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Title: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on December 21, 2017, 08:44:04 PM
Groups and Schedule Set for January Kickoff for Expanded CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship
CONCACAF.com


The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) conducted today the draw for the 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship, at the CONCACAF Headquarters in Miami, FL.

The draw for the Tier 1 competition, which determined the groups for the tournament that kicks off on Wednesday, January 31, in Trinidad & Tobago and February 7 in the Dominican Republic, was executed by CONCACAF Director of Development Jason Roberts, using a double-blind system.

For the official draw, Group A tournament host W Connection FC (TRI) was sorted alongside Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM), Arnett Gardens FC (JAM) and Real Hope FA (HAI).

Atlantico FC (DOM) will host Group B in the Dominican Republic and will face Central FC (TRI), Portmore United FC (JAM) and Racing FC (HAI).

The full match schedule and kick off times will be announced early January 2018. 

Together with the newly launched Caribbean Cup Shield tier 2 competition, which features 12 clubs from Caribbean nations with leagues that are yet to reach standards of full professionalization, the new regional qualifying championships will serve as the Caribbean qualifying tournament for the Scotiabank CONCACAF League and the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, and open the door for wider participation of Caribbean clubs in Confederation championships.

The winner of the 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship will qualify directly to the 2019 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, while the runner-up and third place finishers will qualify for the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League.

The fourth-place finisher of the Caribbean Club Championship will face the winner of the Caribbean Club Shield in a playoff match to determine the third club that will represent the Caribbean in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League, as long as the Tier 2 champion complies with the minimum CONCACAF Club Licensing requirements for the CONCACAF League.

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Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Flex on January 13, 2018, 05:55:24 AM
Schedule Confirmed for the First Round of the 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship.
CONCACAF.COM


Miami (Friday, January 12, 2018) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) unveiled today the dates and kickoff times for the first round of the tier 1 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship.

Group A, which will feature W Connection FC (TRI) alongside Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM), Arnett Gardens FC (JAM) and Real Hope FA (HAI) will begin their participation on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at the Ato Boldon Stadium, in Couva, Trinidad & Tobago.

One week later, Group B will kick off in the Dominican Republic, when Atlantico FC (DOM) host Central FC (TRI), Portmore United FC (JAM) and Racing FC (HAI).

2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship First Round Schedule
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018        
18:00 Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM) v Arnett Gardens FC (JAM) – Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad & Tobago
21:00 W Connection FC (TRI) v Real Hope FA (HAI) – Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad & Tobago

Friday, February 2, 2018        
18:00 Real Hope FA (HAI) v Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM) – Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad & Tobago
21:00 W Connection FC (TRI) v Arnett Gardens FC (JAM) – Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad & Tobago

Sunday, February 4, 2018
18:00 Arnett Gardens FC (JAM) v Real Hope FA (HAI) – Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad & Tobago
21:00 W Connection FC (TRI) v Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM) – Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad & Tobago

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
18:00 Central FC (TRI) v Portmore United FC (JAM) – Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic
21:00 Atlantico FC (DOM) v Racing FC (HAI) – Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic

Friday, February 9, 2018   
18:00 Racing FC (HAI) v Central FC (TRI) – Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic
21:00 Atlantico FC (DOM) v Portmore United FC (JAM) – Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic

Sunday, February 11, 2018
18:00 Portmore United FC (JAM) v Racing FC (HAI) – Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic
21:00 Atlantico FC (DOM) v Central FC (TRI) – Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic

Together with the newly launched Caribbean Cup Shield tier 2 competition, which features 12 clubs from Caribbean nations with leagues that are yet to reach standards of full professionalization, the new regional qualifying championships will serve as the Caribbean qualifying tournament for the Scotiabank CONCACAF League and the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, and open the door for wider participation of Caribbean clubs in Confederation championships.

The winner of the 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship will qualify directly to the 2019 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, while the runner-up and third place finishers will qualify for the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League.

The fourth-place finisher of the Caribbean Club Championship will face the winner of the Caribbean Club Shield in a playoff match to determine the third club that will represent the Caribbean in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League, as long as the tier 2 champion complies with the minimum CONCACAF Club Licensing requirements for the CONCACAF League.

Title: W Connection ready for Caribbean challenge, eyes CONCACAF qualification
Post by: Tallman on January 30, 2018, 08:30:42 PM
W Connection ready for Caribbean challenge, eyes CONCACAF qualification
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Stuart Charles Fevrier, on the heels of his team’s opening game of the 2018 Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship, said Trinidad and Tobago Pro League clubs W Connection and Central FC “have a responsibility to go out there and try to bring some joy to the country where football is concerned.”

Connection, the multiple-time former Caribbean champions, are hosts of Group A where they must take on Haiti’s Real Hope (Jan. 31), Jamaica’s Arnett Gardens (Feb. 2) and Dominican Republic’s Club Atletico Pantoja (Feb. 4) at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

Central, back-to-back champions of 2015 and 2016, meanwhile, are to travel to the Dominican Republic a week later against Jamaica’s Portmore United (Feb. 7), Haiti’s Racing FC (Feb. 9) and host club Atlantico FC in Group B at Estadio Cibao in Santiago.

Fevrier, Connection’s longstanding technical director/head coach, reminded, “Anytime you are competing at this level it’s not just about ourselves or the club.”

The top two team from each group will progress to the Caribbean final round in May—which consists of the semi-final and final stages—while automatically earning spots on the Concacaf stage.

The overall Caribbean champions will earn region’s automatic spot at the Concacaf Champions League while the second, third and fourth-place finishers will compete at the Concacaf League for Central American and Caribbean clubs.

“The Concacaf Champions League is our version of the (UEFA) Champions League and the Concacaf League is like the (UEFA) Europa League,” the Connection coach said.

“Once we qualify for the next round we have more international football to play, and that’s the objective. We believe we have a good chance as any team to qualify for the final round and we are positive about it. We are very happy that we have the opportunity to progress to a higher level.

“It’s always important to do well at this stage. We would like to play the game at the highest level and we definitely want to succeed for the benefit of the club but more so for the players because of the short life-span as a professional footballer. We want them to do well and create bigger opportunities for themselves.”

Connection, runners-up to rivals Central in 2015 and 2016, stands the most successful club of the new era having won the Caribbean crown outright in 2006 and 2009 and were joint winners in 2001, 2002 and 2013 when no final rounds were contested.

Despite being without last season’s Pro League top scorer Neil Benjamin Jr who joined Vietnam top-flight outfit Nam Dinh FC, Fevrier promised a formidable outfit.

Connection’s twenty-man squad for the group stage includes new signing in former Trinidad and Tobago Under-20 star Kadeem Corbin who will reunite with his former national youth teammates Kevon Goddard, Akeem Garcia and Jesus Perez.

Goddard and Garcia are back at Connection after helping North East Stars hold off the Savonetta Boys to the 2017 Pro League crown, while Perez has returned following a loan spell at San Juan Jabloteh.

Connection have also welcomed back Kurt Frederick after the talented left full-back’s loan stint at Costa Rica’s Alajuelense. Frederick’s experience will combine with that of goalkeeper Julani Archibald, veteran defender Gerard Williams, and forwards Marcus Joseph and Dimitri Apai.

Kennedy Hinkson, meanwhile, stands a surprise signing by Fevrier. But the 31-year-old ex-North East Stars and San Juan Jabloteh utility player – a past member of Connection’s youth system – could add depth to a side also equipped young talents in Isaiah Garcia and another youth product Jevaughn Humphrey along with new addition in former Shiva Boys College winger Quinn Rodney.

The Trinidadian-born Hinkson recently swapped the red-white-and-black making his debut for Grenada last year.

W Connection’s Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship 2018 Group stage squad
Goalkeepers: Julani Archibald and Jason Belfon;
Defenders: Kurt Frederick, Triston Hodge, Briel Thomas, Ronell Paul and Jesus Perez;
Midfielders: Kevon Goddard, Jameel Antoine, Kadeem Corbin, Kennedy Hinkson, Isaiah Garcia, Shaquille John and Quinn Rodney;
Forwards: Akeem Garcia, Dimitri Apai, Marcus Joseph and Jevaughn Humphrey.

2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship First Round Schedule

Group A (Trinidad)
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
       
Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM) v Arnett Gardens FC (JAM), 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad;

W Connection FC (T&T) v Real Hope FA (HAI), 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad.

Friday, February 2, 2018       
Real Hope FA (HAI) v Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM), 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad;

W Connection FC (T&T) v Arnett Gardens FC (JAM), 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad.

Sunday, February 4, 2018
Arnett Gardens FC (JAM) v Real Hope FA (HAI), 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad;

W Connection FC (T&T) v Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM), 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad.

Group B (Dominican Republic)
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Central FC (T&T) v Portmore United FC (JAM), 5pm, Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic;

Atlantico FC (DOM) v Racing FC (HAI), 8pm, Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Friday, February 9, 2018    
Racing FC (HAI) v Central FC (T&T), 5pm, Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic;

Atlantico FC (DOM) v Portmore United FC (JAM), 8pm, Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Sunday, February 11, 2018
Portmore United FC (JAM) v Racing FC (HAI), 5pm, Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic;

Atlantico FC (DOM) v Central FC (TRI), 8pm, Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: elan on January 31, 2018, 09:54:44 AM
Any streams?
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Sam on January 31, 2018, 09:59:12 AM
Ah see Kadeem Corbin back in de Pro League, glad for him.

Kurt Frederick get release by de Costa Rican club to.

Quinn Rodney done school? He with W Connection now, big player.

Like Alvin Jones go foreign, he not on de Connection squad.

Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on January 31, 2018, 05:44:53 PM
WATCH CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship 2018 LIVE: W Connection vs Real Hope Football Academy (Haiti). Kick-off at 7pm EST (8pm local).

https://www.youtube.com/v/Cnfkdi_tSrc
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on January 31, 2018, 06:04:13 PM
GOAL: Johnson Jeudy (#10) gives Real Hope FA a 1-0 lead over W-Connection in the 3rd minute.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on January 31, 2018, 07:58:46 PM
FINAL: W Connection 0-1 Real Hope FA. Connection dominated possession in the second half, but they were let down by some poor finishing.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on January 31, 2018, 11:20:39 PM
 >:( What wrong with these Trini teams ?
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Sando prince on February 01, 2018, 07:01:59 AM

Trini teams taking licks in everything from youth to senior, men and women, now is the clubs time to take licks
Title: Real Hope stun W Connection in Caribbean Club Championship
Post by: Tallman on February 01, 2018, 04:00:08 PM
Real Hope stun W Connection in Caribbean Club Championship
ttproleague.com


Hosts left to rue missed chances against Haiti’s Hope after 10-man Arnett Gardens hold Pantoja to goalless draw on opening night

Haiti’s Real Hope Football Academy, a spirited bunch of youngsters led by their 35-year-old captain Eyma Jean, held on for a narrow 1-0 win over hosts W Connection to start at the top of Group A on the opening night of the 2018 Concacaf Caribbean Club Champion.

Jeudy Thompson, a former Haiti Under-20 midfielder, snatched what turned out the winner after just two minutes to turn Real Hope into reality with maximum three points against an under-strength Connection side at the Home of Football, Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad on Wednesday.

“It was a really disappointing evening for us from the point of view that we had so many chances and didn’t end with a win …or even a draw,” said Connection head coach Stuart Charles Fevrier.

“We definitely should not have lost the game,” he continued. “Clearly we were the better team but our finishing let us down.”

Fevrier, though, added that despite the disappointment, the game still had a lot of positives for his side. “We were consistent throughout with good ball circulation. Our defence kept the defensive shape and we did well in creating many chances.”

Earlier, Jamaica’s Arnett Gardens, reduced to ten men after captain Oneil Thompson was ejected on a second yellow card with half hour left, had held Dominican Republic’s Club Atletico Pantoja to a goalless stalemate.

Arnett Gardens and Pantoja currently sit second and third respectively with a point each while multiple-time former Caribbean champions Connection are bottom without a point.

Fevrier combined former Trinidad and Tobago Under-20 teammates Kadeem Corbin and Akeem Garcia and veteran utility player Kennedy Hinkson – three recent additions due to a shortage of player personnel – in offence, but it was Thompson who produced the go-ahead goal on the opposite end with the help of a rusty opening by the hosts.

A giveaway then some sloppy defending to Johnson beating goalkeeper Julani Archibald from the left for a lead which the Haitians held to the dressing room at the break then to the final whistle thanks to the heroics of goalkeeper Louis Valendi Odelus and the woodwork.

“It was a very soft goal,” Fevrier bemoaned. “And apart from that they never really got behind us again.”

Even with Corbin, a player remembered for his Caribbean U20 winning hat-trick for a 3-0 score against Haiti in the 2014 Final in Trinidad, Connection were unable break down the tenacity of the youthful Real Hope side that had luck and, at times, the whistle in their favour.

Six minutes into the second half Corbin failed to make contact to a low Kurt Frederick feed across the six yard area before the ball was cleared behind by Hope’s defence. Then from the resulting corner Jesus Perez, who like Frederick recently returned to the Savonetta Boys, saw his improvised effort flash over the Haitians bar.

That bar would come into action ten minutes from time. Frederick’s header off an Alvin Jones corner cannoned back into play to Connection’s added surprise after Odelus had brilliantly put behind a powerful left footed attempt Marcus Joseph who was played into the attack by teenaged substitute Jevaughn Humphrey.

Joseph had another attempt but that flashed overbar.

Much earlier, Jones attempted to pick out Corbin at the back post but the T&T international’s cross was not met. Corbin then failed to control deep a deep Joseph cross into the area to his own frustration before being replaced injured.

Hinkson too couldn’t produce the equaliser. The ex-North East Stars and San Juan Jabloteh had worked his way into the Haitians area near the end but was escorted out of touch by his marker without attempting a shot.

And after 17-year-old Humphrey’s shot towards goal was cleared behind at the death, it was certain that absolutely nothing Connection tried would result in the ball ending in the back of the opponents’ net.

“The new players still need time to know and improve on our style of play, but in saying that they did well to create many chances,” said Fevrier.

Real Hope, however, had made their rare chance count.

Connection will return to action against Arnett Gardens on Friday from 8pm at the Couva venue after Real Hope and Pantoja lock horns from 5pm.

“We have two games left and I am confident we are capable of achieving the [needed] results. We will try to prepare our players best as possible for the remaining games,” ended the Connection coach.

The top two teams from the Group stage will progress to the Caribbean final round in May—which consists of the semi-final and final stages—while automatically earning spots on the Concacaf stage.

The overall Caribbean champions will earn region’s automatic spot at the Concacaf Champions League while the second, third and fourth-place finishers will compete at the Concacaf League for Central American and Caribbean clubs.

CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship 2018
Group A (Trinidad) results
Wednesday 31 January 2018

Club Atletico Pantoja 0 vs Arnett Gardens 0, at Ato Boldon Stadium;

W Connection 0 vs Real Hope Football Academy 1 (Jeudy Thompson 2'), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Teams at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Wednesday
Game 1
Club Atletico Pantoja:
3.Pedro Muñoz (Yellow Card), 4.Yefferson Moreira, 7.Luis Espinal, 8.Jesus Quintero, 10.Leandro Silva (20.Jonathan Faña 46th minute), 16.Robert Rosado (13.Jean Walnes Innocent 82nd minute), 17.Armando Maita, 18.Brian Calabrese (9.Darly Batista 56th minute), 21.Nicolas Rebollo (Capt.), 23.Odalis Baez (GK), 32.Eduardo Centeno.

Unused substitutes: 1.Wisaldy Rivera (GK); 15.Danny Guillen, 26.Carlos Rossell, 28.Ronaldo Vasquez.

Coach: Lenin Jose Bastidas Bello

Arnett Gardens: 40.Damion Hyatt (GK); 3.Lennox Russell (15.Ranike Anderson 63rd minute), 5.Renae Lloyd, 8.Vishinul Harris (Yellow Card), 9.Marvin Morgan (11.Kemal Malcolm 75th minute, 12.Jabeur Johnson, 13.Fabien Reid, 16.Jamar Martin, 17.Kenniel Hyde, 20.Oneil Thompson (Capt.) (Yellow + Yellow = Red Card), 21.Al Nesbeth (19.Tamar Edwards 21st minute) (Yellow Card).

Unused substitutes: 7.Jason Moore, 27.Steve Clarke, 33.Leon Strickland, 55.Shamarley Clayton (GK).

Coach: Jerome Waite

Referee: Ricangel De Leca (ARU)
Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Stephens (GUY)
Assistant Referee 2: Zachari Zeegelaar (SUR)
Fourth Official: Gladwyn Johnson (GUY)
Referee Assessor: Jaggernath Goolcharan (TRI)
Match Commissioner: Egbert Lacle (ARU)

Game 2
W Connection:
18.Julani Archibald (GK); 2.Kurt Frederick, 3.Gerard Williams, 5.Triston Hodge, 6.Kevon Goddard, 7.Akeem Garcia (17.Jevaughn Humphrey 64th minute), 9.Kadeem Corbin (19.Briel Thomas 66th minute), 15.Jesus Perez, 16.Alvin Jones (Capt.), 23.Kennedy Hinkson (8.Jameel Antoine 79th minute), 99.Marcus Joseph.

Unused substitutes: 14.Quinn Rodney, 21.Ronell Paul, 26.Isaiah Garcia, 30.Shaquille John, 33.Jason Belfon (GK).

Coach: Stuart Charles Fevrier

Real Hope FA: 1.Odelus Louis Valendi (GK); 3.Bissainthe Bicou (20.Cineus Renel 80th minute), 4.Edmund Patrick, 5.Jean Eyma (Capt.), 6.Dunel Blaise, 7.Nerlin St. Vil (11.Schneider Desamours 80th minute), 9.Ronaldo Damus, 10.Jeudy Johnson (12.Exavier Naldory Joseph Rams 91st minute), 14.Wendy St. Felix, 15.Denilson Pierre, 22.Jean Jackinto.

Unused substitutes: 2.Paul Fernandes, 13.Phlippe Junior Toussaint, 16.Vertus Wolf, 25.Max Djivenel Fleuricien (GK).

Coach: Sonche Pierre

Referee: Oscar Macias (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Henri Pupiro (NCA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Barwegen (CAN)
Fourth Official: Juan Gabriel Calderon (CRC)
Referee Assessor: Omario Contreras (BLZ)
Match Commissioner: Glenn Etienne (DMA)

Upcoming games

W Connection 0 vs Real Hope Football Academy 1 (), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Friday, February 2, 2018       
Real Hope FA (HAI) v Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM), 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad;

W Connection FC (T&T) v Arnett Gardens FC (JAM), 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad.

Sunday, February 4, 2018
Arnett Gardens FC (JAM) v Real Hope FA (HAI), 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad;

W Connection FC (T&T) v Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM), 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: elan on February 01, 2018, 08:24:02 PM
So ah watch 15 mins so far. Fadda Lawd. What we doing in T&T with football?  :frustrated:
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Flex on February 02, 2018, 11:57:19 AM
Stern John commits to Central; legendary T&T striker chase maiden title as coach in the form of the Caribbean Club Championship.
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Stern John has renewed his commitment to Central FC with his target, his maiden trophy as head coach in the form of the 2018 Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship, the qualifier tournament to the Concacaf Champions League and Concacaf League.

Central, back-to-back Caribbean champions of 2015 and 2016, are set to travel to the Dominican Republic on Sunday where they must face Jamaica’s Portmore United (Feb. 7), Haiti’s Racing FC (Feb. 9) and hosts Atlantico (Feb. 11) in Group B.

The top two teams will advance to the Caribbean final round in May where they will compete with the top two teams of Group A currently being contested in Trinidad. Hosts W Connection are bottom of the group after losing 1-0 to Haiti’s Real Hope Academy (3 points), while Jamaica’s Arnett Gardens and Dominican Republic’s Atletico Pantoja are tied on a point after their goalless draw on Wednesday’s opening night. All four clubs return to action on Friday.

Central will unveil their 20-man squad for the trip to the Dominican Republic on Friday and could include former Trinidad and Tobago standouts such as Carlyle Mitchell and Densill Theobald as well as the return of midfielders Darren Mitchell and Keron Cummings.

And through the financial support of companies such as Guayaguayare-based Hydro Tech and Lollabee Group, the Couva Sharksbelieve the shot at lifting a third Caribbean crown is attainable.

“We want to win,” John told reporters during a brief media presentation to unveil Lollabee Group as a part sponsor of Central’s 2018 Caribbean campaign. “I think the team we have put together [capable] of the task.”

John, also an assistant coach with the Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Team, took over as head coach of the strugglingCouva Sharks last September – midway through the 2017 season – after serving as an assistant to Dale Saunders who left due to financial woes faced by the club.

Months earlier, battling through their financial struggles the Couva Sharks had finished fourth at the 2017 Caribbean Club Championship which was won by debutants Cibao FC of Dominican Republic. San Juan Jabloteh finished runners-up losing 1-0 in the final after Jamaica’s Portmore United secured a third-place finish against Central.

Saunders’ later departure had followed an exodus of players and staff and by the end of the 2017 campaign, the Couva Sharks — a side that had previously won three consecutive Pro League championships — finished second-from-bottom on the ten-team domestic table.

Central FC’s managing director Brent Sancho reiterated that all clubs in the Pro League had been affected by the lack of financial support and that the two-time Caribbean champions weren't immune to the current economic climate.

“Stern had a real baptism of fire last season when he stepped up to take his first head coach position,” said Sancho.

Sancho, a teammate of John at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, explained, “The lack of resources left Stern with very little to choose from when selecting his team [last season].

“[Now] Stern [has showed] his loyalty to those who played through (last season’s) difficult time by offering opportunities to 90 percent of last year’s squad and staff. Those players will [now] be supplemented by some very talented and experienced players. As in 2016, when we won our second Caribbean Club Championship, we are aiming for a 100 percent Trini’ squad – at least for the trip to Dominican Republic.”

“It’s a little better (now),” agreed John, T&T’s all-time leading scorer and ex-Sunderland and Birmingham forward.

Lollabee Group director Sheldon Stephen expressed delight to be part of Central’s Caribbean campaign and by extension the sport of football.

Stephen said his company would also look at possibly extending its relationship with the Couva Sharks into the domestic Pro League season to promote perhaps the company’s My Fit Menu, an affordable meal order service.

“All our concentration is on the Caribbean Club Championship,” continued John. The Central coach says his task involves gelling his new bunch in time for next week’s challenges in Dominican Republic.

“The most important thing is getting the guys to play together,” he said. “[And] understanding what the manager, I, (sic) want as a team, and hopefully we can go (on to quality) for the second round. As I’ve said, we want to win the tournament.”

Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 02, 2018, 12:51:38 PM
Any stream for tonight's game.  ;D
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 02, 2018, 02:47:53 PM
WATCH CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship 2018 LIVE: W Connection vs Arnett Gardens (Jamaica). Kick-off at 7pm EST (8pm local).

https://www.youtube.com/v/5ZdEbBWJZbE
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: che on February 02, 2018, 06:15:14 PM
What a beautiful 2nd goal by WC
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 02, 2018, 06:23:30 PM
WATCH: Marcus Joseph scores the opening goal for W Connection vs Arnett Gardens in the 2nd minute.

https://www.youtube.com/v/F_vbFs2yeHs
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 02, 2018, 06:29:12 PM
WATCH: It’s Marcus Joseph again as he doubles W Connection’s lead over Arnett Gardens in the 13th minute. Unleashes a shot with the outside of his left boot, which flies into the back of the net.

https://www.youtube.com/v/tD4Rcb5ZBQU
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 02, 2018, 06:47:05 PM
HALF-TIME: W Connection 2-0 Arnett Gardens. Goals by Marcus Joseph (2’, 13’).
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 02, 2018, 07:21:16 PM
GOAL: Fabian Reid cuts W Connection’s lead in half as he scores from the penalty spot for Arnett Gardens in the 62nd minute. W Connection 2-1 Arnett Gardens.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 02, 2018, 07:52:17 PM
FINAL: W Connection 2-1 Arnett Gardens. Goals by Marcus Joseph (2’, 13’) and Fabian Reid (62’ pen).
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 02, 2018, 10:19:27 PM
Congrats! That was a hell of a goal by “young Lobo”.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Flex on February 03, 2018, 06:01:58 AM
New-look Central FC embark on CONCACAF quest.
T&T Newsday Reports.


A NEW-LOOK Central FC outfit will embark on their 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship tomorrow, when they leave for the Dominican Republic to face Portmore United of Jamaica, Racing FC of Haiti and host club Atlantico FC, in Group B action.

The round-robin stage will run from February 7-11.

At a media launch at the refurbished Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya yesterday, the Brent Sancho-owned Central FC unveiled their 20-man squad, which features only seven players from their calamitous 2017 TT Pro League campaign. Entering last season with a hat-trick of Pro League titles, the club suffered badly due to lack of finances and finished ninth in the 10-team competition.

However, with Hydro Tech and Lollabee Group of Companies providing monetary assistance towards the club, a number of players have come on board as the team vie for a spot in the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League.

Experienced Trinidad and Tobago defender Carlyle Mitchell has joined the team as a free agent and has been entrusted with the role as captain, with evergreen midfielder Densill Theobald, who left current Pro League champs North East Stars during the off-season, named as the team’s vice-captain.

From the team’s 2016-2017 title campaign, midfielders Darren Mitchell (who was the team’s captain during that season), and Keron “Ball Pest” Cummings, as well as striker Kerry Baptiste (who was part of the 2017 North East Stars outfit) and goalkeeper Javon Sample have returned, as well as utility player Anthony Wolfe.

National team wingers Nathan Lewis and Tyrone Charles have joined from San Juan Jabloteh while defender Jameel Neptune swapped North East for Central FC.

Another prominent name in the squad is veteran striker Cornell Glen, who last played for the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) in the 2017 National Super League.

The technical staff has also been revamped with Anthony Rougier as assistant coach, Saaron Joseph as trainer, Esmond O’Brien as equipment manager and Denise Ramdoo as team manager.

Team coach Stern John said, “It’s a fantastic time to be around Central FC. We’re happy the sponsors have come on board.”

The former ace national striker pointed out, “After last season, we had a lot of players (who) moved on because of the financial situation. We had to rebuild (the) team for the Club Championship. We have a lot of experienced players, we have a lot of youngsters as well too. We’re trying to blend the youngsters with the senior players,” added the current TT national team assistant coach. “We don’t have the luxury to get rid of our experienced players. I think we need to get them involved in football still so we can bring the younger players through.”

Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 03, 2018, 06:39:53 AM
Good luck, Central!
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 03, 2018, 08:45:03 AM
Marcus Joseph brace puts W Connection back on course for Concacaf spot after victory over Jamaica’s Arnett Gardens
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Marcus ‘Lobo’ Joseph enjoyed a brilliant night at the office netting an early brace as hosts W Connection held off top Jamaican side Arnett Gardens to a hard-fought 2-1 win in their Group A clash of the 2018 Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship on Friday at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

The Trinidad and Tobago international struck two fine strikes in a space of thirteen minutes including the fastest goal of the tournament to date at one minute 41 seconds, but missed out on completing the hat-trick late after former San Juan Jabloteh playmaker Fabien Reid had pulled a goal back from the penalty spot for the Jamaicans on the hour mark.

The win, coupled with Dominican Republic’s Atletico Pantoja’s (4 points) comfortable 3-0 win over Haiti’s Real Hope Football Academy (3 points) to take the group lead in the earlier game at the Couva venue, lifted Connection (3 points) two spots off the bottom into second by goal-difference after a disappointing 1-0 opening loss to the Haitians last Wednesday.

Connection, the multiple-time former Caribbean champions, will next face Atletico Pantoja in the group’s final game from 8pm on Sunday at the same venue. Real Hope and bottom of the table Arnett Gardens (1 point) will complete their group play from 5pm on the same day.

The top two teams will advance to the Caribbean final round in May which will determine Concacaf Champions League and Concacaf League berths.

Connection head coach Stuart Charles Fevrier, in an effort to bounce back after their opening loss in which Jeudy Johnson had fired the Haitians in front after exactly two minutes, started without Wednesday’s attacking trio of Kadeem Corbin, Akeem Garcia and Kennedy Hinkson.

Fevrier instead opted to push Joseph higher into the attack alongside Suriname international Dimitri Apai, making his first appearance of the tournament, and gave former Shiva Boys College attacker Quinn Rodney his professional debut on the opposite flank, while hard-man Briel Thomas started in the middle. And it all paid off.

Joseph, leading the spear at the tip, opened the scoring with less than two minutes played when he raced between two defenders to steer a low left side Kurt Frederick cross past Arnett Gardens goalie Damion Hyatt.

Joseph then cushioned the hosts 2-0 on thirteen minutes with a left-footed blast from outside the left of the box after making light work of winger Kemal Malcolm.

Moments later Joseph forced Hyatt into a low save before executing a wonderful overhead attempt which flew just wide after meeting another Frederick cross.

Joseph’s best chance to complete the hat-trick arrived twelve minutes from time but failed to put his effort on target at the end of a quick response by Connection after Arnett Gardens’ substitute Lennox Russell saw his effort rebound off the upright on the other end.

The Jamaicans, without captain and ex-Connection player Oneil Thompson through suspension, never looked flattened although conceding twice early on.

Arnett Gardens had forced Connection custodian Julani Archibald into three first half saves including acrobatically putting behind a Marvin Morgan shot on the half hour mark and a point blank save to deny Malcom on the stroke of the half.

Arnett Gardens’ resolve resulted in Guyana referee Gladwyn Johnson ruling a handball against the hosts and although Archibald did get glove to the ball, the Connection shot-stopper was unable to stop it from ending at the back of his net.

Growing in confidence by the minute, the Jamaicans were on the hunt for another when Reid’s acrobatic attempt flew just high moments later.

Connection, though, could have put the match out of reach a minute into the second half when Apai outpaced every challenge for fifty yards after a neat flick in his own half to escape Kenniel Hyde but later had his shot put behind by Hyatt.

Apai had also spilled wide two minutes from the break after controlling a deep diagonal feed out of the back by Frederick who continues to prove himself as one of the Caribbean’s best full-backs.

Atletico Pantoja had earlier set the tempo for an entertaining night with a double from forward Armando Maita, netting on either side of the break, following a go-head goal from Luis Espinal against Real Hope FA.

Espinal completed a wonderful team move in the 35th minute, firing past Real Hope goalkeeper Odelus Luis Valendi from inside the box after controlling a left side feed from Darly Batista who was picked out by a brilliant through ball from Jean Carlos López.

Five minutes later López was also involved in Pantoja’s second goal and first from Maita, this time grabbing the assist after his corner from the right was headed powerfully into the back of the Haitians net.

Maita later completed his double from close up in the 59th minute by stabbing the ball into the back of Real Hope’s net after goalkeeper Valendi parried at his feet.

CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship 2018
Group A (Trinidad) results
Wednesday 31 January 2018

Club Atletico Pantoja 0 vs Arnett Gardens 0, at Ato Boldon Stadium;

W Connection 0 vs Real Hope Football Academy 1 (Jeudy Johnson 2’), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Friday, February 2, 2018        
Real Hope FA 0 vs Atletico Pantoja 3 (Luis Espinal 35’, Armando Maita 40’, 59’), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

W Connection 2 (Marcus Joseph 2’, 13) vs Arnett Gardens 1 (Fabien Reid 61’), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Sunday, February 4, 2018
Arnett Gardens FC (JAM) v Real Hope FA (HAI), 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad;

W Connection FC (T&T) v Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM), 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad.

Teams at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Friday
Game 1
Real Hope FA:
1.Odelus Louis Valendi (GK); 4.Edmund Patrick, 5.Jean Eyma (Capt.), 6.Dunel Blaise, 7.Nerlin St. Vil, 9.Ronaldo Damus, 10.Jeudy Johnson, 11.Schneider Desamours, 14.Wendy St. Felix, 15.Denilson Pierre, 22.Jean Jackinto.

Unused substitutes: 3.Bissainthe Bicou, 12.Exavier Naldory Joseph Rams, 16.Vertus Wolf, 20.Cineus Renel, 23.Philippe Junior Toussaint, 24.Fardyson Pierre, 35.Max Djivenel Fleuricien (GK).

Coach: Sonche Pierre

Club Atletico Pantoja: 23.Odalis Baez (GK); 3.Pedro Muñoz (16.Robert Rosado 72nd minute), 4.Yefferson Moreira, 7.Luis Espinal, 8.Jesus Quintero (28.Ronaldo Vasquez 64th minute, 9.Darly Batista (26.Carlos Rossell 89th minute), 13.Jean Walnes Innocent, 14.Jean Carlos López, 17.Armando Maita, 21.Nicolas Rebollo (Capt.), 32.Eduardo Centeno.

Unused substitutes: 1.Wisaldy Rivera (GK); 15.Danny Guillen, 18.Brian Calabrese, 20.Jonathan Faña

Coach: Lenin Jose Bastidas Bello

Officials
Referee: Reon Radix (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Barwegen (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Iroots Appleton (ATG)
Fourth Official: Ricangel De Leca (ARU)
Referee Assessor: Jaggernath Goolcharan (TRI)
Match Commissioner: Glenn Etienne (DMA)

Game 2
W Connection:
18.Julani Archibald (GK); 2.Kurt Frederick, 3.Gerard Williams, 5.Triston Hodge, 6.Kevon Goddard (8.Jameel Antoine 68th minute), 10.Dimitri Apai, 14.Quinn Rodney (23.Kennedy Hinkson 46th minute), 15.Jesus Perez, 16.Alvin Jones (Capt.), 19.Briel Thomas, 99.Marcus Joseph.

Unused substitutes: 33.Jason Belfon (GK); 7.Akeem Garcia, 9.Kadeem Corbin, 17.Jevaughn Humphrey, 26.Isaiah Garcia.

Coach: Stuart Charles Fevrier

Arnett Gardens: 40.Damion Hyatt (GK); 5.Renae Lloyd, 8.Vishinul Harris, 9.Marvin Morgan, 11.Kemal Malcolm (3.Lennox Russell 73rd minute), 12.Jabeur Johnson (7.Jason Moore 66th minute), 13.Fabien Reid, 15.Ranike Anderson, 16.Jamar Martin (33.Leon Strickland 66th minute), 17.Kenniel Hyde, 19.Tamar Edwards.

Unused substitutes: 21.Al Nesbeth, 26.Ricardo Oldham, 27.Steve Clarke, 55.Shamarley Clayton (GK).

Coach: Jerome Waite

Officials
Referee: Gladwyn Johnson (GUY)
Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Stephens (GUY)
Assistant Referee 2: Zachari Zeegelaar (SUR)
Fourth Official: Oscar Marcias (MEX)
Referee Assessor: Omario Contreras (BLZ)
Match Commissioner: Egbert Lacle (ARU)
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 03, 2018, 12:20:09 PM
The assistant ref. named Iroots. Plus Real Hope get 3.  I hope Connection is focused and don't go into the game overconfident.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 03, 2018, 03:28:46 PM
WATCH: Comments from Head Coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier after W Connection’s 2-1 win over Arnett Gardens

https://www.youtube.com/v/-pAJ3eDpCcM
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 04, 2018, 10:39:36 AM
WATCH CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship 2018 LIVE: W Connection vs Atlético Pantoja (Dominican Republic). Kick-off at 7pm EST (8pm local).

https://www.youtube.com/v/vS0ypgdiTf0
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 04, 2018, 11:53:18 AM
thanks, Tallman!
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on February 04, 2018, 01:36:21 PM
WATCH CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship 2018 LIVE: W Connection vs Atlético Pantoja (Dominican Republic). Kick-off at 7pm EST (8pm local).

https://www.youtube.com/v/vS0ypgdiTf0

Super Bowl or W Connection? :rotfl:
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 04, 2018, 02:59:43 PM
Super Bowl or W Connection? :rotfl:

 :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: You is a reall burro, you know.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: che on February 04, 2018, 04:49:41 PM
AG won big tonight 4 nil. So WC needs to win or Stay home.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 04, 2018, 05:47:21 PM
I have a desktop and laptop. I guess I watching both.

Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 04, 2018, 06:47:16 PM
HALF-TIME: W Connection 0-2 Atlético Pantoja. Goals by Luis Espinal (27’) and Armando Maita (31’).
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 04, 2018, 06:47:30 PM
WC getting balled tonight!
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 04, 2018, 07:50:21 PM
FULL-TIME: W Connection 0-3 Atlético Pantoja. Goals by Luis Spinal (27’), Armando Maita (31’), Jean Lopez (65’ pen).
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 04, 2018, 07:54:57 PM
atrocious display.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Sam on February 05, 2018, 05:45:55 AM
A team from a baseball country knock out W Connection... and win de last 2017 CFU title.

 :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

It good, sen more St Lucians....

Anything DJW connected to failing....

Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 05, 2018, 06:38:34 AM
Sam, I have an appropriate excuse. They had to be at Kaiso fete or panorama the day before. Connection performance was atrocious. This team ball them. The DR playing like Barsa and we looking like under-de-shop united. DR was knocking the ball,side to side,forward,forward with relative ease. Connection looked tired. They are the top team in the island. DJW has to decide if he really want a great football team. If he really wants that, he needs to change his coaching staff. At least for the pro team. Nah forumites. The score is the right indication of how bad the pro league has been last year. Our flagship pro team looked like part timers last night.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Fyzoman on February 05, 2018, 07:46:02 AM
After watching EPL yesterday morning it was all I could do to keep watching this game after the first few minutes...after two goals I went back to binging on Breaking Bad!

Granted is kinda pre-season right, but waaaayyy!! Atrocious is all I got >:(
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 05, 2018, 03:18:27 PM
Atlético Pantoja, Arnett Gardens advance as W Connection bow out Caribbean Club Championship
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Central FC must pick up the Trinidad and Tobago fight in Santiago after W Connection made a crashing exit in the 2018 Caribbean Club Championship, the region’s qualifying tournament to the Concacaf Champions League and Concacaf League.

Connection were defeated 3-0 by Dominican Republic’s Atlético Pantoja who advanced as Group A leaders on Sunday night at the Ato Boldon Stadium and will be joined by Jamaica’s Arnett Gardens at the 2018 Caribbean finals in May.

Arnett Gardens had earlier improved their chances of qualifying for the final round with a 4-0 hammering of Haiti’s Real Hope Football Academy courtesy a second-half hat-trick and assist from former San Juan Jabloteh playmaker Fabien Reid at the Couva venue.

But multiple-time former champions Connection, needing just a draw against the Dominicans to advance, produced a shambolic performance and succumbed to their second loss of the campaign.

Luis Espinal and Armando Maita cushioned Pantoja within a space of three minutes midway through the first half before Juan Carlos López converted from the penalty spot in the second half to put the match out of Connection’s reach.

Pantoja finished on seven points, three ahead of Arnett Gardens, while Connection ended on three points and only ahead of bottom-placed Real Hope by goal-difference.

Two-time former Caribbean champions Central FC, left to fly the T&T flag in the tournament, are to compete withJamaica’s Portmore United (Feb. 7), Haiti’s Racing FC (Feb. 9) and hosts Atlantico (Feb. 11) in Group B at the Estadio Cibao in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

“We were too inconsistent,” conceded W Connection head coach Stuart Charles Fevrier afterwards. “(…) especially in the first half. We also allowed two soft goals in the first half. Then we made a silly error in conceding a soft penalty. It was the final nail in the coffin for us. I knew then it was hard to come back.”

Connection fell behind on 27 minutes after ex-star forward Jonathon Fana’s lifted pass into the box was met by Espinal who fired past goalkeeper Julani Archibald from close range to put Pantoja 1-0 in front against the hosts.

The Savonetta Boys’ defence seemed absent again three minutes later when Espinal, involved in both other goals, turned provider by volleying a deep diagonal cross back across the box for Maita to slam home his third goal of the tournament past a hapless Archibald from the middle of the area to give Pantoja a 2-0 cushion.

Fevrier had only a minute before tossed in midfielder Kevon Goddard at the expense of Kadeem Corbin, one of four forwards started, to try to solidify Connection’s porous display in the middle.

“It was a tactical change,” the Connection coach insisted. “We needed to tighten the midfield and we definitely showed improvement in our play in the second half, but giving away the penalty made it even more difficult for us at three goals down.”

Connection were lucky not to concede as early as five minutes played when Quintero, free in the box, spilled overbar following a linkup between Maita and Espinal.

The hosts were also lucky not to have captain Alvin Jones sent off five minutes before the break after shoving Yefferson Moreira in an out of play incident when the Pantoja left-back tried to slow the Trinidad and Tobago international’s retrieval of the ball. Moreira theatrically went to ground with his face in his hands but Guyana fourth official Gladwyn Johnson had ringside view of the incident and Jones was only cautioned with a yellow card from Costa Rican referee Juan Gabriel Calderon.

Connection, though, would fall further behind when López fired in Pantoja’s third and final item from the penalty spot in the 65th minute for the 3-0 score.

Marcus Joseph, who first gave away possession in the middle of his own half, upended Espinal inside the box in a desperate attempt to make up for his mistake but instead forced Calderon to point to the spot.

Joseph, who had put Pantoja goalkeeper Odalis Baez into action twice in the first half, tried to redeem himself in the 83rd minute his third shot from distance on the night fly overbar. He tried another from distance – his fourth on the night – a minute from time but only got as close as troubling the top of the netting.

Jones also tried testing Baez from distance with two earlier tries, but, like Joseph’s last attempt, the Connection’s captain’s efforts were inches off target.

“We only have ourselves to blame,” continued Fevrier. “We let down ourselves and let down the country as well. After the first two games we should have already qualified. Had we drawn the first game (against Real Hope) we would have qualified on head-to-head.”

Despite challenges in preparations and finding player personnel after losing some of his top players of last season, Fevrier believes Connection had no excuse.

“We should have qualified with the team we have,” he said. “But now we have to learn from this and look towards next season’s (Caribbean Club Championship) which we have already qualified for [along with last season’s Pro League champions North East Stars].”

In the earlier game, Arnett Gardens flexed their muscles in the final half hour with Reid breaking the deadlock from the middle of the box in the 65th minute when he got on the end of a Marvin Morgan feed.

Reid followed up with three more attempts, including a wonderful save Odelus Louis Valendi to put the Arnett Gardens forward’s shot off the upright, before beating the Real Hope goalie from the spot in the 86th minute for his second penalty goal of the tournament to cushion the Jamaicans.

Reid later turned provider with a low cross from the left for substitute Leon Strickland to bury past a hapless Valendi for Gardens third goal on 90 minutes.

Reid then completed his hat-trick and the 4-0 rout with his fifth goal of the tournament in the second minute of stoppage time, turning unchallenged in the box to hook a left side Morgan feed past Valendi.

Morgan, although brilliantly involved for three of his team’s goals, should have had his name on the scoresheet five minutes earlier after combining superbly with Reid, but drilled his attempt inches wide of the upright.

In the end, however, Arnett Gardens had done enough to earn passage through the Caribbean finals along with Atletico Pantoja. There they will collide with the top two teams of Group B.

The overall Caribbean champions will earn the regions berth at the 2019 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, while the runner-up and third place finishers will qualify for the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League.

The fourth-place side will face the winner of the Tier 2 tournament -- Caribbean Club Shield -- in a playoff to determine the third club that will represent the Caribbean in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League.  The Tier 2 champion, however, must comply with the minimum CONCACAF Club Licensing requirements to secure participation.

Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship 2018
Group A (Trinidad) results
Wednesday 31 January 2018

Club Atletico Pantoja 0 vs Arnett Gardens 0, at Ato Boldon Stadium;

W Connection 0 vs Real Hope Football Academy 1 (Jeudy Johnson 2’), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Friday, February 2, 2018
Real Hope FA 0 vs Atletico Pantoja 3 (Luis Espinal 35’, Armando Maita 40’, 59’), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

W Connection 2 (Marcus Joseph 2’, 13) vs Arnett Gardens 1 (Fabien Reid 61’ pen.), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Sunday, February 4, 2018
Arnett Gardens FC 4 (Fabien Reid 65’, 86’ pen., 90’+2, Leon Strickland 90’) v Real Hope FA 0, 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad;

W Connection FC 0 v Club Atletico Pantoja 3 (Luis Espinal 27’, Armando Maita 30’, Juan Carlos López 65’ pen.), 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad.


Upcoming
Group B (Dominican Republic)
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Central FC (T&T) v Portmore United FC (JAM), 5pm, Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic;

Atlantico FC (DOM) v Racing FC (HAI), 8pm, Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Friday, February 9, 2018
Racing FC (HAI) v Central FC (T&T), 5pm, Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic;

Atlantico FC (DOM) v Portmore United FC (JAM), 8pm, Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Sunday, February 11, 2018
Portmore United FC (JAM) v Racing FC (HAI), 5pm, Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic;

Atlantico FC (DOM) v Central FC (TRI), 8pm, Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Teams at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Friday
Game 1
Arnett Gardens: 40.Damion Hyatt (GK); 3.Lennox Russell (27.Steve Clarke 64th minute), 5.Renae Lloyd (Yellow Card), 8.Vishinul Harris (33.Leon Strickland 29th minute), 9.Marvin Morgan, 11.Kemal Malcolm (7.Jason Moore 61st minute), 12.Jabeur Johnson, 13.Fabien Reid, 17.Kenniel Hyde, 19.Tamar Edwards, 20.Oneil Thompson (Capt.).

Unused substitutes: 15.Ranike Anderson, 16.Jamar Martin, 26.Ricardo Oldham, 55.Shamarley Clayton (GK).

Coach: Jerome Waite

Real Hope FA: 1.Odelus Louis Valendi (GK); 3.Bissainthe Bicou, 4.Edmund Patrick (Yellow Card), 6.Dunel Blaise (Capt.) (Yellow Card), 9.Ronaldo Damus (12.Exavier Naldory Joseph Rams 76th minute), 10.Jeudy Johnson, 14.Wendy St. Felix (20.Cineus Renel 32nd minute), 15.Denilson Pierre, 19.Marc Andre Jean Baptiste (7.Nerlin St. Vil 46th minute), 22.Jean Jackinto. 24.Fardyson Pierre (Yellow Card).

Unused substitutes: 2.Paul Fernandes, 16.Vertus Wolf, 23.Philippe Junior Toussaint, 35.Max Djivenel Fleuricien (GK).

Coach: Sonche Pierre

Officials
Referee: Oscar Marcias (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Barwegen (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Henry Pupiro (NCA)
Fourth Official: Reon Radix (GRE)
Referee Assessor: Jaggernath Goolcharan (TRI)
Match Commissioner: Egbert Lacle (ARU)

Game 2
W Connection: 18.Julani Archibald (GK); 2.Kurt Frederick, 3.Gerard Williams, 5.Triston Hodge, 7.Akeem Garcia (17.Jevaughn Humphrey 62nd minute), 9.Kadeem Corbin (6.Kevon Goddard 28th minute), 10.Dimitri Apai, 15.Jesus Perez, 16.Alvin Jones (Capt.) (Yellow Card), 19.Briel Thomas, 99.Marcus Joseph.

Unused substitutes: 33.Jason Belfon (GK); 8.Jameel Antoine, 14.Quinn Rodney, 23.Kennedy Hinkson, 26.Isaiah Garcia.

Coach: Stuart Charles Fevrier

Club Atletico Pantoja: 23.Odalis Baez (GK); 3.Pedro Muñoz (Yellow Card), 4.Yefferson Moreira, 7.Luis Espinal, 8.Jesus Quintero (9.Darly Batista 81st minute), 13.Jean Walnes Innocent, 14.Jean Carlos López, 17.Armando Maita (15.Danny Guillen 87th minute), 20.Jonathan Faña (16.Robert Rosado 77th minute), 21.Nicolas Rebollo (Capt.), 32.Eduardo Centeno.

Unused substitutes: 1.Wisaldy Rivera (GK); 10.Leandro Silva, 18.Brian Calabrese, 28.Ronaldo Vasquez.

Coach: Lenin Jose Bastidas Bello

Officials
Referee: Juan Gabriel Calderon (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Stephens (GUY)
Assistant Referee 2: Iroots Appleton (ATG)
Fourth Official: Gladwyn Johnson (GUY)
Referee Assessor: Omario Contreras (BLZ)
Match Commissioner: Glenn Etienne (DMA)

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‘We only have ourselves to blame’
By Sherdon Pierre (Newsday).


W Connection will not be progressing to the final round of the FLOW CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship after they were clobbered 3-0 by Dominican Republic’s Club Atletico Pantoja at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on Sunday.

Jamaica’s Arnett Gardens booked the second qualifying spot after they crushed Haiti’s Real Hope FA 4-0 to finish second in Group A.

W Connection, needing a positive result, gambled by leaving out Kevon Goddard – arguably their best midfielder in the tournament – and started a combination of four strikers. Club Atletico Pantoja sought to make use of some inside intel from former W Connection player Johnathon Faña Frías who got his first start of the tournament.

Both teams only needed a draw to qualify for the final round but came out in attack mode with both goalkeepers called into action in the first 20 minutes.

The Dominican Republic team broke the deadlock in the 27th minute when Frías slipped a ball through to Luis Espinal who calmly slotted it past Connection’s goalkeeper Archibald for the 1-0 lead. The visitors doubled their lead in the 30th when Armando Maita finished smartly after a well measured pass from Espinal.

Jean Carlos Lopez put the result beyond doubt in the 64th when he stepped up and scored from the penalty spot after Joseph fouled Espinal in the penalty area.

Staring an early exit, the Savonetta Boys played their best football of the game by pressing for the goals but it was too late as the game the former Caribbean champions were booted out.

A disappointed W Connection head coach Stuart Charles Fevrier said, “We were too inconsistent especially in the first half. We also allowed two soft goals in the first half, then we made a silly error in conceding a soft penalty. It was the final nail in the coffin for us. I knew then it was hard to come back.”

The St Lucian declared, “We only have ourselves to blame, we let down ourselves and let down the country as well. After the first two games, we should have already qualified. Had we drawn the first game (against Real Hope) we would have qualified on head-to-head.”

In the previous game, Fabien Reid scored a second- half hat-trick and registered an assist to give his team Arnett Gardens a well-deserved 4-0 victory over Haiti’s Real Hope FA. After a goalless first half, the game burst into life in the second period. Arnett Gardens opened the scoring in the 65th minute through Reid and in the 85th minute Reid scored his second penalty of the tournament to make it 2-0.

In the last minute of regulation time, the Jamaicans scored their third when Reid set-up Leon Strickland for a goal. Then, the former San Juan Jabloteh player Reid rounded off the scoring in the 92nd to complete the 4-0 drubbing.

Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 05, 2018, 03:55:27 PM
Very disappointing display.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: soccerman on February 05, 2018, 09:34:59 PM
Looks like another debriefing for the technical committee
Title: Hydrotech Central FC already winners in Dominican Republic
Post by: Tallman on February 06, 2018, 08:53:08 PM
Hydrotech Central FC already winners in Dominican Republic
Central FC Media


The Sharks may not yet have kicked a ball in the Caribbean Club Championships in Dominican Republic, but they – and many locals- already feel that Hydrotech Central FC have won the hearts of football supporters across the country.

Hydrotech Central FC Managing Director, Brent Sancho, together with General Manager David Muhammad and midfielder, Jules Lee visited the Cepoint Bilingual School to present signed CONCACAF match balls on behalf of club sponsors, Lollabees to differently abled children as well as players from La academia de futbol Santiago.

“This is something we always try to do when we travel overseas” said Sancho. “While our priority is always to try to win games, as a club representing Trinidad & Tobago, we must always be aware of our ability to win hearts – not just for T&T football, but for our country as a whole”

The visit was arranged by Juan Carlos Vidal, who was previously Operations Manager at Cibao F.C. and now runs several football academies across Dominican Republic, at the request of Lollabees CEO, Sheldon Stephen.

“We built a strong bond with Cibao when we hosted last years CFU finals, which they won. The real power of pan Caribbean tournaments is that you get to meet likeminded officials from across the CFU region, as those unions are crucial to develop the game at a regional level.” Said Sancho.

Hydrotech Central FC go into action tomorrow night when they face Jamaica’s Portmore United at 6pm. The game can be watched live via the CONCACAF facebook live page. The Sharks will then face Haiti’s Racing FC on Friday at 6pm before Sundays’ 9pm clash with host club Atlantico FC at 9pm.

General Manager, David Muhammad said “This has been a rewarding experience for the club. The youngsters were so excited and it makes you realise the power that football has to touch peoples lives. I’m convinced that all of these children will grow up with a positive opinion of Trinidad & Tobago”

Muhammad, a former national team manager, added “It’s also important to thank our sponsors,  Hydrotech Ltd, without whom this whole trip would not have been possible.”

Muhammad lamented the lack of support for professional football in Trinidad & Tobago compared with Dominican Republic. “These facilities are superb. And speaking with Juan Carlos, there are so many youngsters attracted to football now, it will soon take over from baseball as the country’s number 1 sport. This one academy alone has 92 children, and he has 3 others! It is clear to me that, fuelled by the support of government and local businesses, DR will soon become the dominant force in CFU and I fully expect to see them in the World Cup finals by 2026.”

Muhammad continued “We need our government and more corporate bodies such as Hydrotech Ltd and Lollabees to recognise the benefits to our communities and our country of investing in professional football.”

Meanwhile, The Sharks will hope to win over more locals tomorrow when they begin their bid to win their third Caribbean crown in four years in a tough game against Jamaica’s Portmore United, who narrowly defeated the two times Caribbean champions at Ato Boldon Stadium last year.

“Stern’s done a remarkable job, building and polishing a squad in under 5 weeks” said Sancho. “With all of last seasons distractions and upheaval, it was imperative to recruit some experienced pros such as Carlyle Mitchell, Densil Theobald, Anthony Wolfe and Cornell Glen to steady our youngsters such as Jules Lee and goalkeeper Montel Joseph”

England based Joseph has already represented T&T at youth level when he was part of the PanAm squad and together with returning favourite Javon Sample, provide a glimpse of the future goalkeeping talent that will be available to national team head coach, Dennis Lawrence.

“We’re here to win” said Sancho “But we are also aware of our responsibility to develop our young talent. We are 100% Trini, and proud of it.”
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 07, 2018, 02:06:01 PM
WATCH LIVE: Central FC vs Portmore United. Kick-off at 4:00pm EST (5:00pm Trini time).

https://www.youtube.com/v/MYWsfACaT9Q
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 07, 2018, 04:51:15 PM
FULL-TIME: Central FC 0-2 Portmore United. Goals by Ricardo Morris (47’) and Jeremie Lynch (86’).
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 07, 2018, 07:23:49 PM
Oh well!
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: FF on February 07, 2018, 07:42:18 PM
Cobo pee on we since DJW take over and we thought was guava season before.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 07, 2018, 09:24:42 PM
Cobo pee on we since DJW take over and we thought was guava season before.


cobo pee and guava is a deadly mix.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Flex on February 08, 2018, 02:48:26 AM
Central FC tackle Portmore in Caribbean Championship.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


Former TT Pro League champions Central FC will face Portmore United of Jamaica today as Pool B of the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship kicks off in the Dominican Republic.

Central FC, who won a hat-trick of League crowns (2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17), have been grouped with Portmore United of Jamaica, Racing FC of Haiti and host club Atlantico FC, battling for one of two places in the 2018 Caribbean finals in May.

The 2017 Pro League season was disappointing for the “Couva Sharks” as they finished a lowly ninth in the 10-team standings. Financial woes saw the exit of most of the marquee players from the Brent Sancho-owned club which showed on the field.

Speaking before the team’s departure from Trinidad last Friday, coach Stern John acknowledged that it will be a tough ask for his team since they are in off-season, unlike their Jamaican opponents.

“It’s a massive challenge because the Jamaican team (is) in season,” said John, the former TT star striker. “We know it’s that time of the year in Trinidad – Carnival time.”

However, he lauded the attitude of his new-look squad, which includes past and present national players including new captain Carlyle Mitchell, his deputy Densill Theobald, Kerry Baptiste, Cornell Glen, Keron Cummings, Anthony Wolfe, Nathan Lewis and Tyrone Charles.

“I think the guys are really professional enough, we had no problems with the guys (in) training,” said John. “They came out and worked their socks off. I think it’s a testament to all the good work we have been doing. I think we’re going to go there definitely to try to win it. We have a duty, hopefully we can gel together and get a good result.”

Referring to the chemistry within the team, John said, “I think the main thing when you have new players on board is getting them to gel. I think most of the guys played at a particular level so they understand the game.

“So far, the guys are taking everything on board what I’m asking them to do. They’re doing that pretty well. I think that’s one of our main assets, in that short space of time.”

John took over as the team coach in September, after the resignation of his ex-national teammate Dale Saunders.

But he is well aware of arguably his biggest test in his fledgling coaching career.

“Last season, (with) Dale, we worked together pretty well,” said John, who is also the assistant coach of the TT men’s team. “It’s up to me now to take the challenge and move things up to a next level. I’m a young (coach), I think I still have a lot to learn in the game. I’m relishing the opportunity. The guys are respecting the staff really well and that’s what we’ve asked of them.”

Asked how he was able to attract so many players to a club who endured a rough 2017 season, John replied, “For me, personally, I spoke to some of the guys individually, I asked them to come and play for us. We were hoping to get a sponsor and eventually one came through. I think we have a professional environment here, we look after the boys. We need to thank Hydro Tech for coming on board and putting their money where their mouth is.”

Official Hydrotech Central FC Roster for the 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship:

Goalkeepers.

1. Javon Sample, 30. Montel Joseph.

Defenders.

3. Tyrik John, 5. Carlyle Mitchell (capt), 12. Taryk Sampson, 15. Kaydion Gabriel, 17. Anthony Wolfe, 22. Jameel Neptune, 26. Trevin Latapy.

Midfielders

7. Saleem Henry, 9. Tyrone Charles, 10. Keron Cummings, 11. Darren Mitchell, 13. Rhondel Gibson, 18. Densill Theobald (v-capt), 24. Jules Lee, 27. Nathan Lewis, 29. Jesse Joseph.

Forwards

8. Cornell Glen, 19. Jason Marcano.

Staff

Stern John - Head Coach
Walt Noriega - Assistant Coach
Saron Joseph - Trainer/Physio
Esmond Obrien - Equipment Manager
Denise Govia - Team Manager

2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship - Group B Schedule:

Wednesday 7 February 2018
18:00 Central FC (TRI) vs Portmore United FC (JAM)
21:00 Atlantico FC (DOM) vs Racing FC (HAI)

Friday 9 February 2018
18:00 Racing FC (HAI) vs Central FC (TRI)
21:00 Atlantico FC (DOM) vs Portmore United FC (JAM)

Sunday 11 February 2018
18:00 Portmore United FC (JAM) vs Racing FC (HAI)
21:00 Atlantico FC (DOM) vs Central FC (TRI)

*All matches will be played at the Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Sam on February 08, 2018, 09:15:27 AM
Even though they lost, Central FC played some decent football, they looked better than Portmore.

Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Flex on February 09, 2018, 05:05:47 AM
Central in must-win situations after losing group opener against Portmore.
ttproleague.com.


Two-time former champions Central FC must win their two remaining Group B matches of the 2018 Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship if the Couva Sharks are to qualify for the semi-finals after losing 2-0 to Jamaica’s Portmore United in their opener on Wednesday at the Estadio Cibao in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Second half goals from Jamaica international Ricardo Morris and Jermie Lynch put Portmore in the group lead, ahead – by goal-difference – of hosts Atlantico FC who edged Haiti’s Racing FC 2-1 in the second game on Wednesday.

Engelbert Briceño fired Atlántico ahead from the penalty spot in the 7th minute before Jarol Herrera cushioned the Dominican Republic champions 2-0 nine minutes later.

Racing’s Charles Bendy reduced the deficit three minutes before the half hour mark but it wasn’t enough to avoid the Haitians defeat.

Central, meanwhile, had fallen behind two minutes into the second half when Morris fired in a second rebound past goalkeeper Montel Joseph who had put the initial attempt from above the box of the crossbar before a follow up strike cannoned off the upright.

It was a disappointing restart for Central, a side only put together in weeks and by far looked the better of the two sides in the first half.

Lynch then put the match out of Central’s reach four minutes from time when he capitalized on indecision by the Sharks in defence.

Portmore, who beat Central to a third place finish last season, currently leads the Jamaica Red Stripe 2017-18 season while the Couva Sharks, though three-time former Pro League champions, are currently out of season and off a campaign that saw them finish their lowest—second from bottom in 2017.

Central head coach Stern John, who took charge midway through last season in the Pro League, turned to three of his former World Cup 2006 teammates Cornell Glen, Densill Theobald and Anthony Wolfe among thirteen signings made for the Caribbean group stage.

Theobald and Wolfe started against the Jamaicans along with Tyrone Charles, Nathan Lewis and Jameel Neptune, who, like Carlyle Mitchell, joined the Sharks for the purpose of the Caribbean group stage along with regulars Jason Marcano, Kaydion Gabriel and Tyryk Sampson.

And according to Bsportsfan.com the Couva Sharks had 82 dangerous attacks, four shots on target and eight off target compared to Portmore’s 49, 4 and 3 respectively.

Central will return to play against Racing on Friday before facing Atlántico on Sunday in the final group game.

The top two teams from Group B will join Group A winner Club Atletico Pantoja (Dominican Republic) and runner-up Arnett Gardens (Jamaica) in the CCC finals, with the champion gaining a place in the 2019 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, while the runner-up and third place finishers will qualify for the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League.

The fourth-place side will face the winner of the Tier 2 tournament -- Caribbean Club Shield -- in a playoff to determine the third club that will represent the Caribbean in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League.  The Tier 2 champion, however, must comply with the minimum CONCACAF Club Licensing requirements to secure participation.

Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship 2018

Central FC 0 v Portmore United FC 2 (Ricardo Morris 47’, Jermie Lynch 86’), Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic;

Atlantico FC 2 (Engelbert Briceño 7’, Jarol Herrera 16’) v Racing FC 1 (Charles Bendy 27’), Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic.

RELATED NEWS

Central lose opener to Portmore as HydroTech ponders take-over of ailing Pro League club.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


HydroTech Central FC kicked off their 2018 Caribbean Club Championship campaign this evening with a 0-2 loss to Jamaica’s Portmore United FC in Group B action at the Estadio Cibao in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

The “Couva Sharks” enjoyed the lion’s share of ball possession but lacked teeth upfront as veteran frontmen Jason Marcano and Cornell Glen failed to make the most of their rare sights of goal.

And they were made to pay at the back as winger Ricardo Morris snatched Portsmouth’s opening goal in the 67th minute before substitute Jeremie Lynch punished an error by 20-year-old Central defender Taryk Sampson to double his team’s advantage in the 86th minute.

The result means Central will already be fighting for their tournament survival when they face Haiti’s Racing Club FC on Wednesday evening in Santiago.

Truth be told, the Sharks might be fighting for much more than the right to advance to the Caribbean Championship semifinal round. Keeping a close eye on proceedings in the Dominican Republic is former Soca Warriors team manager David Muhammad, who is listed as Central’s general manager.

However, Muhammad was hired by the club’s sponsor and will play a role in talks between the two parties concerning whether HydroTech—a supplier of integrated solution services within the upstream oil and gas industry with assets of over US$15 million—is going to stick around any longer.

“At this current stage, the exclusive focus and priority is the CFU tournament,” Muhammad told Wired868. “We are currently under a temporary accommodation, the future of which may be largely determined by the results of the tournament at hand and various other factors to be considered.”

Central won a record three successive Pro League titles between 2015 and 2017 but are heavily in debt now and could barely field a full 18-man squad for matches last season.

With the government unlikely to continue paying the TT$50,000 subvention offered to local top flight clubs in recent years, the Sharks’ survival could hinge on controversial managing director Brent Sancho’s ability to woo corporate Trinidad and Tobago.

And Sancho, who has indicated his willingness to sell for more than a year, might not find a more capable buyer than HydroTech, which was founded and is still owned by Trevor Lynch.

“What says a whole lot is the fact that HydroTech has already provided over TT$250,000 with little or no fanfare or publicity,” said Muhammad, “while another well-wisher [Lollabee Cellular Limited] gave TT$20,000 and it was printed on an enormous cheque for public viewing by the media.

“Of course, we are eternally grateful to Lollabee for what they have done but this highlights the genuine sincerity of HydroTech.”

Owing in large measure to Sancho’s and Central’s reputation for not fulfilling their contractual obligations, HydroTech took the unusual step of paying the salaries of players and staff before they even boarded their flight to the Dominican Republic.

There were over 40 players, according to Muhammad, in Central’s training sessions over the past six weeks. And the calibre of players who did not make the final 20-man travelling squad—which includes veteran attacker Kerry Baptiste and Soca Warriors forward Akeem Roach—speaks to the potential of the project as well as the drawing power of a certain pay cheque.

But how long will it last?

HydroTech are currently doing their due diligence scrutiny of Central’s finances and, if they are willing to continue talks thereafter, will consider an equity stake or decide to simply buy the club outright.

But Lynch is spoilt for choice as his company was the title sponsor for Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) champions Guaya United last season. They might opt to stay with Guaya in the TTSL—Muhammad insisted that, no matter what happens, they will not totally abandon the Guayaguayare club—or pay a franchise fee to take the South-east club up into the Pro League.

Muhammad suggested that the TT$250,000 deal with Central was no more than a goodwill gesture.

“To be totally honest, it is more about giving at this point than gaining anything,” said Muhammad. “It was acknowledged that Central FC as local champions needed to urgently receive financing for the CFU tournament, which was five weeks away at the time of the first talks with Brent Sancho.

“Trevor Lynch’s position was that we must get this done now and we can talk about further arrangements later.”

He was guarded too as to whether the Pro League will see any of HydroTech’s money. Muhammad confessed, though, that it was the company’s taste of glory at TTSL level that had whetted Lynch’s appetite for sporting success at the top of the pyramid.

“Unfortunately, the Pro League at this moment may not appear to be a very attractive investment opportunity but the talent and potential is incredible,” said Muhammad. “It is more hope for the future than tangible options in the present that is pulling HydroTech’s interests.”

For now, Central appear to be auditioning for Lynch’s favour. And it has not got off to a great start.

But then it was always going to be a tall order to expect instant success from rookie head coach Stern John, who has had just six weeks to mould an assortment of players into a decent team.

Portmore—who, ironically, hail from Jamaica’s semi-professional league—took full advantage this evening. The Jamaicans, incidentally, are in the business end of their football season while the other participants are all in their pre-season.

In Trinidad’s Group A, Jamaica’s Arnett Gardens will accompany the Dominican Republic’s Club Atlético Pantoja into the semifinal stage while Pro League outfit W Connection finished bottom of the group despite playing at home.

Central will strive to do better than their Couva rivals in their own campaign, with Muhammad and HydroTech paying close attention.

“I would imagine that victory in this tournament and progression on to the next one, ” Muhammad commented, “would make them more attractive on any level.”

Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 09, 2018, 02:05:51 PM
WATCH LIVE: Racing FC vs Central FC. Kick-off at 4:00pm EST (5:00pm Trini time).

https://www.youtube.com/v/ercnYKXGPHI
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 09, 2018, 03:13:25 PM
GOAAALLLLL!!! Jason Marcano gives Central FC a 1-0 lead over Racing FC in the 11th minute.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 09, 2018, 03:22:09 PM
WATCH: Jason Marcano scores the opening goal for Central FC against Racing FC

https://www.youtube.com/v/xX7qokd-G0s
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 09, 2018, 03:39:21 PM
Allyuh eh think they could build a small turf field stadium like that in the QPS?
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 09, 2018, 03:41:45 PM
Is 2 nil now. Good going Central. Hang in there!
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 09, 2018, 03:51:45 PM
HALF-TIME: Racing FC 0-2 Central FC.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 09, 2018, 04:09:08 PM
3 after 52 mins  :)
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 09, 2018, 04:16:46 PM
GOAAALLLLL!!! Tyrone Charles gets on the scoresheet in the 49th minute. Racing FC 0-3 Central FC.

https://www.youtube.com/v/ASeAYBtqjUg
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on February 09, 2018, 04:50:07 PM
Racing  is a weak team. They didn't have the resources to deal with Central.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 09, 2018, 04:50:27 PM
FINAL: Racing FC 0-3 Central FC. Goals by Jason Marcano (11’, 40’) and Tyrone Charles (49’).
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 09, 2018, 04:51:07 PM
Congrats to Central. 3-0. And YES Sam, they did knock the ball around well. In contrast to Connection. Good luck on Sunday!
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on February 09, 2018, 04:53:04 PM
Congrats to Central. 3-0. And YES Sam, they did knock the ball around well. In contrast to Connection. Good luck on Sunday!

Around? YES. Forward? Not so much.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 09, 2018, 05:02:37 PM
Congrats to Central. 3-0. And YES Sam, they did knock the ball around well. In contrast to Connection. Good luck on Sunday!

Around? YES. Forward? Not so much.

That is something TT football has to work on collectively. It goes and comes during certain periods. Right now we football need to work on that very important aspect of our game. Like Hart stated awhile ago, we lack good, great attacking players who can take on their opponents. This type of player is nutured in good hands from young.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Flex on February 10, 2018, 05:15:01 AM
Central bounce back vs Racing FC.
T&T Newsday Reports.


Central FC bounced back from their opening defeat to Jamaica’s Portmore United in the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship, with a resounding 3-0 victory over Racing FC yesterday.

Jason Marcano led the way with a first half double against the Haitian club while Tyrone Charles rounded off the scoring in the second periods as Group B action continued in Dominican Republic.

Central FC enjoyed success down the right flank throughout the match and made their opponents pay with repeated raids.

Marcano opened the scoring in the 11th minute, combining on the edge of the box with his team-mates before firing in a low shot into the far post from the right side. He doubled the advantage in the 40th, tapping in from the six yard box after a low cross from the right flank as the half ended 2-0. Tyrone Charles made it 3-0 in the 49th, racing into the box to join another right-sided attack.

The ball was pulled back to the penalty spot and Charles took one touch before striking a left-footer which took a deflection and nestled in the back of the net.

Central FC face Atlantico FC of Dominican Republic in their final game on Sunday.

RELATED NEWS

Jason Marcano, Tyrone Charles lift Central within fourth consecutive Caribbean semis spot
ttproleague.com


Central FC moved within reach of the Concacaf 2018 Caribbean Club Championship semi-finals after dispatching Haiti’s Racing FC 3-0 in Group B at the Estadio Cibao in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Jason Marcano, 34, sporting bleached dreadlocks and beard, opened the scoring before Tyrone Charles forced an own goal and scored another to put the match out of the bottom-placed Racing’s reach early in the second half as the Couva Sharks ran away comfortable winners.

But Central, the 2015 and 2016 champions, need another victory on Sunday against hosts Atlántico FC in the final match of the group to secure a place at the 2018 semi-finals after finishing fourth in the competition last season.

Back then another Dominican Republic side Cibao FC lifted the 2017 Caribbean crown after edging San Juan Jabloteh 1-0 in the final while Portmore United beat Central to the third-place finish.

Atlántico, who were held to a 2-2 draw against Portmore in the second game of Friday’s double-header in Santiago, leads the group with four points but only ahead of the Jamaicans by goal-difference while Central are third with three points.

Portmore, who defeated Central 2-0 in their opening game last Wednesday, will complete their group play against Racing — a side on the wrong end of two 3-0 defeats — in the first game on Sunday and could pile the pressure on Atlántico and Central.

The top two teams from Group B will join Group A winner Club Atletico Pantoja (Dominican Republic) and runner-up Arnett Gardens (Jamaica) in the 2018 CCC finals, with the champions gaining a place in the 2019 Concacaf Champions League, while the runner-up and third place finishers will qualify for the 2018 Concacaf League.

The fourth-place side will face the winners of the Tier 2 tournament -- Caribbean Club Shield -- in a playoff to determine the third club that will represent the Caribbean in the 2018 Concacaf League. The Tier 2 champions, however, must comply with the minimum CONCACAF Club Licensing requirements to secure participation.

Central, only put together in weeks with thirteen new additions for the campaign and coached by legendary former Trinidad and Tobago forward Stern John, were an improved bunch against the Haitians after losing disappointingly to Portmore.

Marcano fired the Couva Sharks ahead after just 11 minutes from the right, sending a low strike into goalkeeper Floreal Jodelky’s far netting after a move involving Darren Mitchell and the assist from Densill Theobald.

Charles then forced an own goal through defender Paul Marckendel who inadvertently sent the winger's low dangerous cross -- intended for Marcano -- past Jodelky to cushion Central 2-0 five minutes from the break.

Earlier, Racing were fortunate not to concede with Central's Taryk Sampson and captain Carlyle Mitchell getting dangerously close with headers off separate corners.

Racing, meanwhile, had the ball in the back of the Central net on the half-hour mark through Jean Pierre Guerson but the midfielder’s effort was ruled offside.

Charles would however put the match beyond Racing’s reach four minutes into the second half when his deflected shot ended in the back of Jodelky’s net for the 3-0 score after controlling a right side feed from Central’s most exciting player of the game, Nathan Lewis.

Teams

Racing FC: 1.Floreal Jodelky (GK), 2.Lourent Estenio, 4.Philippe Junior (13.Louissaint Kervenson 71st minute), 5.Senatus Ernso Jr., 7.Charles Bendy, 10.Valcourt Ojulesse (Capt.) (6.Joseph Mitchelson 65th minute), 11.Guillaume Stevenson, 17.Daniel Jamesly, 18.Paul Marckendel, 19.Jean Pierre Guerson, 22.Pierre Francy (35.Metayer Marckenly 81st minute).

Coach: David Thelemaque

Central FC: 30.Montel Joseph (GK); 5.Carlyle Mitchell (Capt.), 9.Tyrone Charles (15.Kaydion Gabriel 55th minute), 11.Darren Mitchell, 12.Taryk Sampson, 13.Rhondel Gibson (29.Jesse Joseph 77th minute), 17.Anthony Wolfe, 18.Densill Theobald, 19.Jason Marcano, 22.Jameel Neptune (10.Keron Cummings 60th minute), 27.Nathan Lewis.

Coach: Stern John

Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 10, 2018, 08:38:42 AM
Jason Marcano has lifted the Caribbean Club Championship trophy on two occasions with Central FC.  On Friday, he scored in the Sharks’ 3-0 win over Racing FC, giving the Trinidad & Tobago power hope that a third title is possible. He spoke to CONCACAF.com after the match.

https://www.youtube.com/v/_QjWKchNKKo
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 11, 2018, 02:17:44 PM
Any stream for today’s game?
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: vb on February 11, 2018, 04:20:55 PM
Any stream for today’s game?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3qEfxBiPDU

Supposedly starting at 8 pm TT time, coulda swear it was originally 7 pm. If anybody could confirm time that would be good.

VB
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: vb on February 11, 2018, 06:15:42 PM
who is the blond playng on the left for Central?
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: elan on February 11, 2018, 06:27:43 PM
Central in Blue?
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: elan on February 11, 2018, 06:28:36 PM
Ok yeah. they are.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: elan on February 11, 2018, 07:12:34 PM
Central playing with they food. Hope they food eh eat them.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: elan on February 11, 2018, 07:16:27 PM
Goal

Central
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: elan on February 11, 2018, 07:27:50 PM
To much ball oriented defending.
Stupid Penalty to give away.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 11, 2018, 07:31:54 PM
who is the blond playng on the left for Central?

Jason Marcano
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: elan on February 11, 2018, 07:54:12 PM
Wasn't pretty but Central got it done.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: soccerman on February 11, 2018, 08:15:18 PM
Was it 1-0?
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: elan on February 11, 2018, 08:25:38 PM
Yep
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 11, 2018, 09:11:42 PM
FINAL: Atlántico FC 0-1 Central FC. An own goal by Yoan Melo gives Central the victory and a place in the final round of the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 11, 2018, 09:23:56 PM
Congrats to Central.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: vb on February 11, 2018, 11:04:52 PM
Congrats to Central.

Congrats indeed. They have had to surpass a lot of impediments to get to this point.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 12, 2018, 07:19:30 AM
Congrats to Central.

Congrats indeed. They have had to surpass a lot of impediments to get to this point.


I may not agree with Brent on something’s, but his team overcome impediments to to qualify. He and his group did well to get his team to move to the next stage. Also big up the private firm that came to their “rescue” with the much needed financial support.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 12, 2018, 10:58:08 AM
https://www.youtube.com/v/eGTR6wN06r8

https://www.youtube.com/v/4qfyf1tmjfc
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 12, 2018, 01:55:44 PM
Central cools hot-tempered Atlántico to reach 2018 Caribbean Club Championship finals
ttproleague.com


Trinidad and Tobago Pro League outfit Central FC have booked a fourth consecutive Caribbean Club Championship finals spot after topping Group B of the 2018 edition with a hard-fought 1-0 win over hot-tempered hosts Atlántico FC on Sundaynight at the Estadio Cibao in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Atlántico fell behind on the hour mark through a Yoan Melo own-goal and were later denied from the penalty spot before having a goal disallowed for a handball, then saw defender Yesion Murillo ejected by a red card deep in stoppage time as they exited the tournament.

Central, champions of 2015 and 2016 and fourth-placed finishers in 2017, won Group B with six points, two ahead Jamaica’s Portmore United and Atlántico, who finished second and third respectively and only separated by goal-difference, while Haiti’s Racing FC finished bottom of the group.

Central advances to face Group A runners-up Arnett Gardens (Jamaica) in the semi-finals—tentatively set for May—while Portmore, who were edged 1-0 by Racing in their final group game on Sunday, must take on Group A winners Club Atletico Pantoja of Dominican Republic.

Last season, Dominica Republic’s Cibao FC edged Trinidadian club San Juan Jabloteh 1-0 in Trinidad to lift the Caribbean crown on debut and earned the region’s spot in the 2018 Concacaf Champions League. Back then Jabloteh, Portmore and Central, by virtue of finishing second, third and fourth respectively, qualified for the inaugural 2017 Concacaf League for Central American and Caribbean clubs.

This season, the Caribbean champions will gain a place in the 2019 Concacaf Champions League, while the runner-up and third place finishers will qualify for the 2018 Concacaf League.

The fourth-place side, however, will face the winners of the Tier 2 tournament -- Caribbean Club Shield -- in a playoff to determine the third club that will represent the Caribbean in the 2018 Concacaf League. The Tier 2 champions, however, must comply with the minimum CONCACAF Club Licensing requirements to secure participation.

Central, also champions on debut became the second club after Puerto Rico Islanders to successfully defend the crown in the new era, and the Couva Sharks seem intent on putting their hands on the Caribbean title once more this season.

“Now, it’s a new team, so we’ve got to have that drive and that fight again,” veteran attacker Jason Marcano told concacaf.com. Marcano was a vital part of the Central FC teams that won the Caribbean crown in 2015 and 2016.

Headed by coach Stern John and his new support staff that includes assistant coach Walt Noriega, Central were equipped with a brilliant bunch of experience and youth and though starting the campaign on the wrong end of a 2-0 score against Portmore United (Wednesday), the Sharks rebounded brilliantly with a 3-0 hammering of Haiti’s Racing FC (Friday) before edging Atlántico in the group finale.

Earlier on Sunday, Portmore’s unbeaten trot was snapped by Racing, the Haitians snatching the narrow 1-0 win through attacker Daniel Jameley who controlled a long pass out of the back in the 27th minute then drifted in from the left before curling a delightful shot past the Jamaicans’ goalkeeper for a lead that they never let up.

Central, needing nothing less than a victory in the second game against Atlántico, broke the hosts on the hour mark when left-back Melo inadvertently turned an angled Darren Mitchell effort into the back of his own net after the Dominicans failed to avert danger when Densill Theobald floated a cross into the middle of the box.

Mitchell, however, would give away a penalty on the other end in the 70th minute after bundling Joel Perucci to ground in the box. But Central’s 21-year-old former England-based shot-stopper Montel Joseph brilliantly matched Perucci’s left-footed blast from the spot with a diving save to his right.

Herlyn Cuica then had the ball in the back of the Sharks’ net from the resulting corner but Jamaican referee Oshane Nation was well positioned to spot the ball off the midfielder’s arm and disallowed the goal.

Joseph had also made a shutout moments before the break to keep out a powerful left-footed attempt from above the box by Cristofer Reynoso, who, on the stroke of the half, flashed another try across the face of goal.

However it was Central who enjoyed the major share of dangerous attacks and forward Jason Marcano could have had his name on the scoresheet twice within the first dozen of minutes, including forcing Atlántico goalkeeper Cristian Blanco into a miraculous save that saw the ball spin over the top.

Blanco had to be sharp on 57 minutes when Rhondell Gibson tried to beat the Atlántico goalie from 25 yards out, but the Central midfielder’s effort took a slight deflection to fly wide of the post.

And after conceding three minutes later, Atlántico tempers began to flare and it didn’t come a surprise when referee Nation had to issue defender Murillo a direct red card for pulling Darren Mitchell to ground above the box as his team’s last line of defence before Blanco as Central attempted to out the hosts’ lights in the fourth of five minutes stoppage-time.

Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship 2018
Group B (Dominican Republic)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Central FC 0 v Portmore United FC 2 (Ricardo Morris 47’, Jermie Lynch 86’), at Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic;

Atlántico FC 2 (Engelbert Briceño 7’, Jarol Herrera 16’) v Racing FC 1 (Charles Bendy 27’), at Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Friday, February 9, 2018   
Racing FC 0 v Central FC 3 (Jason Marcano 11’, Paul Marckendel Own Goal 40’, Tyrone Charles 49’), at Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic;

Atlántico FC 2 (Herlyn Cuica 77', 87') v Portmore United FC 2 (Javon East 41', Ewan Grandison 72' pen.), at Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Sunday, February 11, 2018
Portmore United FC 0 v Racing FC 1 (Daniel Jameley 27’), at Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic;

Atlántico FC 0 v Central FC 1 (Yoan Melo Own Goal 60’), at Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Group A (Trinidad and Tobago)
Wednesday 31 January 2018
Club Atletico Pantoja 0 vs Arnett Gardens 0, at Ato Boldon Stadium;

W Connection 0 vs Real Hope Football Academy 1 (Jeudy Johnson 2’), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Friday, February 2, 2018       
Real Hope FA 0 vs Atletico Pantoja 3 (Luis Espinal 35’, Armando Maita 40’, 59’), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

W Connection 2 (Marcus Joseph 2’, 13) vs Arnett Gardens 1 (Fabien Reid 61’ pen.), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Sunday, February 4, 2018
Arnett Gardens FC 4 (Fabien Reid 65’, 86’ pen., 90’+2, Leon Strickland 90’) v Real Hope FA 0, at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad;

W Connection FC 0 v Club Atletico Pantoja 3 (Luis Espinal 27’, Armando Maita 30’, Juan Carlos López 65’ pen.), at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad.

Teams at the Estadio Cibao on Sunday
Atlántico FC: 1.Cristian Blanco (GK), 2.Yoan Melo (21.Eduin Munoz 66th minute), 3.Pablo Ceverino (20.Ronaldo Cuellar 83rd minute), 5.Daniel Luis Saez, 7.Joel Perucci, 8.Lis Welkin (10.Adrian Salcedo 69th minute), 9.Engelbert Briceno, 11.Jarol Herrera, 17.Yesion Murillo, 19.Cristofer Reynoso, 30.Herlyn Cuica.

Coach - Nahuel Bernabeu

Central FC: 30.Montel Joseph (GK), 5.Carlyle Mitchel (Capt.), 19.Jason Macarno (3.Tyrik John 90th minute), 9.Tyrone Charles (15.Kaydion Gabriel 79th minute), 11.Darren Mitchell, 12.Taryk Samson, 13.Rondell Gibson, 17.Anthony Wolfe, 22.Jameel Neptune, 27.Nathan Lewis, 18.Densill Theobald.

Coach: Stern John
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on February 12, 2018, 02:58:57 PM
Quote
Central FC: 30.Montel Joseph (GK), 5.Carlyle Mitchel (Capt.), 19.Jason Macarno (3.Tyrik John 90th minute), 9.Tyrone Charles (15.Kaydion Gabriel 79th minute), 11.Darren Mitchell, 12.Taryk Samson, 13.Rondell Gibson, 17.Anthony Wolfe, 22.Jameel Neptune, 27.Nathan Lewis, 18.Densill Theobald.

Coach: Stern John

Just before the own goal is scored, there's a player wearing a wristband (or a bandage) positioned inside the penalty area. Who is that?
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on February 12, 2018, 03:26:22 PM
This football was kind of wild. Portmore beat Central 2 zip.  Central beat Racing 3 zip. Racing beat Portmore 1 zip.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on February 12, 2018, 03:35:32 PM
Quote
Central FC: 30.Montel Joseph (GK), 5.Carlyle Mitchel (Capt.), 19.Jason Macarno (3.Tyrik John 90th minute), 9.Tyrone Charles (15.Kaydion Gabriel 79th minute), 11.Darren Mitchell, 12.Taryk Samson, 13.Rondell Gibson, 17.Anthony Wolfe, 22.Jameel Neptune, 27.Nathan Lewis, 18.Densill Theobald.

Coach: Stern John

Just before the own goal is scored, there's a player wearing a wristband (or a bandage) positioned inside the penalty area. Who is that?

Ah think dat is Tyrone Charles.
Title: Stern John credits Central players for delivering when it mattered
Post by: Tallman on February 13, 2018, 08:44:45 PM
Stern John credits Central players for delivering when it mattered
TTFA Media


Former National striker and current Senior Men’s team assistant coach Stern John is not getting carried away but believes that the members of Central FC deserve credit for their efforts in pulling off two back to back wins in Santo Domingo to advance to the final phase of the Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship.

After suffering a 2-0 loss to Portmore United in their opening encounter last week, HydroTech Central FC were left with a daunting tasking of securing victories in their remaining two matches to stand a chance of staying alive in the competition. And the clubs recent history was not on their side as the run of results in the 2017 Pro League season did not favour the Central Sharks.

But John and the rest of the club’s management and technical staff stuck together and were able to guide the side through some form of transformation over the past few weeks leading to a 3-0 win over Racing of Haiti and a 1-0 win on Sunday over Dominican Republic side Atlantico FC.

“This is a massive win for the club. When we first started preparation for this tournament which was about a month ago, my main concern was putting a team together to compete. We were in our off season and my main concern was getting the boys up to a decent fitness level so that we could at least come and compete. The players worked their socks off to get to this point and they deserved a lot of credit for the results,”John told TTFA Media.

“It’s been a while that we’ve seen a Trinidad and Tobago team play away from home with that kind of desire to fight and come away with results when we needed it in this type of situation. The home team was pretty decent and made it difficult for us up until the final whistle,” the former Birmingham City and Sunderland striker noted.

“We lost the first match but then we rallied together as a team and we came back and won the second game. Then we knew we had it in us to get the result in the final game. We had a lot of guys who were sick with some of the guys suffering from food poisoning and stomach virus. So they showed a lot of character to put that aside and come out and grind out the results in the last two games,” John added.

John took over head coach duties in 2017 after taking up the post as assistant coach to Dennis Lawrence on the national team earlier in the year.

“For me as head coach at this level for the first time, I was buzzing with the performance and to see the players work together and play for each other. Credit also has to go to some of the senior players such as Carlyle Mitchell who was maybe the MVP of the tournament and Densill Theobald as well as the youngster Rhondell Gibson who stepped in and did a job for us. The whole atmosphere around the club was really good and that’s a good sign for us.

“The key factor for us winning the game against Atlantico was showing character because we had a number of players really sick and even vomiting a couple hours before the game. I knew we had the quality to compete at this level but it was a good feeling to see the players digging deep.

“We had young goalkeeper Montell Joseph in goal for us. He came in as a boy and now he is leaving as a man. He made a fantastic save on the penalty to keep us in the tournament,” John continued. Joseph is an ex-T&T Under 23 and Under 20 custodian.

Central FC now joins and Portmore United and Group A winner Club Atletico Pantoja (Dominican Republic) and runner-up Arnett Gardens (Jamaica) in the Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship finals, with the champion gaining a place in the 2019 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, while the runner-up and third place finishers will qualify for the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League. The date and venue of that tournament will be announced in due course.

The fourth-place side will face the winner of the Tier 2 tournament — Caribbean Club Shield — in a playoff to determine the third club that will represent the Caribbean in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Flex on April 24, 2018, 03:52:46 AM
Central FC may miss CCC Jamaica match.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


Central FC faces an embarrassing exit from the Caribbean Club Championship if it does not raise monies for club travel by this week.

The Brent Sancho-owned team is scheduled to face round two of the championship in Jamaica in May, having progressed from Group B in February. The Sharks which have won the competition twice in the last three years, faces financial challenges and may not be able to take the field in Jamaica.

Sancho told Guardian Media Sports that he has requested assistance from the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs for monies to represent the country regionally, but to no avail.

“I have formally, on three occasions, requested assistance from the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and SporTT to help alleviate the cost of travel to Jamaica for the tournament. My requests have fallen on deaf ears. Radio silence from both Darryl Smith and now Shamfa Cudjoe, who I sought an audience with last week and I am still yet to hear back from her directly. This is the biggest professional club football event in the Caribbean, yet no one in the Ministry recognises it as important. Surely the $150,000 used to cover up the sexual harassment scandal could have been better spent toward supporting this level of national representation.”

Sancho, an former national defender asked, "Is the lack of support politically motivated? At this point, I am led to believe that being Minister of Sport for the previous administration may have been coloured Smith's decisions regarding professional football. Certainly, since he has taken up office, professional football has suffered. Despite his public promises to support the Pro League, the subvention to clubs was cut and then discontinued completely. If I am the problem, if this is political, then I'll be happy to walk away from professional football rather than see the young players suffer further.”

According to Sancho, “Our situation is very simple. Our players are training without any guarantee of a salary. If we can't raise the funds for travel by next week, I will have to seriously consider withdrawing from the Championship, which be an embarrassing result for local football amongst our regional counterparts.”

Last year Central FC went on a goodwill tour of Tobago in partnership with SporTT. “We did some coaching schools promoting SporTT and in return, SporTT had agreed to pay the airfare to Tobago. Although the trip was a great PR success for it, they reneged on their promise of support and we are now in a legal battle with the travel agent over unpaid airfares. And, of course, we are still owed prize money by the Pro League which have not received promised funding from the Minister of Sport since 2016. I personally have had enough and would rather put my energies into youth and community sport, which is why I recently started my own Foundation.”

Meanwhile, Sancho is still hoping that corporate T&T will step up to help. “We have received promises from some companies to help, but we are still short of our budget for this competition. Time is running out, and we will have to make a 'go, no go' decision by next week.”

Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Flex on May 07, 2018, 03:45:28 AM
Sancho spends $.3M for Sharks Jamaica trip.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


T&T’s two-time Caribbean Club Champions Central FC will set off for Jamaica to compete at the 2018 Flow CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship Finals in Kingston this week.

After being blanked financial support by Government through the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, and corporate T&T, the club’s owner and managing director Brent Sancho told Guardian Media Sports yesterday he has had to fork out between $200,000 - $300,000 to ensure the team’s bills, inclusive of airfare, salaries for players and technical staff, and other costs for preparation, are covered.

“It’s unfortunate that no one saw it fit to come out and support a group of people who will be representing the country. When I saw this I told myself I couldn’t embarrass my country like this, as we will be the only team that will not be there.

“Even the Jamaican teams are hyped about it, so to prevent the country being disgraced like that, I decided to dig into my own pocket,” Sancho explained.

The former national defender will capitalise on an offer by Caribbean Airlines for a discount of seven per cent for 24 persons to the destination. He said he’s hopeful that government’s monetary support for pro league teams will help him when they return.

The Central ‘Sharks’ which won the CFU Club Championship back in 2015 and 2016 as well as consecutive  T&T Pro League titles in 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17, the first club to do so, will wing out in Wednesday ahead of its opening game on Friday against Jamaica’s Arnett Gardens in one of two semi-final matches at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

Portmore United will face Atletico Pantoja of the Dominican Republic in the other semi-final encounter.

The winners of both semi-finals will meet in the final on Sunday, May 13, to determine the Caribbean champions which will automatically advance to the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League.

The runners-up will advance to the CONCACAF League while the third-place finishers will also have a final opportunity to qualify for the CONCACAF League through a play-off with CONCACAF Caribbean Shield winners Club Franciscain of Martinique.

Team coach Stern John said his team’s preparations have been intensive.

“The preparations have been okay. We have faced some financial constraints but we’ve gotten on with the job.

“We have some experienced players coming back into the fray and they are hungry for success.

“They want to go to Jamaica and win this Caribbean title and advance to the CONCACAF Champions League,” John said.

Two integral members from the team’s success in the previous round, T&T internationals Carlyle Mitchell and Nathan Lewis have moved onto USL club Indy Eleven.

But they have snapped up defender Daneil Cyrus and goalkeeper Marvin Phillip who are current T&T senior team members, while the veteran duo of Densill Theobald and Anthony Wolfe, two members of the T&T’s 2006 World Cup in Germany, are also in the squad for the matches.

Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: asylumseeker on May 07, 2018, 07:47:17 AM
Best of luck to Central.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on May 07, 2018, 10:08:49 AM
The former national defender will capitalise on an offer by Caribbean Airlines for a discount of seven per cent for 24 persons to the destination. He said he’s hopeful that government’s monetary support for pro league teams will help him when they return.

There you go! Government to the rescue again. Good luck. Best wishes!
Title: Central FC focused on Caribbean glory
Post by: Tallman on May 08, 2018, 01:53:51 PM
Central FC focused on Caribbean glory
concacafleague.com


In recent years when it comes to the Caribbean Club Championship, one team that seems to get the job done is Central FC of Trinidad and Tobago.

The club took home top honors in the 2015 and 2016 editions of the CCC to qualify for the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League and have a chance to do it again, beginning with their semifinal clash against Arnett Gardens of Jamaica.

"Before we even think of the Champions League, the Sharks are focused on winning the CCC for the third time in four years," said Central FC Operations Director Kevin Harrison in an interview with CONCACAF.com.

"We were very bitter about how we lost to Cibao last year and we're not coming to compete, we're coming to win," added Harrison.

For Harrison, Friday's clash with Arnett Gardens promises to be a tight, tense affair in which the opening goal will be key.

"I expect the game to be physical and the team that can maintain intensity for the whole 90 minutes should be the victors. I think if one of the teams scores, particularly in the last 20 minutes, they will probably use their momentum to score a second," said Harrison.

Utilizing a dangerous counterattack, Central FC believe they have the weapons to take down the Jamaicans.

"Central tend to play a high intensity style of football with the focus on closing down opponents, forcing errors and winning the second ball. It may not be pretty, but with 90-minute box-to-boxers like [MF] Darren Mitchell and the wealth of experience of [DF] Densill Theopald feeding and supporting our strikers, it's an incredibly hard system to break down because opposing defenders are aware that we can switch from defence to attack instantly," said Harrison.

No matter the results over the weekend, Harrison feels that the experience of playing such important CONCACAF matches will help the club's younger players adapt quicker to the rigors of international club football.

"The crowds often create a hostile environment for visitors, particularly in Haiti and Jamaica, so players need to learn to focus more on the game. It's also great for the youngsters to travel abroad as this is often their first overseas trip, particularly to play competitive football. And of course, there's the buzz of playing on a bigger stage, to an international TV audience, with the chance to shine and attract interest from overseas clubs," concluded Harrison.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on May 10, 2018, 02:16:25 PM
Phillip, Cyrus, Muckette, Armstrong to feature for Central in Jamaica as Couva Sharks resume chase of a third Caribbean crown
ttproleague.com


Trinidad and Tobago international goalkeeper Marvin Phillip and defender Daneil Cyrus are among eight recent acquisitions expected to suit up for Central FC in Jamaica as the Couva Sharks attempt a third Caribbean Club Championship crown.

Central, led by head coach Stern John, flew off to Jamaica today and must tackle home team Arnett Gardens in one of two semi-final clashes at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Kingston on Friday.

“We’re coming to win,” Central FC operations director Kevin Harrison told concacaf.com. “Before we even think of the Champions League, the Sharks are focused on winning the CCC for the third time in four years."

Another Jamaica team Portmore United will face Atletico Pantoja of the Dominican Republic in the other semi-final.

Both semi-final winners will meet on Sunday 13 May at the same venue to decide the new Caribbean champions and the regions automatic spot at next season’s CONCACAF Champions League.

The runners-up will advance to the CONCACAF League for Central American and Caribbean teams while the third-place finishers will have a final opportunity to qualify for the CONCACAF League through a play-off with CONCACAF Caribbean Shield winners Club Franciscain of Martinique.

Central, Caribbean champions of 2015 and 2016 and consecutive Pro League champions of 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, have put together a side that not only boasts the experience of Phillip and Cyrus and T&T 2006 World Cup teammates Densill Theobald and Anthony Wolfe who both joined the Sharks from the group stage earlier this year.

Like Phillip (Point Fortin Civic) and Cyrus (Juticalpa), new to the Sharks are midfielders Duane Muckette (North East Stars), Akim Armstrong and Jared London (both Club Sando), forward Jamal Creighton (UTT) and back-up keeper Keinol Paul (ex-Police FC).

They will combine with Jason Marcano, Johan Peltier, Darren Mitchell, Taryk Sampson, Rondell Gibson, Kaydion Gabriel, Wolfe, Theobald, Tyrone Charles, Jameel Neptune and returning midfielder Keron Cummings for the Caribbean finals.

“We have some experienced players coming back into the fray and they are hungry for success,” said John. “They want to go to Jamaica and win this Caribbean title and advance to the CONCACAF Champions League. We also have some good experienced players coming into the set up such has defender Daneil Cyrus and goalkeeper Marvin Phillip who are both current members of the Trinidad and Tobago national team.”

John said his players, some of who were part of the team’s Caribbean success in 2015 and 2016, are “very eager to taste more success”.

“They are relishing the opportunity because they know how important it is to get into the Champions League and compete with the clubs from the MLS and other big leagues in CONCACAF,” continued the Central coach. “This is a really important assignment for us because for obvious reasons Central wants to maintain a presence at the top level of CONCACAF club football and it would certainly be a welcomed boost for us before our regular season begins in Trinidad.”
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on May 11, 2018, 05:46:40 PM
any streaming for this game?
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on May 11, 2018, 05:48:59 PM
WATCH LIVE: Arnett Gardens FC (Jamaica) vs Central FC (Trinidad and Tobago). Caribbean Club Championship Semifinals. Kick-off at 10pm EST.

https://www.youtube.com/v/33Y9Em3E3iw
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Big Magician on May 11, 2018, 06:50:02 PM
lets go Central FC
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on May 11, 2018, 07:24:02 PM
Central FC Roster
1. Marvin Phillip (GK)
5. Daneil Cyrus
7. Johan Peltier
8. Akim Armstrong
9. Tyrone Charles
10. Keron Cummings
11. Darren Mitchell
12. Taryk Sampson
13. Rhondel Gibson
15. Kaydion Gabriel
17. Anthony Wolfe
18. Densill Theobald
19. Jason Marcano
22. Jameel Neptune
24. Jamal Creighton
26. Jared London
27. Duane Muckette
30. Keinol Paul (GK)

LIVE - https://www.concacaf.com/en/video/ccc2018-arnett-gardens-fc-vs-central-fc

Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on May 11, 2018, 08:06:56 PM
Is the lights in the stadium gone just so?
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on May 11, 2018, 08:13:56 PM
Is the lights in the stadium gone just so?

Yep
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on May 11, 2018, 10:13:32 PM
Hard luck dey,  Central. Could have been better, but the the team that put away their chances deserve to win.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: soccerman on May 11, 2018, 10:50:35 PM
Hard luck dey,  Central. Could have been better, but the the team that put away their chances deserve to win.
What was the score?
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Tallman on May 12, 2018, 07:44:32 AM
Hard luck dey,  Central. Could have been better, but the the team that put away their chances deserve to win.
What was the score?

Arnett Garden stops Central FC 2-0.
CONCACAF.COM


Former Jamaican champion Arnett Gardens put in s solid shift to turn back former back-to-back Caribbean champions Central FC of Trinidad and Tobago 2-0.

Tamar Edwards in the 35th minute and national player Marvin Morgan put the icing on the cake in the 55th minute to set his club on course for its first regional title.

"The team applied themselves as to where the game plan was concerned. In addition to that we created so many chances that we should have put away this game as early as the first half," said Arnett coach, Jerome Waite.

Central FC coach Stern John was left forlorn by the loss.

"I have no problem in losing, but it's the manner in which you lose. We never fought for the game and Arnett Gardens came out and fought and were hungrier than us," lamented the former Soca Warrior forward.

Meanwhile, Dominican Republic's Club Atlético Pantoja and Jamaica's Arnett Gardens will do battle on Sunday for the FLOW Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship tile and a place in the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.

This after Club Atletico Pantoja edged Jamaica's Portmore United in 4-3 thriller at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Kingston on Friday night.

The title match between the victors will kick off at 8:00 p.m. local time, with the losers to dispute third-place at 5:00 p.m.

Second- and third-place finishers in FLOW Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship will earn spots in the confederation second-tier club tournament, the Concacaf League.

The fourth-place team, meantime, will engage the Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield champion Club Franciscain of Martinique for the final Caribbean spot in the Concacaf League.

Results

Arnett Gardens FC 2 v Central FC 0.

(Team)

Central FC: 1.Marvin Phillip; 17.Anthony Wolfe (7.Johan Peltier 69th), 5.Daneil Cyrus, 12.Taryk Sampson, 22.Jameel Neptune; 26.Jared London, 18.Densill Theobald (capt) (27.Duane Muckette 69th); 9.Tyrone Charles, 11.Darren Mitchell, 10.Keron Cummings (19.Jason Marcano 60th); 8.Akim Armstrong.

Unused substitutes: 30.Keino Paul (GK), 13.Rhondel Gibson, 15.Kaydion Gabriel, 24.Jamal Creighton.

Coach: Stern John.

Referee: Bryan López.

Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Deeks on May 14, 2018, 05:12:56 PM
What is the deal with this tournament?
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Flex on May 15, 2018, 05:07:14 AM
Central FC go down 2-1 to Portmore Utd but still not out.
CONCACAF.COM.


Jamaica's Portmore United edged Trinidad and Tobago's Central FC 2-1 in the Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship third-place play.

Rosario Harriott (59th minutes) and Jermie Lynch (63rd) hit the mark for Portmore, while Duane Muckette (27th) found Central FC's consolation.

Based on the number of chances created in the title match, Arnett Gardens should have settled the argument in free-flow action, but attacking players were found wanting on the night.

Arnett's Al Nesbeth had one of those chances but watched as his long-range scorcher was expertly parried by Baez in the Pantoja goal.

Other good chances for the home team came on both sides of the break as substitute Jarmar Jackson, Fabian Reid and the speedy Lennox Reid had glaring misses.

Portmore, like Arnett Gardens, will compete in the Concacaf League. Central FC, for its part, will engage Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield champion Club Franciscain of Martinique for the final Caribbean spot in the Concacaf League tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Club Atlético Pantoja maintained the regional dominance of Dominican Republic clubs when it was crowned champion of the FLOW Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship.

Pantoja became the second-straight Dominican Republic team to lift the title by denying hosts Arnett Gardens 6-5 in a penalty shootout.

Results

Portmore United FC 2 v Central FC 1.

(Team)

Central FC: 1.Marvin Phillip; 17.Anthony Wolfe, 5.Daneil Cyrus, 12.Taryk Sampson, 22.Jameel Neptune, 26.Jared London, 18.Densill Theobald (capt) 27.Duane Muckette, 11.Darren Mitchell, 19.Jason Marcano, 8.Akim Armstrong.

Substitutes From: 30.Keino Paul (GK), 10.Keron Cummings, 9.Tyrone Charles, 7.Johan Peltier, 13.Rhondel Gibson, 15.Kaydion Gabriel, 24.Jamal Creighton.

Coach: Stern John.

Referee: Kimbell Ward St Kitts).

View Full Game Here (https://www.concacaf.com/en/video/ccc2018-portmore-united-fc-vs-central-fc).

Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Flex on May 15, 2018, 05:07:43 AM
What is the deal with this tournament?

Central FC, for its part, will engage Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield champion Club Franciscain of Martinique for the final Caribbean spot in the Concacaf League tomorrow.
Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Flex on May 17, 2018, 01:52:04 AM
Central FC lost 2-1 to Club Franciscain, a team considered as an amateur team.

Title: Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
Post by: Flex on May 18, 2018, 01:41:40 AM
Central FC out Concacaf League.
T&T Guardian Reports.


T&T Pro League club, Central FC failed in its third and final attempt to qualify for 2018 Concacaf League after falling to Martiniquan Club Franciscain 2-1 in the team’s play-off encounter in Kingston, Jamaica, on Wednesday night.

Central FC, Caribbean Football Union Club champions of 2015 and 2016, and fourth-placed finishers of 2017 which earned them a place at last season’s inaugural Concacaf League for Central American and Caribbean teams, took the lead for the second straight match in the 15th minute courtesy former T&T World Cup striker, Anthony Wolfe who beat goalkeeper Didier Sully from a tight angle on the left after Tyrone Charles towered in the French islanders’ box to head on a Duane Muckette free-kick to the veteran-attacker-turned-defender.

However, in the 26th minute, Djenhael Mainge latched onto captain Stephane Abaul’s diagonal feed into the box before hitting low past the T&T custodian Marvin Phillip to get two-time reigning Martinique champions level.

And on the stroke of half-time, a lapse in concentration by Wolfe allowed Johnny Marajo a free move in the Central box which the Franciscain midfielder made full use of by curling his effort past Phillip for a 2-1 lead after he had rocked the crossbar earlier in the contest.

It was the third loss from as many matches at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, in Jamaica for the former two-time Caribbean Football Union Club champions, Central FC which first went under to Jamaica’s Arnett Gardens 2-0 in their Concacaf League qualifying semifinals on Friday last and then 2-1 in their third-place play-off to another Jamaica outfit, Portmore United on Sunday with Duane Muckette scoring an early goal for the T&T club.

To their credit, the Stern John-coached Central FC was able to put up some spirited performances over the three matches even though the local Pro League season doesn’t kick off until June 1 while Arnett Gardens and Portmore United, both qualified to the second-tier of the Concacaf League as second and third placed finishers were both at the end of their 2017/2018 Jamaican domestic Premier League competitions.

However, Central FC was still expected to qualify to the Concacaf League with a victory against the Martiniquans, who qualified to the play-off as the winner of a second-tier qualifying competition, the Caribbean Cup Shield

Dominican Republic’s Atletico Pantoja defeated Arnett Gardens 6-5 on penalty-kicks in the Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship final after a goalless deadlock to claim the title and will compete in the top flight of the Concacaf League against the top teams from USA, Mexico, Costa Rica and the other major Central American nations.

For their win, Atletico Club Pantoja earned themselves U$50,000 while Arnett Gardens got $30,000 and Portmore and Central FC, both US$15,000.

In the second-tier final which was played on April 21, the Caribbean Cup Shield, Club Franciscain battled past Suriname’s Inter Moengotapoe 2-1.

This after the Martinquans defeated Real Rincon 2-0 and Moengotapoe hammered Nacional 4-0 in their respective semifinals on April 19. Real Rincon grabbed third with a 3-1 win over Nacional.

Central FC, owned by former T&T World Cup defender and Minister of Sports, Brent Sancho was awarded the Fair Play trophy at the end of the first stage of the competition on Sunday, while the Golden Glove Award went controversially to Pantoja’s goalkeeper Odalis Baez who conceded three goals in the semifinal compared to Damian Hyatt of Arnett Gardens who kept a clean sheet in both games.

The Golden Boot went to Luis Espinal of Pantoja, who scored twice against Portmore United in the semifinal.

Results

Club Franciscain 2 v Central FC 1.

(Team)


Central FC: 1.Marvin Phillip; 17.Anthony Wolfe, 5.Daneil Cyrus, 9.Tyrone Charles, 12.Taryk Sampson, 13.Rhondel Gibson, 15.Kaydion Gabriel, 22.Jameel Neptune, 18.Densill Theobald (capt) 27.Duane Muckette, 19.Jason Marcano.

Substitutes From: 30.Keino Paul (GK),  26.Jared London, 10.Keron Cummings, 7.Johan Peltier, 24.Jamal Creighton, 11.Darren Mitchell, 8.Akim Armstrong.

Coach: Stern John.

View Full Game Here (https://www.concacaf.com/en/video/ccc2018-live-central-fc-vs-club-franciscain).