Defending Lucozade Sport Goal Shield champion club, DIRECTV W Connection, has declared its intention to retain its title as the knock out tournament prepares for kick off today.
San Juan Jabloteh and St Ann’s Rangers meet in today’s qualifying round match from 4 pm at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar and the winner will face Connection from 5 pm in Couva on Saturday.
Connection and Trinidad and Tobago defender Daneil Cyrus promised either team a hard time.
“We are looking forward to defending the title,” Connection defender Daneil Cyrus told the TT Pro League. “We aren’t looking at the three titles we have won already.”
At stake for the Goal Shield champ is a $30,000 first prize plus $3,000 for every goal scored in the final, $2,000 for each semi-final goal, and $1,000 for each quarterfinal round item. The runner-up will receive a $10,000 cheque plus $1,500, $1,000 and $500 respectively for each goal in the final, semi-final and quarterfinal round.
Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene, a former “Strike Squad” forward, urged teams to think goals.
“Let your imagination run wild,” said Skeene. “Let your creative juices flow; be exciting, let the fans see the real you. Do not limit your imagination.”
The quarterfinal round kicks off at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva from 4 pm on Friday with captivating double header as Central FC tackles Caledonia AIA from 6 pm while Defence Force faces Point Fortin Civic from 8 pm.
Skeene hopes that local football fans will come out to the competition and understand its value within the region.
“People do not realise how important the TT Pro League is to society and to developing the youth and the sport of football,” said Skeene. “We must continue to be trailblazers leading the way in the region. We must continue to build the brand TT Pro League.”
2014 Lucozade Sport Goal Shield
(Thu April 3)
San Juan Jabloteh vs St Ann’s Rangers, 4 pm, Larry Gomes Stadium;
Quarter Final Round
(Fri April 4)
Central FC vs Caledonia AIA, 6 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
Point Fortin Civic vs Defence Force, 8 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
(Sat April 5)
W Connection vs Jabloteh/Rangers, 5 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
North East Stars vs Police FC, 7 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.
Editor’s Note: The Lucozade Sport Goal Shield match-ups were adjusted by the Pro League on April 3.