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Despite missing three players
due to national duties with the
Soca Warriors at the 18th
Caribbean Football Union Cup
Finals in Jamaica, Central FC will
be confident of reclaiming top
spot in the Digicel T&T Pro
League when it faces Police at
Gilbert Park, Couva in a re-sched-
uled match from 3.30 pm.
The match is the lone encounter
on schedule and will be a repeat
of last month s First Citizens Cup
semifinal which the eventual
champions Central FC won 3-1 on
penalty-kicks after a 0-0 dead-
In that penalty-kicks win for
the "Central Sharks", midfielder
Ataulla Guerra was the first to score
his penalty while goalkeeper Jan-
Michael Williams made two saves
to secure his team s passage to the
final in which they edged Japs
North East Stars 1--0 on a Leston
Paul item to carry off the $100,000
However, today Guerra, Williams
and Paul will not be among Central
Sharks roster for coach Zoran
Vranes as they are all in the Soca
Warriors squad which leaves this
morning for Montego Bay, Jamaica
for the CFU finals which runs from
In addition, midfielder Jason
Marcano, joined the list of sidelined
players with a suspected case of
dengue while pre-season midfield
signings, Elijah Manners, is still
recovering from a fractured fibula
(calve bone) and Qian Grosvenor,
from illness and will not be avail-
It s still early in the season but
the problems for first year coach
Vranes seems to be at its peak as
left-back Keion Goodridge, yet to
start this season, is recovering from
an ankle injury, while utility player
Kaydion Gabriel, who missed his
team s First Citizens Cup final tri-
umph through card suspension a
week ago, had a suspected case of
dengue as well, and is listed as
Commenting on his list of pos-
sible absent players Vranes said,
"For us it s tough. Can you imagine
missing about eight starters. But
despite everything we are expecting
a good performance. Our players
are looking forward to a good
result. It s also a good opportunity
for the players, who are getting
starting roles to show what they
can really do."
Reflecting on their previous
meeting so far this season the
Yugoslav-born former T&T
Under-20 and coach said it was
not an easy encounter.
"When we played Police two
weeks ago it was a very close game
and we are expecting the same on
Sunday (today). They have a couple
quality players, some former T&T
national players and some very
The Central coach also had the
concerns about the playing surface
at today s venue adding: "The sur-
face isn t to a professional standard
and the earlier day time temper-
ature can be an additional problem,
but we would see how best we can
adjust to the conditions because
we are professionals.
"We are challenging the league
title so we must play under the
present circumstance of not having
a number of starters available."
Police, meanwhile, will be with-
out goalkeeper Adrian Foncette,
who gained his first senior national
team call-up from national coach
Stephen Hart as third choice
behind Williams and Point Fortin
Civic s Marvin Phillip.
The quartet of defender Anton
Hutchinson (ankle), midfielder
Kurdell Braithwaite (illness) and
brothers Jameel (groin) and Kareem
(back) Perry are all sidelined but
coach Richard Hood still sees every
opportunity against one of the top
teams as a plus.
"I view it as very important
because we want to establish our-
selves as a top team in the League,
and we can only do so by our per-
formances against the better
teams," said Hood.
"We are not concerned too
much about the venue or their
Central supporters as the game is
played on the pitch and our focus
is on executing our game plan and
neutralising what they do."
Following today s match the
league will take a two-week break
to accommodate the CFU Cups
Finals before resuming on Novem-
Coosal s Las Lomas will be seeking
full points today in an effort to avoid
the relegation playoffs, when the Cen-
tral club makes the trip to Guaya Unit-
ed in the last series of matches in the
first round of the T&T Football Asso-
ciation (TTFA) National Super League.
Las Lomas United, sitting in tenth
spot on 18 points, will need to climb up
at least two spots at the end of today s
round of matches to stand a chance at
finishing among the top eight teams.
Six regular league matches will be
played today, before another two
rescheduled fixtures on Wednesday
brings a close to the first round.
When each of the 15 teams complete
their 14 matches, the standings will be
split into two with the top eight teams
playing a Championship round-robin.
The bottom seven teams will play in a
separate group to determine the three
relegated teams and the four to remain
in next year s competition.
Thus, even if Club Sando, leading
by five points, finishes atop the stand-
ings by the end of Wednesday s fixtures,
it will still be required to start over and
replay the second to eighth-placed team
to challenge for the title.
Defending champion Miami United
and Chargers World Select shared top
honours on the opening day of the
fifth annual Bago Sports Beach Soccer
Championships at the Black Rock Her-
itage Park, on Friday.
Both teams played unbeaten after
two rounds of matches in Group A and
led the group with six points each.
Miami leads with a goal difference of
plus-17 after demolishing last year s
runner-up Real Unity of Trinidad, 13--0,
and local team, Who Iz Next, 8--4.
Chargers World Select sat in second
before yesterday s matches with a plus-
13 goal difference after edging Antioquia
of Colombia, 5--4, and getting past
Who Iz Next, 7--4. The two unbeaten
Miami s Brazilian star Beiwerson is
the top goal scorer with six strikes lead-
ing the way with hat-trick in both of
Miami s victories. National beach soccer
standout Dominic McDougal (Who Iz
Next) is on four goals along with Betto
Lima (Miami United) and Lucas Duque
(Antioquia). McDougal recorded a hat-
trick in this team s 4--7 loss to Antio-
quia. Another national player Makan
Hislop (Who is Next) also registered a
hat-trick in his team s losing effort
against Miami United.
Club Meta of Colombia led Group B
with three points after winning their
lone match, 6--2, against Team Canada.
Chargers Beach Select sat in the run-
ner-up spot with a narrow 3--2 win
against home side Black Rock.
Yesterday, Chargers Beach Select met
Club Meta in the first match, before
Chargers World Select and Miami Unit-
ed faced off in a mouth-watering con-
test. Team Canada and Black Rock both
sought their first wins of the Cham-
pionship when they met yesterday. Real
Unity vs Who Iz Next met in the final
The winner of Group A will line up
against the runner-up in Group B today
from for 2 pm, while Group B winner
and Group A s second-placed team will
feature in the second semifinal from
3pm. The third place play-off is set for
5.30 pm with the grand finals set for
The team will be playing for over US
$20,000 in prizes. The winners will
take home US$15,000.
FC target Pro lead
...tackles Police at Gilbert Park
produces one of
his saves against
effort during their
First Citizens Cup
semifinal at the
Stadium, Couva on
Central won 3--1 on
a 0--0 draw before
North East Stars
1--0 in the final.
T&T PRO LEAGUE
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Central FC vs Police, Gilbert
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Super League teams battle
against relegation playoff
BagoSports Beach Soccer
tourney closes today
Petrotrin Palo Seco
NLCB La Horquetta
1976 FC Phoenix
Coosal's Las Lomas
FC Santa Rosa
D'Lime Goal City
1976 FC Phoenix vs Bethel United,
Canaan Recreation Ground, 4 pm.
La Horquetta SA vs Malabar FC, UTT,
O'Meara, 3.30 pm.
D'Lime Bar Goal City vs Real Maracas,
Plymouth, 4 pm.
Guaya United FC vs Coosal's Las
Lomas, Guaya Rec Ground, 3.30 pm.
FC Santa Rosa vs WASA FC, YTC
Ground, Arouca, 3.30 pm.
Siparia Spurs vs Club Sando, Fyzabad
Rec Ground, 3.30 pm.
Petrotrin Palo Seco vs T&T Defence
Force, Palo Seco Velodrome, 3.30 pm.
WASA FC vs Stokely Vale, WASA
Ground, St Joseph, 4 pm.
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