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TTSL Cup: Parkites blitz RSSR, Cunupia edge Police FC, PVDMU’s fairytale run continues

Petit Valley/Diego Martin United’s fairytale Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) League Cup run continued today, as they edged San Fernando Giants on kicks from the penalty mark to advance to the semifinal round.

PVDMU are second from bottom in the TTSL standings with one win from 12 matches but they are two victories from two outings in the knockout competition. They edged the Giants 3-1 in a penalty shootout at St Margaret’s Recreation Ground today, in an unlikely quarterfinal match-up between the second tier’s two worst clubs.

Photo: PVDMU forward Jose Centeno (centre) tries to outfox Matura ReUnited players Zavion Navarro (left) and Joel Hoyte during TTSL Cup action at the Valencia Secondary School on 2 September 2018.
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PVDMU made it this far, after they surprised Matura ReUnited 3-2 last week, while Giants shocked Guaya United via kicks from the penalty mark in the play off round. Only the former team were able to keep their run alive, though.

League leaders, Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC), were temporarily inconvenienced by RSSR at St Mary’s College ground today, as the team were locked at 1-1 with seconds left in the first half.

But once Benedict Barrett separated them, at almost the stroke of halftime, the “Parkites” never looked back, as they ran away 5-1 winners with a Barrett double and strikes by Sean De Silva, Keston George and Kevaughn John. Hakim Gulston got RSSR’s lone item.

Things were tenser at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva where Cunupia needed a last gasp item from playmaker Isaiah Mejias to see off Police FC 2-1. Colin Williams opened the scoring for the “Lawmen” in the 63rd minute, only for Michael Yaw Darko to equalise, three minutes later, as Cunupia went on to complete a come-from-behind victory.

PVDMU, Cunupia and QPCC join FC Santa Rosa in the semifinal, after the “Big Cannons” eliminated Prisons FC 3-0 on Saturday night at the Arima Velodrome.

Photo: FC Santa Rosa midfielder Andre Rampersad (left) takes a crack at goal during TTSL Cup action against Prisons FC at the Arima Velodrome on 8 September 2018.
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TTSL League Cup Quarterfinal Results

(Saturday 8 September)

FC Santa Rosa 3 (Noel Williams 29, Akeem Garcia 68, Keron Cornwall 71), Prisons FC 0 at Arima Velodrome;

(Sunday 9 September)

QPCC 5 (Sean De Silva 15, Benedict Barrett 45, 89, Keston George 57, Kevaughn John 78), RSSR 1 (Hakim Gulston 24) at St Mary’s College Grounds;

Cunupia FC 2 (Michael Yaw Darko 66, Isaiah Mejias 90+6), Police 1 (Colin Williams 63) at Ato Boldon Stadium;

San F’do Giants 0, Petit Valley/Diego Martin United 0 at St Margaret’s Recreation Grd;

*—PVDMU won 3-2 via kicks from the penalty mark.

Photo: QPCC forward Benedict Barrett (centre) is surrounded by Petit Valley players (from right) Sydney Charles, Mashama Baptiste and Quason Hartman while referee Glendon Superville looks on during 2015/16 CNG NSL action at the Queen’s Park Oval. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Upcoming TTSL League fixtures

(Saturday 15 September)

Guaya United vs Petit Valley/Diego Martin Utd, 5pm, Guaya Recreation Ground;

Club Sando vs Metal X Erin FC, 6pm, Dibe Recreation Ground, Long Circular;

(Sunday 16 September)

Police FC vs Prisons FC, 4pm, Police Barracks, St James;

Cunupia FC vs San Fernando Giants, 4pm, Larry Gomes Stadium;

QPCC vs Matura ReUnited, 4pm, St Mary’s College;

Bethel United vs FC Santa Rosa, 6pm, Mt Gomery Recreation Ground;

RSSR FC vs UTT, TBC, TBC.

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