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Re: Jabloteh clutches First Citizens third place.
« Reply #30 on: October 06, 2007, 09:42:11 AM »
Anybody has an idea of the numbers in attendance at the final. It apparently was impressive. Very encouraging. Ah sure Big Mag was dey watching all dem Moko jumbie like in de pictures below..

http://www.ttproleague.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1510&Itemid=2

Finally ah geh an anwer. 9800 according to Andre Samuel in the other thread. Nice
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Re: Jabloteh clutches First Citizens third place.
« Reply #31 on: October 06, 2007, 12:05:08 PM »
San Juan Jabloteh: — Cleon John, Wendell Joseph (capt), Ian Gray, Ronald Primus (Jamal Farrell 62nd), Kaashif Thomas (Keeron Sutton 78th), Julien Landeau, Kevin Villaroel, Elton John, Peter Byers, Lester Peltier (Gregory Geason 55th), Khaleem Hyland.

I see Jabloteh used alot of new players and still win.....

It seems Jabloteh import some French men here. Kevin Villaroel and Julien Landeau ??

Kaashif Thomas played for Malick last year, he skillful to bad...

Khaleem Hyland, Elton John and Carlon Murray could make the Olympic team with ease !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kevin Villaroel play with Fatima , then St Anthony's last season

Julien Landeau play with Carapachaima about 2 yrs ago...

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Five-star Jabloteh ravage Harlem, WASA, Harvard bite dust.
« Reply #32 on: October 21, 2007, 07:18:07 AM »
Five-star Jabloteh ravage Harlem.
By: Lasana Liburd (Express).
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Trinidad and Tobago Pro League leaders CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh handed out a severe lesson to Super League opponents Harlem Strikers on Friday night as Jabloteh romped to a 5-1 win at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, in the first round of the 2007 Toyota Classic.
"After the first 20 minutes in the game, my players were not really accustomed to playing to that level and that pace," said Harlem coach Ancil Elcock, a former Jabloteh and MLS standout and Trinidad and Tobago international.
The evening's opening fixture, which pitted Pro League outfits North East Stars and Tobago United against each other, was a closer event.
Twice, Tobago led though goals from Pierre Joseph and the elegant Collie Hercules only to be pegged back by Sangre Grande's Christian Okonwko and Kendall Velox.
But the boys from the Sister Isle held their nerve to win 3-1 via the penalty shootout.
Jabloteh and Tobago should play Defence Force and United Petrotrin, respectively, in the Toyota Classic quarterfinal round on Tuesday night, with the winners progressing to the semifinal stage on Friday in the gruelling knock-out format.
"We have not thrown in the sponge for this year as yet," said Peter Granville, the Tobago United technical director.
Granville might have fumbled in the delivery of his cliché "par for the course after a scrappy encounter" but Tobago were arguably deserved winners if only for their better cutting edge up front.
Okonwko and Hercules both scored on Friday but there the similarity ended. Hercules, the gifted Guyanese, caressed the ball and beguiled opponents. Okonwko, a speedy Nigerian, was a willing outlet but annoyed with his trick of collapsing like a house of cards whenever a defender so much as glanced in his direction. He was thankfully booked for simulation midway though the first half.
The Larry Gomes Stadium was like an advert for foreign talent on Friday. All four scorers from the first encounter were imports-two from Guyana and one each from St Vincent and Nigeria-and there was a fifth example of the effective presence of the local league's visiting players, in the second fixture, as Antiguan Peter Byers rammed home an unstoppable header in the third minute after a whipped cross from Jabloteh right back Cyd Gray.
But Harlem's opening goal, less than two minutes later, showed there is still offensive talent to be discovered on these shores.
Gray, the 2006 World Cup player and Trinidad and Tobago veteran, allowed a long ball to drop behind him and Brent Antoine's low, left-footed strike in response must be at least as good as Gray has seen.
The scorching effort brought a loud cheer from supporters of the 2006 Central Zone champs and 2007 Super League knockout winners.
"Is pound for pound here!" yelled an exuberant Harlem supporter.
It proved to be misguided optimism. A speculative effort from Jabloteh's teenage homeboy Lester Peltier squeezed beneath the body of Harlem custodian Marlon Alfred in the 22nd minute, while another clinical Byers finish, 12 minutes later, effectively killed off the tie.
Jabloteh's fourth item highlighted the inevitable gulf in class between the country's best professional domestic team at present and the fourth best Super League squad.
A loose first touch from Harlem captain Randy Ramcharan, a tidy midfield organiser, was seized upon by Jabloteh captain Trent Noel who, just as quickly, threaded a pass for the alert Gayson Gregory to hook the ball across the face of the goal for Byers to calmly convert his third strike, six minutes into the second half.
Ramcharan almost found a stunning reply with a free kick that came off the bar but they were clearly up against a superior squad.
Jabloteh did not need another goal to confirm their superiority but they got one anyway in the 66th minute after a composed left-footed finish from substitute Atullah Guerra, another teenager with a Trinidad and Tobago passport.
"I thought (Guerra) was outstanding," said Jabloteh coach Terry Fenwick. So too were Jabloteh on the night.

San Juan Jabloteh: — Duarance Williams, Cyd Gray, Ian Gray, Carlon Murray, Jason Cudjoe, Elton John, Trent Noel (Atullah Guerra-59th), Khaleem Hyland (Wendell Joseph-66th), Lester Peltier, Gason Gregory (Anthony Guppy-71st), Peter Byers.

Coach—Terry Fenwick

Goalscorers—Peter Byers 3’, 34’, 52’, Lester Peltier 22’, Atullah Guerra 66’.

Harlem Strikers: — Marvin Alfred, Robby Sookhai, Randy Ramcharan, Lorenzo King (Kordell Samuel-72nd), Leon Hutchinson, Bernard MC Call, Brent Antoine, Keston Jordan, Micah Andrews, Anthony Dass (Ronald Whisky-55th), Kwame Thomas (Saleem Ali-56th)

Coach—Ancil Elcock
Public pros cruise into Classic last eight.
By: Lasana Liburd (Express).


The Joe Public Pro League team became the eighth outfit to progress to the Toyota Classic 2007 quarterfinal stage yesterday with a comfortable 5-0 win over their own Super League squad at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya.
Public will face Superstar Rangers on Tuesday, while Vibe CT 105 W Connection take on Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA in a replay of the 2007 First Citizens Cup final won by Connection.
In the other quarterfinal match-ups, United Petrotrin face Tobago United and CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh tackle Defence Force.
There was obviously only one possible winner from yesterday's showdown of Joe Public against Joe Public.
If the youthful reserves who comprise Public's Super League team had a case for promotion to the first team ranks, they did not present it yesterday.
Certainly not goalkeeper Leston Shade who was at fault for the Pro League team's opening two goals scored by Silas Spann and Larry Bacchus in the 20th and 36th minutes, respectively. A third strike by Arnold Dwarika ensured a comfortable halftime cushion.
The Public Super League outfit replaced Shade with Jevon Bourne at the interval but it did not stop the goal flow.
Trinidad and Tobago international Kerry Baptiste scored twice in the second half and substitute goalkeeper Shurland Awai saved a penalty as Public cruised in the fading light despite a gutsy but ineffective challenge from their namesakes.
The result completed a miserable time by the Super League outfits who were all eliminated in the first round of the knock out competition.
At least the likes of Harlem Strikers and the Defence Force Super League version got to test their mettle against the best of the domestic competition. For the Public reserves, it was just another training ground battering from their big brothers.

Joe Public FC (Pro League): — Jacomeno Barrett (Shurland Awai 65th), Dale Saunders (capt), Terrance Mc Allister, Larry Bacchus (Shervon Jack 67th), Kerry Noray, Arnold Dwarika, Kerry Baptiste, Kendall Jagdeosingh, Gregory Richardson (Kendall Davis 65th), Keyeno Thomas, Silas Spann.

Goalscorers—Silas Spann 20’, Larry Bacchus 36’, Arnold Dwarika 45’, Kerry Baptiste 64’, 89’.

Coach—Michael Mc Comie

Joe Public (Super League): — Leston Shade (Jevon Bourne 46th), James Thomas (capt), Brent Edwards, Dominic Hutchinson, Ken Holder, Jamel Lewis, Dion Peters (Devon King 60th), Ricardo Peltier, Anthony Frank, Shevon Abraham, Dexter Thornhill.

Coach—Ralph Nelson.
Caledonia's Tinto hits hat-trick.
Super League clubs WASA, Harvard bite dust in Toyota Classic.
By: Ian Prescott (Express).


Hayden Tinto came of age as a goal-scorer, netting his first hat-trick at senior level, to lead Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA to a dull, but nevertheless comprehensive 5-1 victory over M&M Harvard in the opening match of Friday night's Toyota Classic double-header at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Coupled with Superstar Rangers' nail-biting 5-3 penalty-kicks defeat of Super League champions WASA FC in the second game, it means the National Super League teams did not fare well on the opening night of the 2007 Classic tournament.
In an interview just over a week ago, Jamaal Shabazz, technical director at Caledonia AIA, hinted that Tinto, a gifted dribbler at Malick Senior Comprehensive in the Secondary Schools Football League, had often been plagued with a lack of confidence. But, the Guyana men's national coach also said the Trinidad and Tobago under-23 striker was finally making good decisions on the field, without first seeking the approval of senior players Charles Pollard and captain Sheldon Emmanuel. Shabazz's feeling was that Tinto was growing up as a footballer. Caledonia were dull on Friday night and Harvard looked largely out-of depth. But the ball followed Tinto everywhere. Early on, the Super League stragglers shot themselves in the foot, setting up Carlyle Mitchell's sixth minute goal when Harvard goalkeeper Wilfred Bailey and a defender tangled, allowing lanky Mitchell to net in an open net.
Often isolated up front, Kareem Freitas was one of the better Harvard players on the night and he levelled the score at 1-1 in the 52nd minute, capitalising on a defensive mix-up and skilfully lifting the ball over Caledonia keeper Richard Reynolds.
Yes, a fortuitous goal, but nevertheless a sweet finish.
Harvard really did not deserve to be level and were down 2-1 in the 54th minute from Marvin Oliver's penalty.
Tinto then netted three times in 15 minutes. First, in the 65th, he rounded keeper Bailey and slid the ball in, before stabbing in a short pass from six yards in the 70th. The hat-trick came in the 80th minute. Picking up a rebound at the edge of the penalty area , Tinto side-footed a low shot first-time into the Harvard goal. A year ago, his first instinct would have been to dribble someone.
WASA played with confidence and made a fight of a competitive second match against Rangers which ended 3-3 before the T&T Pro League team advanced 5-3 on spot-kicks.
Unbeaten in the 2007 Super League, WASA were level 1-1 at the half and looking for a Toyota Classic quarter-final spot.
Rangers were ahead after just six minutes through Josimar Belgrave, who forced in Sayid Freitas' short pass from close up.
WASA's Darrin Lewis, Vernon Bailey, Fabien Garcia, Michael Celestine, Ochieng Abosi and Shurland David all have Pro League experience and after some dribbling, former Trinidad and Tobago striker Lewis's low, angled shot slipped through keeper Shane Mattis's grasp in the 14th minute, giving the East team a lucky equaliser.
Belgrave, who also struck a hat-trick on the night, put Rangers back ahead in the 63rd, before WASA looked to have won the match with goals from Kevon Stoute (85th) and Michael Celestine (88th). However, in the final minute, WASA's Jesse Reyes was red-carded for pulling down a Rangers player, allowing Belgrave to complete his treble in the 90th minute.

WASA F.C: — Douglas Mc Neilly, Veron Bailey, Joel Daniel, Jerome Dickinson (Billydee Scantlebury), Fabien Garcia, Darin Lewis (Michael Celestine), Dexter Alleyne (Kevin Daniel), Mervyn Brooks, Stevon Stoute, Ochieng Abosi, Jesse Reyes.

Coach—Ken Elie

Superstar Rangers: — Shane Mattis, Dean Pacheco, Ricardo Aleong (Abiola Clarence), Devon Modeste, Josimar Belgrave, Joseph Peters (Michael Brown), Sayid Freitas (Marc Borde), Coneal Thomas, Christon Thomas, Jevon Morris, Elijah Belgrave.

Coach—Anthony Streete
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Re: Five-star Jabloteh ravage Harlem, WASA, Harvard bite dust.
« Reply #33 on: October 21, 2007, 12:36:41 PM »
Seems like WASA need to get into the Pro League sooner than later. They beating up everybody in the Super League and almost held their own. Good to see the Pro League exerting dominance.
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Re: Five-star Jabloteh ravage Harlem, WASA, Harvard bite dust.
« Reply #34 on: October 22, 2007, 04:37:30 PM »
Okonwko, a speedy Nigerian, was a willing outlet but annoyed with his trick of collapsing like a house of cards whenever a defender so much as glanced in his direction. He was thankfully booked for simulation midway though the first half.

 :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: .... what a piece of work.... he diving more than a blasted dolphin....

Ah notice some decent players in the Super League like, Randy Ramcharan, Lorenzo King, Cordell Samuel, Brent Antoine, Dexter Thornhill, Silas Spann, Dion Peters, Ricardo Peltier, Veron Bailey, Fabien Garcia, Michael Celestine, Billydee Scantlebury and Ochieng Abosi.

Ricardo Peltier playing for Joe Public now he might stand a better chance of getting into the TTFF good books than his brother Lester.

Ah notice that McComie trying and buying plently of the Olympic team players, now Larry Bacchus gone to Joe Public and I know he was trying to get Shane Calderon too. I surprise United Petrotrin sell Larry.
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Re: Five-star Jabloteh ravage Harlem, WASA, Harvard bite dust.
« Reply #35 on: October 23, 2007, 06:43:39 PM »
Todays Games

Defence Force 7 Jerwin Balthazar(5'), Devon Jorsling(25'),(76'), Anton Pierre(60'), Sherman Phillip (62'),(86'), Christon Baptiste(90') v Tbago United 1 Garvin Mc Kenna (44')

San Juan Jabloteh 1 (Trent Noel(15') v United Petrotrin 0

Joe Public 2 (Kendall Jagdeosingh (27'),(35') v Superstar Rangers 1 (Josimar Belgrave(54')

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Caledonia AIA 1 (Marvin Oliver(40' Pen) v W Connection 0

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First Citizens Cup Thread.
« Reply #36 on: August 29, 2008, 07:05:48 AM »
$200,000 First Citizens Cup starts Wednesday.
By: Ian Prescott (Express).


Brazilian Jose Luis Seabra strutted in, hugging the First Citizens Cup, as if unwilling to let it go. Seabra is vice-captain of defending champions W Connection FC, the most successful team in the competition's history.

The First Citizens Cup is undoubtedly the most popular football competition in Trinidad and Tobago, drawing a full house at every final. W Connection have contested all of them, lifting the Cup four times outright.

Winners in 2004, 2005 and 2006, W Connection completed the beaver-trick in 2007, beating Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA on a pair of Jonathan Frias goals.

The 2008 edition begins on Wednesday September 3 with two preliminary playoff matches between the four bottom teams in the T&T Pro League. However, the real action starts on September 12 when the quarter-finals will be played.

The defending champs begin this year's series with a quarter-final against the winners of the preliminary playoff between Defence Force and North East Stars.

At yesterday 's launch, W Connection captain Elijah Joseph warned all opponents that the champions will be digging in stoutly and it will be difficult to wrest the title from their grasp.

"We will make it difficult for teams," the St Lucian declared. "We will try to retain our title."

The eighth edition of the First Citizens Cup series is worth $200,000, of which sponsors First Citizens have guaranteed $65,000 to the winners.

Yesterday's launch took place at First Citizens headquarters on Queen's Park East, Port of Spain, where Pro League chief executive officer Dexter Skeene outlined the League's input in developing UK-based Trinidad and Tobago professionals such as Kenwyne Jones, Carlos Edwards, Dennis Lawrence and Jason Scotland.

Skeene added that with assistance of sponsors such as First Citizens, the T&T Pro League had also produced ten current national players in Cyd Gray, Aurtis Whitley, Keon Daniel, Clyde Leon, Marvin Phillip, Anthony Wolfe, Cornell Glen, Jan-Michael Williams, Densill Theobald, and Kerry Baptiste.

He added that the local professional league employs 1,000 people, giving young footballers a chance to develop their natural talent, and feed their families.
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First Citizens Cup Thread.
« Reply #37 on: September 06, 2008, 08:49:59 AM »
Anyoby know de scores.. ?

First Citizens Cup Qualifier

Tuesday

5:00pm, 02:09:08, Defence Force v North East Stars, Larry Gomes Stadium
7:00pm, 02:09:08, Tobago United v Ma Pau SC, Larry Gomes Stadium
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« Reply #38 on: September 06, 2008, 09:40:05 AM »
Source: ttproleague.com

Credit to Defence Force goalie Selwyn George on Wednesday night erasing what was a terrible afternoon for goalkeepers in the double header of the 2008 First Citizens Cup qualifiers at the Larry Gomes Stadium.

George, popularly known for his antics between the uprights, in the second qualifier against North East Stars pulled off two magnificent saves from the spot and doing enough for John Stewart to hit the upright in the first kick as Defence Force pulled a 3-0 penalty win to book their place in the quarterfinals of the First Citizens Cup.

Defence Force will meet defending champions and four time winners W Connection in their quarterfinal clash on Friday 12 September.

But just as the first qualifier played between Tobago United and Ma Pau SC, which the Tobagonians won 2-1 to book their quarterfinal spot against current League leaders CLICO San Juan Jabloteh, goalkeeping blunders were to blame.

Defence Force went 1-0 in the 50th minute when Devon Jorsling held off his marker to score into an open net after North East Stars goalie Tristan Charles was left beaten way outside the penalty area.

But ten minutes later George turned a routine gather into horror when Stars second half introduction Sylvester Teesdale blasted from outside the area and what should have been wrapped easily was spilled by the Defence Force number one and bobbled through his legs to cross the goal-line levelling the scores at 1-1.

George later made an acrobatic push over bar to guide a Kevin Jeffery free kick just outside the area for a corner as North East Stars never gave up on the very physical Army.

But Army shouldn’t have found themselves in the 1-1 situation which lasted till the end of regulation time, if it hadn’t been for first half marginal misses by Christon Baptiste and Kevon Carter.

And from the penalty shootout, Army proved to have the top marksmen led by team captain Anton Pierre, Devon Jorsling and Keston Williams all registering goals for the 3-0 penalty win over the Sangre Grande based North East Stars.

In the earlier match, kicked off at 5pm, Tobago United surfaced 2-1 winners over Ma Pau SC.

Following to good saves by Tobago United goalkeeper Richard Reynolds in the opening minutes, the Guyanese went from hero to zero in the 19th minute smashing an attempted dunk-out into the head of Ma Pau’s Keno Proctor standing just outside the area—only to watch the ball make its way back into his net. Reynolds late challenge to reach the bobbling ball proved futile and as for Proctor who collapsed after being struck was surely delighted—after seeking medical attention—to play a part in his team 1-0 advantage and have the goal registered as his own.

Ma Pau, despite the loud cries by coach Ron La Forest on the sideline, failed on a number of attacks to make the best against the Tobago United defence and add to their advantage.

And horror struck Ma Pau in the 68th minute when Kelvin Hernandez right sided cross into the area was handled by defender Densyl James leaving no hesitation in referee Gordon Maloney to point to the spot. No other than Collie Hurcules stepped up and converted easily past Shannan Warner to level the scores at 1-1.

Hernandez later scored the winner in the 82nd minute for a 2-1 win after a hard fought run, muscling off defenders and sticking the extra inch to notch the ball past goalkeeper Shannan Warner. The former United Petrotrin player celebrated his winning item to the fullest.

First Citizens Cup qualifiers
Larry Gomes Stadium
Ma Pau 1 – 2 Tobago United
Keno Proctor 19’ ; Collie Hurcules 68’ pen, Kelvin Hernandez 82’

North East Stars 1(0) – 1(3) Defence Force
Sylvester Teesdale 60’ ; Devon Jorsling 50’

Penalty Kicks
North East Stars(0)              Defence Force(3)
John Stewart(missed)           Anton Pierre(scored)
Sean Cooper(saved)             Devon Jorsling(scored)
Kevin Jeffery(saved)             Keston Williams(scored)

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Army pip Lions for 2009 First Citizens Cup.
« Reply #39 on: October 03, 2009, 04:45:04 AM »
Army pip Lions for 2009 First Citizens Cup.
By: Randy Bando (ttproleague).


Defence Force became two-time winners of the First Citizens Cup on Friday night ending a six-year trophy drought when they defeated Bmobile Joe Public 1-0 in this year's Final at the Marvin Lee Stadium.

Striker Richard Roy miscued his shot from outside the area six minutes from regular time however it was enough to see it beat the entire Joe Public defence before bubbling past goalkeeper Alejandro Figueroa and inside the far upright to hand the Soldiers the 2009 First Citizens Cup.

But it wasn't easy road for Army starting the tournament with a 2-1 qualifier against Tobago United and without a title in the last six seasons. Their last title was the 2002 First Citizens Cup.

Two-time finalists Joe Public who suffered a 6-5 defeat in last year's competition against W Connection after a 2-2 draw threw everything at Defence Force, however couldn't get past goalkeeper Kevin Graham who was voted Player of the Tournament.

Public who started the match without a win against the Soldiers this season in three previous meetings showed promise from early on.

Hayden Tinto had a shot from outside the area in the 6th minute and Trent Noel unleashed another in the 15th minute, but it was too high to test Graham.

Defence Force's Richard Roy who finished the tournament as top goalscorer with three goals had a volley just wide of the in the 19th minute.

But it was back on the defence with Joe Public's mid-season Japanese import Yu Hoshide having the best early opening in the 25th minute but his half volley swooshed past goalkeeper Kevin Graham's far post after Gorean Highley left Corey Rivers beaten on to left to whip in a cross which Kerry Baptiste knocked down into Hoshide's path inside the area.

Highley was at his tricks again leaving Rivers beaten a second time in the 31st minute to play a low pass across the face of goal to find onrushing Trent Noel, however the Trinidad and Tobago midfielder's stretch under defender Keston Williams tackle only guided the ball just wide.

Joe Public continued to show their offensive strenghts with Highley again proving a handful disposessing Rivers to whip a pass across the area to find Hoshide who's first time cross found the head of Seon Power who finished just wide in the 40th minute.

Mere minutes inside the second period and Defence Force were on the defensive again.

Highley hooked a left footed shot on goal from just outside the area in the 48th minute only to see it deflect out for a corner and later on Graham had to pick out to balls inside his six yard area.

Graham pulled off a magnificent save in the 62nd minute equaling a superb strike from Trent Noel on a 20 yard free kick after Kerry Baptiste went down under Keston Williams' challenge.

Joe Public coach Derek King then made his first change replacing Highley with Micah Lewis in the 66th minute.

And less than two minutes after making his appearance Lewis was denied by Graham after unleashing a shot from inside the area on the right.

Meantime Defence Force too was having a miserable time with their finishing with Richard Roy hitting the side netting in the 65th and then poking a shot just wide of the upright in the 68th minute.

Joe Public had another set piece in the 75th minute and again Graham's gloves was in Trent Noel's way tipping the powerful effort behind for a corner.

King then boosted his offence with Conrod Smith replacing injured defender Seon Power in the 76th minute.

However in the 84th minute Richard Roy stunned Joe Public to score the winner in what seemed destined for penalty kicks.

Less than a minute earlier Joe Public was denied a goal by the brilliance of Graham who made an excellent reflex save to deny Hoshide after the ball took a deflection on its way to goal.

Kevon Carter pulled the trigger one last time for Defence Force in the 90th minute however Figueroa got legs to the blast to keep it out.

But that wasn't the end for Graham's night pulling off an injury time save against Trent Noel.

Graham's heroics on the night not only gave the Soldiers the $65,000 first prize money, but a piece of silverware-something that has evaded the Tetron based guys for a long time. And their strong support of fans, a Defence Force rhythm section and the presence of Chief of Staff Edmund Dillon at the Macoya venue surely provided the desired atmosphere.

Final Score
Joe Public 0-1 Defence Force;
 - Richard Roy 84th

Bmobile Joe Public--Alejandro Figueroa; Keyeno Thomas (Teba McKnight 88th), Seon Power (Conrad Smith 76th), Carlyle Mitchell, Keon Goodridge; Hayden Tinto, Yu Hoshide, Trent Noel, Kareem Young; Gorian Highley (Micah Lewis 66th), Kerry Baptiste (capt).

Coach--Derek King.

Defence Force--Kevin Graham; Corey Rivers, Keston Williams, Devon Jordan, Anton Joseph (Balondemu Julius 72nd); Kevon Carter, Sean Narcis, Aklie Edwards, Ronald St Louis (Christian Baptiste 57th); Richard Roy, Devon Jorsling (Rawle Fletcher 89th).

Coach--Ross Russell.

Match Referee--Gregory Hospidales.
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Big dreams for Army in Big Six.
By: Randy Bando (ttproleague).


Defence Force may have squeezed into the Big Six round of the Digicel Pro League at the expense of United Petrotrin, but the Tetron based men are aiming at a Big Bang in the Big Six round.

Defence Force earned their Big Six spot at the last stroke defeating Tobago United 3-1 in Round Two Match Day Eleven to hump United Petrotrin by two points after the Oilmen slipped 3-2 against Caledonia AIA of Morvant/Laventille in their final Round Two match.

“Our hopes will surely be to finish high so that we can return to the CONCACAF club level,” said head coach Ross Russell.

Defence Force were once recognized as the powerhouse of the Caribbean, and a very competent force in CONCACAF, having won the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup (now called the CONCACAF Champions’ League) in 1978 and 1985. They were also runners-up in 1987 and 1988.

Russell continued, “I know that it will take a lot to accomplish such a task, but we are keeping our focus. It will mean that all the top clubs will have to drop points by either losing or drawing and we will need to win all our matches. So we will do our part by being focused and try to win all five matches in the Big Six.”

Defence Force(32 points) are nine points away from leaders Bmobile Joe Public(41 points) and separated by Ma Pau SC in fifth with 34 points, W Connection fourth with 34 points, San Juan Jabloteh third with 39 points and Caledonia second with 40 points in the 2009 Digicel Pro League standings ahead of the Big Six round.

Russell’s side will kick off the Big Six round against San Juan Jabloteh from 5pm in the first match of a double header at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Sunday. Caledonia will host W Connection in the second clash from 7pm and Ma Pau SC and Joe Public will contest eachother from 6pm at the Marvin Lee Stadium. 

“We have already accomplished something we didn’t in 2008 and that’s to make the Big Six,” added the Army coach. “And there is no reason why we can’t accomplish more.”

Defence Force finished eight last season under coach Kerry Jamerson—the man Russell worked alongside as assistant coach.

Russell is equipped with two capable goalscorers in Devorn Jorsling and Kevon Carter who have 22 goals between them in the League, along with Balindumo Julius and Richard Roy. In defence Michael Edwards, Aklie Edwards, Keston Williams, veteran Anton Pierre and Rawle Flecther are available for the backing of goalkeeper Kevin Graham for the Big Six round.

But this Friday, Defence Force’s focus will be on the Final of the 2009 First Citizens Cup from 8pm against Bmobile Joe Public at the Marvin Lee Stadium as they target their first piece of silverware in the six years.

2009 First Citizens Cup Final
Friday 02 October

Marvin Lee Stadium
Joe Public vs Defence Force—8pm
Pro League Coaches vs Media Team—6pm

Round Three Match Day One (Big Six)
Sunday 04 October

Marvin Lee Stadium
Ma Pau SC vs Joe Public—6pm

Ato Boldon Stadium
San Juan Jabloteh vs Defence Force—5pm
Caledonia AIA vs W Connection—7pm
First Citizens Cup Final—Lions, Soldiers both hungry.
By: Randy Bando (ttproleague).


Bmobile Joe Public and Defence Force will both think that their chances of capturing the 2009 First Citizens Cup is better than the other, for many different reasons. However it’s really down to who proves to be the hungriest on Friday night at the Marvin Lee Stadium from 8pm.

Joe Public may have new coach Derek King at the helm, but the club have had much better success than that of Defence Force in recent years.

Defence Force last won silverware in 2002, grabbing the First Citizens Cup that time.

Meantime since then Joe Public have won the 2006 League Championship, the 2007 Toyota Classic and FA Trophy. Also in 2007 the Lions made it into the final of the CFU Club Championships followed by the CONCACAF Champions’ League 2007-2008 edition.

With that in mind, and that they are the current Digicel Pro League leaders, Joe Public will definitely think that this is their time to pick up their first ever First Citizens Cup after a slim 6-5 penalty defeat against W Connection in last year’s edition following a 2-2 draw.

Defence Force will also be a confident bunch not only making it into their second final of the season after making it into the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield final against W Connection back in June which they lost 3-0. But on a good note, they are unbeaten against Joe Public after three meetings this season enjoying a 2:1:0 record.

Defence Force came from the bottom defeating Tobago United in the qualifier 2-1, then registered a superb 3-2 comeback victory from two goals down in the quarterfinals and finally secured their place in the Final with a 2-0 win over Ma Pau SC—who defeated defending champions W Connection in the quarterfinals.

To go on and win the title now will be a great triumph for the Tetron based guys.

Coach Ross Russell has the fire power in 2008 Pro League Golden Boot winner Devorn Jorsling, Kevon Carter and Richard Roy all with two-a-piece to their names. But their defence seems a bit slack having conceded three goals.

They will have to be on high alert against the Lions, with attacker Kerry Baptiste also having two goals to his name in the tournament after just two matches.

Baptiste who has 29 goals after 20 League matches helped the Lions to a 5-1 victory over St Ann’s Rangers in the quarterfinal round. Teammate Hayden Tinto also picked up a double in that match. In the semi-finals Joe Public ousted San Juan Jabloteh 2-0 thanks to goals by mid-season signing Trent Noel and defender Seon Power.

With Trent Noel, Kerry Baptiste, Hayden Tinto, Gorean Highley and Conrod Smith all available for selection in attack, Joe Public coach Derek King should be safe in offence.

But with strong attacking options on either side of the pitch, it would be a match of defences when the whistle for kickoff is blown at the Marvin Lee Stadium 8pm.

Two hours earlier, the Pro League Coaches will take on the MEDIA representative team in a highly anticipated re-match. Back in June the Pro League Coaches inclusive of Russell Latapy, Jose Luis Seabra, Peter Granville, Dexter Skeene, Michael McComie, Leonson Lewis and Earl Jean among their squad defeated the MEDIA team 4-0.
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Re: Army pip Lions for 2009 First Citizens Cup.
« Reply #40 on: October 03, 2009, 04:52:03 AM »
It's time Defence Force!! i was wonerding when that would happen,like Ross Russell doing a good job with those guys,any how ah have to breath a sigh of releif because is long time i eh talk up mi boys. :beermug:

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Re: Army pip Lions for 2009 First Citizens Cup.
« Reply #41 on: October 03, 2009, 06:40:08 AM »
Congrats Coops!!!!!!!

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« Reply #42 on: October 03, 2009, 07:37:53 AM »
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Re: Army pip Lions for 2009 First Citizens Cup.
« Reply #43 on: October 04, 2009, 06:49:00 AM »
Ah guess Kerry Jamerson was de problem with Army last season. Ross came in and made an instant success.

Jack Warner must be vex, he spen nuff fifa dollars on Joe Public.

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Re: Army pip Lions for 2009 First Citizens Cup.
« Reply #44 on: October 04, 2009, 08:07:21 AM »
Ah guess Kerry Jamerson was de problem with Army last season. Ross came in and made an instant success.

Jack Warner must be vex, he spen nuff fifa TnT Taxpayer dollars that should go to the Blacklisted players on Joe Public.

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First Citizens Cup Thread.
« Reply #45 on: September 16, 2010, 08:00:21 AM »
Defence Force gets tricky First Citizens Cup draw
By Nigel Simon (T&T Guardian)


Defence Force was given a tricky path to the defence of its First Citizens Cup title it won by a 1-0 margin over bmobile Joe Public last year at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya. The draw for the tournament was disclosed by T&T Pro League Chief Executive Officer, Dexter Skeene at the launch of this year’s $200,000 competition, the ninth overall, at First Citizens Corporate Centre, Queen’s Park East, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. The Ross Russell-coached Defence Force, also winner in 2002 was one of the six teams which qualified automatically for the quarterfinal round based on its position on the Digicel Pro League table at the end of the Round One, Match Day 11.

The other teams which qualified automatically were Joe Public, W Connection, Ma Pau, San Juan Jabloteh and Caledonia AIA in that order. Police and South End which were tenth and 11th on the table contested a qualifier on September 3, which was won by the latter 2-1. With the win, South End advanced to the qualifying round to meet DirecTV North East, seventh on the table, while St Ann’s Rangers and Tobago United, who occupy the eight and ninth spots on the standing, will clash in the other qualifying round match. Both qualifiers will take place on Saturday at the Marvin Lee Stadium. In the quarterfinal round, Defence Force will meet the winner of the Rangers/Tobago United duel.

Should the Teteron Boys get past that hurdle, they will then meet the winner of the Ma Pau and Jabloteh quarterfinal match in the semifinal round. Six-time tournament winner, W Connection, the only other club apart from Defence Force to capture the title also has a tough task in securing title number seven. In the other half of the draw, the “Savonetta Boys” as W Connection are known come up against Caledonia AIA in its quarterfinal match while Joe Public meets the winner of the other qualifying round match between, Stars and South End. Only the winner and runner-up will receive prize money in this year’s tournament. The champion team will collect $80,000, an increase of $15,000 from last year while the runner-up $20,000, $10,000 less than last year.

In addition, $1,000 each will be awarded to the tournament’s winning coach, most valuable player and the top goalscorer. In his brief address, Damian Cooper, First Citizens Marketing Manager said his company was extremely proud to be aligned with such a great event.

“Throughout time, football has proven to be a unifying activity that contributes to national solidarity, and through the efforts of T&T Pro League, this event has showcased talent and discipline which has been recognised nationwide and considered exemplary,” said Cooper.


Damian Cooper, right, First Citizens Marketing Manager presents the $200,000 sponsorship
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2011 First Citizens Cup Thread
« Reply #46 on: September 14, 2011, 01:04:01 PM »
Nice presentation at Hasely Crawford. It was noted that First citizens were the Pro Leagues first sponsor and have now been on board for 10 years.

First prize this year is $80,000 with runners up receiving $20,000

Match times to be announced, but should be 5pm & 7pm.  All matches, I believe, will be at Hasely Crawford Stadium. There will be giveaways for supporters. I believe the first 500 at group matches and first 1000 at semis and finals will receive giveaways. There will also be a fully stacked cooler for best group of supporters. More details to follow.

If two teams tie after group matches, position will be decided on a) goal average b)most goals scored c)least goals conceded d)head to head results e) coin toss



Group A

T&TEC          vs           St Anns Rangers   Fri 16th September 

Group B

W.Connection vs          AIA Caledonia       Fri 16th September


Group A

T&TEC          vs           Jabloteh             Tues 20th September 

Group B

W.Connection vs          North East Stars    Tues 20th September


Group A

St Anns Rangers  vs    Jabloteh                Fri 23rd September 

Group B

AIA Caledonia     vs      North East Stars    Fri 23rd September


Semi Finals 

Winner Group A vs Runners up Group B
Winner Group B vs Runners up Group A

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Re: First Citizens Cup draw
« Reply #47 on: September 14, 2011, 06:48:23 PM »
Dat T&tEC vs Jabloteh should be nice.
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Re: First Citizens Cup draw
« Reply #48 on: September 14, 2011, 07:29:08 PM »
Six clubs chase unguarded First Citizens Cup.
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With last year’s winners Joe Public opting out of the TT Pro League this season and runners-up Defence Force unable to play during the current state of emergency, the 2011 First Citizens Cup is up for grabs.

At Wednesday morning’s launch of the First Citizens Cup at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, TT Pro League in conjunction with title sponsor First Citizens revealed six clubs; Caledonia AIA, six-time winners W Connection, Adam’s Construction San Juan Jabloteh, DIRECTV North East Stars, St. Ann’s Rangers and newcomers T&TEC FC to challenge this season’s title and the $80,000.00 first place cash incentive.

The tournament is broken into two groups, A and B, with the latter labeled the group of death with Connection, Caledonia and North East Stars following a random draw during the launch.

While T&TEC, Rangers and Jabloteh make up Group A in the new format of a round robin into knockout.

Matches begin on Friday 16 September at the Hasely Crawford Stadium with T&TEC against Rangers from 5pm and Connection against Caledonia from 7pm in Quarter Final Day One.

Quarter Final Day Two will see T&TEC against Jabloteh from 5pm and Connection against North East Stars from 7pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Tuesday 20 September.

And Quarter Final Day Three, also at the Mucurapo venue on Friday 23 September, will see Rangers against Jabloteh from 5pm and Caledonia against North East Stars from 7pm.

Following the quarterfinal round robin format, the top two teams of each group will advance into the semifinal on Friday 30 September which will be played in a knockout system with only the winners advancing to the Final on Friday 14 October.

“You are the fortunate few who are still here with the opportunity of representing your communities… do not take this likely,” advised Warren Sookdar, Chief Information Officer - First Citizens.

“All the best in your quest for one of the most attractive Cups in local football, the First Citizens Cup and remember there is no room for losers.”

Sookdar who boasts that his company invests heavily in sporting initiatives added, “Indeed we are proud to be part of a League that has and continues to develop the raw talent of our nation’s youth. First Citizens applauds the TT Pro League for their efforts in the promotion of football in Trinidad and Tobago and their commitment to the production of well rounded footballers.”

This season the competition is in its 12th season with the continued backing of First Citizens.

TT Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene said, “The League acknowledges with significance gratitude and appreciation; not only for the fact that First Citizens is one of our most loyal, dedicated and committed partners but because they are role models.”

Skeene thanked First Citizens CEO Larry Howai for understanding the importance of development of local talent and honing the skills of our youth.

“Resilience and an unwavering commitment to the development of T&T are ingrained in the DNA of First Citizens. First Citizens grew out of the amalgamation of Worker’s Bank, National Commercial Bank and the Trinidad Co-operative Bank.

“There is much that the TT pro League can learn from First Citizens. Not only learn but be inspired and motivated by.

“Here in T&T many are afraid to fight for what they believe. These are indeed exciting times with life changing opportunities for many here in T&T. I can assure you that the TT Pro League will unveil new marketing and strategies. We will not allow ourselves to be shaped by circumstances. Just as First Citizens did, we will create our destiny,” promised the League CEO.

2011 First Citizens Cup
Quarterfinal Day One
Friday 16 September

Hasely Crawford Stadium
T&TEC FC vs St. Ann’s Rangers—5pm
W Connection vs Caledonia AIA—7pm

Quarterfinal Day Two
Tuesday 20 September

Hasely Crawford Stadium
T&TEC FC vs San Juan Jabloteh—5pm
Connection vs North East Stars—7pm

Quarterfinal Day Three
Friday 23 September

Hasely Crawford Stadium
St. Ann’s Rangers vs San Juan Jabloteh—5pm
Caledonia AIA vs North East Stars—7pm

Semi Final Round
Friday 30 September

Final
Friday 14 October
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Re: First Citizens Cup draw
« Reply #49 on: September 14, 2011, 08:36:26 PM »
nice double header in the hasely on friday  i done dey...........bessness
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« Reply #50 on: September 14, 2011, 08:42:14 PM »
I thought this was a knockout competition, how come teams playing twice ?

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« Reply #51 on: September 14, 2011, 10:25:50 PM »
I thought this was a knockout competition, how come teams playing twice ?

Its 2 x 3 team groups in a round robin to decide semi finalists. This has been done partly because Police & DF can't currently play and also to add some excitement and interest. It also means that every team gets at least two games. I think its a good format and should provide some good double headers. The final group matches should be exciting.

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« Reply #52 on: September 15, 2011, 06:06:07 AM »
I thought this was a knockout competition, how come teams playing twice ?

Its 2 x 3 team groups in a round robin to decide semi finalists. This has been done partly because Police & DF can't currently play and also to add some excitement and interest. It also means that every team gets at least two games. I think its a good format and should provide some good double headers. The final group matches should be exciting.

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First Citizens Cup Results
« Reply #53 on: September 16, 2011, 09:27:25 PM »
Quarter Finals - Match Day One

T&TEC 0   St. Ann’s Rangers   0   


W Connection 4   Caledonia AIA 2   
Shahdon Winchester (27’), Hughton Hector (30’), (78’),  Jerrel Britto (33’),
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Re: First Citizens Cup Results
« Reply #54 on: September 17, 2011, 04:00:36 AM »
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Re: 2011 First Citizens Cup Thread
« Reply #55 on: September 17, 2011, 07:14:36 AM »
T&TEC 0 - 0 St Anns Rangers

T&TEC look lost on a large pitch. They avoided the wings and really didn't have the same fluidity they showed against North East. Neither team really looked threatening and the match had few moments of excitement. St Anns problem is getting their midfield forward to support Errol McFarlane. St Anns recognised in the second half that T&TEC were deserting their wings and tried to penetrate down the sides, which they were successful with on several occasions. However, their winger's crosses completely bypassed McFarlane and were wasted. Both teams were taking too many touches and players were running with the ball into traffic so most attacks fizzled out. Kudos to St Anns for gaining a draw, but T&TEC have received a rude awakening after the euphoria following their win over North East. Jabloteh must be licking their lips in anticipation!


W.Connection 4 - 2 AIA Caledonia 

Caledonia started well, and this game looked good from the start. W.Connections defenders looked comfortable on the ball and started most of the attacks, but I felt they looked flat when defending. Caledonia gave Connection too much time on the ball, which meant they put themselves under pressure. In contrast to the first game, there was some superb attacking football, with Connection playing some excellent fast passing football, while Caledonia looked lethal on the breaks with some beautiful diagonal balls, but struggled to find good finishing.

However, Caledonia scored first with a nice goal by Gay, only to see their lead reduced within a minute. Goalkeeper may be questioned on the first goal, but was definately at fault with the second.

Game looked over at 3-1 and Connection just needed to kill the game in the second half. However, Caledonia came out in the 2nd half to make a fight of it. Connection struggled to gain control of midfield and Cali had a nice 15 minute spell but could not capitalise on their possession. Connection relyed on a few fast breaks with Britto & Winchester always looking dangerous. W's 4th goal should have killed the game, but Cali didn't read the script and kept pushing and were rewarded in the 90th minute.

A very entertaining match. Connection will play good football if given space, but I'm not convinced they will be so successful if the opposition play further up the field and pressure the defence. At this stage of the tournament, Connection are looking favourites, but we've yet to see Jabloteh play.

Connection vs North East on tuesday will be a must see match and it will give us a good idea of each teams cup & league capabilities. If Jabloteh were still under the guidance of Fenwick I would expect them to beat T&TEC and St Anns, but, as yet, we have no idea what Carter has achieved with Jabloteh, so it will be an interesting barometer.

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« Reply #56 on: September 17, 2011, 08:26:15 AM »
Nice work on de reports man.

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« Reply #57 on: September 17, 2011, 09:35:00 AM »
Nice work on de reports man.

How was de crowd ?

Not good considering it was a friday double header and start of First Citizens Cup. I'd guess no more than 1,000

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« Reply #58 on: September 17, 2011, 09:49:24 AM »
Not good considering it was a friday double header and start of First Citizens Cup. I'd guess no more than 1,000

Part of the poor crowd support its because of Joe Public none participation in the league.

No one wants to see a North East Retired 11, a broke Rangers team or a T&TEC team who is no better than a Super League team.

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« Reply #59 on: September 17, 2011, 11:58:52 AM »
Not good considering it was a friday double header and start of First Citizens Cup. I'd guess no more than 1,000

Part of the poor crowd support its because of Joe Public none participation in the league.

No one wants to see a North East Retired 11, a broke Rangers team or a T&TEC team who is no better than a Super League team.

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Hey, I thought you was locked up in Guantanemo!! Guess you and your 20 friends were too busy pushing chocolaste uphill to keep up to date. You, of course, are correct in your assumptions....even those in Hasely Crawford last night were crying because the fantastic Joe Public weren't there. After all of their success last year, how will we all cope? Anyway, talking of the SuperLeague, hows it all going there? I mean, with a professional outfit like yours, I guess they're unbeaten, right? After all, you just admitted that SuperLeague is a lower quality than ProLeague, so surely by adding all your superstars, JP should be flying away with the league, yes?

 

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