Defence Force will have to look to another of the Trinidad and Tobago Professional Football League’s knockout tournaments to make their pitch for a prize.
Last night the army-coastguard-air-guard footballing unit tumbled out of the First Citizens knockout competition, outdone in a penalty-kicking match-decider by San Juan Jabloteh 3-2 after their regulation-time 1-1 deadlock on the Marvin Lee Stadium ground at Macoya.
It was the very first match in the nine-team competition which is worth $100,000 to the winner and $20,000 to the beaten finalist. The competition sports the tag line :No room for Losers.
Last night’s combative match had its first goal at 72 minutes through Andel Noray for Jabloteh and the other, two minutes from time, with a Richard Roy strike for D Force.
But it’s Jabloteh who move on and to face another tough opponent in W Connection in quarter-final action Friday evening at the Ato Boldon Stadium where Cup holders Central will play Point Fortin Civic Centre in the nightcap.
Patrons attending Friday’s matches are more than likely to be kept abreast of scoring in the Trinidad and Tobago women’s CONCACAF second-match against Haiti carded for Bridgeview, Illonois, USA.
The TT women are up against the United States tonight at Sporting Park, Kansas City.
But back to TT’s Pro League action, Police play St Ann’s Rangers and Caledonia AIA confront North East Stars in the Saturday evening’s FC doubleheader back at the Marvin Lee Stadium.
Meanwhile St Benedicts College and Trinity College East can join San Juan North in third place on the 14-team Premier Division table of the Secondary Schools Football League if they win and San Juan lose in what will be final-round matches being contested today.
With 22 points each, three back of San Juan, fourth-placed Benedict’s look to victory against lowdown Presentation College at Guaracara Park while Trinity come to the New Settlement Ground, lower Caroni Savannah Road in Central Trinidad to tackle relegation-facing Chaguanas North.