Toyota Classic final: Coach Marvin Gordon needs lift from forwards Jorsling and Roy

​Defence Force head coach Marvin Gordon (far right) giving instructions to striker Devorn Jorsling (centre) and midfielder Stephan Campbell during a game this season.

Issued on Thursday 03 December 2015

Defence Force head coach Marvin Gordon is seeking offensive improvement from his side when they tackle W Connection in the final of the Toyota Classic 2015 from 6:30 pm on Sunday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

The army/coastguard combination edged defending champions San Juan Jabloteh 1-0 last Sunday in the semi-final round to secure their first final of the season, while three-time Toyota Classic champions and winners of this season’s First Citizens Cup, W Connection, outlasted rivals Central FC 6-5 on penalties following a 2-2 draw.

A win on Sunday will give Gordon his first title as head coach, the position the former assistant coach took up on the exit of Ross Russell last December.

Looking ahead to Sunday’s final showdown against W Connection, Gordon is mindful that his side must improve offensively.

“It’s always a good feeling when you reach a final and I have to give credit my players but the journey doesn’t stop here,” Gordon said. “We didn’t play a good semi-final but we got the goal that took us through. Sometimes that’s what champions are made of—getting the winner even when things aren’t going your way.

“It was a good strike from Devorn Jorsling off his right boot. He is a quality striker and it showed up against Jabloteh.”

The Defence Force coach added, “I must give credit to my defence. But I wasn’t pleased with the way we played offensively (against Jabloteh) and how we didn’t possess the ball. Jabloteh possessed the ball well but they didn’t play quick enough.

“This week’s training is to improve our offence. It’s about putting the two pieces together—a good defence and a good offence.

“I am also looking the right attitude from Jorsling and Roy in the final. As coach I am always looking for the players who are willing to give it their all. Jorsling would come in and grind it off. He is a seasoned campaigner and would try and lift the team.

“Roy is a good forward but a lot of times the attitude is off. We need him to have the right attitude up front and show what he is really capable of.”

Gordon, whose side defeated St. Ann’s Rangers 3-1 and FC Santa Rosa 2-1 in the Round-of-16 and quarter-finals, respectively, along the way, will welcome back Kerry Joseph after the veteran attacking midfielder missed the semi-finals due to card suspension.

Defence Force are undefeated in their last 6 games in all competitions and are on a five-game winning streak. Gordon’s side have been defeated just once this season, 2-1 in the quarter-final round of the First Citizens Cup against Morvant Caledonia United with the decisive goal scored by former Defence Force midfielder Akeem Roach.

Gordon is now hoping to cap off his team’s brilliant string of recent form with the Toyota Classic crown on Sunday.

“They (Connection) play one way,” said Gordon. “We are going to counterattack the way they play. I love to play good football and although I want to play good attractive football, the focus is on getting the (winning) result.”

Toyota Classic 2015 Final
Sunday 6 December
Hasely Crawford Stadium
W Connection vs Defence Force—6:30 pm

Toyota Classic Challenge Trophy 2015
St. Mary’s (CIC) College vs Fatima College—4 pm