Home / Volley / Global Football / Lombardo bags double as Jabloteh walk the talk to near CFU final round spot

Lombardo bags double as Jabloteh walk the talk to near CFU final round spot

San Juan Jabloteh coach Keith Jeffrey predicted a 3-0 win over Club Sportif Moulien in Caribbean Club Championship action yesterday evening in St Vincent. He came close, as the “San Juan Kings” strolled away with a 4-1 result over the Guadeloupean team that virtually assured them of a berth in the final round.

Jabloteh lead the group, with a maximum six points from two matches, and boast a healthy goal difference of +12. At present, Moulien and hosts System 3 Sport Academy have goal differentials of +1 and +3 respectively.

Photo: San Juan Jabloteh midfielder Kion Joseph (right) tries to dribble past Police FC defender Nequan Caruth during Pro League at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 1 November 2016. Jabloteh won 3-2. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: San Juan Jabloteh midfielder Kion Joseph (right) tries to dribble past Police FC defender Nequan Caruth during Pro League at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 1 November 2016.
Jabloteh won 3-2.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Jabloteh face System 3 tomorrow and the Vincentian team might have their tails up after an emphatic 9-2 win over St Maarten club, Flames United, last night. Jeffrey is unperturbed though.

“No, [I am not worried],” the Jabloteh coach told Wired868. “They are poor on defence.”

Did he have a victory target in mind for the host team then?

“Yeah, 4-0,” said Jeffrey.

It has been pretty straightforward for Jabloteh so far on their return to Caribbean competition. The top three teams from the region will go on to play in the CONCACAF Champions League and the Kings are a heartbeat away from joining Caribbean champions and Pro League counterparts, Central FC, in the last qualifying stage.

Jeffrey admitted that his job was made a bit easier thanks to the advice he got from fellow Pro League coaches prior to leaving for St Vincent.

Moulien, he said, were no pushovers and it was the Guadeloupeans who scored first last night.

Photo: Central FC coach Dale Saunders (right) signals to his squad while San Juan Jabloteh coach Keith Jeffrey looks on during 2015/16 Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Central FC coach Dale Saunders (right) signals to his squad while San Juan Jabloteh coach Keith Jeffrey looks on during 2015/16 Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

“The Guadeloupe team were organised and they are a tricky team in the final third,” said Jeffrey. “They have very good kickers of the ball—whether it is a dead ball or a moving ball. And if they get any room down the byline to cross, your keeper can’t move because of how good the delivery is. If you don’t close them down from 25 yards out, you will be in trouble.”

The key to Jabloteh’s recovery, according to Jeffrey, was fitness, work ethic and decisive offensive play.

“We pressed high up the field and were able to reap the results,” said Jeffrey. “We are at a level of fitness now where we are able to press for long periods. During the Pro League season, we could have pressed for maybe 20 minutes. But after some rest and good preparation, we can play at a higher intensity for longer periods.

“So that makes us a more dangerous team going forward.”

After falling behind to a 13th minute opener by Moulien, Guyana international winger Vernon Mills equalised in the 17th minute before a double from Panamanian attacker Jairo Lombardo gave Jabloteh a two goal lead.

There was a hiccup as captain and midfielder Damian Williams was ejected in the 70th minute for elbowing an opponent. But, even with 10 players, Jabloteh stretched their advantage with a goal from Soca Warriors winger Nathan Lewis in the 85th minute.

Photo: San Juan Jabloteh winger Nathan Lewis (right) races past Morvant Caledonia United right back Ordell Flemming in 2015/16 Pro League action. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868
Photo: San Juan Jabloteh winger Nathan Lewis (right) races past Morvant Caledonia United right back Ordell Flemming in 2015/16 Pro League action.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868

Jeffrey made just one change to the starting team that defeated Flames United 9-0 on Wednesday, as veteran Guyanese goalkeeper Andrew Durant came in for the injured ex-Trinidad and Tobago National Under-23 custodian Javon Sample.

He promised at least three changes to his squad for the final affair, though, with Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team winger Tyrone Charles set to start along with former Warriors Kadeem Corbin and Keyon Edwards.

They are likely to replace the suspended Williams and attackers Mills and Lombardo, who are both carrying injuries.

(Team against Club Sportif Moulien)

San Juan Jabloteh (4-3-3): 35.Andrew Durant (GK); 18.Jevon Morris, 24.Adrian Reid, 6.Akeem Benjamin (17.Josiah Trimmingham), 12.Kion Joseph; 11.Damian Williams (captain) [Red card 70], 5.Elijah Manners, 9.Keithy Simpson (10.Tyrone Charles 65); 27.Nathan Lewis, 16.Jairo Lombardo (Tyrone Charles), 14.Vernon Mills (Micah Lansiquot).

Coach: Keith Jeffrey

Photo: San Juan Jabloteh midfielder Keyon Edwards celebrates a goal on his debut against former employer, Morvant Caledonia United in the 2015/16 Pro League season. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: San Juan Jabloteh midfielder Keyon Edwards celebrates a goal on his debut against former employer, Morvant Caledonia United in the 2015/16 Pro League season.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Caribbean Club Championships

(Wednesday 8 March)

San Juan Jabloteh 9 (Keithy Simpson 11, 51, 60, Nathan Lewis 21, 40, 44, Jairo Lombardo 57, Tyrone Charles 72, Jamal Gay 81), Flames United 0 in St Vincent;

Club Sportif Moulien 4, System 3 Sport Academy 0 in St Vincent.

(Friday 10 March)

San Juan Jabloteh 4 (Vernon Mills 13, Jairo Lombardo 20, 68, Nathan Lewis 85), Club Sportif Moulien 1 in St Vincent;

System 3 Sport Academy 9, Flames United 2 in St Vincent;

Photo: San Juan Jabloteh attacker Tyrone Charles (right) keeps the ball from Central FC right back Kaydion Gabriel during 2015/6 Pro League action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: San Juan Jabloteh attacker Tyrone Charles (right) keeps the ball from Central FC right back Kaydion Gabriel during 2015/6 Pro League action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

Upcoming fixtures

(Sunday 12 March)

Club Sportif Moulien vs Flames United in St Vincent;

System 3 Sport Academy vs San Juan Jabloteh in St Vincent.

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

Check Also

Tinkerman Tallest misses out on historic point; “Chicharito” leads Mexico past stubborn T&T

The Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team came within three minutes of a famous result …

17 comments

  1. The Apertura and Clausura is a must if you only have 10 teams competing. That way every team plays 18 regular season games per tournament, 36 per season.

  2. Hence the reason why our bootleg Profesional league and the owners really needs to stop exploting our players and start to pay them the real professional monies the same like what my police and soldiers receives each month which is $10,000 a month in order to raise the standard of the league and compete against the real professional teams in the real football countries. . Them really good yes.

  3. Virtually assured of qualification to the final stage. Although I feel they will struggle vs the likes of Central, Puerto Rico FC, and the Dominican side Cibao in the final round.

    • Well, they just need one win to advance in that round. Why do you think they will struggle though? T&T teams have an excellent record in Caribbean competition.

    • True, should rephrase it to ”struggle” in terms of competing for the one spot available for the real CONCACAF CL with all the MLS/Liga MX teams.

      Puerto Rico FC on paper are the strongest outfit in this competition, they have a fully professional environment and play in a league stronger than any in CFU. Central will no doubt get the better of San Juan. I liked the look of Cibao in their CFU games, (admittedly they were playing weak teams), very attacking unit and invested in a few decent South American players, I predict them to cause an upset or two.