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TnT Team News ! - 26-May-2003
Wed May 21, 2003 17:53

Angus Eve’s last gasp goal beats N/E Stars.
By Gregory Trujillo.

Former national midfielder, Angus Eve produced a face-saving 89th minute goal to salvage a 1-0 win for defending champion CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh over North East Stars, as close finishes were the order of the day in fourth round matches of the Professional Football League yesterday.
Goals were hard to come by except in the Defence Force vs Arima Fire match at Hasely Crawford Stadium.
A double from Kurt Williams and one each from Sherman Phillip and Russell Pope steered the Army to a 4-1 win over the firemen, whose lone item came nearing the end from Tobagonian Sean Christmas.
Early leaders Vibe CT 105 W Connection found the going tough at Dwight Yorke Stadium as the home team, Tobago United put on its best showing for the season, earning a 1-1 draw.
W Connection was set to humiliate the Tobagonians with an early goal from profilic goalscorer Earl Jean, who scored in the 10th minute from close up following a left-side corner from Brazilian Jose Luis Seabra.
But newcomers Tobago United, which lost its opening matches 1-0 to both Arima Fire and North East Stars, struck back before the interval with a goal by Kerron Phillip and held the former champion at bay for the rest of the match.
Phillip’s goal was the first scored on goalkeeper Alejandro Figueroa, of Colombia, for the season.
Joe Public also met stubborn resistance from the other debutant, South West Institute of Football on the Palo Seco Recreation ground and also had to settle for a 1-1 draw, after taking the lead in the 20th minute through Denzil Theobald.
The Southerners grabbed the equaliser through Kizzy Lara in the 88th minute.
With its 1-0 win over North East Stars, Jabloteh was able to collar W Connection atop the standings with 10 points.
Jabloteh found it difficult to adjust to the hard and bumpy conditions and it took a free-kick from Eve from just outside the 18-yard box to do the trick.
Starworld Strikers moved into third spot with a second-half strike from Kester Cornwall. His goal was enough for the Everald “Gally” Cummings-coached unit to beat Caledonia AIA 1-0.

Senior Division.

North East Stars 0 v San Juan Jabloteh 1 (Angus Eve 89th).

Tobago United 1 (Kerron Phillip 40th) v W Connection 1(Earl Jean 10th).

Caladonia AIA 0 v Starworld Strikers 1 (Kester Cornwall).

SWIF 1 (Kizzy Lara 89th) v Joe Public 1 (Denzil Theobald 20th).

Defence Force 4 (Kirt Williams 2, Sherman Phillip, Russell Pope) v Arima Fire 1 (Sean Christmas).

U-20 Division.

North East Stars 0 v San Juan Jabloteh 3.

Tobago United 1 (Dwane Murray 12th) v W Connection 3 (Sean Andrews 10th, Devon Daniel 55th, Jason Marcano 60th).

Caladonia AIA 4 (Keon Edwards 2, Mark Latapy, Trevaughn Bobb) v Starworld Strikers 0.

SWIF 1 (penalty 75th) v Joe Public 1 (Lincoln Brown 23rd).

Defence Force 5 (Clevon George 2, Dwight Dowley 2, Keron Edwards) v Arima Fire 2 (Skil Guerra — pen, Sadiki Stewart).
News from the 23rd of May, 2003.
San Juan Jabloteh bomb Defence Force.
Reports By: Ian Prescott & Nigel Simos.

The flag must have been flying at half mast at Defence Force headquarters in Teteron yesterday after the former national champions suffered the biggest-ever defeat on a football field.
It seems almost unbelievable, but Wednesday night’s 9-1 hammering of Defence Force by reigning champs CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh in the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League was real indeed. So real that it will go down as a record.
The 250 supporters at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, including national players Stern John, Brent Sancho and ex-Defence Force striker Jason Scotland were in awe at the aggressive display by Jabloteh against a clearly unfit and ragged Army-Coast Guard combination.
Goals from Kerry Baptiste (61st, 87th, 89th), Cornell Glenn (31st, 35th), Angus Eve (9th, 70th), Travais Mulraine (49th), and an own goal by Kurt Williams (57th) relegated the Army-Coast Guard squad to their greatest humiliation in local football history.
Substitute Sherman “Ants” Phillip (90th) salvaged some personal pride when he beat Jabloteh custodian Kelvin Jack in the final minute of the match.
Not since Trintoc ravaged them 5-0 at the Arima Velodrome on November 19, 1986, have Defence Force heads bowed so low. That defeat had marked the biggest humbling suffered by the Army team since the start of the then Trinidad and Tobago National League in 1974.
Coach Hudson Charles readily admitted that his charges were not competitive against Jabloteh. Charles, a key midfielder with the team which fell to Trintoc 17 years ago, also agreed that the Defence Force team of that era was a better bunch.
“We cannot compare these two teams.” he suggested. “The team which Trintoc beat 5-0 was at least competitive. But we (Defence Force) were not competitive against Jabloteh last night.”
Charles was correct. The 1986 Army team, which included Kenrick Fleary, Roderick “Rambo” Gibbs, Richard Frazer and Bertrand O’Brien had already captured the Cola Cola League Cup and the Stag Big Four title before being humbled by Trintoc.
Trintoc were a star-studded bunch. The South combination, which had Russell Latapy, Adrian Fonrose, “Marvellous” Marvin Faustin, Philbert Jones, Clayton Morris and Dexter Francis in their ranks, won the FA Trophy and then bombed the Army 5-0 in their final match of the season to clinch the National League.
That year also marked probably the best finish by a local team in international competition, when Defence Force lost the Inter-American Cup final 1-0 to Boca Juniors of Argentina. It was a match they should have won, too.
Now, after scaling such heights, the Army-Navy combination have reached the point where they are pushovers.
On Wednesday night, Jabloteh never allowed them to be competitive. From the onset, the defending Pro League champs were in full flight and took the lead from as early as the ninth minute when Angus Eve’s free-kick looped off the wall and beat Marlon Sylvester in the Defence Force goal.
Striker Cornell Glenn was a handful on the night and scored twice before the half ended. After striking the crossbar early, Glenn turned swiftly around his marker and beat goalie Sylvester from close up to notch his team’s second goal in the 31st minute.
At that stage, the Defence Force had not even remotely threatened the Jabloteh goal. It only got worse for the Army when Glenn forced defender Michael Edwards into a second rash tackle.
After picking up a yellow card for a hefty slide into Glenn, Edwards was given marching orders after an elbowing incident involving his tormentor.
Glenn would pick himself up to punish the Army with a long-range blast which beat Sylvester from almost 40 metres.
Just four minutes had elapsed in the second session when Mulraine shrugged off two hard tackles before sliding the ball past goalkeeper Sylvester for Jabloteh’s fourth goal.
A 57th minute mix-up saw Sylvester beaten again, this time by an errant back pass from defender Kurt Williams.
Four minutes later, Kerry Baptiste slid in a Kerry Noray pass. It was the first of three late goals Baptiste would score.
Eve also got a second in the 70th when he was picked out by a long, low pass down the centre of the Army defence. All Eve had to do was slide the ball away from Sylvester and into the goal.
Substitute Phillip had hardly gotten a touch before, but in the final minute of the match he outpaced the Jabloteh back line to score his team’s only goal.
Despite the impressive win, Jabloteh (seven points) trail unbeaten leaders W Connection (12 points), after a 4-0 win over last year’s bogey team Arima Fire at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
Silvio Spann, St Kitts George Isaacs and St Lucian Earl Jean, and Brazilian mid-fielder Gefferson Goulart all scored to give coach Leroy Spann a win on debut. Spann was elevated to W Connection’s senior coach following Stuart Charles-Fevrier’s appointment as national coach last week.
North East Stars, last season’s bottom-club, slipped past Tobago United 1-0 at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, Randolph Jerome got the lone goal for N/E Stars, now a surprising third on the 10-team table with six points. South West Institute of Football (SWIF) had a narrow 2-1 win against Caledonia AIA at the Palo Seco Recreation Ground. Billy Scantlebury was on target for Caladonia who are still without a win, while SWIF striker Bevon Lewis netted a double as South West Institute of Football (SWIF) pipped “the Stallions” 2-1.
In the other game at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella, national players Nigel Pierre and Keyeno Thomas netted one goal each to secure a 2-2 draw for Joe Public away to Starworld Strikers. Andre Charles and Sean Julien, last year’s league top scorer got Strikers’ goals.
In the Under-20 Division, Strikers (seven points) remained top of the table despite being held 0-0 by Joe Public (five points).
The slip-up by Strikers and the young Eastern Lions allowed North East Stars to take full advantage with a 2-0 defeat of Tobago United with goals from Matthew Durham and John Stewart to climb to second with six points.
Jabloteh joined four clubs with four points thanks to its 4-0 demolition of Defence Force with Rennie Britto, Wendell Joseph, Ijanar Mark and Lee Haynes the scorers. Arima Fire (Dwayne Ellis, Kyle Gueverra) and W Connection (Jason Marcano, Christopher Durity) drew 2-2 while SWIF (Sylvester Teasdale, Kezi Lara) and Caladonia AIA (Hyron Browne-Baptiste, Keyon Edwards) also battled to a similar 2-2 deadlock.
News from the 21st of May, 2003.
TnT squad named for African tour.
By Shaun Fuentes.

Head Coach Stuart Charles Fevrier on Tuesday named a 20-man squad which he hopes he will "shake off the dust that has been clouding Trinidad and Tobago's football" during the upcoming tour of Africa.
Fevrier's squad includes five overseas-based players including Falkirk striker Collin Samuels, Wrexham duo Carlos Edwards and Hector Sam, Crewe Alexandra goalkeeper Clayton Ince and Longford Town Irish-based defender Avery John. Also included is defender Brent Sancho who is still attached to American A-League club Portland Timbers but is likely to move soon.
The squad, which leaves for Kenya, via London on Monday, will be captained by veteran Vibe CT-105 W Connection defender Reynold Carrington.
Fevrier has opted to take three goalkeepers with Arima Fire's Peter Ramon Fortune and former Under 17 'keeper Jan-Michael Williams also making the final touring squad.
Local-based strikers Nigel Pierre of Joe Public and former Defence Force striker Jason Scotland, just back from trial with Dundee United of Scotland, joins Sam and Samuel as the men up front.
Fevrier said he was high in anticipation of the upcoming matches with little fear of an under-performing team upon its return home next month.
"We expect that our final game of the tour against South Africa will be our toughest one but we have three games before that and I believe these games will give us sufficient preparation. This is a good opportunity for me to see the players at an international level. We have some foreign-based players in the team so this will also allow me the chance to familiarize myself with them, "Fevrier told TTFF Media on Thursday as his team assembled at the technical department offices, St Vincent Street to receive prevention vaccinations for malaria and yellow fever.
"From a personal point of view I am looking forward to working at this level and I will be taking things very seriously.
"To select the President's eleven was tougher than this team. The average age of this team is mid-20s and we have at least four members of the Olympic team as well. These players have not yet reached their peak so it's a plus for us to have them to work with now. I am confident that they will represent their country to their fullest potential and with great respect.
"We also trying to impress upon the players the importance of wearing the national shirt. In the recent past, this shirt seems to have lost its respect and not much credit has been given to the team. I want my players to take this shirt from its' dusty condition and clean it off. I see this tour as a good opportunity for us to build back the confidence in the players and the public and we will be approaching it in a positive manner. Our objective will not only be to get good results but to perform with quality as well," said Fevrier.
T&T faces Kenya's National senior team on May 31 in Nairobi. They will then face the Kenya Olympic team on June 7. T&T will then travel to Botswana to face that country's senior team in Gabarone on June 10 before going to East London to face the South Africa senior team on June 15. Following their return home, they will then face the Venezuela senior team in another friendly on July 3.

T&T Traveling Contingent (20):

Clayton Ince (Crewe Alexandra - England).
Peter Ramon Fortune (Arima Fire - Trinidad).
Jan-Michael Williams (W Connection - Trinidad).

Reynold Carrington (W Connection - Trinidad).
Keyeno Thomas (Joe Public - Trinidad).
Brent Sancho (Portland Timbers - USA).
Avery John (Longford Town - Ireland).
Derek King (Joe Public - Trinidad).

Anton Pierre (Defence Force - Trinidad).
Silvio Spann (W Connection - Trinidad).
Travis Mulraine (San Juan Jabloteh - Trinidad).

Kerwyn Jemmott (W Connection - Trinidad).
Conrad Smith (Caledonia AIA - Trinidad).
Dale Saunders (Starworld Strikers - Trinidad).

Carlos Edwards (Wrexham - Wales).
Nigel Daniel (San Juan Jabloteh - Trinidad).

Collin Samuels (Falkirk - Scotland).
Jason Scotland (Unattached).
Hector Sam (Wrexham - Wales).
Nigel Pierre (Joe Public - Trinidad).


George Joseph (Team Administrator), Sam Phillip (Assistant Team Administrator), Stuart Charles-Fevrier (Head Coach), Jamaal Shabaaz (Assistant Coach), Brian Williams (Assistant Coach), Ross Russell (Goalkeeper Coach), Wayne Lawson (Trainer), Anthony Walcott (Physiotherapist), Ikin Williams (Equipment Manager), Shaun Fuentes (Press Officer).

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