IN PURSUIT: St Mary’s College (CIC) midfielder Saddiq Monzano, left, chases Central FC midfielder Keon Trim during their recent FA Trophy encounter. Central FC won the FA trophy round of 16 match 5-0, and will now meet Malabar FC from 5 p.m. in the first match of today’s semi-final double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium. Photo: CURTIS CHASE.

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 “Our objective is to try and win the FA (Trophy),” W Connection head coach Stuart Charles said. “We are just two games away from (FA title). But we are also mindful that the other teams want it as well.” 

Tonight at 7.30 p.m., three-time FA winners (1999, 2000 and 2002) W Connection face 2003 winners North East Stars in the second match of a FA Trophy double-headers at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva. That match will be preceded by a 5 p.m. clash between last season’s defeated finalists Central FC and Super League club Malabar FC.

Connection are perfect after six matches in the Digicel Pro League, but are wary of North East Stars, which they defeated 2-0 this season. 

“They are a team that is always competitive and a team you always have to prepare well for. It’s an opponent we respect …just as all our opponents,” Fevrier said. 

Saturday’s League win against Central FC (1-0), also extended the “Savonetta Boys’” winning run to 11 straight wins, and a record 14 wins and just 1 defeat—on kicks from the penalty mark—in all domestic competitions this season.

“We were really pleased with victory (against Central),” explained Fevrier, the longstanding and very successful Connection coach.

“We were without a number of players (such as Daneil Cyrus, Jerrel Britto, Jamal Clarence and Joevin Jones) on trials, so I was quite pleased with the professionalism showed by our players against Central. 

The secret to Connection’s recent success is simple, according to Fevrier.

“We are always working hard every day to try to maintain that level of consistency,” the 54 year-old St Lucia-born coach said. 

“We have been doing well, but the season is still a long way off. And what is important now, is to take it one game at a time and try                                   to maintain the level of consistency that                                                                                                    we are showing now.”

W Connection owner/president David John Williams feels their “good form” didn’t come by coincidence.

“We have a decent squad, probably our strongest since 2001, and our players have youth on their side. We have players like 19-year-olds Jomal Williams and Neil Benjamin Jr., and players like Joevin Jones and Mekeil Williams who (are) also young. Gerard Williams is one of the oldest at 25 and he has probably seven years’ experience at the Pro League. 

“It is a team that we have been building in the last few years. Most of our players now, were also part of our league winning team in 2011-2012.”

Williams is also mindful his club a big target for opponents due to their consistency.

“We will be the hunted ones based on our form,” he said. “(So) we must remain focused, humble and consistent in our endeavours. We haven’t lost a game in regulation time (in all domestic competitions this season), and conceded just two goals in the league. That says a lot about our defence. We have also been getting goals from all areas of the pitch, even from our wingbacks, and that’s a positive sign for us. There is still room for improvement but we are happy where we are at right now.”


FA TROPHY MATCHES: 


Today (Semi-finals)

5 p.m. — Central FC vs Malabar FC, Ato Boldon Stadium

7.30 p.m. — W Connection vs North East Stars,  Ato Boldon Stadium

December 18

(Finals)

Ato Boldon Stadium

5 p.m. — Third Place Playoff

7:30 p.m. — Final

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