The quarterfinal fixtures of the 2023 Republic Cup National Youth Football (NYFL) will resume tomorrow, on Indian Arrival Day, as tournament organisers adjust to yesterday’s rained-out matches.
Only two matches were played in full on Sunday, as Defence Force made light of a 2-2 halftime score to trounce Ste Madeleine Strikers 8-2 in an Under-20 clash while Cox Coaching School cruised to a 4-0 win over Eastern Counties representatives, FC Duranta Youth Academy, in the Under-13 division.
The rains interrupted the following games at halftime, with South Zone Under-15 champs Cox Coaching School leading Central runners-up Evolution Football Academy 4-0, while Crown Trace FC and Malick Blue Lions were goalless in their Under-20 match-up.
The remaining matches never got started at all.
The rescheduled quarterfinal matches play tomorrow at the Republic Bank Sports Club in Barataria, the St Augustine Secondary School ground on Warren Street, and the Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya.
Crown Trace, the dominant outfit in Central, have a busy day with three of their teams trying to advance to the semifinals—after their under-13s were eliminated by QPCC on Saturday morning.
South Zone Under-15 runners-up, Union Hall FC, will also try to avoid a double defeat to East Zone champs FC Ginga, after the latter outfit prevailed via kicks from the penalty mark in their Under-13 clash.
From the five East Zone teams that played in the knockout stage so far, only Defence Force (U-20) and Ginga (U-13) prevailed—while Trincity Nationals (U-13) and the Under-17 pair of Tinto’s Sporting Academy and Beatnix Sports Club were eliminated.
Eastern Jaguars, the East Zone Under-20 runners-up, face an uphill challenge to stay alive when they tackle QPCC at the Republic Bank Sports Club in Barataria from 4pm tomorrow.
The lone fixture carded for Wednesday is an Under-15 quarterfinal clash between North Zone champs, Pro Series, and East Zone runners-up, Arima Semi-Pro Blasters Youth Academy.
The following are the upcoming quarterfinal fixtures:
2023 Republic Cup NYFL Quarterfinal fixtures
(Tuesday 30 May)
Cox Coaching School vs Evolution FC, 11am, Republic Bank Sports Club, Barataria;
*—Match will resume from halftime with Cox leading 4-0.
FC Ginga vs Union Hall FC, 12pm, Republic Bank Sports Club, Barataria;
Crown Trace FC vs QPCC FC, 2pm, Republic Bank Sports Club, Barataria;
(Wednesday 31 May)
Pro Series vs Arima Semi-Pro Blasters YA, 4.15pm, Eddie Hart #1
(Tuesday 30 May)
A: (Central 1) Crown Trace FC vs (North 2) QPCC, 4pm, Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya;
(Tuesday 30 May)
Crown Trace FC vs Malick Blue Lions, 12.30pm, St Augustine Secondary School;
*—Match resumes for second half with score at 0-0;
Premier SC vs Eastern Counties United, 2pm, Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya;
QPCC vs Eastern Jaguars, 4pm, Republic Bank Sports Club, Barataria;
NYFL Semifinal Match-ups (so far)
QPCC vs FC Ginga
Cardinals FA vs Cox Coaching School
Cox Coaching School/ Evolution FA vs Pro Series/ Arima Semi-Pro Blasters YA
Crown Trace FC/ QPCC FC vs FC Ginga/ Union Hall FC
Premier Sports Club vs Crown Trace FC / QPCC
Point Fortin Youth Academy vs Pro Series
Defence Force vs Crown Trace FC/ Malick Blue Lions,
Premier SC/ Eastern Counties United vs QPCC/ Eastern Jaguars
Editor’s Note: Story adjusted at 7.26pm in line with updated fixtures from tournament organisers. Click HERE for the results from the Republic Cup NYFL quarterfinal matches played thus far.