VIBE CT 105 W Connection grabbed its first trophy for the season by defeating Caledonia AIA 4-2 last night in the Independence Bowl final of the Trinidad and Tobago Professional Football League at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
Playing in front of a vocal crowd numbering 2,500, Connection settled down quickly into a passing game, with “the Stallions” struggling with a long-ball system in the absence of midfielder Conrad Smith, suspended following their two-leg semi-final against Joe Public.
National player Arnold Dwarika, who was appearing in his fourth game for the defending champion, after being “fired” by Joe Public, engineered the moves for the first two goals scored by St Lucian, Francis Lastic and youth player Akil Pierre.
And, after he was substituted in the 72nd minute his replacement, St Lucian Titus Elva took over with a double that dashed the hopes of the Morvant-based unit.
Connection took the lead in the 19th minute when sweeper-back Lastic headed past goalkeeper Anthony Marshall.
The goal resulted from a left side corner by Brazilian Jose Luis Seabra that found Dwarika, who flicked for Lastic on the last post.
The score stayed 1-0 until the break. But two minutes after the players returned for the second session, Caledonia equalised through Gary John.
John, who was once on trial with the “Savonetta Boys”, netted in a scrimmage after defence man Renato Pereira lost the ball on the right flank.
WCFC regained the lead nine minutes later by booting a right footer past Marshall.
Once again, Dwarika and Lastic had a part to play in the goal. A dummy by Dwarika worked to perfection and he slipped the ball to Lastic, who in turn found Pierre.
Elva made his presence felt two minutes after being on the field. After receiving a pass from Seabra, he drove a right-footer out of the reaches of Marshall.
Then in the 88th minute Elva automatically sealed victory for the Stuart Charles-Fevrier-coached Connection by scoring from almost the same position from an Elijah Joseph pass.
Kareem Joseph scored a consolation goal for Caledonia a minute later when Sean Jack ran down the right flank and squared for him to head past goalkeeper Alejandro Figueroa. WCFC also contested the First Citizens Bank Cup final earlier in the season and lost 2-0 to Defence Force."
W CONNECTION TEAM:
Alejandro Figueroa; Renato Pereira, Jose Luiz Seabra, Francis Lastic, Kern Cupid; Reynold Carrington (captain) (Silvio Spann 63rd), Elijah Joseph, Ronaldo Viana, Gefferson Goulart; Arnold Dwarika (Titus Elva 73rd), Akil Pierre.
CALADONIA AIA TEAM:
Anthony Marshall; Lyndon Diaz, Randy Ramcharan, Roger Henry (captain), Kareem Joseph; Seon Jack, Mark Small, Ronald St Louis, Sheldon Mark (Odelle Armstrong 67th); Valencius Joseph (Benner Walter 79th), Gary John (Ellis Dyette 67th).
W Connection coach happy with Arnold Dwarika.
Watch out for Vibe CT 105 W Connection for the remainder of the season.That was the advice to the other teams in the Trinidad and Tobago Professional Football League by by Stuart Charles-Fevrier, coach of W Connection, after his squad walked off with the League Cup on Sunday night following a 4-2 win over Caledonia AIA in the final at Ato Boldon Stadium.
“We intend to build on that success for the remainder of the season,” stated Charles-Fevrier.
“I think that, that win did a lot for us. One its our 12th title in three and half years and it came at a time when the team was going through a bad patch.
It will do a lot for our confidence for the rest of the season,“ he added.
Charles-Fevrier, who has been at the helm of W Connection since the club’s inception, said he is really happy for his players because he know that they felt pressured over the past weeks.
“The win will relax them a bit and now they will be able to focus better in the other competitions ahead of them,” he pointed out.
He also said that though Connection won, he was impressed with Caledonia.
“They too played a quality game. It is just that we are a more experienced team than them.
“We were consistent throughout the game in terms of our team play. It is an indication that we are slowly regaining our form. The way the guys were playing we were always in control. Although at one stage of the game it was 1-1, I always felt confident we would win.”
Coach Charles-Fevrier was confident that his new signee Arnold Dwarika was rounding into top form and had him in the starting line-up. He was also in high praise for his two-goal hero St Lucian Titus Elva.
His move paid off as Dwarika was involved in two of the goals before being substituted in the 72nd minute.
“Dwarika seemed very relaxed and very contented. I think he is now enjoying his football. I know he would want to do well at W Connection because this is a club that is taylor-made for his style of football.” Charles-Fevrier added.