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Connection puts FA Trophy on Christmas list

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
W Connection’s Joao Ananias Jordao, left, loses a 50-50 challenge with Malabar FC’s Kevon Woodley, during a Toyota Classic quarter-final clash last month. Both players scored in the match, which W Connection won 4-2. Photo: Anthony Harris.

On song Pro League leader DirecTV W Connection has added the 2013 FA Trophy to its Christmas wish list.


The 2013 Digicel Pro League Charity Shield winner and recently crowned Toyota Classic champion wants one more title before the Christmas break (December 22-January 2), while continuing its flawless form at the top of the 2013-2014 league championship.


Connection, extending its perfect league form to six wins in as many matches by defeating rivals Central FC 1-0 on Saturday, previously joined North East Stars, Central FC and Super League’s Malabar FC into the semifinal round of the FA Trophy competition.


The three-time FA winner (1999, 2000 and 2002) and six-time finalist, W Connection, is against 2003 winner North East Stars today from 7.30 pm in the second semifinal at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, following the opening clash between last season’s defeated finalist Central and Malabar from 5 pm at the same venue.


The final and third-place playoff will be contested on December 18 at the same Couva venue.


“Our objective is to try and win the FA (Trophy),” said Connection head coach Stuart Charles Fevrier on Monday.


“We are just two games away from the (FA title). But we are also mindful that the other teams want it as well.


“North East Stars are second in the league at the moment and they are a good team. They are a team that is always competitive and a team you always have to prepare well for. It’s an opponent we respect…just as all our opponents.”


Saturday’s win against Central also extended the Savonetta Boys winning run to 11 straight victories, and a record 14 wins and just 1 defeat in all domestic competitions this season.


“We were really pleased with this victory (against Central),” said Fevrier, the longstanding and very successful coach of Connection.


“We were without a number of players (Daneil Cyrus, Jerrel Britto, Jamal Clarence and Joevin Jones) on trials, so I was quite pleased with the professionalism showed by our players against Central.


He said Central, winner of this season’s First Citizens Cup, has been very competitive this season.


The secret to Connection’s recent form is simple according to Fevrier. “We are always working hard every day to try to maintain that level of consistency,” shared the 54 year-old St Lucian-born coach.


“We have been doing well, but the season is still a long way off. And what is important now, is to take it one game at a time and try to maintain the level of consistency that we are showing now.”


W Connection owner/president David John Williams says its “good form” didn’t come by coincidence.


“We have a decent squad, probably our strongest since 2001, and our players have youth on their side. We have players like 19-year-olds Jomol Williams and Neil Benjamin Jr, and players like Joevin Jones and Mekeil Williams who also young, but experienced players. Gerard Williams is one of the oldest at 25 and he has probably seven years experience at the Pro League.


“It is a team that we have been building in the last few years. Most of our players now, were also part of our league winning team in 2011-2012.”


Williams is also mindful his club will now be the hunted scalp based on its present form.


“We will be the hunted ones based on our form,” he said.


“(So) we must remain focused, humble and consistent in our endeavors. We haven’t lost a game in regulation time (in all domestic competitions this season), and conceded just two goals in the league. 


“That says a lot about our defence. We have also been getting goals from all areas of the pitch, even from our wingbacks, and that’s a positive sign for us.


“There is still room for improvement but we are happy where we are at right now.”


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