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Goalkeeper Shane Mattis made two
penalty-kicks saves as two-time win-
ners San Juan Jabloteh continued its
unbeaten start to the 2014/2015 season
with a 3-2 penalty-kicks win over fellow
two-time winner Defence Force after
a 1-1 draw in their First Citizens Cup
qualifier on Tuesday night.
Speaking after the win, Jabloteh coach
Keith Jeffrey said his team prepared well
and was ready to compete against a top
team like Defence Force.
He added, "Defence Force has always
been a team that competes whether it
be a Cup, League, or FA and we knew
that we were in for a fight against them.
"But we were ready. We played them
in a pre-season practice match and had
a very good idea of what they wanted
to do. So we just adjusted to suit and at
the end of the day it worked out.
"It was a mistake that they equalised
from but at the end we showed our
strength and that we are an improving
team from last season. And anytime you
can go up against the Defence Force and
win whether it is penalties or within the
ninety minutes, it's always a good thing,"
concluded the Jabloteh coach.
The 30-year Jamaican Mattis first
saved from Richard Roy first attempt for
the "Teteron Boys" in the shootout which
was followed by a missed from Dave
Long off the crossbar, before he stopped
Rodell Elcock's fifth attempt at the Mar-
vin Lee Stadium, Macoya.
Ross Russell Jr and Curtis Gonzales
scored from the spot for the 2002 and
2009 winners and five-time runner-up
Defence Force, however Dillon Kirton,
Andell Noray and Andrian Reid converted
for underdogs and 2000 and 2003 win-
ners Jabloteh with their team's second,
fourth and fifth attempts respectively.
Shaquille Bertrand had missed
Jabloteh's opening effort and Calib Sturge
has his attempt saved by Defence Force
newcomers Andre Marchan.
But Defence Force, beaten in three of
the last four finals including 2012 and
2013, both by 2-1 margins to Caledonia
and Central Fc respectively has only itself
to blame for going out at the first hurdle
in the $100,000 competition.
This after missing a host of chances
through Jerwyn Balthazar, Josimar Bel-
grave, Jorsling from the penalty-spot,
and Kerry Joseph.
The best of the lot fell to Jorsling who
was presented with a golden chance to
put his team ahead after referee Crystal
Sobers whistled for a foul on Russell Jr
by Jabloteh defender Jevon Morris inside
the 18-yard box in the 26th minute.
However, the typically reliable Jorsling,
coming off a hat-trick against Police in
the Pro League dragged his left footed
effort wide of the goal with the best
chance of the half while Jabloteh's best
effort fell to Andell Noray in the 41st,
but he hit wide.
On the resumption, it was more of
the same, this time with Joseph volleying
wide of the target in the 51st and four
minutes later the out-of-sync Jorsling
hitting overbar. San Juan defense saw
Jorsling's attempt to lob Mattis, after
muscling off a couple Jabloteh shirts, lift
the ball high over, followed by a lob over
the top as well.
Against the run of play, Jabloteh took
a 75th minute lead through Noray, who
after being picked out by Jamaican New-
town Sterling inside the area, fired past
Marchan and into the far corner.
It looked to be cruel blow against the
"Teteron Boys" as the minutes ticked
away, but their blemishes were spared
from full-time when Roy, who replaced
Jorsling in the 65th, turned in one of the
many centres from Russell Jr past Mattis
to end the match to penalties, where
the San Juan club prevailed to set up a
meeting in tomorrow's quarterfinal
against six-time (2001, 2004, 2005,
2006. 2007 & 2008) winners DirecTV
W Connection at the Ato Boldon Sta-
dium, Couva from 6pm.
Commenting on the loss, Defence
Force coach, Ross Russell expressed his
disappointment with the early exit from
"I am disappointed in the loss, but I
think our guys gave their all tonight
(Tuesday). We came back from 1 nil
(down) to equalize late in the game.
"Penalties go anywhere and normally
we have a bad record with penalties. We
continued the (poor) record (tonight)."
"It was a great game," added Russell
Sr. "I think Jabloteh fought very hard to
the end -- they really put in the work.
We had a lot of chances that went a
begging and that hurt us."
With respect to the display by his
team main striker Jorsling, Russell
defender his talisman, but admitted it
was not his best outing.
"It was unlike Jorsling in a game like
this where it was tight," explained Russell.
"With the penalty he said it just hit the
wrong part of his foot and went wide.
I won't fault him much because he is
really our number one penalty kicker."
In tomorrow's second match at Couva
from 8pm, defending champions, Central
FC will start its bid for a second straight
title against Pt Fortin Civic.
And on Saturday at the Marvin Lee
Stadium, Police FC faces St Ann's
Rangers from 5pm while two-time (2011
& 2012) winners Caledonia AIA tackle
Japs North East Stars at 7 pm.
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Mattis heroics too much for Defence Force
Defence Force 1 (Richard Roy 88th) vs
Jabloteh 1 (Andell Noray 75th) - Jabloteh
won 3-2 on penalty-kicks
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: Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva
W Connection vs Jabloteh, 6pm = D
Central FC vs Pt Fortin Civic, 8pm = A
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Police FC vs St. Ann's Rangers, C)---5pm
Caledonia AIA vs North East Stars (B)---
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