D/Force oust Rangers to set Toyota Classic quarters date with Santa Rosa

Richard Roy (right) scored from the spot to opening Defence Force's scoring against St. Ann's Rangers on Saturday in their round-of-16 clash of the 2015 Toyota Classic.

Issued on Sunday 8 November 2015

Defence Force settled a burning score against Rangers, the side they failed to defeat in two previous meetings, by overcoming the St. Ann’s club 3-1 on Saturday afternoon in a round-of-16 clash of the 2015 Toyota Classic.

The victory also earned the Pro League’s Defence Force a quarter-final meeting with Super League side FC Santa Rosa with a chance at avenging a 1-0 loss conceded by the Defence Force's Super League counterpart last Wednesday when Santa Rosa progressed.

Richard Roy converted from the penalty  spot yesterday to give Defence Force a 1-0 lead on the 26th minute at the Larry Gomes Stadium after Rangers' goalie Stefan Berkeley was adjudged to have fouled Ross Russell Jr. in the process of keeping out a rebound effort.

Berkeley had spilled a long-range strike from defender Glynn Franklyn before making contact with Russell in contest for the spilled rebound.

Rangers head coach and former Defence Force man, Angus Eve, was still expressing his fury at the touchline over referee Rodphin Harris' decision to award the penalty when the soldiers doubled their tally by the half-hour mark.

Russell made good on a Kishon Seecharan cross by hitting past Berkeley from inside the box for the 2-0 cushion.

However Rangers sliced the soldiers lead in half in the 39th minute when Sayid Freitas sent a free-kick around a poorly-positioned wall and into the bottom corner of Sheldon Clarke’s net for a 2-1 score.

That goal came ten minutes after Rangers forward Rasheed Simon struck wide of the target in a situation where he should have done better after a lapse by the Defence Force back-line allowed him a free run at goal inside the area.

Then just before the break Keron Cornwall failed to replicate a free-kick goal, hitting narrowly over-bar, following a foul on goal-scorer Freitas just above the box.

But Defence Force restored their two-goal advantage with a 3-1 score by the 63rd minute when midfielder Kerry Joseph headed past Berkeley off a Marvin Jones left-side corner.

The result snapped a two-match winless run against Rangers, who defeated Defence Force 2-1 last May in their final Digicel Pro League match of the 2014-15 season and held the soldiers to a 1-1 draw in September at the start of the 2015-16 DPL campaign.

Berkeley, who denied Seecharan with a low save on the 22nd minute, pulled off another low save, this time with the leg, to keep out a 77th-minute strike by Jerwyn Balthazar, who had struck the base of the upright moments inside the second period.

Other decided quarter-final match-ups of the 2015 Toyota Classic includes Central FC versus Morvant Caledonia United while 2012 champions North East Stars must tackle 2005, 2011 and 2013 champions W Connection.

The final match-up will be determined today (Sunday) after Guaya United welcomes Police FC from 3 pm at the Guayaguayare Recreation Ground, and simultaneously at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Super League side Marabella Family Crisis Centre take on defending Toyota Classic champions San Juan Jabloteh.

Toyota Classic 2015
Round of 16 (Preliminary Round)
Wednesday 4 November results
Ato Boldon Stadium
Morvant Caledonia United 5 (Eugine Kirwan 3’, Akeem Roach 12’, 67’, Densill Theobald 22’, Kennedy Isles 90’+) vs 1976 FC Phoenix 3 (Stefano Wright 31’, Dominic Mc Dougall 45’+, Lejandro Williams 53’) (A2)

Marvin Lee Stadium
Defence Force (Super League) 0 vs FC Santa Rosa 1 (Devon King 72’) (D1)

North East Stars 8 (Jomoul Francois 13’, 63’, 64’, 75’, Kerron Cummings 14’, 47’, Gorean Highly 9’, Dillon Jaggasar 71’) vs Siparia Spurs 0 (B1)

Friday 6 November results
Mahaica Oval
W Connection 0 (5) vs Club Sando 0 (3) (B2)
W Connection won the match 5-3 on penalties

Kicks from the penalty mark
W Connection 5                          Club Sando  3
Shahdon Winchester (scored)  Kevon Woodley (scored)
Jomal Williams (scored)             Kemuel Rivers (scored)
Dwight Quintero (scored)          Akeem Humphrey (post)
Kurt Frederick (scored)              Kern Cupid (scored)
Gerard Williams (scored)

Point Fortin Civic 0 (2) vs Central FC 0 (3) (A1)
Central won the match 3-2 on penalties

Kicks from the penalty mark
Point Fortin Civic 2                       Central FC 3
Troy Moses (scored)                    Ataulla Guerra (scored)
Andrei Pacheco (scored)             Willis Plaza (saved)
Akeem Redhead (missed)           Andre Ettienne (scored)
Jared Bennett (saved)                 Leston Paul (saved)
Bevon Bass (post)                        Darren Mitchell (scored)

Saturday 7 November 2015
Larry Gomes Stadium
St. Ann’s Rangers 1 (Sayid Freitas 39') vs Defence Force (Pro League) 3 (Richard Roy 26', Ross Russell Jr. 30', Kerry Joseph 63') (D2)

Upcoming Round of 16 matches
Sunday 8 November 2015
Guayaguayare Recreation Ground
Guaya United vs Police FC (C1)—3 pm

Mannie Ramjohn Stadium
Marabella Family Crisis Centre vs San Juan Jabloteh (C2)—3 pm

Quarter Final Round
Central FC vs Morvant Caledonia United (E)
North East Stars vs W Connection (F)
Winners C1 vs Winners C2 (G)
FC Santa Rosa vs Defence Force (Pro League) (H)

Semi Final Round
Winners E vs Winners F
Winners G vs Winners H


Teams at the Larry Gomes Stadium on Saturday
St. Ann's Rangers: 1.Stefan Berkeley (GK) (Yellow Card), 2.Shakiyl Phillip, 4.Jelani Peters (Yellow Card), 5.Miguel Romeo (Capt.), 23.Sayid Freitas, 7.Sedale Mc Lean, 9.Keron Cornwall, 45.Kadeem Corbin (11.Josh Toussaint), 19.Rasheed Simon, 16.Richard Williams, 6.Shaquille Moses

Unused substitutes: 14.Jemel Berot, 17.Kadeem Hutchinson, 18.Trevin Latapy, 21.Keon Peters, 22.Christopher Biggette (GK), 29.Jameel Antoine

Coach: Angus Eve

Defence Force: 25.Sheldon Clarke (GK), 8.Curtis Gonzales, 2.Glynn Franklyn, 17.Ross Russell Jr., 13.Marvin Jones, 4.Dave Long, 12.Jemel Sebro (Yellow Card) (7.Jelani Felix), 23.Kerry Joseph (Yellow Card) (18.Sean Narcis), 26.Richard Roy (9.Devorn Jorsling), 30.Kishon Seecharan, 99.Jerwyn Balthazar (Capt.)

Unused substitutes: 6.Rodell Elcock, 16.Kellon Serrette, 21.Aklie Edwards, 80.Aaron Enill (GK)

Coach: Marvin Gordon

Match Referee: Rodphin Harris