The CNG National Super League Knock Out competition will kick off its semi-final round tomorrow at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva with just Guaya United, Prisons FC, Tobago FC Phoenix 1976 and Petrotrin Palo Seco left from 25 teams in the Premiership and Championship Divisions.
At stake is a TT$100,000 cash bounty for the overall winners as well as bragging rights in the most prestigious domestic competition under the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association’s (TTFA) umbrella—albeit run by All Sport Promotion.
Guaya United, led by veteran midfield maestro Ryan “Fry” Stewart and the strike duo of Carlon Hughes and Jody Allsop, are in fine form at the moment for the Premiership Division leaders.
Guaya’s “Green Army” face Tobago’s top team, Tobago FC Phoenix 1976, from 4.30 pm in the opening match of a Couva double header.
Phoenix, who are spearheaded by the dangerous Le’Jandro Williams and versatile Onasi Forde, are in third position at the moment and trail Guaya by seven points. But they are a match for anyone on their day.
In their last meeting on September 24, Guaya came from behind to edge Phoenix 2-1 at the Canaan Recreation Ground in Tobago. Phoenix will not get a better time than tomorrow’s semifinal to enact a deflating revenge.
In the second match at the same venue, mid-table Premiership Division team Petrotrin Palo Seco will make a dash for glory against upstarts Prisons FC.
Petrotrin are not short of experience withe versatile former 2007 Trinidad and Tobago Gold Cup defensive midfielder Romauld Aguilera in their ranks along with versatile attacker Sylvester Teesdale, who represented the “Soca Warriors” in the 2012 Caribbean Cup qualifying rounds.
Prisons are the last remaining Championship Division team in the Knock Out competition but Petrotrin should not expect any inferiority complex from the compact, attack-minded “Wardens.”
All-action striker Curtis Carrington and free scoring winger Raymond Alleyne are having stellar seasons for Prisons. Last weekend, Prisons lost their first match of the season as they were edged 1-0 at home to QPCC.
They would have no intention of tasting defeat twice in one week.
Gates open at 3 pm and tickets are available for $40.