Stars into Goal Shield semifinals against defending champs Connection

Stars into Goal Shield semifinals against defending champs ConnectionFirst half goals by forwards Jamaican Sean Frazer and Errol McFarlane handed DIRECT TV North East Stars a 2-0 victory over Bmobile Joe Public on Saturday evening in quarterfinal C of the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield at the Marvin Lee Stadium.

Frazer put the Stars ahead in the 21st minute beating goalkeeper Marvin Phillip from close range with a first-time shot off Marc Leslie’s well placed cross after collecting McFarlane’s pass on the right.

The Sangre Grande based club then secured scored the semifinal meet against defending champs W Connection on Saturday 7 August from 8pm at the very same Macoya venue with McFarlane’s item in the 38th minute.

The ex-Trinidad and Tobago international was on hand to meet Carey Harris’ cross from the right and guide a low shot past Phillip for the 2-0 score after Frazer failed to connect inside the area.

Joe Public, coming off Wednesday’s 2-2 draw against home side Brujas of Costa Rica in their first tie of the CONCACAF Champions’ League preliminary round, never rebounded after conceding the pair of first half goals despite putting up a good struggle against Stars.

Public midfielder Trent Noel had a freekick free kick just wide from outside the area in the 23rd minute and in the 33rd minute after a quick exchange of passes between Tinto and Noel, Tinto fired a low shot from distance only to be denied by Woods.

Noel was in the mix again but saw his freekick headed onto the crossbar by defender Makan Hislop in the 35th minute as their last real attempt of pulling a goal back in the first period.

Seven minutes inside the second period Stars’ goalie Woods made a point blank save to block out Noel’s effort and preserve his side’s two goal cushion.

Stars then won themselves a penalty on the hour mark when Frazer was pulled down by goalkeeper Phillip after a mix-up with defender Kareem Moses after the Joe Public custodian made a decent initial save to deny Kevaughn Connell.

However the kick from the spot by midfielder Akeil Guevara was disappointingly off target after goalkeeper Phillip had already picked the wrong corner.

Stars’ assistant coach Shurland David, standing in as head coach, then added the experienced legs of Gary Glasgow and Arnold Dwarika in attacking midfield to keep the pressure on Joe Public and Jamaican defender Kimarley McDonnald to tighten the back.

Three minutes after replacing an injured Hayden Tinto, Joe Public’s Conrod Smith weaved his way across the Stars’ area to have a shot on goal which was thwarted by Woods.

But Smith didn’t last till the final whistle when he later picked up a direct red card from match referee Nigel Roberts in injury for what seemed to be dissent—to end the Lions’ struggle for a comeback and what they achieved in Round One Match Day Nine for a 3-2 comeback after trailing by two goals.

Joe Public 0—2 North East Stars

Sean Frazer 21’, Errol McFarlane 38’

Joe Public—Marvin Phillip(gk), Kerry Baptiste(capt.),Keion Goodridge(Y), Carlyle Mitchell(Y), Kareem Young(Y), Jevon Morris, Trent Noel, Yu Hoshide(Micah Lewis 51st), Andre Toussaint, Hayden Tinto(Conrod Smith 66th)(R),  Makan Hislop(Nigel Daniel 41st)

Coaches—Derek King/Ralph Nelson

North East Stars—Michael Woods(gk), Charles Pollard(capt.)(Y), Leslie Fitzpatrick, Marc Leslie, Akeil Guevara(Y)(Gary Glasgow 68th), Sean Frazer(Y), Carey Harris(Arnold Dwarika 72nd), Glenton Wolfe, Errol McFarlane, Kevaughn Connell, Jeromie Williams(Kimarley McDonnald 77th)

Coach—Shurland David

Match Referee—Nigel Roberts