Saturday, January 20, 2018

Caledonia edge 'Stars' to reach FA final

Defending champions Caledonia AIA will battle Central FC for the FA Trophy on March 1 after staging comeback against North East Stars for a 2-1 victory in Thursday night's semi-final at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

Stars took the lead in the 47th minute through former San Juan Jabloteh forward Elijah Manners, before Guyanese forward Sheldon Holder and Sherron Joseph—who came on as substitute for Holder—both found the net for Caledonia in the 70th and 80th minutes respectively to complete the comeback win. Central FC are already in the final after last week's 1-0 victory courtesy Marvin Oliver's late header, which gave them a 1-0 triumph over the "Electricity Boys" of T&TEC.

And Caledonia, who belatedly had their semi-final with the Sangre-Grande based side after their 1-0 quarter-final win over Stokely Vale of Tobago, will now have a chance to defend their crown.

Holder also scored in the quarter-final against Stokely Vale.

After a first half in which Caledonia were perhaps lucky to go in at the break level at 0-0, Manners got the scoreboard ticking over with a close range effort to finish Kevon Villaroel's cross, beating Grenadian "Cali" custodian Shemel Louison.

After a period of pressure Caledonia levelled through Holder in the 70th, who capitalised on a loose ball after Louison failed to clear from some threatening interplay by the "Eastern Stallions".

Two minutes after he came on as a sub, Joseph found the winner for Caledonia, a right footed shot from outside the penalty area rifling the ball high to the left of Louison.

Both teams had a chance to add to the scores, but fluffed their lines late on, and Caledonia will now await their date with Central FC.