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First-half goals by Odelle Arm­strong and Ka­reem Fred­er­ick earned the men from St Fran­cois Na­tion­als their first ti­tle for the sea­son, claim­ing the Fru­ta FA Cup on Wednes­day night at the Hase­ly Craw­ford Sta­di­um in Mu­cu­rapo, Port-of-Spain with a 2-0 tri­umph over Can­taro FC.

Arm­strong's goal al­so en­sured he fin­ished as one of three lead­ing scor­ers for the play­offs on four goals. St Fran­cois Na­tion­als, sea­soned cam­paign­ers in the North­ern Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (NFA) and lo­cal foot­ball for many years, failed to se­cure the cov­etous Pre­mier­ship and Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion ti­tles, won by Mis­cel­la­neous Laven­tille Utd and North Coast SCC, re­spec­tive­ly.

On Wednes­day though, they en­sured that they did not fin­ish the sea­son emp­ty-hand­ed, down­ing Can­taro FC. Apart from Arm­strong, Joshua Rogers was al­so among the lead­ing scor­ers in the play-off with two goals, while Fred­er­icks, Ra­heem Bor­de, An­dre Joseph, Jared Har­ry and Rod­nel John, each scored a goal apiece.

The game con­clud­ed an­oth­er suc­cess­ful sea­son in the NFA, as the top play­ers now look for­ward to an NFA All-Star con­test with T&T Pro League cam­paign­ers Club San­do at the Ato Boldon Sta­di­um, Bal­main, Cou­va Sat­ur­day at 7 pm. NFA of­fi­cials will now at­tempt to sort out mat­ters with the Dis­ci­pli­nary Com­mit­tee and oth­er NFA com­mit­tee is­sues be­fore the cur­tain comes down on the sea­son.

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St Francois Nationals clinch Fruta FA Cup.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


ST FRANCOIS Nationals clinched the Fruta-sponsored Northern Football Association (NFA) FA Cup title, with a 2-0 win over Cantaro FC in Wednesday’s final at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

Former Defence Force and Caledonia AIA striker Odelle Armstrong broke the deadlock in the 31st minute, and Kareem Frederick got St Francois’ second goal in the 45th.

According to a media release from the organisers All Sport Promotions, “There are a couple matters that the disciplinary committee and NFA committee have to meet to officially complete the (2018) season.”

However, Miscellaneous Laventille United and North Coast SCC copped the Premier and Championship Division titles respectively.

Tomorrow, the attention will turn to the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, as the NFA Select All-Star team will face Club Sando in an exhibition game from 7 pm.