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Connection, Guaya clash again in FA quarters
For the second time in four days, DirecTV W Connection will face the threat of a top National Super League (NSL) team, this time against Guaya United, when the quarterfinal round of action kicks off in the T&T Football Association (TTFA) FA Trophy, today. Guaya holds the home advantage playing in Guayaguayare in one of two early fixtures, which kicks off at 3.30 pm, simultaneously with a clash between TT Pro League duo Point Fortin Civic Centre and North East Stars, at Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin. Two other matches will kick off at 6 pm, when Southern Football Association’s Petrotrin Palo Seco meets a top tier test in Central FC, while another zonal team, QPCC (NFA) takes on the only other NSL representative, Malabar FC.
Today’s feature clash sees W Connection, recent champion of the Toyota Classic (formerly T&T Classic), meet Guaya United for a step closer to the top prize of $50,000. Just under two weeks ago W Connection and Guaya met in the same Toyota Classic competition at the semifinal stage, with W Connection taking a comfortable 3-0 win. Following that, W Connection went on to play NSL’s Club Sando in the final, which it won 2-0, to take the trophy and the same cash prize of $50,000. Guaya currently trails Club Sando for second in the NSL standings by one point. However, it is up against a W Connection team, which leads the TT Pro League having won all five of its league matches. Connection last won the country’s oldest football cup competition in 2002, for the third time. Meanwhile, Point Fortin Civic and North East Stars have won the competition once before, in 1969 and 2003, respectively, as has Palo Seco (1965). Central FC finished runner-up last year to Caledonia AIA, which was eliminated by Club Sando at the quarterfinal stage.
Today’s FA Trophy Fixtures
Point Fortin Civic FC v North East Stars, Mahaica Oval, 3.30 pm
Guaya Utd v W Connection, Guayaguayare, 3.30 pm
Petrotrin Palo Seco v Central FC, Palo Seco, 6 pm
QPCC v Malabar FC, Dibe Recreation Ground, Long Circular Road, 6 pm
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