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Sample stops penalty as Central whip 10-man Connection in Caribbean finals

Former Trinidad and Tobago National Under-23 goalkeeper Javon Sample saved his third penalty in two matches on Sunday evening, as Bankers Insurance Central FC retained their Caribbean Club Championship crown with a 3-0 win over DIRECTV W Connection in a repeat of the 2015 final.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-23 goalkeeper Javon Sample (right) denies Uruguay attacker Junior Arias during the Pan American Games in Hamilton, Canada, on 13 July 13 2015. (Copyright AFP 2016/Omar Torres)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-23 goalkeeper Javon Sample (right) denies Uruguay attacker Junior Arias during the Pan American Games in Hamilton, Canada, on 13 July 13 2015.
(Copyright AFP 2016/Omar Torres)

Last year, Connection had two players sent off—Maurice Ford and Gerard Williams—as they lost 1-0 to Central at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. On the weekend, the “Savonetta Boys” again failed to keep their discipline, as Shahdon Winchester was ejected in the first half and Central took full advantage to eventually add to Marcus Joseph’s early goal.

Alvin Jones might have equalised for Connection but failed to get his penalty kick past Sample. And Jones compounded his team’s misery by also getting sent off in the second half before Jason Marcano and Darrell Mitchell wrapped up the result with two strikes in the closing 10 minutes.

It meant a massive maiden trophy for Central head coach Dale Saunders, although both teams will advance to the 2016/17 CONCACAF Champions League alongside Haiti’s Don Bosco FC, who beat Jamaica’s Arnett Gardens to third place.

Trinidad and Tobago clubs have won three of the last four contested Caribbean Club Championship finals—Caledonia AIA defeated Connection on penalties in 2012—and Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene said this dominance is an indication of the strength of the local top flight competition.

Photo: Central FC goal scorer Jean-Luc Rochford (front) and his teammates celebrate with the 2015 Caribbean Club Championship trophy. Looking on is Central FC operations director Kevin Harrison (top left) and Bankers Insurance CEO Vance Gabriel (top centre). (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Central FC goal scorer Jean-Luc Rochford (front) and his teammates celebrate with the 2015 Caribbean Club Championship trophy.
Looking on is Central FC operations director Kevin Harrison (top left) and Bankers Insurance CEO Vance Gabriel (top centre).
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

“Congratulations to Central for winning the Caribbean Club Championship and (Central and W Connection) for qualifying for next season’s Concacaf Champions League,” Skeene told the TT Pro League website. “It augurs well for the TT Pro League with these clubs displaying the improved standard of play.

“The competitiveness of the Pro League, which is another key performance indicator for any league, has sharpened and prepared Central and W Connection to achieve this outcome.

“We continue to focus on improving the performances in the Concacaf Champions League, exposing our local talent to competition on the international arena.”

Skeene thanked the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, the Ministry of Sport and Sport Minister Darryl Smith for their continued support along with sponsors like Digicel, First Citizens, Toyota, Lucozade Sport, Wendy’s and The Fan Club for their contributions to the Pro League’s success.

Central are favourites to retain their Pro League title too although they will not be in action today.

Photo: Central FC captain Leston Paul (right) holds the 2015 Akeem Adams trophy for winning the final round. Teammate Ataulla Guerra (centre) lifts the Pro League trophy while league CEO Dexter Skeene looks on. (Courtesy Alllan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Central FC captain Leston Paul (right) holds the 2015 Akeem Adams trophy for winning the final round.
Teammate Ataulla Guerra (centre) lifts the Pro League trophy while league CEO Dexter Skeene looks on.
(Courtesy Alllan V Crane/Wired868)

Club Sando and Point Fortin Civic clash from 6 pm today at the Ato Boldon Stadium while Morvant Caledonia United face Japs North East Stars and Police FC tackle Defence Force from 7 pm and 9 pm respectively in a Hasely Crawford Stadium double header.

The remaining 2015/16 Pro League fixtures are as follows:

(Tuesday May 3)

Club Sando vs Point Fortin Civic, 6 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Morvant Caledonia United vs North East Stars, 7 pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Police FC vs Defence Force, 9 pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Photo: Police FC winger Christon Thomas (second from right) tries to elude Defence Force players Sean Narcis (right), Jemel Sebro (centre) and Rodell Elcock during 2015/16 Pro League action in Malabar. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: Police FC winger Christon Thomas (second from right) tries to elude Defence Force players Sean Narcis (right), Jemel Sebro (centre) and Rodell Elcock during 2015/16 Pro League action in Malabar.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

(Friday May 6)

Point Fortin Civic vs Morvant Caledonia United, 6 pm, Mahaica Oval;

Club Sando vs San Juan Jabloteh, 6 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

W Connection vs Defence Force, 8 pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Photo: W Connection attacker Shahdon Winchester (centre) tries to turn towards goal during the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield final against Morvant Caledonia United on 24 April 2016. Caledonia won 4-1 on kicks from the penalty mark. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: W Connection attacker Shahdon Winchester (centre) tries to turn towards goal during the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield final against Morvant Caledonia United on 24 April 2016.
Caledonia won 4-1 on kicks from the penalty mark.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

(Sunday May 8)

Central FC vs North East Stars, 4 pm, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;

St Ann’s Rangers vs Police FC, 4 pm, Larry Gomes Stadium;

Photo: St Ann's Rangers attacker Johan Peltier (centre) wrestles with Club Sando midfielder Michael Basdeo (right) while his teammate Moron Phillip appeals to the referee during Lucozade Sport Goal Shield qualifying action on 5 April 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: St Ann’s Rangers attacker Johan Peltier (centre) wrestles with Club Sando midfielder Michael Basdeo (right) while his teammate Moron Phillip appeals to the referee during Lucozade Sport Goal Shield qualifying action on 5 April 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/CA-images/Wired868)

(Tuesday May 17)

Central FC vs St Ann’s Rangers, TBA, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Club Sando vs W Connection, TBA, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Police FC vs Point Fortin Civic, TBA, Hasely Crawford Stadium

Defence Force vs Morvant Caledonia United, TBA, Hasely Crawford Stadium;

San Juan Jabloteh vs North East Stars, TBA, Barataria Recreation Ground.

Photo: Central FC midfielder Darren Mitchell (left) gestures with his hand while two Morvant Caledonia United defenders stand guard during Pro League on 19 April 2016 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. Central won 3-0. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: Central FC midfielder Darren Mitchell (left) gestures with his hand while two Morvant Caledonia United defenders stand guard during Pro League on 19 April 2016 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Central won 3-0.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

(Rescheduled fixtures: Date, venues and kick-off times to be decided)

San Juan Jabloteh vs Central FC, TBA, TBA;

W Connection vs St Ann’s Rangers, TBA, TBA.

AboutLasana 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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3 comments

  1. Ah mean pen was always Javon NewBoy Sample thats his bread and butter..pssht C’mon

  2. Great job Sample, he Started at Football Factory academy