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Late goal lifts W Connection past Saprissa.
« on: September 17, 2015, 02:04:06 AM »
Late goal lifts W Connection past Saprissa.
Concacaf.com.


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago – DirecTV W Connection revitalized its Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League campaign with a 2-1 win over visiting Saprissa on Wednesday at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

The result snapped the Savonetta Boys’ 10-game winless and five-game scoreless streaks in the tournament, while the Costa Rican power’s bid to win three straight SCCL games for the first time was dashed.

Despite the setback, Saprissa (2W-0D-1L, 6 points) maintains its position atop the Group A table, while idle Santos (1W-0D-1L, 3 points) stays in second on goal difference (+3 to -7) over W Connection (1W-0D-2L, 3 points).

St. Lucia international Kurt Frederick gave the host a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute with his first career SCCL goal, only for Daniel Colindres to equalize four minutes later.

Saprissa emerged from the break in an attacking mood and came close to breaking the stalemate on multiple occasions. In the 53rd minute, Ariel Rodriguez’s right-footed effort from the right side of the box forced a tremendous diving save out of St. Kitts & Nevis international goalkeeper Julani Archibald.

After Francisco Calvo missed in the 57th minute, Marvin Angulo crashed a shot off the post on the next play.

Then, with eight minutes remaining in normal time, W Connection captain Alvin Jones struck for the game-winning goal.

The victory came exactly six years to the day that an 89th minute goal by Renato Pereira gave the Trinidadian side a historic 2-2 draw against Mexico’s Pumas in the same competition.

Group A play resumes on September 22, when Santos visits W Connection.

Results

W Connection  2  v  Saprissa  1
Frederick 34    Colindres 38
Jones 82

Teams

W Connection - 18.Julani Archibald; 2.Kurt Frederick, 4.Maurice Forde, 21.Shannon Gomez, 5.Tristan Hodge, 16.Alvin Jones (Yellow 17); 3.Gerard Williams, 26.Briel Thomas (Yellow 20) (48.Stiven Lopez Concha 78th), 27.Jhonatan Gerhardt (14.Andre Toussaint 70th), 10.Jomal Williams (Yellow 45), 12.Dimitie Apai (11.Neil Benjamin Jr, 71st)..

Coach - Stuart Charles-Fevrier.

Saprissa - Danny Carvajal; 13.Adolfo Machado, 5.Francisco Calvo, 4.Andres Imperiale (Yellow 34); 19.Irving Calderon Reid (27.Dylan Flores 80th), 8.David Guzman (Yellow 45), 20.Nestor Monge (7.Mynor Escoe 84th), 11.Marvin Angulo Borbon (30.Ulises Segura 72nd), 15.Deyver Vega; 14.Ariel Rodriguez Araya, 26.Daniel Colindres.

Coach - Jeaustin Campos Madriz.

Referee - Hector Rodriguez (Honduras).

Standings

P  W  D  L  F  A  Pts
Saprissa  3  2  0  1  7  3  6
Santos Laguna  2  1  0  1  5  2  3
W Connection  3  1  0  1  2  9  3

Next W Connection CCL Match
Tuesday, 22-Sept-2015

W Connection v Santos Laguna

« Last Edit: September 17, 2015, 05:54:56 PM by Flex »
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Re: Re: 2015/16 Concacaf Champions League Thread.
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2015, 04:43:14 AM »
WATCH: Highlights of W-Connection’s 2-1 win over Deportivo Saprissa
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Re: Re: 2015/16 Concacaf Champions League Thread.
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2015, 05:59:17 AM »
Congrats on a hard fought win!
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Re: Re: 2015/16 Concacaf Champions League Thread.
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2015, 06:15:23 AM »
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Re: Re: 2015/16 Concacaf Champions League Thread.
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2015, 06:23:38 AM »
Thought it might have been a free kick. The location of that wall could stimulate a lot of discussion. Congrats to the player.
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Alvin Jones scores stunner as Connection shocks Saprissa
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2015, 03:51:14 PM »
Connection stuns Saprissa to shake up Champions League group
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868.com)

Former Trinidad and Tobago National Under-23 Team captain Alvin Jones cracked home a brilliant late free kick last night as Pro League outfit, DIRECTV W Connection, stunned Costa Rican club, Deportivo Saprissa, 2-1 in a memorable CONCACAF Champions League affair at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.

It was Connection’s first win at CONCACAF level in almost six years and altered the dynamics of Group A, although it might be too late for the “Savonetta Boys” to save their Champions League campaign.
Connection has one remaining game and, to grab the solitary qualifying berth at stake, coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier must mastermind a win by at least eight clear goals against Mexican champs, Santos Laguna, and then pray for Santos to defeat Saprissa by exactly four goals in the final group match.
Former Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar probably has a better chance than that with her petition to annul the 2015 general election results.
Yet, it was a great boost for the reputation of the Pro League and, hopefully, would encourage supporters to pay more courtesy to their home-based players.
Jones’ 81st minute rocket, which flew, bent and dipped, would have brought fans to their feet in any competition on the planet. And it capped off a fine Connection performance against a full-strength Central American team that has won the CONCACAF competition on three occasions.
In Costa Rica, football scribes refer to Saprissa as “The Purple Monster.” Jones’ bullet might not be fatal to Saprissa’s CONCACAF campaign but the visitors left badly wounded.
“We expected to win here but we didn’t obviously,” said Saprissa coach Justin Campos. “It is a shame because I think it was a good game for Saprissa but we didn’t get the score we needed.
“We just have to wait to see what happens in the next game… I am very disappointed.”
Last month, Saprissa routed Connection 4-0 in Costa Rica and the stats were eye-opening. The Central American club managed 39 shots and 211 correct passes with 60 percent ball possession while the “Savonetta Boys” had 40 percent ball possession with just seven shots and 97 correct passes.
Neither team did any radical alterations since and there were just three changes in the Connection starting line-up yesterday. There were no detailed statistics available at Port of Spain yesterday but the Pro League team was credited with 53 percent ball possession.
It is not every day that a Trinidad and Tobago team—whether at club or international level—sees more of the ball than a Costa Rican side.
“Our coach, Stuart Charles-Fevrier, is a genius,” said a beaming Connection assistant coach Earl Jean, at the post-game press conference. “I think he watched a tape of Saprissa playing about 50 times before the match… At the team talk, he told the players to relax and enjoy themselves and play with confidence.
“He said ‘you are representing Trinidad and Tobago today, so go and show people what you can do’.”
None of Connection’s current players represented the “Soca Warriors” at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup but, if they maintain this standard, there will be a few in red, black and white strip very soon.
All five players with Trinidad and Tobago passports, who started last night, are less than 22 years old while Jones and the lively Jomal Williams are both 21.
But there was more than a hint of the quality available in the region too.
St Kitts and Nevis international goalkeeper Julani Archibald was, arguably, Connection’s best performer while his compatriot Gerard Williams was his usual efficient self as he did the less glamorous chores in central midfield and St Lucian wing back Kurt Frederick scored the opening goal.
Briel Thomas, a 20-year-old Dominican midfielder, was the real scoop, though. Tall, powerful and composed, Thomas did not look out of place against a Saprissa team that sent nearly half of its starting squad to the recently concluded Gold Cup tournament.
Read more: http://wired868.com/2015/09/17/connection-stuns-saprissa-to-shake-up-champions-league-group/
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Re: Late goal lifts W Connection past Saprissa.
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2015, 09:24:09 PM »
Congrats to W Connection. Build on this win going forward in this Championship.

W Connection why not play at your home stadium ? smh

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Re: Late goal lifts W Connection past Saprissa.
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2015, 09:59:54 PM »

W Connection why not play at your home stadium ? smh

Concacaf dictated the venue, the lights at Ato Boldon were under repair and by the time the repairs were completed the deadline for naming a venue had passed so Concacaf decided that since Hasely Crawford met the desired criteria they carded the game to be played there. My information is that both Central and Connection tried to get Concacaf to revert to Ato Boldon but to no avail. Trust me Connection wanted to play at Ato Boldon.

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Re: Late goal lifts W Connection past Saprissa.
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2015, 11:52:56 PM »

W Connection why not play at your home stadium ? smh

Concacaf dictated the venue, the lights at Ato Boldon were under repair and by the time the repairs were completed the deadline for naming a venue had passed so Concacaf decided that since Hasely Crawford met the desired criteria they carded the game to be played there. My information is that both Central and Connection tried to get Concacaf to revert to Ato Boldon but to no avail. Trust me Connection wanted to play at Ato Boldon.


Thanks. Now I understand they are not as dotish as they look. There seemed to be no crowd for the CFC game but we only got to see one side of the stadium.

I notice these press reports never mention attendance.

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Re: Late goal lifts W Connection past Saprissa.
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2015, 06:30:34 AM »
I have to big up W Connection, not only for de win but de fact that they using so many young players and exposing them to this level will do wonders for them.

Maurice Forde, Shannon Gomez, Tristan Hodge, Kevon Goddard, Jabari Mitchell, Akim Andrews, Keston Julien, Alvin Jones, Jomal Williams and Neil Benjamin.

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Re: Late goal lifts W Connection past Saprissa.
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2015, 07:06:49 AM »
I have to big up W Connection, not only for de win but de fact that they using so many young players and exposing them to this level will do wonders for them.

Maurice Forde, Shannon Gomez, Tristan Hodge, Kevon Goddard, Jabari Mitchell, Akim Andrews, Keston Julien, Alvin Jones, Jomal Williams and Neil Benjamin.


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Re: Late goal lifts W Connection past Saprissa.
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2015, 09:15:02 AM »
I have to big up W Connection, not only for de win but de fact that they using so many young players and exposing them to this level will do wonders for them.

Maurice Forde, Shannon Gomez, Tristan Hodge, Kevon Goddard, Jabari Mitchell, Akim Andrews, Keston Julien, Alvin Jones, Jomal Williams and Neil Benjamin.



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« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2015, 10:46:56 AM »
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Re: Late goal lifts W Connection past Saprissa.
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2015, 05:08:34 PM »
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Re: Late goal lifts W Connection past Saprissa.
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2015, 09:56:54 PM »
Good game. Connection was not bad at all. Congrats to Earl Jean and Stuart Charle. Toussaint was pretty good.

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Re: Late goal lifts W Connection past Saprissa.
« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2015, 06:09:26 AM »
Yeah, Neil Benjamin & Toussaint injected extra bite in the second half. Will be watching Toussaint to see how he does in the upcoming Concacaf club games. Alvin Jones is a hell of a missile-shot maker. If he solidifies his defensive play, he'll be on the National Team again. Julani Archibald had several amazing saves. Definitely a major reason why W Connection won. Good game, good exposure, good PR for T&T professional league, good morale boost for the players, a shame that it looks like few in T&T care based in the support in the stands. Oh and before I forget, I've never seen a more professional looking kit on a T&T club team than the one by W. Some fellahs have the pants too small but apart from that, they certainly look like dem iz people. Thanks for the game.
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Re: Late goal lifts W Connection past Saprissa.
« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2015, 08:09:33 AM »
Yeah, Neil Benjamin & Toussaint injected extra bite in the second half. Will be watching Toussaint to see how he does in the upcoming Concacaf club games. Alvin Jones is a hell of a missile-shot maker. If he solidifies his defensive play, he'll be on the National Team again. Julani Archibald had several amazing saves. Definitely a major reason why W Connection won. Good game, good exposure, good PR for T&T professional league, good morale boost for the players, a shame that it looks like few in T&T care based in the support in the stands. Oh and before I forget, I've never seen a more professional looking kit on a T&T club team than the one by W. Some fellahs have the pants too small but apart from that, they certainly look like dem iz people. Thanks for the game.

Breds, the only problem with that game was so few people in the stadium. If the covered stand was full and loud, Connection would have played even better. I feel the positive vibes from a good size crowd do bring the intangible for better performance. You could see the Connection players do have that football knowledge and skill The only thing lacking is for them to develop their skills and knowledge to play a bit faster.