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Defending champions Central FC
and two-time winners W Connection
has advanced to the semi-finals of the
2016 Lucozade Sport Goal Shield after
victories in the quarter-final round
on Friday night.
W Connection easily disposed of
North East Stars 4-1 in the second
match of a double-header at the Ato
Boldon Stadium, Couva, while the
reigning champs Central FC needed
penalty kicks to prevail against St Ann s
Rangers 3-1 after both teams finished
locked at 1-1 at the end of regulation
Keron Cornwall opened the scoring
for Rangers in the 20th minute before
Rundel Winchester snatched the
equaliser nine minutes later.
Winchester (R) shook off two defend-
ers before driving his left-footer past
Though reduced to ten men, the
"Couva Sharks" showed their superi-
ority from the spot with goals from
Jason Marcano, Rundel Winchester and
Leston Paul while Rangers were left
mourning missed chances and poor-
Their lone goal came from Jameel
Antoine. Johan Peltier and Keron Corn-
wall fired over the crossbar and Kevon
Piper had his spot kick saved by goal-
keeper Akel Clarke, who replaced first
choice Jan-Michael Williams who is
still nursing a shoulder injury.
After the game, Rangers coach Angus
Eve said: "We have been working on
finishing from the penalty spot but
unfortunately it just didn t come on
The Sharks only blemish from the
kicks came when Elijah Manners
attempt cannoned off the crossbar in
only the team s second kick.
Later coach Dale Saunders said: "We
never doubted ourselves on penalties.
We have been practising penalties on
the training ground and have been one
hundred per cent."
"We are grateful for the result. The
season has been long and hard and
with our players playing continuously,
from the CONCACAF Champions
League, we are now seeing some tired
legs. It s all about how we manage our
players now as we look ahead."
According to Saunders: "I knew
Rangers was going to be a tough oppo-
nent. We had a sending-off and it was
unfortunate but we grind it out and
are happy to go into the next round."
In the second game W Connection
avenged their 1-3 loss to the Sangre
Grande men in the Pro League a week
ago and set up a mouth-watering
"Couva Classico" clash next week.
"I am very pleased with the effort
from our team," W Connection tech-
nical director and coach Stuart Charles-
"It was one of our better games in
recent times. We were more consistent
and much better in our execution as a
They are six points behind leaders
and defending champions Central FC
on the DPL standings. The two will
however meet on Tuesday from 8 pm
at the same venue in a League fixture.
Shahdon Winchester fired Connec-
tion ahead in the 10th minute, after
captain Hughton Hector found him
unmarked from a counter attack.
They could have extended the lead
moments later but Briel Thomas, Win-
chester (Shahdon) and Neil Benjamin
Jr failed to find the net with the goal
at their mercy.
Kerry Baptiste later levelled the scores
for the Stars 1-1 three minutes into the
second half, smashing a half volley past
Connection custodian Julani Archibald,
who, only two minutes earlier had to
keep out Anthony Wolfe s stinging
However Connection, seeking their
third trophy this season, stormed back
with two goals in a space of five min-
Defender Julani Peters and midfielder
Andre Toussaint found the nets, before
Benjamin put the nail in the coffin with
his item three minutes from regulation
Peters goal in the 58th minute came
when he raced on to a Jabari Mitchell s
feed and struck it low past Samuel in
goal to restore the advantage 2-1.
And later Toussaint latched on to
Hector s through pass to beat the goalie
in the 62nd minute.
Benjamin then sealed the issue 4-1
with the goal of the game, when he
chipped an on-rushing Samuel in the
Yesterday, Defence Force was sched-
uled to face Morvant Caledonia United
at the Hasely Crawford Stadium at 4
pm, and San Juan Jabloteh was expected
to face Police at 6 pm at the same venue
in two other quarter-final matches.
GOING THROUGH: Central FC's Leston Paul, centre, tries to burst through Police FC duo Elijah Belgrave and
Clevon Mc Fee in their Digicel T&T Pro League match at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, on April 1. Police FC won
1-0. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
...in contrasting fashions
LUCOZADE SPORT GOAL SHIELD
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