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Morvant Caledonia hunts Army in FCB semis

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Friday, July 13, 2018
Morvant Caledonia United’s Quincy Ballah, centre, vies for the ball against W connection’s Gerard Williams, left, and Otev Lawrence during matchday 5 in First Citizens Cup at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, over the weekend. PICTURE CA-IMAGES/ALLAN CRANE

Morvant Caledonia United and Defence Force, the Immortelle Group winners, will clash in what is expected to be a mouth-watering semifinal encounter at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, from 6 pm this evening, as action in the First Citizens Cup continues.

The Jerry Moe coached-Caledonia is in pursuit of its third First Citizens title, having won back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. The team fancies its chances of a final berth also but must produce the output to match its expectations.

Only Tuesday the Morvant Caledonia men got a morale-boosting 2-0 win over Police FC in a rescheduled fixture at the same Mucurapo venue, courtesy of a goal each from Renaldo Francois and Sedale Mc Lean, both in the first half. Francois put Caledonia in front after 13 minutes of play when he turned Mc Lean’s right side cross past Theon Browne in the Police goal, and later Mc Lean hammered the nail into the Lawmen’s coffin when he drilled a low shot beyond the outstretched arms of the Police second choice goalkeeper in the 35th minute for the 2-0 victory.

The result pushed Caledonia to nine points and second in the Abercrombie Group on an inferior goal difference of four to Police.

Defence Force, a three-time winner of the Cup, will not be intimidated by Morvant Caledonia’s successes to date, as coach Marvin Gordon is confident in his players’ ability and confident in his team on the whole.

“I am confident in what I know my players can do. This is in no way taking Morvant Caledonia for granted because we will not be doing that, but we have been training hard and I know what my team is capable of,” Gordon said.

He noted though that the game will not be an easy one for his troops, as he knows the Morvant team to be very organised one that will fight to the end. According to Gordon, “Once we do what we have been working on and what we are capable of, then we will win the match.”

In spite of their loss, however, the Lawmen still maintained the lead in the Abercrombie group with a goal differential of six and will face Central FC in the second semifinal clash at 8 pm at the stadium this evening.

Police coach Richard Hood, who was certain of his team’s progress to the semis Tuesday due to its advantage in goal difference, took the opportunity to expose a number of his non-starters such as Travis Joseph, Keion Wilson and Kemron Purcell, while, at the same time welcomed the return of left-back Dexter Alleyne and former Pro League top scorer Makesi Lewis.

Lewis missed the last two seasons because of a broken leg and was only happy to be back on the pitch once again. Still, the Lawmen should have taken the lead after just five minutes. Wilson, the stand-in captain on the night, was presented with a golden opportunity but he failed to convert.

In another game on Tuesday MIC-IT, St Ann’s Rangers got a 40th-minute penalty from Saleem Henry, as well as another item two minutes later (42nd) from Allister Bernard to edge San Juan Jabloteh 2-1 in the first game of the doubleheader. Jabloteh’s lone strike came to Sean Bonval in the 70th minute.

WALTER ALIBEY
 

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