A second half Hashim Arcia strike sealed 10-man Defence Force’s place in the First Citizens Cup quarterfinal last night, as the “Teteron Boys” edged Club Sando 1-0 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
Arcia’s goal was worth a TT$3,000 payoff for Defence Force and another opportunity to keep going, as the Army/Coast Guard combination face St Ann’s Rangers on Saturday 12 November in the first quarterfinal fixture of the knock out competition.
Ma Pau Stars were the other victors last night as they surprised San Juan Jabloteh 3-1 on kicks from the penalty mark, after both teams played to a 1-1 tie in regulation time.
Kerry Daniel put Stars ahead in the 57th minute but Jabloteh, were without leading scorer Willis Plaza due to international duty, mustered an 81st minute equaliser from utility player Kennedy Hinkson.
They could find no answer from the penalty spot, though, as Stars earned the right to face DIRECTV W Connection from 6pm in Saturday’s second quarterfinal at the Ato Boldon Stadium Stadium.
Courts Morvant Caledonia United and Central FC tackle each other from 3.30pm on Sunday 13 November in the third quarterfinal fixture at the Morvant Recreation Ground.
And Police FC and Point Fortin Civic close off the round on Monday 14 November, as they clash from 6pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
First Citizens Cup qualifying round results
(Tuesday 8 November)
Club Sando 0, Defence Force 1 (Hashim Arcia 54) at Ato Boldon Stadium;
San Juan Jabloteh 1 (Kennedy Hinkson 81), Ma Pau Stars 1 (Kerry Daniel 57) at Ato Boldon Stadium;
*—Stars won 3-1 on kicks from the penalty mark.
(Saturday 12 November)
St Ann’s Rangers vs Defence Force, 4pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
W Connection v Ma Pau Stars, 6pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
(Sunday 13 November)
Central FC vs Morvant Caledonia United, 3.30pm, Morvant Recreation Ground;
(Monday 14 November)
Police FC vs Point Fortin Civic, 6pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.