13 May 2012
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Caledonia AIA are into a fourth Final this season, a milestone for the Morvant/Laventille club, and the opportunity to surpass expectations with a fourth overall title in the 2011-12 calendar.
Caledonia, winners of the First Citizens Cup, FA Trophy and Lucozade Sport Goal Shield titles this season, reached the Final of the Digicel Pro Bowl by defeating W Connection 5-3 on kicks from the penalty mark following a goalless draw in semi-final one at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium on Friday night.
Jamaican goalie Kevin Graham provided Caledonia the advantage when he made a shutout against Rennie Britto in Connection's first kick after Kareem Joseph already slotted the Morvant/Laventille club first past Jan Michael Williams.
Walter Moore, Stephan David, Devorn Jorsling and Keyon Edwards all found the back of the net for Caledonia while Connection goalie Williams was unable to pull off a much needed save for the Couva club which got goals from Kern Cupid, Joevin Jones and Gerard Williams following Britto's failed attempt.
Connection were the recipient of the highlight of the match when in the 65th minute the Stuart Charles Fevrier coached side looked to have won a penalty when winger R. Britto was upended just inside the area by left-wingback Moore on a quick burst towards goal, however referee Michael Ragoonath only awarded a freekick at the edge of the area.
Two minutes later after the Caledonia wall was positioned and Graham superbly measured a curling effort by Joevin Jones, gloving it out at first post to steal the glamour against the Digicel Pro League Champions.
In semi-final two at the Marabella venue Defence Force registered a late 2-0 win over T&TEC FC setting up a third Final meeting against Caledonia this season.
Defence Force, defeated finalist against Caledonia in the FA Trophy and Goal Shield, got its goals from Curtis Gonzales (79th minute) and substitute Kerry Joseph (83rd minute) against T&TEC.
Kicks from the penalty mark
Caledonia AIA (5) - W Connection (3)
Kareem Joseph (scored) - Rennie Britto (saved)
Walter Moore (scored) - Kern Cupid (scored)
Stephan David (scored) - Joevin Jones (scored)
Devorn Jorsling (scored) - Gerard Williams (scored)
Keyon Edwards (scored)
W Connection - Jan Michael Williams (capt.), Jelani Grosvenor, Gerard Williams, Kern Cupid, Joevin Jones, Akeem Benjamin, Clyde Leon (Kemuel Rivers 69th), Andre Quashie (Jerrel Britto 74th), Hashim Arcia (Christian Viveros 65th), Shahdon Winchester, Rennie Britto.
Coach - Stuart Charles Fevrier.
Caledonia AIA - Kevin Graham, Stephan David (capt.), Walter Moore, Collin Nelson, Keyon Edwards, Abdallah Phillips (Conrad Smith 88th), Makesi Lewis (Jamal Gay 62nd), Devorn Jorsling, Sheldon Holder (Trayon Bobb 71st), Kemron Purcell, Kareem Joseph.
Coach - Jamaal Shabazz.
Digicel Pro Bowl Full Semi-Final Results
W Connection (3) 0-0 (5) Caledonia AIA
T&TEC FC 0-2 Defence Force
Curtis Gonzales 79', Kerry Joseph 83'