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Defeated 2015 FA Trophy finalists DIRECTV W Connection, have for the second time had their protest over the final thrown out.

This comes just a few weeks after the April 22 meeting of the Disciplinary Committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), which threw out W Connection's protest over North East Stars' use of striker Gorean Highley in the March 29 FA Trophy final.

Stars won the final 5-4 on spot kicks, following a goalless draw in regulation time. W Connection had played the final "under protest", since Highley was signed outside of the Pro League transfer window, and was not sanctioned by the local professional league to play competitive matches this season.

W Connection owner David John-Williams immediately appealed the Disciplinary Committee's judgement, which ruled that the FA Trophy operated similar to a minor league -under its own set of rules, and not that of either the TTFA or the TT Pro League.

Yesterday, the Trinidad Express learned that the Appeals Committee had also upheld the earlier decision of TTFA's Disciplinary Committee, therefore declaring W Connection's protest as being without merit. Several efforts to reach John-Williams for comment yesterday proved futile.