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Jabloteh, Caledonia in quarters clash
Former winner, Adams Construction San Juan Jabloteh will be keen to end a two-match losing streak against Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA when both teams meet in a Toyota Classic Cup quarterfinal today. The meeting between Jabloteh, the 2008 champion and Caledonia, the second of a double-header kicks off at Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar from 8 pm. Two hours earlier, two-time runner-up St Ann’s Rangers and last year’s beaten finalist, DirecTV North East Stars face off. Despite losing to Caledonia in both meetings this season, 2-1 in the First Citizens Cup semifinal and 3-1 in the league, Jabloteh will be fancied to get to the semifinal based on current form and its depth in squad.
In the round-of-16 on Tuesday, Jabloteh led by a Willis Plaza hat-trick clobbered Real Maracas 5-0 even without national Under-23 duo, Sheldon Bateau and Leslie Joel Russell, both away on national duty. Caledonia, meanwhile struggled to a 1-0 win over Club Sando without national U-23 players in Jamaal Gay, Trevin Ceasar, Aquil Selby, Micah Lewis and Nuru Abdullah Muhammad and once again, will be without the quintet. More importantly is the fact that Gay, who has scored four-times against Jabloteh so far this campaign, is also absent. In the day’s first match, the Sangre Grande-based Stars, who survived stern test from West Side Stars, in a come-from-behind 4-3 triumph thanks to braces from national youth team midfielder, Kaydion Gabriel and Kevin Jagdeosingh will hold the slight edge against Rangers.
However, Stars will have to do without T&T U-23 midfielder Jeromie Williams as well as left-back Glenton Wolfe, who was red-carded in the round-of-16 win with two minutes left in the match. Rangers are coming off a 1-0 win over Eagles and for tonight’s contest will be without Kareem Moses, also a member of the U-23 squad currently in St Kitts/Nevis participating in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) London Olympic qualifiers. Last night at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella, T&TEC was to face Stokely Vale and W Connection battled 1976 Phoenix, in the first two quarterfinals. .
Toyota Classic Cup Quarterfinals
Today: Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar
North East Stars vs St Ann’s Rangers, 6 pm
Jabloteh vs Caledonia AIA, 8 pm
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