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“Shooter” guns down Army, as Morvant Caledonia run riot; Police thump Jabloteh

If ever the people of Morvant/Laventille grow tired of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force presence there, maybe they should invite the soldiers to a game of football.

Yesterday afternoon, the Army/Coast Guard combination laid down their arms to face Morvant Caledonia United in the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield quarterfinal at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. And the result was a humbling 5-1 scoreline.

Photo: Morvant Caledonia United defender Ordell Flemming (second from left) acrobatically flicks his header past Defence Force custodian Sheldon Clarke during Lucozade Sport Goal Shield quarterfinal action on 9 April 2016. Morvant Caledonia won 5-1. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: Morvant Caledonia United defender Ordell Flemming (second from left) acrobatically flicks his header past Defence Force custodian Sheldon Clarke during Lucozade Sport Goal Shield quarterfinal action on 9 April 2016.
Morvant Caledonia won 5-1.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

The final score, goes the cliche, did not reflect the balance of the game. And it was true. It might have been double figures!

Play Whe San Juan Jabloteh were not as lucky with their own brush with the law, though, as the “San Juan Kings” were whipped 3-0 by Police FC in the second match of the Port of Spain double header.

The results mean that Morvant Caledonia and Police will square off from 6 pm on Friday April 15 in the first Lucozade semifinal, which will be followed by a clash between fierce Couva rivals, Bankers Insurance Central FC and DIRECTV W Connection FC at 8 pm.

Anything can happen after that.

It was Police’s first knock out win of the season—on the third attempt—and the “Lawmen” are potentially 90 minutes away from only their second final of the Pro League era, after they fell 3-0 to Connection in the 2014 Pro Bowl final.

Photo: Police FC forward Makesi Lewis (far left) celebrates with his teammates during Lucozade Sport Goal Shield quarterfinal action against San Juan Jabloteh on 9 April 2016. Police won 3-0. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: Police FC forward Makesi Lewis (far left) celebrates with his teammates during Lucozade Sport Goal Shield quarterfinal action against San Juan Jabloteh on 9 April 2016.
Police won 3-0.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

For Jabloteh, it was their second successive defeat—both suffered without injured veteran midfielder Marvin Oliver.
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Apart from Nathan Lewis’ scampering up the flank, Jabloteh were barely recognisable from the fluid, street-smart, counter-attacking outfit that they can be at their best.

But credit too to Police coach Richard Hood, who ensured that his fullbacks were rarely short of support against some of the local game’s most fiercesome wingers.

Jabloteh offered little resistance otherwise.

Left back Dexter Alleyne put the Lawmen ahead after just three minutes with a neat header at the far post off a deep Kareem Freitas free kick.

And Freitas was involved again when Police doubled their advantage in the 43rd minute, as Makesi Lewis nudged the ball over the line after his teammate’s effort was parried by the opposing custodian.

Photo: San Juan Jabloteh full back Noel Williams (right) takes on Police FC flanker Clevon McFee during Lucozade Sport Goal Shield quarterfinal action on 9 April 2016. Police won 3-0. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: San Juan Jabloteh full back Noel Williams (right) takes on Police FC flanker Clevon McFee during Lucozade Sport Goal Shield quarterfinal action on 9 April 2016.
Police won 3-0.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

It should have been 3-0 at the interval but Police captain Todd Ryan hit wide from the penalty spot, after Jabloteh defender Adrian Reid handled a Clevon McFee cross.

No matter. Jameel Perry put the result beyond doubt in the 55th minute with a composed finish, as Police resisted a late cameo from Jabloteh substitute Sean Bonval to preserve a clean sheet.

It was not nearly as emphatic as the opening game of the double header, though.

To put the result into context, the last time Morvant Caledonia and Defence Force met in Port of Spain, which was on 8 January 2016, the “Teteron Boys” romped to a humiliating 8-0 triumph.

But the “Eastern Stallions” had other plans this time.

Morvant Caledonia were first on the score sheet, arguably against the run of play, as captain Kareem “Tiny” Joseph’s low first time cross on the break was turned in at the near post by Jameel “Shooter” Neptune in the 28th minute.

Photo: Morvant Caledonia United utility player Jameel Neptune (left) takes on Defence Force player Curtis Gonzales during Lucozade Sport Goal Shield quarterfinal action on 9 April 2016. Morvant Caledonia won 5-1. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: Morvant Caledonia United utility player Jameel Neptune (left) takes on Defence Force player Curtis Gonzales during Lucozade Sport Goal Shield quarterfinal action on 9 April 2016.
Morvant Caledonia won 5-1.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

But Defence Force’s own marksman, Devorn Jorsling, brought the regiment back on level terms with a cool penalty kick in the 42nd minute, after wing back Marvin Jones tumbled in the area over Morvant Caledonia flanker Marcus Ambrose.

That would normally be the signal for the Army/Coast Guard outfit to take command of the affair. But not yesterday.

Neptune won a free kick down the left flank and, in first half stoppage time, Morvant Caledonia defender and St Kitts and Nevis international, Ordell Flemming, met Joseph’s free kick with a decisive glancing header, before wheeling away to celebrate with a spectacular somersault.

And Defence Force never recovered.

Let’s just say that coach Marvin Gordon might as well have a tailor remove the word “Defence” from his team’s emblem. Because it was one of the worst displays of defending that you are likely to see in the local top flight.

Dave Long and Stephan Campbell both presented clear scoring opportunities to Sheldon Holder and Pernell Schultz respectively within the first 15 minutes of the second half, through a combination of poor passing or being caught in possession on top of their own penalty area.

Photo: Defence Force captain and midfielder Jerwyn Balthazar on the ball during action in the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield quarterfinal against Morvant Caledonia United on 9 April 2016. Morvant Caledonia United won 5-1. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: Defence Force captain and midfielder Jerwyn Balthazar on the ball during action in the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield quarterfinal against Morvant Caledonia United on 9 April 2016.
Morvant Caledonia United won 5-1.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

While the Defence Force’s offside trap closer resembled a welcome mat to the opposing offence.

Yet Morvant Caledonia muffed at least three chances with only opposing custodian Sheldon Clarke to beat, before Schultz finally snatched an insurance goal in the 67th minute after a Holder through pass.

Neptune made it 4-1 with the goal of the day, as he took the ball around his Trinidad and Tobago National Futsal teammate, Kerry Joseph, en route to a sizzling strike into the top right hand corner from the edge of the penalty area.

And maestro Akim Armstrong conjured up the fifth in the 78th minute, as he hurdled Campbell and cleverly teed up Holder for the finish.

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Photo: San Juan Jabloteh midfielder Fabian Reid (right) tries to hold on to Police FC forward Keon Wilson during Lucozade Sport Goal Shield quarterfinal action on 9 April 2016. Police won 3-0. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: San Juan Jabloteh midfielder Fabian Reid (right) tries to hold on to Police FC forward Keon Wilson during Lucozade Sport Goal Shield quarterfinal action on 9 April 2016.
Police won 3-0.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

The Defence Force were certainly not up to the task.

(Teams)

Morvant Caledonia United (4-4-1-1): 1.Marvin Phillip (GK); 16.Antonio Joseph, 3.Ranaldo Bailey, 19.Robert Primus, 4.Ordell Flemming (20.Jamaal Harvey 80); 12.Kareem Joseph, 17.Akim Armstrong, 5.Maestro Mensah, 6.Marcus Ambrose (10.Sheldon Holder 46); 22.Jameel Neptune; 28.Pernell Schultz (15.Otev Lawrence 78).

Unused substitutes: 34.Stephon Seepersad (GK), 8.Anthony Charles, 11.Abdallah Phillips, 24.Gregory President.

Coach: Jerry Moe

 

Defence Force (3-4-1-2): 25.Sheldon Clarke (GK); 8.Curtis Gonzales, 2, Glynn Franklyn (52.Stephan Campbell 46), 4.Dave Long (11.Akeem Roach 66); 13.Marvin Jones, 20.Levi Serries, 99.Jerwyn Balthazar (captain), 21.Akile Edwards; 10.Hashim Arcia (23.Kerry Joseph 57); 9.Devorn Jorsling, 16.Kellon Serette.

Unused substitutes: 1.Andre Marchan (GK), 7.Jelani Felix, 17.Ross Russell Jr, 18.Sean Narcis.

Coach: Marvin Gordon

 

Referee: Dave Daniels

Man of the Match: Jameel Neptune (Morvant Caledonia United)

Photo: Caledonia AIA full back Jameel Neptune (centre) is a handful for Central FC defenders Elton John (left) and Kaydion Gabriel in the 2015 Digicel Pro Bowl final. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Caledonia AIA full back Jameel Neptune (centre) is a handful for Central FC defenders Elton John (left) and Kaydion Gabriel in the 2015 Digicel Pro Bowl final.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Lucozade Sport Goal Shield results

Quarterfinal Round

(Saturday April 9)

Defence Force 1 (Devorn Jorsling 42 pen), Morvant Caledonia United 5 (Jameel Neptune 28, 73, Ordell Flemming 45, Pernell Schultz 67, Sheldon Holder 78) at Hasely Crawford Stadium;

San Juan Jabloteh 0, Police FC 3 (Dexter Alleyne 3, Makesi Lewis 43, Jameel Perry 55) at Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Photo: Morvant Caledonia United Akim Armstrong (left) and Point Fortin Civic midfielder Kelvin Modeste during Lucozade Sport Goal Shield qualifying action on 5 April 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: Morvant Caledonia United midfielder Akim Armstrong (left) and Point Fortin Civic midfielder Kelvin Modeste during Lucozade Sport Goal Shield qualifying action on 5 April 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/CA-images/Wired868)

(Friday April 8)

Central FC 1 (Rundell Winchester 29), St Ann’s Rangers 1 (Keron Cornwall 20) at Ato Boldon Stadium;

*—Central FC won 3-1 on kicks from the penalty mark

W Connection 4 (Shahdon Winchester 10, Jelani Peters 56, Andre Toussaint 62, Neil Benjamin Jr 87), North East Stars 1 (Kerry Baptiste 48) at Ato Boldon Stadium;

Photo: Central FC forward Rundell Winchester (centre) tries to escape from St Ann's Rangers players Sedale McLean (right) and Jeromie Williams during Lucozade Sport Goal Shield quarterfinal action on 8 April 2016. Central won 3-1 on kicks from the penalty mark. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/CA-Images/Wired868)
Photo: Central FC forward Rundell Winchester (centre) tries to escape from St Ann’s Rangers players Sedale McLean (right) and Jeromie Williams during Lucozade Sport Goal Shield quarterfinal action on 8 April 2016.
Central won 3-1 on kicks from the penalty mark.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/CA-Images/Wired868)

Upcoming fixtures

Semifinal Round

(Friday April 15)

Morvant Caledonia United v Police FC, 6 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Central FC v W Connection, 8 pm, Ato Boldon 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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13 comments

  1. Is there a cap to the number of players a pro league team can recruit?

    • Recruit ? You mean through transfer window ? Or regular squad members ?

    • I mean by whatever means. Just in general, is there a limit to the number?
      I’m asking because DF and Jabloteh had about 28 or 29 players on their team roster yesterday. Obviously, they weren’t all in the squad for yesterday’s match. But Cale for example had less in their team roster. I don’t remember the exact number. But I’m just thinking there are clear advantages to having more players on your team and a team like DF that doesn’t have to worry about paying salaries would obviously have an edge over teams with greater financial handicaps. So it isn’t necessarily a levelled playing field if there isn’t a cap. Not sure if I’m explaining myself clearly here…

    • That’s a totally different question to what you initially asked

    • ?
      Sorry!
      What’s the difference though?

  2. Here’s what a totally accurate headline would look like: Utility player Jameel “Shooter” Neptune scores double against Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Football Club as Morvant Caledonia United Football Club run riot in 2016 Lucozade Sport Goal Shield quarterfinals; Police FC thump Play Whe San Juan Jabloteh.
    We expect most of our readers to think about the reasoning behind things before they comment. And most do.

  3. Cale seem to be much more dangerous with Neptune in an advanced position.

  4. Sweet revenge for that 8-0 hammering

  5. glad Holder and Schultz getting goals … hoping to see them against Canada next month

  6. It was fun to watch Cale! Some nice goals yesterday…