Frias and a treble from Alusine Bangura.
Despite a sparse crowd at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Connection surged to an early three-goal lead, courtesy Brazilian midfielder Igor Santos (fifth minute), Dominican Republic striker Frias (12th) and Sierra Leone teenaged forward Bangura (17th).
There was a short delay, midway in the first half, due to the length of time it took for the floodlights to come into effect, but Police missed a crucial chance to narrow the deficit in the 37th minute.
Midfielder Ricardo Peltier ended a run down the right with a diagonal ball to Curt Danclair on the left, whose cross was missed by both Police strikers Todd Ryan and Akeem Marshall, with Connection goalkeeper Miguel Lloyd alone to beat.
Two minutes later, Police central defender Daryll James allowed Lloyd’s spot-kick to bounce above his head and a lurking Frias pounced on the loose ball, rounded goalkeeper Adisa Alleyne and slipped his right-footer into the open net.
Frias completed his hat-trick in the 42nd, once again capitalising on Alleyne’s failure to clear the ball as he poked the ball between a defender and the near post, from a tight angle.
Contrary to their regular profession, Police meekly surrendered and allowed their opponents to attack at will, even though Connection, at times, took their foot off the pedal.
Bangura, who fitted nicely after his recent acquisition, as a free-agent, teed up Andrei Pacheco, but the midfielder forced a good save from Alleyne. But Alleyne, two minutes later (62nd), was totally at fault to Connection’s sixth, and Frias’ fourth.
The goalie, favouring a painful left shoulder, was left for dead by Frias who, after getting a return pass from Santos, moved past a sliding Devon Bristol before poking his left-footer beyond the retreating James.
Alleyne was eventually replaced by his namesake Adisa Noel while Frias was subbed off for Kerron Smith, leaving Bangura with the chance to complete Police’s torture.
And the lanky forward duly obliged, rising above the static defence to expertly head home Nicholson Thomas’ right-sided cross in the 74th and, a minute upon Noel’s entrance (83rd), Bangura tapping home a rebound after Noel parried a stinging drive from Pacheco.
Police, who have lost 10 games on the trot, have amassed only nine points (a league low) from 20 games, winning only two games (the same as Tobago) and conceded a league-worst 64 goals. Connection will play their second rescheduled game in three days when they make the inter-island trek to face Tobago United at the Plymouth Recreation Ground today (Sunday), from 5 pm while San Juan Jabloteh were due to meet another struggling squad, FC South End, yesterday afternoon (Saturday) at Couva.