Digicel Pro Bowl

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Army ready for Connection after "gutsy" quarterfinal win

Army ready for Connection after Defence Force puts W Connection next on its bombing list coming off Tuesday's hard-fought 2-1 comeback win against San Juan Jabloteh in the quarterfinal round of the 2010-2011 season Digicel Pro Bowl.

Head Coach Ross Russell is fully confident that his side can shut-down the flow of Connection in Friday’s semi-final clash against the two-time Pro Bowl winners(2004 and 2007) from 8pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

“I expect that they(Connection) will hold the ball a lot and play with speed on the wings but we have worked on our game and close them down in all areas,” said the 2010-2011 Digicel Pro League winning coach.

He added, “Once they don’t get the rhythm, they don’t get into the game.”

Connection entered the semi-final round with an unanswered 2-0 win over North East Stars last Friday at the Marvin Lee Stadium.

Russell assured that Friday’s semi-final between W Connection and his side will be an entertaining one saying, “Everytime we play Connection, it seems to be a classic. I think it will be a very exciting and interesting game.

Defence Force is fired up coming off Tuesday’s 2-1 comeback quarterfinal win against Jabloteh according to Russell who guided the Soldiers to League Championship glory.

“It was a gutsy performance by my players,” he said. “Because to go down against Jabloteh which is one of the best teams in Trinidad and then to respond with two goals says a lot.

“I think my players answered the bell in terms of that. And I think it was more a mental response.”

Jerwyn Balthazar(52nd minute) and Richard Roy(72nd minute) fired back with second half goals after Jabloteh’s Jason Marcano(33rd) had the Terry Fenwick coached side ahead in the opening period.

On Saturday Defence Force showed that they are capable of finding the back of the net multiple times with a 3-0 win over Dandy Town Hornets of Bermuda in their Caribbean Football Union Club Champions Cup First Round second leg clash at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.

However Russell has concerns over the amount of wasted chances saying, “From the two previous games, we seem to be muffing them somehow. And that’s a cause for concern. So we emphasized a lot more on finishing this week in sessions.”

Doubtful are defender Aklie Edwards and midfielders Jemel Seabro and Owen Matthew due to injuries, nevertheless the Defence Force coach boasted that his bench is deep.

He pointed out the introduction of 21 yearold defender Glynn Franklyn who started in their last two outings as an example of his team’s depth.

“Just as we said at the beginning of the season, we have a lot of depth and we will show it. We decided it was the right time for Franklyn who has been training with us all year and we could introduce other players when needed. We have to remember that in winning, you must maintain adjustments because of injuries and so on,” he ended.

Prior to Defence Force meeting with Connection, Digicel Pro Bowl title holders will take on former winners Caledonia AIA(2008) from 6pm in the first semi-final.

Joe Public cruised into the semi-final round with a 3-0 win over Police FC last Friday while Caledonia shut out Ma Pau SC 2-0 in Tuesday night’s quarterfinal matches.