Connection, Army open Pro League
$10,000 on offer in Digicel Charity Shield
The local professional football league season opens this evening with DIRECTV W Connection defending the Digicel Charity Shield against last season’s Pro League champions Defence Force. Pro League matches are due to commence a week after the Charity Shield.
The two teams will face off from 7 p.m. at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain in what will be a repeat of last year’s Charity Shield, won 2-0 by W Connection through goals from Shahdon Winchester and Joevin Jones. Defence Force then went on to dominate the Pro League competition.
Defence Force have maintained the team which dominated the Pro League with the exception of last season’s top scorer Devorn Jorsling, who is presently on an army promotional course towards the rank of lance corporal, and midfielder Curtis Gonzales is currently with the T&T senior national football team.
Meanwhile, W Connection have the benefit of having had a pre-season tour of Colombia and have also played Concacaf Champions League matches against Panama’s Aribe Unido and MLS club Houston Dynamo.
The Savonetta Boys are expected to showcase a number of recent imports. Connection’s pre-season signings include Brazilians Celio Guilherme Da Silva Santos and João Ananias Jordão Júnior, Colombians Yefer Steven Lozano Rubiano, Yhon Stiven Reyes Lopez and Camilo Andres Ortega Diaz, and Italian striker Mirko Delia, who have all been part of the club’s 2013-14 Concacaf Champions League campaign. Their roster also includes goalkeepers Alejandro Figueroa, Aquelius Sylvester and Julani Archibald, defenders Daneil Cyrus, Mekeil Williams, Kurt Frederick, Leslie Russell, Christian Viveros, Brendon Boucaud and Alvin Jones, midfielders Joevin Jones, Gerard Williams, Jomal Williams, Andrei Pacheco, Clyde Leon, Silvio Spann and Tremain Shayn Paul, and forwards Stefano Rijssel, Hashim Arcia, Neil Benjamin Jr., Devaughn Elliot and Jerrel Britto.
Cyrus, who was recently on trial in Belgium with Racing Genk, is available for today’s match, having failed to get a flight to join the Trinidad and Tobago senior national team in Saudi Arabia, but former European-based defender Mekeil Williams is away on international duty.
For Defence Force, team captain and defender Corey Rivers leads a roster inclusive of goalkeepers Kevin Graham and Sheldon Clarke, defenders Devin Jordan, Marvin Jones, Rodell Elcock, Glynn Franklyn and Aklie Edwards, midfielders Jerwyn Balthazar, Dexter Pacheco, Josimar Belgrave, Jemel Sebro, Kerry Joseph, Sean Narcis and Ross Russell Jr., and attackers Kevon Carter and 2011-12 TT Pro League/Toyota Player of the Year Richard Roy.
SOUTHERN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (SFA) RESULTS
Point Fortin FC 0 UTT 1 (Garvin Samaroo).
Point Fortin FC qualify for semifinals
Penal All Stars 1 (Andrew Samuel ) Big Dreams United 1 (Nigel John)
Big Dreams Utd won 4-2 from kicks from the Penalty Mark, and qualify for semifinals
Petrotrin Super League
Club Sando FC 2 (Kwame Gonzales, Rondel Thomas) San Fernando Giants 2 (Jeremy Primus, Kirlon Gibson)
MFCC 2 (Jamal Clarence, Stephon Campbell) Siparia Spurs 1
4 pm - Point Fortin Civic F.C v Siparia Spurs, Mahaica Oval
4 pm - Night Stars United v Centre For Excellence, Skinner Park
4 pm - Rangers v Penal All Stars, Barrackpore
4 pm - Marabella Family Crisis Centre v Valley Line United, MRJTF
4 pm - Club Sando F.Cv Cedar Hill United, Pleasantville Sec.
4 pm - San Fernando Giants v U.T.T, Skinner Park
4 pm - Union United F.C v Big Dreams, Claxton Bay
TOBAGO FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (TFA) RESULTS
Federal North Side 6 Mason Hall 1
Signal Hill United 2 Buccoo Ball Park 2
Moriah Youths 2 C/Ville Unifiers 1
Earlsbrokes 1 H.V Milan 0
Leeds United 3 Federal Northside FC 1
Hills United 1 Youth Stars United 1
Mt Grace United 1 Carnbee/Mt Pleasant 2
6 pm - Carnbee/Mt Pleasant v Bethel United, Canaan
6 pm - Signal Hill Utd v Mason Hall, Moriah
6 pm - Sidey’s FC v Roxborough Lakers, Goodwood
6 pm - Leeds United v Moriah Youths, Mt Pleasant