A spirited team performance and a generous slice of good fortune paved the way for the first upset of the First Citizens Cup tonight as the modestly assembled St Ann’s Rangers stunned North East Stars 2-1 in a quarterfinal meeting at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain.
First Citizens Cup
For one Pro League football team, October 5 will be a special day. They will have an $80,000 cheque in hand, a beautiful crystal statue, and the pleasure of being crowned the 2012 First Citizen Cup champions.
T&TEC FC, making its debut in the Pro League this season, is already enjoying life at the top when it secured a place in the Final of the 2011 First Citizens Cup with 4-3 penalty win over six-time winners W Connection last Friday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in the semi-final round.
Adam’s Construction San Juan Jabloteh coach Earl Carter leaned against his bench on Friday night and waited to be put out of his misery at Port of Spain’s Hasely Crawford Stadium.
T&TEC FC and St. Ann’s Rangers settled for a point each on Friday night at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in their 2011 First Citizens Cup Group A clash following a goalless draw.
Kareem Joseph first equalized for Caledonia AIA in the first half before converting a second period penalty to help the Morvant/Laventille club lift the 2011 First Citizens Cup for the first time with a hard-fought 2-1 win over T&TEC FC on Friday night at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
With last year’s winners Joe Public opting out of the TT Pro League this season and runners-up Defence Force unable to play during the current state of emergency, the 2011 First Citizens Cup is up for grabs.
“My players were really expecting to come away winners (against Caledonia) and be in the Final,” said Adam’s Construction San Juan Jabloteh head coach Earl Carter following his team’s 2-1 First Citizens Cup semi-final defeat against Caledonia AIA at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Defeated semi-finalist head coach Michael McComie of Ma Pau SC has criticized his players’ poor performance which led to the team’s 1-0 defeat against defending champions Defence Force on Friday night at the Marvin Lee Stadium.