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Martinique slumps 3-0 at the Manny.
By: Shaun Fuentes & Lasana Liburd.

Martinique slumped to a 3-0 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago’s Under 23 team in a friendly at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella on Tuesday evening, T&T faced a Martinique team which included six players from their 3-2 CONCACAF play-off win over the “Soca Warriors” in the French island two months ago.
The result was far from what coach Theodore Antonin would have been hoping for as his team prepares for next month’s FC Gold Cup where they will face off in Group C with United States and El Salvador.
Goals by Lyndon Diaz in the 76th and Joe Public striker Andre Toussaint in the 90th and Kendall Davis in added on time did the job for the home team which is preparing for their opening 2004 Olympic qualifying matches against Bahamas in September.
The Martiniquans struggled to find their rhythm in the first half with strikers Jose Goron and Willy Padoly hardly having a look at goal as the game went along at a leisurely pace for the opening half hour.
Padoly had Martinique’s only effort on goal when he forced goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams to save low on his near post in the 21st minute.
As the under-23 squad dithered in the first half, Davis was more culpable than most.
God alone knows why he attempted two touches when, in the 19th minute, a scuffed shot from midfielder Michael Celestine sent the ball fortuitously to his feet at the edge of the six-yard box.
His markers did not attempt to find out and a straightforward clearance for the Martinique defence spoilt arguably the best chance of the match.
Davis then struck an upright just before the interval after being sent clear by playmaker Kerry Baptiste, but again the space afforded him demanded better. Celestine was just as wasteful and Fevrier should have been grateful that Martinique did not travel with talented playmaker Patrick Percin.
Josh Johnson also brought action from Martinique’s ‘keeper Jean Francois Go with a similar try in the 34th, although there was much to appreciate from the defensive pairing of Ronald Primus and Kenwyne Jones.
Jones’ booming right foot and captain Silvio Spann’s snappier short balls were T&T’s main offensive weapons, camouflaged behind the stream of horizontal passes that has characterised Connection’s game under Fevrier.
As the half time break approached, Martinique were fortunate not have fallen behind as Francis Go had to dive low to save Silvio Spann’s blast from 25 yards out and then Davis’ shot went outside off the right post.
The second half continued in the same fashion as the first with the home-team maintaining a disciplined approach while the visitors looked unlikely to break the deadlock.
But the Gold Cup Group C participants were also unlucky on 61st minutes as back to back attempts by Goron and Roberto Cinna were denied by the woodwork. First, Goron’s low drive beat Williams but rebounded off the left post and then Cinna’s follow up attempt from close range crashed off the crossbar.
That was about as close as they would come to finding the mark as the home side then showed how to get it done.
Silvio Spann’s deep right side free kick found the head of Lyndon Diaz for the opener and the score then tripled near the end.
A penetrative right flank run by Johnson led to him crossing for substitute Toussaint to clinically hit home with his left foot from atop the six yard box. And then Davis epitomised their new-found confidence with an emphatic third.
Experienced Judes Vaton was stripped so cleanly of possession that Davis was already bearing towards goal before he had fully grasped the magnitude of the offence.
Davis’s left foot strike brooked no argument as it went whistling past Francis Go to the back of the net to leaven the scre line 3-0 in T&T's favor.
“I believe we have more competition for places with the under-23 team than we do with the senior squad,” Fevrier admitted afterwards. “I think it is a very important win. But, having said that, it is only a friendly and we must keep our feet on the ground. “The important thing now is to get more under-23 games.” The spectators present would be anxious for an encore.

Martinique:
Jean Francis Go, Ludovic Mirande, Judes Vaton, Jean Victor Lavril, Willy Padoly, Roberto Cinna (Earlston Edmee 82nd), Steeve Riskwait (Jean Michel Michaud 46th) Miguel Duragrin, Jose Goron (David Bastel 81st) Gael Germany, Yann Girier Dufournier (William Anin 61st)

T&T:
Jan-Micheal Williams, Kenwyne Jones (Corey Rivers 69th) Lyndon Diaz, Ronald Primus, Michael Celestine (Kevon Clement 46th), Nigel Daniel (Hollis Brown 67th), Josh Johnson, Silvio Spann (capt), Kendall Davis, Kerry Baptiste (Devon Mitchell 61st), Conrad Smith (Andre Toussaint 54th).
$.2m kick-off for FCB Cup.
By Zaid Mohammed, Sports Editor.

First Citizens Bank yesterday announced an injection of $200,000 in this year’s FCB Cup Knockout competition organised by the Trinidad and Tobago Professional Football League.
The sponsorship, for the second straight year, represents an increase of $50,000 over last year and apart from valuable incentives for the players also offers rich prizes for the media. The details of the renewed association between FCB and the PFL was given at a media conference yesterday in the Penthouse of FCB’s Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain office. In attendance were Sheldon Narine, FCB Communications Officer; Dirk Smith, FCB Corporate Manager, Treasury and International Trade Centre; Larry Romany, chairman of the Professional Football League; and Richard Grodin, General Secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF).
Also invited were Harold Taylor, of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and TT football captain. FCB’s Smith said the bank was committed to the sponsorship of the tournament as it plays an important role in moulding the minds and lives of young individuals by instilling in them a sense of disclipine and direction. “We are also aware that the promotion of sport serves to encourage unity and community building and offers an alternative to drugs, crime and violence,” said Smith.
He announced an increase in prize money from $80,000 to $95,000 with the winners collecting $25,000. Runners-up stand to get $16,000. Semi-finalists qualify for a $8,000 payday while quarter-finalists will receive $6,000 with the ninth and tenth placed teams getting $2,000. Smith said incentives for the media will total $10,000 with $2,500 up for grabs in the following categories: Best Photo; Best Press Report; Best Television Report; and Best Radio Report. There will also be an award of $1,500 for the most goals scored by a player during the tournament. The organisers have promised to review this category after Taylor suggested that, being a team sport, the prize should be offered to the club notching the highest amount of goals which will discourage selfish play.
Smith said he was encouraged with the results of the first FCB Cup and the impact it has had on the national game as evidenced by the fact that all members of the TT team, which recently toured southern Africa, had passed through the PFL ranks. Romany, the new PFL chairman appointed to resuscitate the organisation, said he was extremely pleased with the sponsorship. Romany said money provided by FCB will allow the PFL to be a catalyst in the creative process. “It is time for the minds to come together and determine what is best for the sport.
But the future looks bright and we must come together to make FCB proud,” said Romany. According to FCB’s Narine, popularly known as the stand-up comedian “Crazy Catholic,” the first round of the competition gets underway today with four matches. However he said the competition will take a break next week for the friendly international between Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago. The FCB Cup returns with the second round on July 9. The semi-finals are carded for July 16 and 23 and the final will be on July 30.

TODAY’S RESULTS:

San Juan Jabloteh 2 (Otis Seaton 29th - pen, Trent Noel 70th) vs 0 Caledonia AIA, Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

W Connection 2 (George Isaac 40th, Gefferson Goulart 53rd) vs 1 Defence Force (Kurt Williams 87th -pen), Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.

Starworld Strikers 0 vs 2 North East Stars (Devon Bobb, Kendall Velox), Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella.

South West Institute of Football 1 (Marlon Lewis 86th) vs 0 Joe Public, Palo Seco Ground.
News from the 23rd of June, 2003.
T&T Under 23s face Martinique at Manny Ramjohn tomorrow.
By: Shaun Fuentes.

Coach Stuart Charles Fevrier will get a first look at his Under 23 players when the National Olympic team faces Martinique's senior team in a friendly at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella from 6pm tomorrow (Tuesday).
With the qualifying tournament for the 2004 Athens Games kicking off in September, Fevrier is keen to have his team step up preparations and welcomes the chance to face the Martiniquans who are through to next month's 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup. They are here on a short training camp ahead of the Finals.
Included in Fevrier's 20 man squad are four T&T senior team players just back from the tour of Africa. The likes of Vibe CT 105 W Connection duo Silvio Spann and goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams, Caledonia AIA's Conrad Smith and Nigel Daniel of CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh will team up with the other players on Fevrier's list.
"From what I have seen so far, we seem to have a good bunch of youngsters at the under 23 level and this is a welcome sight. But in saying that, it's also a case where the selection process has not yet ended because these players have been called just for this game and we will continue to have wider screening sessions at this age group," Fevrier told TTFF Media on Monday.
"We do not have much time before the first game in September against Bahamas and as such we will be intensifying the preparations quite soon . This game against Martinique suits us fine because this level of opposition provides me with the chance to judge my players against a team that has qualified for the Gold Cup," he added.
Meanwhile, the T&T Senior team resumes training on Friday for the July 5 friendly international against Venezuela at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. Fevrier will have in his squad, overseas-based players Stern John, Hector Sam, Carlos Edwards and Brent Rahim for this encounter. All four players are expected to attend training on Friday with only Scottish-based defender Marvin Andrews, currently home, missing out because of a thigh injury.
The Venezuelans arrive here on Tuesday for the second leg of the friendly tie which they won the first encounter 3-0 in San Cristobal in April.

T&T Under 23 Squad.

Jabloteh - Daurance Williams, Devon Mitchell, Ronald Primus, Nigel Daniel, Josh Johnson, Michael Celestine,Kerry Baptiste.

Caledonia - Serghino Sandy, Conrad Smith, Ryan Stewart.

Defence Force - Corey Rivers.

SWIF - Lyndon Diaz, Kevon Clement.

Joe Public - Andre Toussaint, Hollis Brown, Denzil Theobold.

W Connection - Kendall Davis, Jan Michael Williams, Silvio Spann, Kenwyne Jones.
W Connection see Stars.
TnT Express Reports.

North East Stars pulled off the biggest upset of the 2003 Pro League season thus far as they edged two-time domestic champions Vibe CT 105 W Connection 2-1 at the Sangre Grande Recreation Ground yesterday evening.
The Guyanese pair of Charles Pollard and Randolph Jerome proved decisive with a goal apiece—Jerome got the winner from the penalty spot—while free-scoring St Kitts international George Isaac got Connection’s lone item.
It was Isaac’s sixth league goal after just seven round of matches to keep the talented Kittian on top the scoring charts.
But the result meant that defending champions CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh stay two points clear atop the standings without kicking a ball.
Jabloteh were stood up at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar by guests Tobago United who could not get a flight or ferry out of the sister isle due to the heavy travelling over the long weekend.
Jabloteh remain on 16 points with a game in hand, while Connection have 14 points. It provided an opportunity as well for Caledonia AIA to leapfrog Tobago at the bottom of the table, but the “Eastern Stallions” got a rough ride from Defence Force as they fell 3-1 at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
Russell Pope scored in his fourth consecutive match for the army/coast guard combination while his strike partner Sherman “Ants” Phillip and Kurt Williams were also on target.
Defence Force now move into third spot after South Starworld Strikers were held to a 2-2 draw by neighbours South Western Institute of Football (SWIF) at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella.
Bevon Lewis put some life in the “Oilmen” after he lobbed an advancing Jefferson George in the 75th minute to reduce the lead to 2-1 and, two minutes later, midfielder Kevon Clement pulled them level with a low, deflected shot.
Starworld had only themselves to blame as they held a comfortable two-goal lead with 16 minutes remaining in the match.
The hosts had opened the scoring in the 18th minute through Errol Charles, who blasted a shot past the outstretched hands of SWIF goalie Andy Dean after a right side cross from Jahvon Neptune.
Dale Saunders could have extended their lead, one minute before the interval, only to see his 35-metre bullet hit the crossbar and rebound into play.
The San Fernando-based outfit were in complete command and, eight minutes into the second session, they extended their lead when the prolific Sean Julien drove a low right footer into the right corner from just inside the 18-yard box.
SWIF could have snatched victory in the 84th minute when Lewis had a powerful 20-metre drive rebound off the upright with George comprehensively beaten.
In the remaining fixture, an Andre Toussaint item helped hosts Joe Public to overcome Arima Fire 1-0 at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya.
Public and Jabloteh are the only unbeaten teams remaining in the competition, although the “Eastern Lions” have drawn five of their seven outings.

Senior Division.

S/Strikers 2 (Errol Charles 18th, Sean Julien 53rd) vs SWIF 2 (Bevon Lewis 75th, Kevon Clement 77th), at Manny Ramjohn Stadium.

NE Stars 2 (Charles Pollard 30th, Randolph Jerome 47th-pen) vs W Connection 1 (George Isaac 18th), at Sangre Grande Rec Ground.

Joe Public 1 (Andre Toussaint 27th) vs Arima Fire 0, at Marvin Lee Stadium.

Caledonia 1 (Gary Jones) vs Defence Force 3 (Sherman Phillip, Russell Pope, Kurt Williams), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

CLF Jabloteh vs Tobago Utd, at Larry Gomes Stadium. (did not play).

Under-20 Division.

S/Strikers 6 (Marcus Emmanuel 3, Lindsie Sherwood, Jhymo Harper, own goal) vs SWIF 0, at Manny Ramjohn Stadium

NE Stars 1 (Irvin Reyes) vs W Connection 1 (Kevin Parks), at Sangre Grande Rec Ground.

Joe Public 6 vs Arima Fire 0, at Marvin Lee Stadium.

Caledonia 1 (Christon Baptiste) vs Defence Force 1 (Kevon Carter), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

CLF Jabloteh vs Tobago Utd, at Larry Gomes Stadium (did not play).

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