Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 4th 2013 Contents NIGEL SIMON
It will be a case of two derbies, one rich
in history and the other relatively new in
terms of the clubs, but not their coaches
when the First Citizens Cup resumes with
a semifinal double-header at the Ato Boldon
Stadium, Couva from 6 pm today.
In the opener, two-time winner and six-
time finalists Defence Force buoyed by their
1-0 quarterfinal defeat of Neal & Massy Cale-
donia AIA, come up against returning club,
San Juan Jabloteh in a clash of North-based
Two hours later it will be the turn of a Cen-
tral-based duo when, six-time champions and
eight-time finalists, DirecTV W Connection
continue their bid for a first hold on the crown
when they face second-year club, Central FC.
Both matches are expected to provide a lot
of excitment based on their quarterfinal dis-
plays, but it will be the night's second
encounter between the Stuart Charles-Fevrier
coached W Connection and Central FC,
coached by his long-time rival, Englishman
Terry Fenwick, that is sure to have the fans
at the edge of their seats.
The "Savonetta Boys" as W Connection are
called earned a spot in the last four, after a
tense 6-5 sudden-death penalty kicks win
over newcomer Pt Fortin Civic Centre on Sat-
urday last after a 0-0 draw and being reduced
to ten men due to two bookable offences by
St Lucia Gerard Williams.
A night earlier at the Hasely Crawford Sta-
dium, Mucurapo, Central FC used a dominant
first-half display and well taken strikes from
Hector Sam and Rundell Winchester to hold
off North East Stars, who got a late reply from
Trevin Caesar for some respectability to the
score in their quarterfinal.
Both teams have also had impressive starts
to their domestic campaigns with W Con-
nection retaining the Digicel Charity Shield
with a 4-2 thumping of Pro League champions
which was followed by a 7-0 blowout of St
Ann's Rangers in their league opener and a
1-0 win over Police before dumping Pt Fortin.
Speaking on the eve of the contest, Charles-
Fevrier who has been at the helm of the team
for all their previous First Citizens Cup cam-
paigns said his team will have to lift its game
another level because Central is a good team
and like W Connection they will want to win
to get to the final.
While W Connection midfielder Gerard
Williams will miss the match due to suspen-
sion, coach Charles-Fevrier will have the avail-
ability of national duo Joevin Jones and Daneil
Cyrus after the pair missed the quarterfinal
contest for breaching club rules and playing
in minor league football.
Charles-Fevrier said, both players have gone
before the club's disciplinary committee and
were handed their punishments, and its up
to him now to select them against Central or
On debut last year, Central FC was blanked
3-0 by eventual runner-up Defence Force in
last year's quarterfinals, but having gotten
past that hurdle after they trounced league
holders Defence Force 3-1 in their league
opener and then a 0-0 draw with Caledonia,
the "Shark" are hungry to make another big
bite as they seek their first title.
This after coming up short in last season's
T&TFA FA trophy final to Caledonia, 2-0 at
Fenwick, who led Jabloteh to the title in the
ompetition's first year, 2000, via 1-0 win over
Defence Force said his only headache going
into the match was that he had a full squad
to choose from.
"We have had a great start to the season,
unbeaten to date and the mood in the camp
is very positive ahead of another important
match for us. The guys are all pumped up to
face W Connection as we want to make a
statement for local talent."
The former England international also took
a swipe at his rivals saying that it seemed that
they were now desperate for success with the
signing of so much foreigners during the off-
season while his team was loaded with local
talent, who are quite as capable."
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Despite just ending its two-match losing
streak to start the season, Defence Force
starts as favourtites against two-time First
Citizens Cup winner s San Juan Jabloteh for
a place in the $120,000 final on October 18.
After the quarterfinal win, Defence Force
coach Ross Russell who led his team to the
title in 2009, seven years after their first tri-
umph and was also on the losing end in the
finals in 2010 and last year said he was looking
foward to much more in the competition.
He said, "You would always feel good with
a win, but I'd be a little more comfortable
when we get past the semifinal round, but
a worrying sign is the lack of goals from his
strikers, Josimar Belgrave and Richard Roy.
So far this season, Defence Force was beaten
by W Connection 4-2 in the Digicel Charity
Shield and in the Pro League round one con-
test, by Central FC, 3-1.
But those worries will be eased somewhat
with the return of main striker and last sea-
son's top goal scorer, Devorn Jorsling who
had a little run out in the win over Caledo-
It was his first bit of action for the new
season following his successful promotional
course towards the rank of Lance Corporal
which he received during a graduation cer-
emony held earlier in the week, and he will
be eager to boss his rivals tonight.
Jabloteh, won the title in 2000 with Fen-
wick in charge, 1-0 against Defence Force,
and then three years later with another Eng-
lishman, Ricky Hill at the helm, but its last
appearance in the final was 2005, something
first year coach Keith Jeffrey hopes he can
correct, even at the Teteron Boys" expense.
Prior to its one year league absence last
year, Jabloteh, which has two wins from two
matches this season, 6-5 in the league over
St Ann's Rangers and the quarterfinal victory
over the same club, has been to the final-
four in 2008, 2009 and 2011 without going
further, but with a first prize of $100,000 on
offer club captain Kerry Baptiste and his
team-mate will no doubt be up for the fight
to ease the burden on their financiers.
Defence Force hopes to cool off Jabloteh
Venue: Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva
Defence Force vs San Juan Jabloteh, 6 pm
W Connection vs Central FC, 8 pm
2013 First Citizens Cup fixtures:
Defence Force's Curtis Gonzales
and Neal & Massy Caledonia
AIA's Noel Williams raise their
boot high in an effort to win the
ball during their First Citizens
Cup quarterfinal at the Marvin
Lee Stadium, Macoya on Monday
night. Defence Force won 1-0 and
faces San Juan Jabloteh in the
first semifinal at the Ato Boldon
Stadium, Couva today from 6pm
while W Connection and Central
FC meet in the other.
Derbies in North, Central
..as First Citizens Cup reaches semis
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