Couva Sharks’ ambitious of adding Digicel Pro Bowl to season catch

Central FC players (from left to right) Sean de Silva, Kaydion Gabriel, Jason Marcano and Darren Mitchell show off their 2014-2015 Digicel Pro League and Kevon Carter trophies. (Photo: Allan V. Crane / www.ttproleague.com)

Wednesday 27 May 2015

Caribbean Club champions Central FC are hoping to bring down the curtain in style by winning yet another major title when they tackle Caledonia AIA on Friday 29 May in the final of the 2015 Digicel Pro Bowl from 8 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Preceding the Pro Bowl final, the Under-17 teams of Central FC and Caledonia AIA will clash from 6 pm at the Port of Spain venue, with their Round Two Match Day Three fixture of the 2015 Malta Carib Youth Pro League providing a teaser for the main event.

“We’ve got a big week ahead of us and we can finish off on a high,” said Central FC head coach Terry Fenwick following Sunday’s 2-1 win over rivals W Connection in the final of the 2015 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship.
Central FC players led by star midfielder Ataulla Guerra (centre) celebrate the 2014-2015 Digicel Pro League and Kevon Carter trophies in April. Also at centre stage is TT Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene, who presented the trophies. (Photo: Allan V. Crane / www.ttproleague.com)
Central are also winners this season’s 2014-2015 Digicel Pro League and the First Citizens Cup major titles and the Rawle Fletcher, Akeem Adams and Kevon Carter trophies for winning each of the three rounds of the league.

The “Couva Sharks” and W Connection have also qualified for the 2016 CFU Club Championship as winners and runners-up respectively in the 2014-2015 domestic league championship. The Couva rivals have also won automatic qualification into the 2015-2016 CONCACAF Champions League after reaching the final of the Caribbean Club Championship before Central defeated nine-man W Connection 2-1 in the final to lift the regional crown.

W Connection topped Group 2 in Trinidad, defeating Guyana Defence Force 7-1 and Antigua’s SAP FC 7-2, before edging Jamaica’s Montego Bay United 1-0 in the semifinal round to reach the Caribbean club final. While Central, debuting at the regional tournament, won Group 1 in Guyana by defeating Suriname’s Inter Moengotapoe 2-0 and home side Alpha United 3-1, before beating Haiti’s Don Bosco FC 3-1 on penalties following a goalless semifinal draw.

“We’ve done a tremendous job (all season),” added Fenwick, who, in late March, was reinstated as Central coach – the position previously held by present Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Olympic Team coach Zoran Vranes.

“So why not, let’s finish off in style,” said the former England international, Fenwick.
The 2015 Caribbean Club champions Central FC. (Photo: Allan V. Crane / www.ttproleague.com)
Commenting on Central FC’s rise as Caribbean champions in just their third season of existence, Fenwick told www.ttproleague.com, “It’s a wonderful achievement for Central FC in the third season... that’s incredible. But I think we were always the best team in the region.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to be where we are right now. We’ve had quite a run, this being our eighth or ninth straight win. They boys have been tremendous and they have worked their socks off. We’ve worked diligently behind the scenes to make sure we did our homework on the oppositions, whoever we played.

“We are the best team around and we’ve proved it again tonight (against W Connection). We were miles in front of W Connection and while I feel we will have a tough game against Caledonia (on Friday), we’ve got the tools to win the game.”

Central heads into Friday’s final on an 11-match undefeated streak in all competitions and have defeated 3-1, 1-0 and 2-0 in their three league meetings this season. Caledonia, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions and have surprised many by reaching the final of the Pro Bowl, the tournament they won back in 2008.

Once Friday’s Pro Bowl final is out of the way, Central FC’s focus will be on the Group stage draw for the 2015-2016 CONCACAF Champions League, which is scheduled to begin in August and features the confederation’s top clubs out of the United States, Mexico and Central America. W Connection have been there before but for Central, it will be the “Couva Sharks”’ maiden voyage at the CCL.