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Toyota Classic: Stars spank Siparia Spurs; Rosa and Caledonia advance

North East Stars spanked Siparia Spurs 8-0 at the Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya as the Toyota Classic Cup competition kicked off with an avalanche of goals in Tunapuna and Couva.

Photo: North East Stars striker Gorean "Ratty" Highley (left) takes on W Connection defender Christian Ocoro Viveros in the 2015 TTFA FA Trophy final. Highley was on the scoresheet last night against Siparia Spurs in the Toyota Classic Cup. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: North East Stars striker Gorean “Ratty” Highley (left) takes on W Connection defender Christian Ocoro Viveros in the 2015 TTFA FA Trophy final.
Highley was on the scoresheet last night against Siparia Spurs in the Toyota Classic Cup.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

There were 17 goals from three matches yesterday and very little to smile about for the CNG National Super League teams as they matched wits with their Pro League counterparts.

Young winger Jomoul Francois was unstoppable in Macoya as he took tormenting both Siparia full backs and made a lasting impression with accurate crossing as well as ruthless finishing.

Francois created Stars’ first item with a raking cross that striker Gorean “Ratty” Highley volleyed home in the ninth minute and then stepping in off the right flank to score the second with a fine angled drive into the far corner.

Francois added three more to his night’s tally and “Soca Warrior” Keron “Ball Pest” Cummings chipped in a double as Stars strolled into the quarterfinal round.

Siparia threatened at times through attacking midfielder Andre Quashie and striker Andy London but were collectively out of their depth against a young, vibrant and fast Stars team.

Photo: North East Stars attacker Keron Cummings (centre) in action during the 2015 TTFA FA Trophy quarterfinals while Defence Force captain Jerwyn Balthazar (second from right) looks on. (Courtesy Sinead Peters/Wired868)
Photo: North East Stars attacker Keron Cummings (centre) in action during the 2015 TTFA FA Trophy quarterfinals while Defence Force captain Jerwyn Balthazar (second from right) looks on.
(Courtesy Sinead Peters/Wired868)

In the sole match-up between two NSL teams in the Round of 16, FC Santa Rosa pulled off an upset with a shock 1-0 win over the Defence Force (S/L) team, which is nine points clear of them with a game in hand in the league competition.

Defence Force had the lion’s share of ball possession and were able to work their way into and around the Rosa penalty area on multiple occasions without success.

But credit to Santa Rosa who were always menacing on the break, particularly through tricky winger Jean-Paul Aqui-Blanc, and fully deserved their goal.

Striker Devon King decided the affair in the 72nd minute as he finished with aplomb from close range, after Aqui-Blanc had cleverly backheeled a Nicholas Armstrong cross into his path.

There was a sigh of relief in stoppage time from the neutrals, though, as midfielder Shaka Pilgrim blocked a Josimar Belgrave effort on the goal line to ensure that Rosa progressed.

Photo: FC Santa Rosa coach Keith Look Loy reacts to action during his team's 1-0 win over Marabella Family Crisis Centre in 2015 CNG National Super League action. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868
Photo: FC Santa Rosa coach Keith Look Loy reacts to action during his team’s 1-0 win over Marabella Family Crisis Centre in 2015 CNG National Super League action.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Morvant Caledonia United will join them, thanks to a 5-3 win over Tobago FC Phoenix 1976 at Couva.

 

Toyota Classic Cup results

(Wednesday November 4)

Morvant/Caledonia Utd 5 (Eugine Kirwan 3, Akeem Roach 12, 67, Densill Theobald 22, Kennedy Isles 90), Tobago Phoenix 3 (Stefano Wright 31, Dominic McDougal 45, Lejandro Williams 53) at Ato Boldon Stadium;

Defence Force (S/League) 0, FC Santa Rosa 1 (Devon King 72) at Marvin Lee Stadium;

North East Stars 8 (Gorean Highley 9, Jomoul Francois 13, 63, 64, 75, Keron Cummings 14, 47, Dillon Jaggasar 71), Siparia Spurs 0 at Marvin Lee Stadium;

Photo: Morvant Caledonia United midfielder Akeem Roach (foreground) passes the ball while Defence Force midfielder Dave Long looks on in 2015 First Citizens Bank action. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Morvant Caledonia United midfielder Akeem Roach (foreground) passes the ball while Defence Force midfielder Dave Long looks on in 2015 First Citizens Bank action.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Upcoming Fixtures

(Friday November 6)

W Connection v Club Sando, 5.30 pm, Mahaica Oval;

Point Fortin Civic v Central FC, 8 pm, Mahaica Oval;

(Saturday November 7)

St Ann’s Rangers v Defence Force, 3 pm, Larry Gomes Stadium;

Photo: Guaya United Carlon Hughes (right) thanks the heavens after his crucial goal in his team's 2015 CNG National Super League Knock Out semifinal win over Tobago FC Phoenix 1976 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. (Courtesy Kerlon Orr/Wired868)
Photo: Guaya United Carlon Hughes (right) thanks the heavens after his crucial goal in his team’s 2015 CNG National Super League Knock Out semifinal win over Tobago FC Phoenix 1976 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
(Courtesy Kerlon Orr/Wired868)

(Sunday November 8)

Police FC v Guaya United, 3 pm, Guayaguayare Recreation Ground;

Marabella CC v S/Juan Jabloteh, 3 pm, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;

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.

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5 comments

  1. As one of the early players to have play for Siparia Spurs back in the 1980s when it was formed it was no easy task facing up to a team pro-team outfil……let’s put down that defeat as experience and live to fight another day…….still love and support my team to death……

  2. North East advantage Siparia!! lol