Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 28th 2014 Contents A60
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, January 28, 2014
A strike on the hour-mark from
prolific teenaged forward Shackiel
Henry doubled with a first-half effort
from Andre Quashie handed Siparia
Spurs a comfortable 2-0 win over
Westside Superstarz to further dis-
tance the South-based club from a
heated blink/bmobile National Super
League relegation battle.
The fixture was one of three played
on Sunday, together with a win for sec-
ond-from-bottom and reigning cham-
pion WASA FC s and a 2-2 draw
between third-from-bottom Bethel and
1976 FC Phoenix. Bethel salvaged a late
point thanks to an added-time goal
from former T&T defender Makan His-
lop.Spurs win kept it four points ahead
of the three-team relegation zone.
WASA, meanwhile, claimed a 2-0 win
over rock-bottom FC Santa Rosa, via
late goals from Jabari Raphael (79th)
and veteran striker and former T&T
standout Gary Glasgow (89th). The
victory was WASA s second in succes-
sion, in what appears to be a last grasp
at survival with few matches remaining
in this season s competition.
On Friday, Guaya United completed
the double over former long-standing
league leader Club Sando, with a 2-1
win. Guaya, with two matches in hand,
will have the opportunity to win the
league outright if it can take maximum
points from the next seven matches.
Malabar FC, which leads the stand-
ings on goal-difference over Club
Sando, was on a bye for the weekend.
At the conclusion of the league, three
teams will be relegated while two will
be promoted from the Champions of
Champions Super League qualification
"The final piece of the jigsaw."
This was how Central FC head
coach Terry Fenwick described
the signing of T&T internation-
al, Sean de Silva on the transfer
In a busy transfer window for
the Sharks, Fenwick, has signed
an impressive group of T&T sen-
ior internationals and one Under-
17 and Under-20 international,
all from outside of the Pro
"It s all about quality," said the
English coach. "There are a lot
of talented Trinis out there, but
some people prefer to sign cheap-
er foreign imports. We have spent
a lot of time and energy chasing
down those talented local boys
who have slipped off the T&T
Central s preparations director,
Kevin Harrison said, "We sat
down one day and said: What
happened to all of our youngsters
who played in two World Cups? "
We knew that many of them had
moved overseas, but they were
no longer impacting on the
Harrison said he, Fenwick and
managing director, Brent Sancho,
devised a project to bring back
T&T players to the Pro League.
"Of course, money was an
issue," said Sancho. "We don t
have a huge budget so we can t
compete with salaries paid in the
MLS. But we explained to players
that sometimes you need to step
sideways to move forward."
"Brent showed these guys that
a move back to the Pro League
would allow national coach
Stephen Hart, a chance to see
players on a regular basis," said
"Videos are ok, but a coach
wants to familiarise himself with
all aspects of a players game. Cru-
cially, the cameras follow the ball,
while the coach wants to see what
the player is doing when he s not
in possession. Players will usually
touch the ball for less than 60
seconds in a game and this will
be covered by the cameras. A
coach wants to see what the play-
er does for the other 89 min-
De Silva, 24, is a product of
the Dion La Foucade Soccer
Academy and represented St
Ann s Rangers at youth level. De
Silva made two appearances for
the national Under-17 team before
he moved to the USA to attend
Charleston College, where he
played for the Cougars. The mid-
fielder then represented T&T at
Under-20 and Under-23 levels,
as well as playing twice for the
After finishing college, de Silva
joined NASL club, Minnesota
United. "I felt this was the right
time for me to come back home
and make my Pro League debut,"
said de Silva. "I m focused on
gaining more national appear-
ances and I need to remind coach
Hart of what I can bring to the
De Silva added that he was
excited by the quality of players
in the squad and is looking for-
ward to teaming up with Leston
"Leston is a superb player. I d
like to think that he and I could
build a partnership that can carry
over to the national team. We are
both young enough for the next
two World Cup campaigns and
I know that coach Hart is looking
ahead to Russia 2018 and Dubai
Fenwick, meanwhile, is posi-
"This is an amazingly talented
group of players that we have
assembled. Everywhere I look is
quality, and now my selection
problems will all be good ones!"
The former Tottenham and Eng-
land defender feels that more
clubs should follow the Central
FC lead. "We don t receive gov-
ernment funding, yet we re
aggressively recruiting T&T play-
ers of international standard to
assist the national team. Every
other team receives taxpayer s
dollars, yet they don t carry out
anything like the number of com-
munity projects that we do. And
how many teams can boast that
they regularly field a team totally
comprised of local players? The
stronger the national team
becomes, the stronger our league
"I d love to bring in some
decent foreign players, but they
have to offer more than we can
get from locals."
De Silva will be hoping to make
his Pro League debut against
Police FC on Saturday. The Sharks
increased their unbeaten run to
four games with a hard fought
0-0 draw at Mahaica Oval against
Point Fortin Civic. "Point Fortin
at Mahaica Oval is the only true
away game in the league, so a
point won there is a good result,"
said Fenwick on the fixture.
claim vital Super
Guaya United 2 (Jody Allsop 42nd,
73rd) vs Club Sando 1 (Kerron
Siparia Spurs 2 (Andre Quashie
39th, Shackiel Henry 60th) vs
Westside Superstarz FC 0
1976 FC Phoenix 2 (Andel Browne
12th, Dominique Kerr 57th) vs
Bethel United 2 (Duane Marcelle
32nd, Makan Hislop 90th)
WASA FC 2 (Jabari Raphael 79th,
Gary Glasgow 89th) vs FC Santa
Real Maracas vs Stokely Vale - Did
not play (Real Maracas won 3-0 by
Joe Public vs T&T Defence Force---
WASA FC vs Guaya United, WASA
Ground, St Joseph, 4 pm
1976 FC Phoenix vs Stokely Vale,
Canaan, Bon Acccord, 4 pm
FC Santa Rosa vs Real Maracas,
YTC Ground, Arouca, 4 pm
Bethel United vs Joe Public,
Montgomery Rec Ground, 4 pm
Club Sando vs Westside
Superstarz, Ato Boldon Stadium,
Couva, 6 pm
Malabar FC .
.2 .69 .27 .45
Club Sando .
.2 .49 .17 .45
Guaya United .
.17 .13 .
.3 .44 .21 40
1976 Phoenix .
.5 .29 .35 .29
Real Maracas .
.8 .32 .26 .25
Stokely Vale .
.9 .30 .39 .25
.1 .12 .31 .44 .22
Joe Public .
.6 .27 .26 .21
Siparia Spurs .
.8 .36 .36 .21
Defence Force .16 .
.8 .23 .44 .18
Bethel Utd .
.4 .5 .10 .24 .49 .17
WASA FC .
.3 .6 .10 .21 .28 .15
FC Santa Rosa .18 .
.2 .5 .11 .18 .43 .11
Central FC's director of operations Kevin Harrison, left, presents a T-shirt to the club's final signing for the
transfer window, T&T international midfielder, Sean de Silva.
Sean de Silva...
Final piece of Central
FC's jigsaw puzzle
RESULTS, FIXTURES & STANDINGS
Police FC's Elijah Belgrave (20) celebrates with teammates following his
added-time strike to secure a 2-1 win over San Juan Jabloteh in Digicel TT Pro
League action, on Friday night. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
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