First half goals by Gayson Gregory and Kerry Baptiste gave Bmobile Joe Public a 2-0 revenge win over DIRECTV North East Stars on Saturday night at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in their quarterfinal clash of the 2010 First Citizens Cup.
Joe Public went ahead in the 36th minute when Antiguan attacker Gayson Gregory met Andre Toussaint's pin-point cross from the right to head past goalkeeper Michael Woods for a 1-0 advantage.
The Lions then doubled their advantage seconds from the break when captain Kerry Baptiste converted a penalty in the 45th minute to enjoy a 2-0 score.
It was Woods who gifted Joe Public in the 44th minute when he clumsily pulled down Makan Hislop inside the area.
That's how the score remained following a goalless second period.
Joe Public coaches Derek King and Ralph Nelson trotted off to the dressing rooms with all smiles following the final whistle and the joy of revenge.
It was eventual winners of the 2010 Lucozade Sport Goal Shield North East Stars that whipped the Lions 2-0 in the quarterfinals of that tournament.
But Saturday's quarterfinal win was a bit of self assurance for the rest of the season after failing to get past the Goal Shield tournament and having a disappointing showing in the 2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions' League.
In the 59th minute Stars had a decent effort from distance by forward Sean Fraser after Errol Mc Farlane knocked down a long pass from substitute Kendall Velox into his path--however goalkeeper Marvin Phillip was alert to pull off a diving save.
Less than a minute later Joe Public goalscorers Gregory and Baptiste teamed-up with the later rifling a low shot just wide of the far post.
North East then dominated efforts over the hour mark till the end but just couldn't find the back of the net with efforts from Keryn Navarro, Fraser and a Glenton Wolfe freekick which sailed over.
Seven minutes from time Stars midfielder Akiel Guevara unleased an effort from distance towards goalkeeper Phillip's right corner only to see the Joe Public goalie pull off a magnificant one handed save to maintain a blank sheet at the end.
Joe Public 2-0 North East Stars
Gayson Gregory 36', Kerry Baptiste 45' (pen)
Joe Public--Marvin Phillip, Kerry Baptiste (capt) (Yu Hoshide 75th), Hayden Tinto (Micah Lewis 71st), Trent Noel, Kareem Young (Yellow), Carlyle Mitchell, Makan Hislop, Jason Springer (Yellow), Gayson Gregory, Jevon Morris (Yellow), Andre Toussaint (Marcus Joseph).
North East Stars--Michael Woods (Yellow), Charles Pollard (capt.) (Kimarley McDonald 46th), Keryn Navarro (Yellow), Marc Leslie, Akiel Guevara, Anthony Wolfe, Sean Fraser, Gary Glasgow, Glenton Wolfe, Jeromie Williams (Kendall Velox 46th), Errol Mc Farlane (Yellow) (Kaydion Gabriel 81st).