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"We just came out to work hard,
motivated by our coach...the best
coach in the league, Terry Fenwick,"
Central FC s 20-year-old Tobagon-
ian attacker Rundell Winchester
told reporters following his team s
2-1 win in the final of the 2014
Lucozade Sport Goal Shield on Fri-
Winchester couldn t contain his
joy at the Ato Boldon Stadium, and
deservingly so. He had just received
his winners medal and the MVP
award, accolades he also picked up
in the final of the First Citizens Cup
last October which his side won 2-
1 against Defence Force.
Back then at age 19, Winchester
had set up an equalising goal before
scoring the winner.
Now at age 20 and just over five
months later, and still displaying his
incredible and deceptive speed, the
T&T forward reminded the thou-
sands of spectators, who packed the
Couva venue covered stands, what
he is made of.
"In a big game like this it s about
stepping up," Winchester added. "I
am really motivated by my (team-
mates). They always make me come
and work hard and I m now so happy
we came and beat W Connection in
a big final.
"It s a pleasure that we have put
our rivals to shame. I feel so happy.
We love it. I m going to celebrate
with my team...Central to the
Two bites in a space of seven min-
utes and the "Sharks" were leading
by two goals before the 20th minute
mark with Winchester scoring one
and setting up another.
In the 13th minute, Winchester,
undoubtedly the Usain Bolt of
Trinidad and Tobago football, was
unleashed by a Willis Plaza pass in
midfield and blew past two of the
quickest defenders in the league,
Daneil Cyrus and Kurt Frederick,
before unleashing a half-volley past
goalkeeper Aquelius Sylvester for a
Then by the 19th minute, Central
led 2-0 when a deft header at the
far post by 38-year-old midfielder
and captain Marvin Oliver, off a
Winchester cross, which sunk into
Sylvester s goal.
Central FC forward Rundell Win-
chester poses with his Lucozade
Sport Goal Shield MVP award. Win-
chester scored one and set up anoth-
er in his team s 2-1 win over bitter
Couva rivals W Connection.
Winchester explained his joy also
belonged to Tobago. He said, "Most
Tobagonians don t come down to
Trinidad and shine. I came here and
I m making my Tobago proud and
also it s an honour to be the MVP.
I just love the feeling. It s a great
Winchester and teammates Mar-
vin Oliver and Willis Plaza along
with Connection s Hashim Arcia and
North East Stars midfielder Keron
Cummings all finished joint top scor-
ers with two goals each, while Fen-
wick was presented with the Coach
of the Tournament award.
Two minutes after Central s sec-
ond item, Connection were cele-
brating, and the "Sharks" lead was
sliced in half when a 30-yard free-
kick blast by Alvin Jones was too
hot for former "Savonnetta Boys"
goalie Jan Michael Williams as it
struck the underside of the crossbar
and down into the net.
Moments later (Alvin) Jones, who
plays as a right fullback, forced a
blockout by Williams and six min-
utes from time from a 22-yard set
piece, his on-target strike was meas-
ured by the Central goalie, putting
it behind for a corner following a
handball ruled against Elton John by
referee Neal Brizan.
On the other end in the 50th
minute, Connection were rescued
by (Alvin) Jones, when he wedged a
boot into Winchester s within the
six-yard area, spinning the ball over-
Then in the 88th minute, Plaza,
playing with an injured right foot,
executed excellent skill to slip away
from three Connection players before
having a go at goal above the area
which Sylvester blocked out and fol-
lowed up with a similar save against
Winchester before wrapping the sec-
ond rebound attempt by Jason Mar-
In the end, however, Central, the
second-season-old club, celebrated
their second title this season, revenge
over the side that defeated them 6-
5 on penalties following a 2-2 draw
in the final of the FA trophy last
December, and $44,000 based on
the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield win-
ners prize money scheme.
While W Connection, also the
winners of this season s Digicel
Charity Shield and Toyota Classic,
failed to defend the title they lifted
in 2009 and 2013, the "Savonnetta
Boys" walked away with $16,500
based on the runners-up prize
money scheme and medals.
"We started well," said W Con-
nection assistant coach and former
standout forward Earl Jean following
He said: "In the first 10-15 minutes
the game was going well for us but
I think we allowed the second goal
too easy...too simple. And I think
that put us on the back foot.
"We always knew it was going to
be a tough game against Central.
"(Looking at the game) we want
to be positive. We want to take the
good side out of the game. I think
we had more possession and that s
what we needed to do and try to
control the game a little more.
"(But) I don t think our strikers
are firing on all cylinders and that
put us back. We lost (striker) Dimitrie
Apai in training (with a knee injury).
And (midfielder) Joevin Jones hasn t
played in a while since coming back
"They (Central) got a victory and
that s it. It s a big disappointment
when you re defending your trophy
and lose," settled the former St Lucia
Friday's Lucozade Sport
Goal Shield 2014 final
Venue: Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva
Central FC 2 (Rundell Winchester
13th, Marvin Oliver 19th) vs W
Connection 1 (Alvin Jones 21st)
Central edge W Connection
in Goal Shield final
...MVP Winchester inspires Sharks
W Connection: 22. Aquelius
Sylvester (GK), 3. Gerard Williams
(C) (Yellow Card), 4. Daneil Cyrus,
2. Kurt Frederick, 10. Joevin Jones,
14. Hashim Arcia, 19. Leslie Joel
Russell, 40. Jomol Williams (7.
Silvio Spann 69th minute) (Yellow
Card), 65. Neil Benjamin Jr. (13.
Devaughn Elliot 82nd minute), 20.
Stefano Rijssel (17. Jamal
Clarence 64th minute), 39. Alvin
Jones (Yellow Card)
Unused substitutes: 18. Julani
Archibald (GK) 11. Tremain Shayn
Paul, 25. Christian Viveros, 15.
Coach: Stuart Charles-Fevrier (St
Central FC: 21. Jan Michael
Williams (GK), 10. Marvin Oliver
(C), 45. Ataullah Guerra, 1. Willis
Plaza, 9. Dwight Quintero (6.
Leston Paul 64th minute), 2. Elton
John (Yellow Card), 3. Keion
Goodridge, 7. Jason Marcano
(Yellow Card) (22. Keon Trim
92nd minute), 17. Rundell
Winchester (Yellow Card), 24.
Akeem Benjamin (Yellow Card),
50. Johance Marshall
Unused substitutes: 25. Javon
Sample (GK), 4. Sean de Silva, 27.
Samuel Delice, 11. Darren Mitchell,
15. Kaydion Gabriel
Coach: Terry Fenwick (England)
Match Referee: Neal Brizan
Goal Shield MVP Rundell
Winchester of Central FC shows off
his Most Valuable Player award
after scoring one of his team's
goals in their 2-1 win over DirecTV
Willis Plaza, centre, of Central FC, tries to power his way through the tackle of DirecTV W Connection duo, Daneil
Cyrus, left, and Devaughn Elliot in their Lucozade Sport Goal Shield final at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, on
Friday night. Central FC won 2-1. PHOTOS: ANTHONY HARRIS
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