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.
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.
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.
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;
(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;
(Sunday November 8)
Police FC v Guaya United, 3 pm, Guayaguayare Recreation Ground;
Marabella CC v S/Juan Jabloteh, 3 pm, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;