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Central FC, Stars clash for semis spot
There will be no room for losers as Central FC and North East Stars set their eyes on going one step better than they did last year, when both teams meet in the first quarterfinal of this year’s First Citizens Cup, now in its 14th year and 12th sponsored by the top financial bank in the country.
The meeting will kick off at 8 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo and will be preceded by a lone round-of-16 qualifier featuring Police and last year’s semifinalist, St Ann’s Rangers.
However, most of the attention will be focused on ‘Stars,’ coached by former national midfielder Angus Eve, a winner as a player at San Juan Jabloteh and his former coach, Englishman Terry Fenwick who is at the helm of Central FC and who will take a lot of responsibility for naturing Eve as a top flight coach.
Both men are in their second seasons in charge of their respective clubs and will be keen to go beyond the quarterfinal hurdle, where their campaign began and ended last season with defeats.
Stars was ousted by St Ann’s Rangers 2-1, while two-time winner and four-time losing finalists Defence Force trounced Central FC 3-0.
However, both teams have made impressive starts to their Digicel Pro League season and with the First Citizens Cup being the first title at stake together with a prize of $100,000—an increase of $20,000—they will surely be up for the battle.
So far this season, Central FC began with a 3-1 spanking of champions Defence Force followed by a 0-0 draw with two-time reigning First Citizens Cup holders, Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA while Stars outclassed Caledonia 3-0 before going under to debutants, Pt Fortin Civic FC, 1-0 in a keenly-contested match.
Looking ahead to the match, Marc Leslie, a former Stars captain now attached to Central FC said, “We all know that North East Stars play with a lot of high energy, but we have adopted the same style and hopefully the match-up will create quite a stir in the competition and we will get the win to move one.”
On the other hand, Kendal Velox, a former Caledonia and North East Stars standout midfielder, now into his second season as an assistant coach, was quick to point out the importance of the competition.
“Traditionally the First Citizens Cup is a very important tournament, as it’s the first knockout competition of the season and provides a chance to claim the first title and I have no doubt that every player will be looking forward to playing in this competition with a chance to claim the wonderful Cup,” said Velox.
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