November 27, 2020, 12:35:35 AM

Author Topic: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread  (Read 5588 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Deeks

  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 17594
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #30 on: February 04, 2018, 02:59:43 PM »
Super Bowl or W Connection? :rotfl:

 :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: You is a reall burro, you know.

Offline che

  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 4089
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #31 on: February 04, 2018, 04:49:41 PM »
AG won big tonight 4 nil. So WC needs to win or Stay home.

Offline Deeks

  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 17594
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #32 on: February 04, 2018, 05:47:21 PM »
I have a desktop and laptop. I guess I watching both.


Offline Tallman

  • Administrator
  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 23055
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #33 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’).
The Conquering Lion of Judah shall break every chain.

Offline Deeks

  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 17594
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #34 on: February 04, 2018, 06:47:30 PM »
WC getting balled tonight!

Offline Tallman

  • Administrator
  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 23055
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #35 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).
The Conquering Lion of Judah shall break every chain.

Offline Deeks

  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 17594
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #36 on: February 04, 2018, 07:54:57 PM »
atrocious display.

Offline Sam

  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 8188
  • Police face and dog heart.
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #37 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....

Faster than a speeding pittbull
Stronger than a shot of ba-bash
Capable of storming any fete


Offline Deeks

  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 17594
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #38 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.

Offline Fyzoman

  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 1955
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #39 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 >:(
"Practice is the best of all instructors"

Offline Tallman

  • Administrator
  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 23055
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #40 on: February 05, 2018, 03:18:27 PM »
Atlético Pantoja, Arnett Gardens advance as W Connection bow out Caribbean Club Championship
ttproleague.com


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)

RELATED NEWS

‘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.

« Last Edit: February 06, 2018, 02:48:32 AM by Flex »
The Conquering Lion of Judah shall break every chain.

Offline Deeks

  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 17594
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #41 on: February 05, 2018, 03:55:27 PM »
Very disappointing display.

Offline soccerman

  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 4523
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #42 on: February 05, 2018, 09:34:59 PM »
Looks like another debriefing for the technical committee

Offline Tallman

  • Administrator
  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 23055
    • View Profile
Hydrotech Central FC already winners in Dominican Republic
« Reply #43 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.”
The Conquering Lion of Judah shall break every chain.

Offline Tallman

  • Administrator
  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 23055
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #44 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).

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/MYWsfACaT9Q" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/MYWsfACaT9Q</a>
The Conquering Lion of Judah shall break every chain.

Offline Tallman

  • Administrator
  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 23055
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #45 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’).
The Conquering Lion of Judah shall break every chain.

Offline Deeks

  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 17594
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #46 on: February 07, 2018, 07:23:49 PM »
Oh well!

Offline FF

  • Moderator
  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 7503
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #47 on: February 07, 2018, 07:42:18 PM »
Cobo pee on we since DJW take over and we thought was guava season before.
THE BEATINGS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES

Offline Deeks

  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 17594
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #48 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.

Offline Flex

  • Administrator
  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 16796
  • A Trini 4 Real.
    • View Profile
    • Soca Warriors Online
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #49 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.

« Last Edit: February 08, 2018, 03:02:40 AM by Flex »
The real measure of a man's character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.

Offline Sam

  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 8188
  • Police face and dog heart.
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #50 on: February 08, 2018, 09:15:27 AM »
Even though they lost, Central FC played some decent football, they looked better than Portmore.

Faster than a speeding pittbull
Stronger than a shot of ba-bash
Capable of storming any fete


Offline Flex

  • Administrator
  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 16796
  • A Trini 4 Real.
    • View Profile
    • Soca Warriors Online
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #51 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.”

« Last Edit: February 10, 2018, 06:01:43 AM by Flex »
The real measure of a man's character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.

Offline Tallman

  • Administrator
  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 23055
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #52 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).

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/ercnYKXGPHI" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/ercnYKXGPHI</a>
The Conquering Lion of Judah shall break every chain.

Offline Tallman

  • Administrator
  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 23055
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #53 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.
The Conquering Lion of Judah shall break every chain.

Offline Tallman

  • Administrator
  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 23055
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #54 on: February 09, 2018, 03:22:09 PM »
WATCH: Jason Marcano scores the opening goal for Central FC against Racing FC

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/xX7qokd-G0s" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/xX7qokd-G0s</a>
The Conquering Lion of Judah shall break every chain.

Offline Deeks

  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 17594
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #55 on: February 09, 2018, 03:39:21 PM »
Allyuh eh think they could build a small turf field stadium like that in the QPS?

Offline Deeks

  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 17594
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #56 on: February 09, 2018, 03:41:45 PM »
Is 2 nil now. Good going Central. Hang in there!

Offline Tallman

  • Administrator
  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 23055
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #57 on: February 09, 2018, 03:51:45 PM »
HALF-TIME: Racing FC 0-2 Central FC.
The Conquering Lion of Judah shall break every chain.

Offline Deeks

  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 17594
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #58 on: February 09, 2018, 04:09:08 PM »
3 after 52 mins  :)

Offline Tallman

  • Administrator
  • Hero Warrior
  • *****
  • Posts: 23055
    • View Profile
Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #59 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.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/ASeAYBtqjUg" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/ASeAYBtqjUg</a>
The Conquering Lion of Judah shall break every chain.