Army look for second First Citizens final
Pro League champions Defence Force will be seeking a second successive trip to the First Citizens Cup tonight when they take on San Juan Jabloteh in the first of a semi-final double at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva. Defence Force lost the 2012 final 2-1 to Caledonia AIA. Defence Force advanced to the 2012 semis with a 2-1 quarter-final revenge defeat of defending champions Caledonia AIA and will start clear favourites against Jabloteh, who defeated St Ann’s Rangers by a similar 2-1 margin.
Two hours later, semi-final two will feature a central derby when Central FC and DIRECTV W Connection meet from 8pm at the Couva venue. Central were 2-1 winners over North East Stars last Friday, a day before W Connection edged Point Fortin Civic 6-5 on penalty kick at Mahaica Oval, following a 0-0 stalemate.
“You would always feel good, but I’d be a little more comfortable when we get past the semi-final round,” said Defence Force Head Coach Ross Russell after his team’s qualified for the semi-final round. “We lost our first two games [this season], the (Digicel) Charity Shield (2-4 against Connection) and our first (Digicel Pro) League game (1-3 against Central), so it’s about getting the guys believing again.”
Meanwhile, six-times champions W Connection is not taking Central United lightly.
“That’s another battle on our hands,” W Connection assistant coach Earl Jean declared. “We accept the challenge and we want to give the young players a chance to enjoy the First Citizens Cup. We hope that our players will enjoy themselves and win the game against Central. But we know that it will be a tough game.”