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Pro Bowl ballers: Central clobber Caledonia for fourth title

Central FC made light work of Caledonia AIA last night to claim their fourth title this season and the Digicel Pro Bowl crown with a 4-1 triumph at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.

Photo: Central FC players (from left) Willis Plaza, Jason Marcano and Elton John celebrate after securing the Digicel Pro Bowl crown last night with a 4-1 win over Caledonia AIA at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Central FC players (from left) Willis Plaza, Jason Marcano and Elton John celebrate after securing the Digicel Pro Bowl crown last night with a 4-1 win over Caledonia AIA at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Former Caledonia star and “Soca Warrior” Ataulla Guerra bit the hand that once fed him with a tidy opener for Central after just seven minutes, following a Uriah Bentick cross.

However, the “Eastern Stallions” rallied and got a lifeline in the 43rd minute as playmaker Conrad Smith released Nathan Lewis in the opposing penalty area and the winger went to ground after contact from Bentick.

It was a debatable call, made worse by the fact that it was awarded by referee Rodphin Harris, who, if you listen to coach Terry Fenwick, is Central’s greatest rival.

There was no ambiguity about the penalty kick itself as Caledonia captain Kareem “Tiny” Joseph sent Central custodian Jan-Michael Williams the wrong way, after a stuttering run-up.

Photo: Caledonia AIA captain Kareem "Tiny" Joseph (right) celebrates his successful penalty kick with teammates Jamil Joseph (centre) and Nathan Lewis in the Digicel Pro Bowl final against Central FC. Caledonia AIA lost 4-1 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Caledonia AIA captain Kareem “Tiny” Joseph (right) celebrates his successful penalty kick with teammates Jamil Joseph (centre) and Nathan Lewis in the Digicel Pro Bowl final against Central FC.
Caledonia AIA lost 4-1 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Caledonia barely had three minutes to enjoy being on level terms before Willis Plaza, another Trinidad and Tobago international, restored Central’s lead with a brilliant angled strike into the far corner.

And the Stallions barely showed up in the second half as Central kept the ball for fun and pulled away with goals from Jason Marcano and substitute Jamal Jack.

Caledonia midfielder Keyon Edwards was ejected in the 75th minute for dissent but there was little defiance otherwise from the Morvant/Laventille-based team, who ran out of steam after an arduous season.

And it meant that the “Couva Sharks” scooped another massive trophy to go with their Caribbean Club Championship, Pro League and First Citizens Cup crowns.

(Check later this afternoon for full match report)

(Teams)

Central FC (3-4-2-1): 21.Jan-Michael Williams (1.Javon Sample 82) (GK); 2.Elton John, 5.Akeem Benjamin (11.Darren Mitchell 46), 3.Keion Goodridge; 15.Kaydion Gabriel, 6.Leston Paul, 10.Marvin Oliver, 4.Uriah Bentick; 7.Jason Marcano, 45.Ataulla Guerra (12.Jamal Jack 52); 33.Willis Plaza.

Unused substitutes: 8.Sean De Silva, 14.Jean-Luc Rochford, 17.Marcelle Francois, 19.Nathaniel Garcia.

Coach: Dale Saunders

 

Caledonia AIA (4-2-3-1): 1.Shemel Louison (GK); 12.Kareem Joseph (captain), 16.Pierre Hitner, 23.Jamil Joseph, 22.Jameel Neptune; 26.Nicholas Marcano, 9.Keyon Edwards; 27.Nathan Lewis (25.Anthony Charles 82), 4.Conrad Smith (30.Domini Garnett 60), 18.Trayon Bobb; 28.Pernell Schultz,

Unused substitutes: 34.D’Eandre Villaroel (GK), 2.Kyle Mack, 29.Mickaeel Gordon.

Coach: Jerry Moe

 

Referee: Rodphin Harris

Photo: Central FC goalscorer Jason Marcano celebrates during his team's 4-1 win over Caledonia AIA in the Digicel Pro Bowl final. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Central FC goalscorer Jason Marcano celebrates during his team’s 4-1 win over Caledonia AIA in the Digicel Pro Bowl final.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Digicel Pro Bowl final

(Fri May 29)

Central FC 4 (Ataulla Guerra 7, Willis Plaza 43, Jason Marcano 51, Jamal Jack 67), Caledonia AIA 1 (Kareem Joseph 40 pen) at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

 

MVP: Willis Plaza (Central FC)

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 15 years experience at several local and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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8 comments

  1. I realized that 7:45pm yesterday

  2. Wow that’s the tough. I think they relocated the game during the week.

  3. How/why did I think the game was in Ato Boldon…pulled up to an empty carpark…missed the game.

  4. Well you guys just got a teaser in my opinion lol.

  5. My first as well. I was thoroughly entertained.

  6. My first pro-league game for the year was also the last game of the season…must say the quality I saw on display has encouraged me to attend more often.

  7. Congrats SHARKS……I guess you had a good dinner….lol