JOEVIN Jones and Daneil Cyrus are back home after unsuccessful trials abroad, and will be on the bench for Directv W Connection when they battle Central FC tonight for the $50,000 champions prize in the 2013 Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) FA Trophy final. The runners-up will win $30,000.
The finalists meet from 7.30 p.m. at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva. Preceding the grand final will be a third-place playoff for $20,000 between beaten semi-finalists North East Stars and Malabar FC, the lone Super League team to reach the final four.
“They definitely will not start,” W Connection head-coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier said when explaining the status of his young stars Jones and Cyrus.
Jones, 21, failed to impress at Italian Serie A club Udinese and had his 12-day trial cut short, while central defender Cyrus went to Vietnam to sign a prearranged deal with champions Hanoi, but apparently wasn’t settled there.
“Cyrus returned on Sunday and Jones returned last night (Monday),” the coach explained. “But, I had already prepared a team for the final. We have some injuries, and the thinness of the squad leaves us with just about 18 players. So, from that point of view, they may be on the bench.”
W Connection’s preparations were cut short by heavy rain, which prevented them training for the last two days at their home base, the Ato Boldon Stadium training ground as the authorities closed the venue due to the heavy nature of the surface. But last night they travelled there for a session.
“In terms of preparation, it was not as best as we will like because of the rain, but we are confident that we can get a result,” Fevrier said.”We obviously want to win it (FA Trophy) and we will play our way. Hopeful, it can get us the trophy.”
2013 FA TROPHY
FINAL - December 18.
Central FC v W Connection, 7.30 p.m. Ato Boldon Stadium
PATH TO THE FINAL
W Connection 3 North East Stars 0
Central FC 2 Malabar FC 2. Central advance 3-2 on penalties.
W Connection 1 Guaya FC 0
Central FC 1 Petrotrin Palo Seco 0
(Round of 16)
W Connection 1 Police 0
Central FC 5 St Mary’s College 0
(Round of 32)
W Connection 6 Cunupia FC 2
Central FC 2 UTT 1
Central FC 5 FC Santa Rosa 0