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Re: 2016 CFU Club Championship
« Reply #90 on: April 30, 2016, 07:45:19 AM »
Excellent result there, sounds like a great game to watch too

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Re: 2016 CFU Club Championship
« Reply #91 on: April 30, 2016, 08:02:51 AM »
Great stuff! Well done Connection and Central. CONCACAF Champions league is a good opportunity for hungry young players to set themselves up for overseas moves. At this point we should be competitive with all but the top teams.

We eh prove it yet.

Tallest I'm hoping the recent successes of the senior squad and the prospects for trials will provide an extra performance push for Central and Connection. We have youth world cup experience on both teams too.

Time will tell. we have been down this road before in recent years with our clubs facing central american clubs and we end up with disappointing results. Hopefully this time we have better results
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Re: 2016 CFU Club Championship
« Reply #92 on: April 30, 2016, 09:19:15 AM »
We are all hoping for improve performances from both our teams in CCL. WHILE I thinks our guys have what it takes to make at least the final 8 at this moment, finances for our teams is still an issue. W Connection and DF maybe the exceptions when it comes to resources. But the way Central had to come by their finances to go to Haiti, tell us that a steady flow of money to participate in CL is as much as crucial as having great players and a good coach. But it is great to see the club cup is in TT for another year. Good luck to them.

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W Connection and Central FC set up CFU final rematch as both clubs secure CONCACAF Champions League spots
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Reigning champions Central FC and last season's runners-up W Connection will contest the 2016 final of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship – a rematch of last season's final – on Sunday at the Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

This after both Trinidadian clubs, Connection and Central, progressed from the Club Championship semi-final round on Friday at the same venue with wins over Jamaica's Arnett Gardens and hosts Don Bosco FC, respectively, to also qualify for next season's Concacaf Champions League 2016/17.

Connection, now into their seventh Club Championship final and are the most successful club in the tournament, were 2-0 winners over Arnett Gardens through first half goals from Alvin Jones and Shahdon Winchester.

Jones fired the “Savonetta Boys” ahead in only with 2nd minute of play before Winchester, following some good play by Jomal Williams, made it 2-0 in stoppage-time of the first half.

But Central, in a rematch of last season's semi-final against Don Bosco which needed penalty kicks to decide the winners, needed kicks from the penalty mark again to get past the Haitians after 120 minutes of play produced a 1-1 score.

Sean De Silva handed Central the lead in the third minute of extra time from a free kick but Don Bosco equalised through Kerlins Georges from the penalty spot in the 104th minute to send the game into the penalty shootout which the “Couva Sharks” won 4-2, thanks to two saves from goalkeeper Javon Sample who had replaced injured Akel Clarke during the second half of regular time.

Also on Sunday, Don Bosco and Arnett Gardens will battle in the Club Championship third place game to decide the third and final Caribbean berth into next season’s Concacaf Champions League.

Connection, who were defeated 2-1 in the final last season by debutants Central, were outright Caribbean champions in 2006 and 2009, and joint winners in 2001, 2002 and 2013 after no final rounds were contested following group play.

This season the Stuart Charles-Fevrier coached-Connection progressed from the group stage wins over Dominican Republic side Atlantico FC (4-2), Guadeloupe’s Club Sportif Moulien (5-1) and Suriname’s Inter Moengo Tapoe (3-1) when they hosted the Caribbean Club Championship 2016 Group 1 in Trinidad in February.

Central, now coached by former assistant coach Dale Saunders who is assisted by ex-Trinidad and Tobago internationals and 2006 World Cup members Stern John and Brent Sancho, who is also the club’s managing director, were also perfect in topping Group 3 contested in Jamaica in March with wins over Cayman Islands side Scholars International (6-0) and hosts Montego Bay United (1-0).

Don Bosco FC, hosted Group 2 in Haiti, and comfortably topped their group with wins over Bermuda side Somerset CC (5-0) and Guadeloupe’s La Gauloise de Basse-Terre (3-1), while Arnett Gardens topped Group 4 in Dominican Republic by defeating Haiti’s America FC (3-0), Suriname’s SV Notch (8-4) and host team Club Atletico Pantoja (1-0).

Caribbean Club Championship 2016
Final Round
Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Friday April 29
Semi-Final 1

W Connection (T&T) 2 (Alvin Jones 2’, Shahdon Winchester 45’+) vs Arnett Gardens (Jamaica)

Semi-Final 2
Don Bosco FC (Haiti) 1 (Sean De Silva 93’) vs Central FC (T&T) 1 (Kerlins Georges 104’)
Central won the game 4-2 on kicks from the spot)

Final
Sunday May 1

Third-place play-off

Don Bosco FC vs Arnett Gardens

Final
Central FC vs W Connection
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Re: 2016 CFU Club Championship
« Reply #94 on: May 01, 2016, 05:58:00 PM »
Don Bosco 2 Arnett Gardens 0

Central VS W. Connection is on

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Re: 2016 CFU Club Championship
« Reply #95 on: May 01, 2016, 06:22:05 PM »
Marcus Joseph put Central in front from a corner after 7 mins (times may not be accurate as updates coming via text message!)

Game being played in a virtual monsoon. Good job it's a turf field!

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Re: 2016 CFU Club Championship
« Reply #96 on: May 01, 2016, 06:42:13 PM »
Winchester (Connection) judged to have elbowed Goodridge. Ref gives straight red card.
Still 1-0 Central

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Re: 2016 CFU Club Championship
« Reply #97 on: May 01, 2016, 06:46:02 PM »
penalty to Connection

Alvin Jones takes the kick
saved by Sample!!!
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Re: 2016 CFU Club Championship
« Reply #98 on: May 01, 2016, 07:39:25 PM »
2nd red card for Connection. This time its Jones.

Spookily similar to last years final!

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Re: 2016 CFU Club Championship
« Reply #99 on: May 01, 2016, 07:41:48 PM »
Marcano makes it 2-0 to Central

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Re: 2016 CFU Club Championship
« Reply #100 on: May 01, 2016, 07:46:10 PM »
Congrats!

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Re: 2016 CFU Club Championship
« Reply #101 on: May 01, 2016, 07:52:12 PM »
Mitchell makes it 3-0  Full Time

Champions again!!

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Re: 2016 CFU Club Championship
« Reply #102 on: May 01, 2016, 08:21:11 PM »
Congrats Central! Hard luck WConn.
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Re: 2016 CFU Club Championship
« Reply #103 on: May 01, 2016, 09:56:15 PM »
Great stuff! Well done Connection and Central. CONCACAF Champions league is a good opportunity for hungry young players to set themselves up for overseas moves. At this point we should be competitive with all but the top teams.

We eh prove it yet.

Tallest I'm hoping the recent successes of the senior squad and the prospects for trials will provide an extra performance push for Central and Connection. We have youth world cup experience on both teams too.

Time will tell. we have been down this road before in recent years with our clubs facing central american clubs and we end up with disappointing results. Hopefully this time we have better results
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Problem is the Pro-League is so poorly monetized it can't afford to play its best players. If Joevin Jones, Shannon Gomez, Jerrel Britto, Mekeil Williams etc were still playing for Connection the results against the Central Americans would be better.

I suspect a large part of the results gap  fell to sub-par coaching/management/tactics. A few years back a big-name coach took the Pro-league champions to play some biscuit league team in Bermuda for CFU qualifiers, and got the surprise of his life wen they nearly cut we tail. Coach say he 'surprised' at how well they played. Meanwhile several of the same players who terrorized his defence that day were on the Bermuda team that helped kick us out of 2010 WC qualifying. A national coach should be able to connect simple dots...Dale Saunders looking good so far though. Central has no goals conceded. Rare for a T&T team.
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Re: 2016 CFU Club Championship
« Reply #104 on: May 02, 2016, 04:40:02 AM »
Congratulations. Another trophy for the cabinet!

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Central FC crowned 2016 Caribbean Club Champions at the expense of W-Connection
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It was a game that had everything, yet sadly it could only be seen in Haiti.

The 2016 CFU Caribbean Club Championship final saw a repeat of last seasons Couva Classic final, this time held at the rainswept Stade Sylvio Cator Stadium in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The two Pro League rivals fought an epic battle in front of several thousand local spectators, and although the game was carried live on Haitian TV, no online stream was available.

This left both teams supporters glued to Facebook for updates relayed via text message.

The game began in nearly monsoon like conditions on the artificial turf of Haiti's national stadium. Central had not recorded a domestic victory over Connection since the first game of the season back in September when they lifted the Charity Shield.

Since then, Connection disappointed The Sharks in three league matches and bashed them 4-2 in the Lucozade Goal Shield semi final two weeks ago.

But it was Central who took the lead inside 10 minutes when Marcus Joseph converted from a corner.

Things became a lot tougher for the Savonetta Boys when Shahdon Winchester was judged to have elbowed Central defender Keion Goodridge and was awarded a straight red card. This was a bitter blow  for Connection as Winchester was a potent force, having scored the second goal on Friday that killed off Jamaica's Arnett Gardens in the semi final.

Yet being reduced to 10 men in the first half only seemed to make Connection more determined and within minutes they were awarded a penalty.  Up stepped Alvin Jones, Connection's talisman dead ball expert, to face young goalkeeper, Javon Sample. It looked like a David & Goliath situation. It was Jones who launched Connection into the lead with a second minute free kick in Fridays semi final.

Sample, who only turned 21 ten days ago started the tournament as Centrals third choice keeper despite captaining T&T's U20 team.

First choice keeper, Jan-Michael Williams injured his shoulder in the group match vs Montego Bay in Jamaica in March and will not play again this season.  Reserve keeper, Akel Clarke, a Guyanese national team goalkeeper had stepped up admirably to replace T&T's first choice custodian, but he suffered a knee ligament injury in Fridays semi final vs hosts Don Bosco.

Sample, who has been with Central since the clubs first season in 2012, jumped into the high pressure game and won the match for The Sharks with two saves in the penalty shoot out.

And it seemed that Sample maintained his composure under pressure again as he saved Alvin Jones effort.

The score remained 1-0 at half time, but there was the feeling that there was plenty more excitement to come.

Central were hunting for a second goal to put the game out of reach. Speedy midfielder Darren Mitchell missed a golden opportunity and fellow Tobagonian Jamal Jack had a decent shout for a penalty turned down by the ref.

In last years CFU final, Connection ended the game against Central with 9 men. And so it was this year as Alvin Jones' two footed tackle was penalised with a second yellow card.

The two man disadvantage for Connection left them vulnerable as they chased an equaliser and it was Central's maverick striker, Jason Marcano who reaped the reward. Marcano has found the net regularly all season, including a league hat trick last week against Club Sando.

While Connection fought bravely they couldn't overcome the Central midfield lead by the outstanding Leston Paul, the games eventual MVP.

This was the first ever “Couva Classic” played overseas, yet Central, however, did not feel at all charitable to their close neighbours and on the stroke of full time, Darren “Chucky” Mitchell hit home to end the game 3-0.

Central, fielding a team comprised entirely of Trinbagonians, lifted the Caribbeans top club trophy for a second year running. The only other team to achieve this was Puerto Rico Islanders who were allowed into the tournament even though they played their league football in the USA.

It was a testament to the strength of the TT Pro League that, yet again, two teams from T&T made it to the final. Eleven of the sixteen CFU finals have now been won by clubs from Trinidad & Tobago, and there have been 10 T&T runners up. Jamaican clubs have won the trophy 3 times and been runners up twice.

Perhaps more importantly, both T&T clubs qualify for the 2016 CONCACAF Champions League which has been restructured into groups of four for the qualifying rounds. While T&T can proudly boast of their domination in the Caribbean, the test will now be to escape from the group stages of the Champions League and challenge Central and North American giants on the big stage.
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Re: 2016 CFU Club Championship
« Reply #106 on: May 02, 2016, 05:33:23 AM »
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Central, fielding a team comprised entirely of Trinbagonians, lifted the Caribbeans top club trophy for a second year running. The only other team to achieve this was Puerto Rico Islanders who were allowed into the tournament even though they played their league football in the USA.

Islanders had a team of Trinbagonians? :devil:
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« Reply #107 on: May 02, 2016, 05:36:07 AM »
Congratulations. Another trophy for the cabinet!

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Re: 2016 CFU Club Championship
« Reply #108 on: May 02, 2016, 07:30:32 AM »
Congratulations. Another trophy for the cabinet!

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Every time I read these things, I think of Hummers.

For real. Lol

Well done Sharks!!!
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Re: 2016 CFU Club Championship
« Reply #109 on: May 02, 2016, 07:43:35 AM »
Congrats to Central.

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« Reply #110 on: May 02, 2016, 07:53:29 PM »
Congratulations. Another trophy for the cabinet!

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Re: 2016 CFU Club Championship
« Reply #111 on: May 30, 2016, 06:00:47 PM »
Draw is starting now for the group stage of Concacaf Champions League

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Re: 2016 CFU Club Championship
« Reply #112 on: May 30, 2016, 06:36:45 PM »
W Connection draw Honduras Progreso and Pumas. Central  draw Vancouver Whitcaps and Sporting Kansas City

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Re: 2016 CFU Club Championship
« Reply #113 on: May 31, 2016, 05:09:54 AM »
Central has a long 8 hr flight to BC. Nice city though. Good luck to Central and Connection.