National Under-23 striker Trevin Caesar scored a second-half hat-trick as an under-strength Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA began defence of its T&T Football Federation FA Trophy with a resounding 8-0 mauling of Northern Football Association outfit Petit Valley United at Diego Martin North Secondary Ground, yesterday.
With five regular first teamers in captain Densil Theobald, Aubrey David, Ataulla Guerra, Jamal Gay and Keyon Edwards all away on duties with the T&T Soca Warriors at the Caribbean Football Union Cup finals in St John's, Antigua, Caledonia was expected to face a tough test, however, after Sheldon Holder's eighth-minute opener there was no stopping the "Morvant/ Laventille Stallions."
Odelle Armstrong made it 2-0 six minutes later, while Trayon Bobb got the third in the 12th minute before he added another in the 38th for a 4-0 half-time lead. On the resumption, Caesar added his name to the scoresheet with two quick strikes in the 48th and 51st while Armstrong completed his double a minute later, before Caesar fired in his third in the 75th to complete a drubbing against Petit Valley which had former national midfielder Terry "Jug Head" St Louis in its line-up.
The last-16 will be played on Wednesday before the tournament takes a Christmas break, resuming on Wednesday January 9 with the quarterfinal round. NS
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