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Re: First Citizens Cup Thread.
« Reply #210 on: July 09, 2018, 03:24:07 AM »
Morv’t Caledonia stun Connection but must escape Police to reach First Citizens semis
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First-half goals by Kareem Joseph and Jair Edwards lifted Morvant Caledonia United within a draw of progressing to the semi-finals of the 2018 First Citizens Cup after defeating holders and eight-time champions W Connection 2-1 in the second game of an Abercrombie Group double-header at Ato Boldon Stadium on Saturday.

Morvant Caledonia’s faith however lies in their own hands, as a loss against leaders Police FC in their rescheduled clash from 7pm on Tuesday at Hasely Crawford Stadium will introduce the tiebreaker to determine which team will advance against Immortelle Group winners Defence Force FC on July 13, with Connection tied on 6 points.

Point Fortin Civic are also on six points but Reynold Carrington’s side’s chances of progressing were dashed by a 3-0 defeat against Police in the first game of Saturday’s double-header in Couva. The result reduced Civic’s goal difference to 0, while Morvant Caledonia and Connection are ahead with +2 and +1 respectively.

Police, as it stands, with maximum nine points and a superior goal difference (+8), will progress as Abercrombie Group winners to face Immortelle Group runners-up Central FC in the semis.

Todd Ryan and Christian Thomas cushioned the Richard Hood-coached Police early in the first half before Kareem Freitas completed the third straight win with a late penalty.

Civic’s custodian Miles Goodman was left beaten by a deflected Ryan strike after just five minutes against the Lawmen.

Thomas then doubled the Police’s lead with his first top-flight goal for the Lawmen on 19 minutes after Goodman had made a clearance to his feet above the box.

Thomas, a wide attacker who joined from Malvern, was denied a second by the post as Police squandered further chances in the half.

Civic forward Nion Lammy was also denied by the upright seven minutes into the second half as his side gave everything in search of a comeback.

But Freitas, for his fourth goal of the tournament, put the match out of the Point Fortin club’s reach three minutes from the end when he hit down the middle from the spot to beat Goodman after referee Nicholai Nyron gave a penalty for handball in the box by Jamal John.

Moments earlier, Hughtun Hector had stepped up to the spot on the opposite end after Akinola Gregory was brought down in the area by Police defender Ryan O’Neil, but the former Trinidad and Tobago midfielder skied his attempt overbar with current national goalkeeper Adrian Foncette between the sticks for Police.

In the second game of the afternoon referee Cecile Hinds was also forced to award a penalty to either side, but it was some fine goalkeeping and possible man-of-the-match performance by Morvant Caledonia’s Terrence Lewis that stood out against his former club, Connection.

Joseph (K), Morvant Caledonia’s veteran utility player and captain, took advantage of his team’s chance from the spot when he fired sharply beyond Connection goalkeeper Julani Archibald for a 1-0 lead on 26 minutes after lightening-paced attacker Quincy Ballah was bundled to ground in the box by two defenders.

Edwards doubled Morvant Caledonia’s lead 2-0 two minutes from the break when he struck past Archibald from close up after a Ballah effort was kept out.

Morvant Caledonia with their fierce attacking could have gone in with at the half with an even bigger advantage had it not been for the intervention of Archibald who had done brilliantly to deny Sedale Mc Lean twice in the first half.

Connection however sliced the deficit six minutes into the second half through Marcus Joseph who entered play at the restart and had been denied by the post less than a minute on the pitch.

Lewis, who had denied Connection forward Adan Noel in the 40th minute, was unable to stop Joseph (M) from celebrating his fourth goal of the tournament with a powerful strike. But the Morvant Caledonia ‘keeper matched a penalty strike by Connection captain Gerard Williams four minutes later and preserved his team’s 2-1 result with a crucial save near the final whistle.

First Citizens Cup 2018 Results

Police FC 3 (Todd Ryan 5’, Christian Thomas 19’, Kareem Freitas 87’ pen.) v Point Fortin Civic 0, at Ato Boldon Stadium;

W Connection 1 (Marcus Joseph 51’) vs Morvant Caledonia United 2 (Kareem Joseph 26’ pen., Jair Edwards 43’), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Teams

Game 1

Police FC: 18.Adrian Foncette (GK) (Capt.); 3.Ryan O’Neil, 5.Kenaz Williams, 7.Kareem Perry (33.Kemron Purcell 59th minute), 8.Kurdell Brathwaite, 9.Jameel Perry (32.Keion Wilson 71st minute), 10.Kareem Freitas, 12.Nequan Caruth, 15.Christian Thomas, 21.Todd Ryan (25.Kaashif Thomas 65th minute), 29.Clevon Mc Fee.

Unused substitutes: 22.Theon Browne (GK); 4.Kadeem Boyce, 11.Micah Lewis, 36.Kadeem Riley.

Coach: Richard Hood

Point Fortin Civic: 22.Miles Goodman (GK); 7.Hughtun Hector (Capt.), 8.Jamal John, 11.Akeem Redhead (25.Shaquille Dublin 69th minute), 14.Shaquille John (24.Akinola Gregory 30th minute), 19.Nathaniel Garcia, 20.Bevon Bass, 21.Ronell Paul, 30.Nion Lammy, 33.Justin Sadoo, 99.Steven Joseph (9.Jared Bennett 84th minute).

Unused substitutes: 1.Jasse Aguillerra (GK); 5.Justin Cornwall, 15.Nideon Noel, 26.Jeremiah Kesar.

Coach: Reynold Carrington

Referee: Nicholai Nyron

Game 2

W Connection: 18.Julani Archibald (GK), 2.Kurt Frederick, 3.Gerard Williams, 4.Maurice Ford, 6.Kevon Goddard (8.Jameel Antoine 69th minute), 9.Kadeem Corbin, 11.Adan Noel (99.Marcus Joseph 46th minute), 15.Otev Lawrence, 19.Briel Thomas, 20.Daniel Diaz, 23.Kennedy Hinkson.

Unused substitutes: 33.Jason Belfon (GK); 34.Cephas St. Rose.

Technical Director/Head Coach: Stuart Charles-Fevrier

Morvant Caledonia United: 1.Terrence Lewis (GK); 3.Richard Williams, 5.Joshua Sylvester, 9.Sedale Mc Lean (10.Sheldon Holder 84th minute), 11.Quincy Ballah (16.Travell Edwards 71st minute), 12.Kareem Joseph (Capt.), 15.Malik Mieres, 17.Kerry Daniel, 22.Joshua Alexander, 26.Jair Edwards (19.Ronaldo Francois 77th minute), 28.Jomokie Cassimy.

Unused substitutes: 30.Dejourn Charles (GK); 23.Osaze Springer, 25.Joshua Martin.

Coach: Jerry Moe

Referee: Cecile Hinds

Immortelle Group

Rank Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts.
1 Defence Force FC 4 3 0 1 15 4 11 9
2 Central FC 4 3 0 1 7 4 3 9
3 Club Sando 4 2 1 1 4 4 0 7
4 San Juan Jabloteh 3 0 1 2 1 6 -5 1
5 MIC-IT St. Ann’s Rangers 3 0 0 3 2 11 -9 0

Abercrombie Group

Rank Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts.
1 Police FC 3 3 0 0 9 1 8 9
2 Morvant Caledonia United 3 2 0 1 5 3 2 6
3 W Connection 4 2 0 2 6 5 1 6
4 Point Fortin Civic 4 2 0 2 8 8 0 6
5 North East Stars 4 0 0 4 2 13 -11 0

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Re: First Citizens Cup Thread.
« Reply #211 on: July 12, 2018, 12:43:10 AM »
Renaldo Francois, Sedale Mclean fire Morv’t Caledonia into First Citizens semis clash with D/Force.
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Sedale Mc Lean scored one and set up another turned in by Renaldo Francois to earn two-time former First Citizens Cup champions Morvant Caledonia United a 2-0 win over a second-string Police FC outfit on Tuesday night to reach the 2018 semi-finals against last season’s defeated finalists Defence Force FC.

Francois put the 2011 and 2012 champions, Morvant Caledonia, in front on 13 minutes in the rescheduled fixture at the Hasely Crawford Stadium when he turned Mc Lean’s right side cross past Theon Browne before Mc Lean drilled a low shot beyond the Police second choice ‘keeper and into the far netting in the 35th minute for a 2-0 cushion which lasted to the final whistle.

Morvant Caledonia (9 points), who virtually knocked out W Connection last Saturday after edging the holders and eight-time champions 2-1, finished second behind Abercrombie Group winners Police FC only by goal difference.

The Jerry Moe-coached Morvant Caledonia must now face Immortelle Group winners and 2002, 2009 and 2016 champions Defence Force in the first match of a semi-final double-header at the Hasely Crawford Stadium from 6pm on Friday before Police FC and Immortelle Group runners-up Central FC, champions of 2013 and 2014, lock horns from 8pm.

Police head coach Richard Hood, certain his team will progress as group winners due to their superior goal difference, used the Morvant Caledonia contest to field a number of non-starters, among them, Travis Joseph, Keion Wilson and Kemron Purcell and the return of left-back Dexter Alleyne and former Pro League top scorer Makesi Lewis.

Lewis, who missed the last two seasons as a result of a broken leg, was used off the bench, but it was forward Wilson, toting the captaincy on the night, who failed to fire the Lawmen in front after just five minutes.

Morvant Caledonia goalkeeper Terrence Lewis was brilliant, getting glove to the forward’s point blank effort before defender Malik Mieres charged down the rebound effort by Kadeem Riley.

The Morvant Caledonia shot-stopper was on top of his game whenever called upon, even producing a superb reflex-save on the half-hour mark before Mc Lean doubled the lead on the other end.

Francois, however, could have ended the night with a double to his name but was denied by the upright in the 78th minute following a neat feed by substitute Sheldon Holder before a rebound effort by substitute Joshua Alexander was blocked out by the Police defence.

Another chance fell to Francois two minutes later but smashed a left-footed strike overbar from just inside the penalty area.

Earlier on the night, MIC-IT St. Ann’s Rangers celebrated a 2-1 win over San Juan Jabloteh after contesting the remaining 30 minutes of their contest which was suspended on the hour mark due to torrential rain in the capital city on July 1.

The contest only stood a matter of formality as both sides were unable to avoid a bottom-two finish.

Sean Bonval pulled a goal back for Jabloteh in the 70th minute but the Adrian Romain coached-Rangers, despite a failed penalty strike by Jamal Gay two minutes later, held on for their first win of the season after four attempts thanks to first half goals by Saleem Henry (40) and Allister Bernard (42) on July 1.

First Citizens Cup 2018 Results

San Juan Jabloteh 1 (Sean Bonval 70’) vs MIC-IT St. Ann’s Rangers 2 (Saleem Henry 40’ pen., Allister Bernard 42’), at Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Morvant Caledonia United 2 (Renaldo Francois 13’, Sedale Mc Lean 35’) v Police FC 0, at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Semi-Final Round Upcoming Games.

(Friday 13 July 2018)

Defence Force vs Morvant Caledonia United, 6pm at Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Police FC vs Central FC, 8pm at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Teams

Morvant Caledonia United: 1.Terrence Lewis (GK) (Capt.); 3.Richard Williams, 5.Joshua Sylvester, 9.Sedale Mc Lean (10.Sheldon Holder 74th minute), 11.Quincy Ballah (23.Osaze Springer 66th minute), 12.Kareem Joseph (22.Joshua Alexander 66th minute), 15.Malik Mieres, 16.Travell Edwards, 17.Kerry Daniel, 19.Renaldo Francois, 28.Jomokie Cassimy.

Unused substitutes: 30.Dejourn Charles (GK); 25.Joshua Martin, 26.Jair Edwards.

Coach: Jerry Moe

Police FC: 22.Theon Browne (GK); 2.Jasimar Ashers, 4.Kadeem Boyce, 11.Micah Lewis (38.Makesi Lewis 69th minute), 17.Dexter Alleyne, 19.Christon Thomas (23.Shakuile Williams 63rd minute), 25.Kaashif Thomas, 26.Travis Joseph, 32.Keion Wilson (Capt.), 33.Kemron Purcell, 36.Kadeem Riley (13.Dillon Kirton 53rd minute).

Unused substitutes: 18.Adrian Foncette (GK); 15.Christian Thomas, 24.Xavier Wheeler, 27.Brandon Charles.

Coach: Richard Hood

Referee: Cecile Hinds

Immortelle Group

Rank Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts.
1 Defence Force FC 4 3 0 1 15 4 11 9
2 Central FC 4 3 0 1 7 4 3 9
3 Club Sando 4 2 1 1 4 4 0 7
4 MIC-IT St. Ann’s Rangers 4 1 0 3 4 12 -8 3
5 San Juan Jabloteh 4 0 1 3 2 8 -6 1

Abercrombie Group

Rank Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts.
1 Police FC 4 3 0 1 9 3 6 9
2 Morvant Caledonia United 4 3 0 1 7 3 4 9
3 W Connection 4 2 0 2 6 5 1 6
4 Point Fortin Civic 4 2 0 2 8 8 0 6
5 North East Stars 4 0 0 4 2 13 -11 0

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Re: First Citizens Cup Thread.
« Reply #212 on: July 15, 2018, 12:47:14 AM »
Defence Force, Central to contest First Citizens Cup final on July 20.
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Central FC - The Sharks trashed the idea of an all-servicemen final of the 2018 First Citizens Cup, but did so via a marathon penalty shootout with Police FC to win 7-6 following a 1-1 draw on Friday night.

Marvin Phillip proved one better than his Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeping teammate Adrian Foncette when his second save of the shootout to deny Police winger Kareem Perry in sudden death sent the Couva Sharks into the final against Defence Force FC, who had earlier clobbered Morvant Caledonia United 4-0 in the first game of the semi-final double-header at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Brent Sam scored twice for three-time (2002, 2009 & 2016) champions Defence Force, separated by the half and goal from team captain Jerwyn Balthazar goal, after Hashim Arcia had first put the Tetron Boys in front against the two-time (2011 & 2012) former champions Morvant Caledonia.

But for Central, the 2013 and 2014 champions, booking a place in 2018 final which kicks off from 7pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Friday 20 July required a gritty performance, a handful of yellow cards conceded, a Duane Muckette equaliser, and the heroics of Phillip between the sticks in the deciding penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw.

Police, coached by Richard Hood, had taken the lead through Kareem Freitas after 12 minutes when he put a right side Kareem Perry cross past Phillip, to go level with Defence Force’s Sam on five goals as the 2018 edition’s joint leading scorers.

That lead lasted till the 70th minute when Muckette, free in the heart of the Police penalty area, levelled the Stern John-coached Central with a solid finish past Foncette off a hard-worked Anthony Wolfe cross from the left.

Police, however, tossed victory to the wind when substitute Keion Wilson lifted a low Nequan Caruth cross—which had goal written all over it—over bar from inside the six-yard area and the goal at his mercy in stoppage time.

The Lawmen paid the price of defeat in the deciding penalty shootout although Todd Ryan, Kurdell Brathwaite, Ryan O’Neil, Kareem Freitas, Dexter Alleyne and Wilson were clinical from the spot.

Clevon Mc Fee and Kareem Perry were denied by Central’s Phillip during the marathon kicks while Foncette only managed to deny Muckette.

Kerry Baptiste, Wolfe, Keron Cummings, Akim Armstrong, Taryk Sampson, Dwight Pope and Jared London all hit the back of the target for Central, who face an even bigger challenge against Defence Force in the title match.

The Marvin Gordon-coached Defence Force took a 1-0 lead against Morvant Caledonia in the 29th minute through Arcia, who from inside the right of the box, drilled a low shot past the frame of goalkeeper Terrence Lewis and into the far bottom corner.

Lewis later acrobatically put behind a strike from Sam who had held off two challenges in the box before letting off the left-footed shot.

But Sam celebrated his first on the night three minutes from the break with low drive into Lewis’ far bottom corner. The lanky forward completed his double and his team’s 4-0 win from close up in the 83rd minute after Balthazar had turned in a short feed from substitute Kellon Serrette two minutes earlier.

The win means First Citizens Cup final number 10 for the Army/Coast Guard combination.

First Citizens Cup 2018 Semi-Final Round Results

Defence Force FC 4 (Hashim Arcia 29’, Brent Sam 42’, 83’, Jerwyn Balthazar 81’) vs Morvant Caledonia United 0, at Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Police FC 1 (Kareem Freitas 12’) vs Central FC 1 (Duane Muckette 70’), at Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Central won 7-6 on penalties

Central FC 7 v Police FC 6

Kerry Baptiste (scored) - Todd Ryan (scored)
Anthony Wolfe (scored) - Kerdell Brathwaite (scored)
Keron Cummings (scored) - Ryan O’Neil (scored)
Akim Armstrong (scored) - Clevon Mc Fee (saved)
Duane Muckette (saved) - Kareem Freitas (scored)
Taryk Sampson (scored) - Dexter Alleyne (scored)
Dwight Pope (scored) - Keion Wilson (scored)
Jared London (scored) - Kareem Perry (saved)

First Citizens Cup Final

(Friday 20 July 2018)

Defence Force FC vs Central FC, 7pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Teams

Semi-Final One

Defence Force FC: 25.Sheldon Clarke (GK); 4.Dave Long (20.Levi Serries 69th minute), 5.Jerome Mc Intyre, 6.Rodell Elcock, 8.Brent Sam, 9.Devorn Jorsling (16.Kellon Serrette 78th minute), 10.Hashim Arcia, 17.Curtis Gonzales, 21.Aklie Edwards, 45.Dylon King (18.Reon Moore 56th minute), 99.Jerwyn Balthazar (Capt.).

Unused substitutes: 1.Andre Marchan (GK); 11.Dwight Quintero, 12.Jemel Sebro, 32.Jameel Cooper.

Coach: Marvin Gordon

Morvant Caledonia United: 1.Terrence Lewis (GK); 3.Richard Williams, 5.Joshua Sylvester, 9.Sedale Mc Lean (26.Jair Edwards 61st minute), 11.Quincy Ballah (10.Sheldon Holder 70th minute), 12.Kareem Joseph (Capt.), 15.Malik Mieres, 16.Travell Edwards (22.Joshua Alexander 46th minute), 17.Kerry Daniel, 19.Renaldo Francois, 28.Jomokie Cassimy.

Unused substitutes: 30.Dejourn Charles (GK); 23.Osaze Springer, 25.Joshua Martin.

Coach: Jerry Moe

Referee: Crystal Sobers

Semi-Final Two

Police FC: 18.Adrian Foncette (GK) (Capt.), 3.Ryan O’Neil, 5.Kenaz Williams, 7.Kareem Perry (32.Keion Wilson 80th minute), 8.Kurdell Brathwaite, 9.Jameel Perry, 10.Kareem Perry, 12.Nequan Caruth, 15.Christian Thomas (17.Dexter Alleyne 60th minute), 21.Todd Ryan, 29.Clevon Mc Fee.

Unused substitutes: 22.Theon Browne (GK); 4.Kadeem Boyce, 23.Shakuile Williams, 25.Kaashif Thomas, 38.Mekesi Lewis.

Coach: Richard Hood

Central FC: 1.Marvin Phillip (GK); 5.Dwight Pope, 8.Akim Armstrong, 12.Taryk Sampson, 13.Rhondel Gibson (26.Dominic Douglas 75th minute), 15.Kaydion Gabriel (29.Kerry Baptiste 93rd minute), 17.Anthony Wolfe, 18.Densill Theobald (Capt.) (10.Keron Cummings 44th minute), 22.Jameel Neptune, 19.Jared London, 24.Duane Muckette.

Unused substitutes: 27.Anthony Charles.

Coach: Stern John

Referee: Rodphin Harris

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Re: First Citizens Cup Thread.
« Reply #213 on: July 18, 2018, 12:48:11 AM »
Stern: We must believe in First Citizens Cup final.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


CENTRAL FC coach Stern John is anticipating a difficult final against Defence Force on Friday in the TT Pro League’s First Citizens Cup but has urged his players to believe in themselves. The final will be staged at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, starting at 7 pm.

In the semi-final round last Friday at the Mucurapo venue, Central FC needed kicks from the penalty spot to defeat Police 7-6, after a 1-1 scoreline at the end of regulation time. Defence Force, in the earlier semi, breezed past Morvant Caledonia United 4-0.

John, the highest goal-scorer in TT football history with 70 goals from 115 international matches, is in his first full season as Central FC coach, after Dale Saunders resigned midway during the 2017 season.

In a telephone interview on Monday, John said, “I think for us, we just have to believe. I (told) the players they have a lot of ability. We just need to believe in what we can do and be patient.”

The ex-Columbus Crew, Nottingham Forest and Coventry City striker noted, “We couldn’t ask for any better of them.

They’ve carried out instructions really well and if we continue, I think we have a good chance of winning the final.

“It’ll be a difficult final but we have a chance once we apply ourselves and do what we have to do, and not worry about what the opponents (are) doing.”

Looking back at last Friday’s semi-final, John acknowledged, “Police were playing to their strength, playing the ball long to (Jameel) Perry and it’s a difficult ball to deal with.”

John noted that his team worked in training on dealing with Police’s long-ball strategy, and they were able to combat that plan by maintaining possession of the ball, especially in the second half.

He added, “We stuck to the plan really well and got ourselves back into the game. It was an even game in the end.

“I saw the guys kick penalties the day before and I wasn’t panicking. I know they would do a good job and I know Marvin (Phillip) would’ve come up with some good saves as well. We’re in the final on Friday so we look forward to it.”

John has commended his players for their efforts thus far this season, despite the club’s financial struggles.

“It has been difficult, especially as a young manager in the business,” said the current TT men’s team assistant coach. “We all know the financial problem we have in the league.

As a young manager who is preparing as (best) possible the night before, when he shows up expecting to have 18 players, sometimes we have (about) 10 players, because of the fact that the players have no money to come to training and we have no money to pay them.”

John said the club has implemented a few fund-raising measures to assist the players.

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Re: First Citizens Cup Thread.
« Reply #214 on: July 21, 2018, 07:37:29 AM »
Keron Cummings, Marvin Phillip shine as Central reunites with First Citizens Cup
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Central FC on Friday night defeated Defence Force FC 4-2 on penalties following a gripping 2-2 contest which included extra time in the 2018 First Citizens Cup final at the Hasely Crawford Stadium to reunite with the trophy they won back-to-back in 2013 and 2014.

Discarded Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Keron Cummings scored two skilfully executed goals and displayed brilliant individual skill, most notably a nutmeg and scoop to evade two defenders midway through the second half of extra time, before T&T goalkeeper and eventual tournament MVP Marvin Phillip proved huge between the sticks on the deciding penalty kicks.

Phillip’s presence in goal saw two rising talents of T&T football, Dylon King and Reon Moore, fail to hit the back of the net on Defence Force’s second and third kick respectively, while Kerry Baptiste, Akim Armstrong and Cummings were on target for Central before Duane Muckette celebrated the winning kick.

Hashim Arcia and Brent Sam scored for Defence Force in the shootout while teammate and goalkeeper Sheldon Clarke made a save to deny Couva Sharks’ defender Taryk Sampson on the fourth, but even that wasn’t enough to avoid the three-time champions a second consecutive runners-up finish after losing to W Connection in last year’s final.

“They (Defence Force) thought they could have just showed up and beat us,” said Central FC coach Stern John afterwards. “[But] we came and we fought tooth and nail. All (our) boys worked their socks off and we won the game. At the end of the night we were the better team and we deserved the win.

“Football is not a game of talking. You have to walk the walk and talk the talk. You can’t just talk it, you have to play the football.”

John praised his players for showing character through the club’s financial difficulties and after the disappointment of failing to qualify out of the Caribbean Club Championship earlier this year for the Concacaf League.

Cummings fired Central in front 1-0 three minutes from the end of the first half, breaking the deadlock with a left-footed strike to find Clarke’s bottom right corner after collecting a squared Armstrong pass inside the box and shaking off two challengers.

But with champagne on ice, Defence Force stormed back in the second half with two quick goals just over the hour mark.

King beat a fully stretched Phillip from inside the box off a short Devorn Jorsling feed in the 64th minute to level Defence Force 1-1 with his fifth goal of the tournament to finish joint top scorer with teammate Sam and Police FC forward Kareem Freitas.

Two minutes later Jorsling led another goal celebration after bundling substitute Moore’s cross over the line to put the Marvin Gordon coached-Tetron Boys in front 2-1 and the crowded Port of Spain venue exploded once more on the backdrop of the rhythm section.

Jorsling was cheered off moments later after Gordon’s decision to replace the legs of the veteran and all-time Pro League top scorer with Dwight Quintero.

But Cummings, who had first sent his calling card on the half-hour mark with a free kick that flew inches wide of Clarke’s far top corner, levelled Central 2-2 with his second goal on the night a beauty of a volley from distance in the 84th minute, seconds after T&T national defender Curtis Gonzales had to make a dramatic clearance at the Defence Force goalmouth.

Cummings, ahead of the awards ceremony, said his display was to signal to T&T senior team coach Dennis Lawrence that he is fully fit and ready for a national recall.

“(…) knowing coming out and putting a good performance against this [Defence Force team], people [will] see that I am not [still] injured and I am working hard to get back on the national team,” added the 30-year-old midfielder, who was shot in the leg in December 2015 at the prime of his career and at a time he had interests from clubs in the United States.

“This (First Citizens Cup final) was the ideal game to come and work to try and get a good result and it happened.”

Cummings, who played for North East Stars and second-tier club Diego Martin/Petit Valley United before returning to Central this year, said he wants to build on his First Citizens Cup performance. He said his confidence will grow with more games.

Cummings also rocked the crossbar in the first minute of extra time before Phillip’s 109th-minute save to deny Moore was vital in sending the decider into kicks from the spot, which eventually favoured the Couva Sharks.

Phillip, one of the heroes of the final, had also made a diving save two minutes from the end to keep out a strike from King to deny Defence Force victory at the death of regular time in what will be remembered as one of the most exciting First Citizens Cup finals which had loads of giveaways including a TT$5,000 kick-for-cash, a flat screen television, a security camera system, and a closing performance from new artiste Sejoux Leo Star.

First Citizens Cup 2018 Final
Defence Force FC 2 (Dylon King 64’, Devorn Jorsling 66’) vs Central FC 2 (Keron Cummings 42’, 84’), at Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Central won 4-2 on kicks from the penalty mark

Central FC 4 Defence Force FC 2
Kerry Baptiste (scored) Hashim Harlim Arcia (scored)
Akim Armstrong (scored) Dylon King (missed)
Keron Cummings (scored) Reon Moore (hit the bar)
Taryk Sampson (saved) Brent Sam (scored)
Duane Muckette (scored)

Teams
Defence Force FC: 25.Sheldon Clarke (GK); 4.Dave Long (18.Reon Moore 17th minute), 5.Jerome Mc Intyre, 6.Rodell Elcock, 8.Brent Sam, 9.Devorn Jorsling (11.Dwight Quintero 76th minute), 10.Hashim Arcia, 17.Curtis Gonzales, 21.Aklie Edwards, 45.Dylon King, 99.Jerwyn Balthazar (Capt.).

Unused substitutes: 1.Andre Marchan (GK); 12.Jemel Sebro, 16.Kellon Serrette, 20.Levi Serries, 32.Jameel Cooper.

Coach: Marvin Gordon.

Central FC: 1.Marvin Phillip (GK); 5.Dwight Pope, 8.Akim Armstrong, 10.Keron Cummings, 12.Taryk Sampson, 13.Rhondel Gibson (29.Kerry Baptiste 68th minute), 15.Kaydion Gabriel, 19.Jared London (27.Anthony Charles 114th minute), 22.Jameel Neptune, 24.Duane Muckette (Capt.), 26.Dominic Douglas (7.Kirston Baird 58th minute).

Unused substitutes: 18.Densill Theobald.

Coach: Stern John.

Match Officials
Referee: Cecile Hinds
Assistant Referee 1: Caleb Wales
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Lewis
Fourth Official: Nicholai Nyron
Referees’ Assessor: Boni Bishop
Match Commissioner: Natasha Hinkson
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Re: First Citizens Cup Thread.
« Reply #215 on: July 23, 2018, 04:26:43 AM »
Victorious coach Stern hungry for more silverware.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


VICTORIOUS coach of 2018 First Citizens Cup winners Central FC, Stern John, is hungry for more silverware in his new role on the sidelines. The legendary 40-year-old ex-national striker is the all-time leading TT international scorer with 70 goals from 115 appearances.

John is in his first full season as Central FC coach, having replaced ex-national teammate Dale Saunders midway into the 2017 campaign. And he won his first title as coach on Friday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo, as Central FC defeated Defence Force 4-2 via kicks from the penalty spot. The scores were locked at 2-2 at the end of 120 minutes of regulation and injury time.

“I’m feeling good,” said John. “I’m hungry for success. I want to do well.

“Hopefully I can continue my trade and apply (it) well because I’m passionate about (TT) football and getting (it) back where it’s supposed to be,” he added. “I’m one of the young coaches, I’m going to make mistakes along the way but that’s part of it. I’m willing to learn.”

Keron Cummings scored both goals for Central FC, in the 42nd and 83rd minutes. The goal-getters for Defence Force were Dylon King (64th) and Devorn Jorsling (65th).

John praised the mentality of the players, as they have been dealing with financial struggles for the past year.“The last couple of years we’ve always been able to field some of the best in Trinidad and Tobago,” he said. “With the financial problem we’re having now, we’re at a rebuilding stage. I think for the team, they’ve been working under real difficult conditions. We have to give the players a lot of credit.”

Central FC were only able to field 15 players with no back-up goalkeeper to Marvin Phillip.

“We have to grind it out,” John said. “If Marvin went down in the game, we would’ve been struggling. For what we had to work with and what we’ve done, I have to give credit to the boys.”

He added, “Army was talking about how 13 men can’t beat them. These boys showed resilience, they showed passion and I say they deserve this 100 per cent.”

Regular captain Densill Theobald was an unused sub and ex-national utility player Anthony Wolfe left for a contact in India.

According to John, “Theobald, give credit to him. He’s one of the older players around and he’s steadied the ship. He makes my job a lot easier. We have (youngsters) Rhondel (Gibson) and (Taryk) Sampson – they’re really hungry for success – and I’m willing to work with them.”

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Re: First Citizens Cup Thread.
« Reply #216 on: July 24, 2018, 03:23:45 AM »
Phillip: Theobald held Central FC together.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


CENTRAL FC goalkeeper Marvin Phillip said Friday’s victory in the First Citizens Cup could not have been possible without the inspirational leadership of their captain Densill Theobald.

The club has been navigating through difficult times due to the economic downturn which has seen a mass exodus of players in the last couple years. Phillip praised captain Densill Theobald, who missed the final through injury, for lifting the spirits of players who have stuck around.

“I got to thank Densill, the skipper, for holding the team,” Phillip noted. “(Myself) as well, but not as much as Densill. He says once we come onto the training pitch, once we decide to cross that white line, put everything besides us. Once we get back behind the white line, whatever problems we face we’ll have to deal with it.”

Central FC defeated Defence Force 4-2 courtesy kicks from the penalty spot, after a 2-2 scoreline at the end of regulation and extra time, to secure the First Citizens Cup title, in a tense final at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

Keron Cummings scored twice for Central FC on Frday in the 42nd and 83rd minutes. Dylon King (64th) and Devorn Jorsling (65th) replied for Defence Force.

Looking back at Friday’s match, Phillip said, “We lapsed for a couple minutes and that’s when we conceded two goals. We buckled down as a team and said ‘we’ve got to fight till the end’. We kept on fighting and we got the equaliser. We stepped up in the penalties which we were confident in.”

He is hopeful that this result can boost the team, ahead of the 2018 Pro League season which kicks off in August.

“I want this to be a stepping stone for the club. We want to continue our hard work and try our best to win the league title,” Phillip said.

Phillip said their cup victory compensated for the team’s poor showing at the Caribbean Club Championships final stage two months ago in Jamaica.

At the Caribbean Club Championships, Central FC were beaten in all three matches – 2-0 to Arnett Gardens in the semi-final, 2-1 to another Jamaican team Portmore United in the third-place match and, 2-1 to Martinique club Club Franciscain in a play-off.

Phillip, who rejoined Central FC after a stint with fellow Pro League team Point Fortin Civic, said, “It’s a great feeling for a player to win any title.

“We, as a team, had buckled down after a horrendous trip to Jamaica. We had disappointed ourselves (and) our nation. So, we said, we definitely need to rebound.”

Phillip added, “We (were) working hard to come out and win this tournament. All the hard work paid off.”

The 33-year-old has featured with various Pro League teams, including Starworld Strikers, North East Stars, W Connection, Joe Public, TTEC and Morvant Caledonia United. He is back at the club where he spent the 2012-2013 season.

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« Reply #217 on: July 24, 2018, 06:21:29 PM »
Ballpest looked really good in the final, fitter, faster and high in confidence.
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« Reply #218 on: July 24, 2018, 08:44:59 PM »
Ballpest looked really good in the final, fitter, faster and high in confidence.

Good to hear. Would love to see him rebound and revamp his international career.
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