Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 3rd 2013 Contents A60
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North East Stars is good enough
to lift the 2013 Lucozade Sport
Goal Shield title with or without
star forward Cornell Glen, who
remains with a question mark for
today s final, according to head
coach Angus Eve.
Stars edged Central FC 1-0 in
the quarterfinal round and ousted
Defence Force 5-4 on penalties fol-
lowing a 1-1 draw in the semifinal
round to now attempt its second
title this season under Eve.
The 2013 Toyota Classic winner
will tackle DirecTV W Connection
from 8 pm at the Marvin Lee Sta-
dium, Macoya, in the final of the
Goal Shield, following an Oasis
Youth Pro League Under-17 clash
between North East Stars and
Defence Force, which kicks off at
North East Stars has enjoyed the
better of Connection all season,
defeating the "Savonnetta Boys"
2-1 in the first round of the FA
Trophy, in addition to a 2-0 and
a 1-0 win in round two and three,
respectively, in the Digicel T&T
Pro League. The best result for W
Connection against North East
Stars this season was a goalless
stalemate in the first round.
W Connection, however, is on a
high following qualification into
the 2013-2014 Concacaf Champi-
ons League earlier this week, and
midfielder Joevin Jones enjoying
good form as the star player in
coach Stuart Charles Fevrier s side.
Meanwhile, North East Stars
remains hopeful that its top forward
Cornell Glen will be fit enough to
play on Friday.
The injury-prone Glen suffered
a calf strain in the quarterfinal con-
test against Central FC on April 12
and Eve cast blame on the artificial
Marvin Lee Stadium surface.
On Wednesday the Stars coach
said, "(Glen) is getting all the nec-
essary treatment. We left him out
of the semifinal against Defence
Force because we thought the rest
of guys were good enough to get
us to get us to the final. But we
are hoping that (Glen) should be
there in the Final on Friday."
Even with Glen still doubtful,
Eve is confident in his team s ability
to lift the Goal Shield.
"Anybody going into a game,
goes in to win," he said. "We believe
that we are quite capable of win-
ning and are confident in ourselves.
We do have respect for (Connec-
tion) as we do for every opponent.
"We know their strengths as well
as---they may believe---they know
ours. We know that Joevin Jones
has been doing the work in midfield
for them and that goalkeeper (Ale-
jandro) Figueroa keeps the ball very
long. We also know that the Suri-
namese boy Stefano Rijssel is a
good player and that Clyde Leon
keeps very good possession of the
"But we know where we re at,"
he said on Thursday. "For us Cor-
nell Glen has been the only doubt
going into the Final. He trained
with us today and we would see
how it goes tomorrow."
T&T s beach soccer team
will be put to its final test
before departing for its
inaugural competition, the
2013 Fifa Beach Soccer
World Cup qualifiers for
Concacaf, in Bahamas,
when it hosts an all-star
Brazil team at Saith Park,
Chaguanas, from 8 pm,
The event, dubbed "Soca
meets Samba," will feature
T&T s top beach soccer
players in action against an
unofficial Brazilian outfit
comprising a select group of
players from beach soccer
clubs within the world num-
ber-one ranked nation.
Two of the travelling play-
ers have featured in the Brazil
Beach Stars team which won
the third annual BagoSports
Beach Soccer Championship
title last year.
Former national defender
Makan Hislop, who was
voted most valuable player
at the same tournament last
year, is in the 12-man T&T
squad, with another defend-
er Ryan Augustine named as
the team s skipper.
Five of the 12 players are
from Tobago, and six are
current players of
BagoSports, the top recog-
nised beach soccer club in
the country. Pacey Stokely
Vale player Dominic
McDougall will lead the for-
wards, with the aide of nim-
ble playmaker Chad Appoo.
Former University of South
Carolina striker Hakeem
King is also in the team.
Back-up St Ann s Rangers
custodian Zane Coker is
expected to start in goal.
The friendly will be used
by head coach Alexandre
Soares, a four-time Fifa
Beach Soccer World Cup
winner, and his assistant,
former US beach soccer
international Benvan Astor-
ga, as preparation for T&T s
first official competition in
beach soccer which will be
held in the Bahamas from
T&T is pitted in a four-
team group comprising the
top-ranked team in Cocacaf
and the defending champion
Mexico, along with Canada
and fellow debutant Guyana.
Eleven teams will take part
in the qualifiers with the two
finalists earning a spot in the
World Cup, which runs from
September 18-28 in Tahiti,
of the Oceania confedera-
Zane Coker, Victor Thomas,
Ryan Augustine (capt),
Makan Hislop, Elijah
Roberts, Shallun Bobb,
Jesse Bailey, Rodney
Nelson, Chad Appoo,
Hakeem King, Lemuel
Lyons, David McDougall.
ROSEAU---West Indies and Windward
Islands off-spinner Shane Shillingford was
on Wednesday named the country s Sports-
man of the Year for 2012 at the seventh
Annual National Sports Award ceremony.
Shillingford, who took 10 wickets in the
Test match against Australia at Windsor Park
here last year, edged out national football
captain Kurlson Benjamin on his way to cop-
ping the award.
Sports Minister Justina Charles said the
Government of Dominica would give Shilling-
ford a parcel of land on which to build his
The 30-year-old Shillingford has already
been named as a Goodwill Ambassador and
is in possession of a diplomatic passport.
He has also excelled this year and was a
standout for West Indies in the recent two-
Test series against Zimbabwe, grabbing 19
wickets to emerge as Man-of-the-Series.
Overall, Shillingford has taken 48 wickets
from ten Tests.
Meanwhile, sprinter Luan Gabriel was
named as Sportswoman of the Year, after
becoming the first Dominican to secure a
gold medal in a sprint event at the Carifta
Games in 2012, when she won the 100m
She also represented Dominica at the 2012
Windward Islands Under-19 captain Jerlani
Robinson captured the male Youth Athlete
of the Year award. (CMC)
Glen in doubt as W Connection
battles Stars for Goal Shield
Shillingford is Dominica's Sportsman of the Year
T&T faces Brazil in beach
soccer warm-up tonight
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