T&T Pro League’s Police FC will take their place in the round-of-32 in the T&T Football Federation FA Trophy competition after a protest lodged by its round-of-64 opponent, WASA FC of the T&T Super League was dismissed by the Competition Committee.
When round-of-64 action took place on September 16 and 17, Police eked out a last gasp 2-1 win over WASA at the latter’s St Joseph Ground.
However, WASA lodged a protest with the T&TFA with regards to one of the goals scored by the Lawmen, but after deliberations on Sunday last, a decision was taken to uphold the original result of the match, which will now see Police FC taking on another Super League team, the University of T&T (UTT) in the round-of-32 this weekend.
Sangre Grande-based North East Stars, champions in 2003 and 2014/2015 will continue its quest for a second straight T&T Football Federation FA Trophy crown and third in club history with a round-of-32 clash with Southern Football Association’s Pitchment FC.
Stars under the guidance of first year head coach Derek King, a former national defender and Joe Public winning coach (five titles in one season) kicked off its title defense with a 5-1 trashing of Super League’s Siparia Spurs on Sunday September 17 at Palo Seco while Pitchment FC had a 5-4 penalty-kicks win over fella SFA club Serial Strikers after a 0-0 draw.
Overall, it was a favourable draw for the remaining clubs from the T&T Pro League as they were all pitted against lower league opponents.
Four-time tournament winners, W Connection (1999, 2000, 2002, 2013-14), which hammered Tamana United 12-0 in the round-of-32 will entertain Super League outfit Bethel United; three-time champions Morvant Caledonia United (2008, 2011-12, 2012-13) tackles Super League’s Stokely Vale and San Juan Jabloteh, title winners in 1998, 2005 and 2010-11 will face off against Defence Force, also of the Super League.
Defence Force of the T&T Pro League, the most decorated club in the competition with six titles (1974, 1981, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1996) to its name, the joint second most ever with United British Oilfields Trinidad will do battle with Eastern Football Association’s Trinity Rangers while MIC-IT St. Ann’s Rangers (Pro League) will play the winner of the lone remaining round-of-64 match between Fire Service (Central Football Association and Tobago Football Association’s Black Rock which will be played on Sunday.
In another Pro League vs Super League match-up, Club Sando, currently third on the table in the top flight league tangles with Guaya United, current leaders of the Super League.
T&TFA Trophy round-of-32
September 30, October 1, 4 & 5
Home teams mentioned first
Central 500 Spartans (SL) vs Perseverance Ball Runners (CFA)
Police FC (Pro League) winners vs UTT (SL)
FC Santa Rosa (SL) vs Santa Flora FC (SFA)
Morvant Caledonia United (Pro League) vs Stokely Vale FC (SL)
Cunupia FC (SL) vs Central Soccer World (CFA)
W Connection (Pro League) vs Bethel United (SL)
Defence Force (Pro League) vs Trinity Rangers (EFA)
MIC-IT St. Ann’s Rangers (Pro League) vs Fire Service (CFA)/Black Rock (TFA) winners
T&T Prisons FC (SL) v 1976 FC Phoenix (SL)
San Juan Jabloteh (Pro League) vs Defence Force (SL)
Club Sando Moruga (SL) vs Sangre Grande Dream Team (ECFU)
San Fernando Giants (SFA) vs Police FC (SL)
Pitchmen FC (SFA) vs North East Stars (Pro League)
Club Sando (Pro League) vs Guaya United (SL)
Pt Fortin Civic (Pro League) vs Signall Hill United (TFA)
Leeds FC (TFA) vs WASA FC (EFA)