Malabar FC into FA semis
THREE PRO LEAGUE teams and Super League’s Malabar FC have made it to the semi-final stage of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) FA Trophy competition. The four remaining teams are battling for $100,000 in prize money.
The tournament is offering a $50,000 winners’ prize, $30,000 for the runners-up, and $20,000 for the third place finishers.
The last two zone teams went out at the quarter-final stage. On Wednesday night, Gorian Highley scored a 65th minute winner as Super League Malabar FC edged the Northern Football Association’s QPCC 2-1 at Dibe Recreation Ground. Kevon Woodley opened the scoring in the 14th minute, before former QRC striker Vladimir Suite brought Queen’s Park level at 1-1 in the 30th minute. Central FC also got a 45th minute Keon Trim goal to beat Petrotrin Palo Seco of the Southern Football Association 1-0 at Palo Seco.
Meanwhile, North East won 4 -2 over fellow Pro League club Point Fortin Civic following a 0-0 draw at Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin. Pro League leaders W Connection also beat Super League contenders Guaya Utd 1-0 on a 22nd minute Mickaeel Gordon. W Connection had also beaten them 3-0 in the Toyota Classic two weeks ago.
W Connection, overcame a passionate Guaya United, a heavy surface, and an intimidating “Green Army” crowd at the La Savanne Recreation Ground in Guayaguayare, with the lone goal coming from by Tobagonian developmental signing Mickaeel Jem Gordon. The striker raced down the left before combining with Brazilian Celio Da Silva inside the area, and on the return pass the slim built attacker curled his strike past Guaya goalkeeper Kevon Saunders for a 1-0 scoreline.
W Connection coach Stuart Charles Fevrier used mainly reserves, but felt the victory was one of W Connection’s best of the season, given the ground conditions and hostile enviroment. Fevrier said the goal was simply to win the match.
“Because our squad is small, you will find that our starters were on the bench. And because (Joevin) Jones is (going on trial in Italy tomorrow) I kept it minimum just to keep him active,” Fevrier said. “Not many coaches would play the team I played here today and that’s what makes the difference for W Connection. I (always) show faith and confidence in all my players. All of them train together and all of them have talent. I never make my players feel like they are reserves.”
FA TROPHY QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS:
Guaya Utd (S.L) 0 W Connection 1 (Mickaeel Gordon 22)
Point Fortin Civic FC 0 North East Stars 0. (North East won 4-2 on kicks from the penalty mark.
Petrotrin Palo Seco 0 Central F.C. 1 (Keon Trim - 45)
QPCC 1 (Vladimir Suite 30) Malabar FC 2 (Kevon Woodley 14, Gorian Highley 65)