Toyota Classic

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Stars dump Public to reach Toyota Final

Stars dump Public to reach Toyota FinalDIRECTV North East Stars reached a third knockout Final this season when they defeated Joe Public’s Super League outfit 3-1 on Friday night at the Larry Gomes Stadium in the semi-final round of the 2010-2011 Toyota Classic.

The Shurland David coached Sangre Grande Pro League club which won the 2010 Lucozade Sport Goal Shield and were defeated finalist in the FA Trophy booked its third Final with an opening goal by Jamaican forward Sean Fraser and further goals by Anthony Wolfe—who infleuenced all three goals—and Gary Glasgow.

The Stars will meet Ma Pau SC in the Final on Friday 25 February at the Marvin Lee Stadium from 8pm. Ma Pau defeated San Juan Jabloteh 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the second semi-final at the Malabar venue.

But for North East Stars, making Friday’s Final began with a 20th minute item from Fraser who made an athletic stretch to direct Anthony Wolfe's powerful cross from the right past goalkeeper Dwane Baird for a 1-0 advantage.

The Stars suffered a hiccup five minutes later when Joe Public equalized 1-1 through Tyrone Charles who's flicked effort from the right which started from a quick attack on the right left goalkeeper Michael Woods beaten at his far netting.

However the ‘Grande Boys’ were back in front 2-1 in the 42nd minute Wolfe converted comfortably past Baird from the penalty spot after winning the spot-kick himself.

Referee Lee Davis blew his while and pointed to the spot after Wolfe went down inside the area to the disgust of Joe Public captain Jamel Lewis and fellow defender Dominic Hutchinson who protested in vein that it was a dive by the North East forward.

Wolfe was involved again in the 65th minute this time making one of his long throw-ins which Charles Pollard headed down towards goal, however goalkeeper Baird pulled off a great reflex save to keep the attempt out.

North East Stars then put the match out of reach, comforting themselves 3-1 in the 77th minute in a play that started from another Wolfe long throw-in which was flicked on by Kevaughn Connell before Gary Glasgow headed in goal with the Joe Public defence left beaten.

It was the end of the road for Joe Public’s surprise run in the Toyota Classic reaching the semi-final stage—the furthest a Super League club reached since the competition began back in 2005.

As for North East Stars, their journey which began with a 1-0 win against T&TEC in the Round of 16 followed by a 2-1 win over Defence Force in the quarterfinals and Friday's 3-1 win over Joe Public, a chance of lifting a second trophy is one week away.

Public(Super League) 1—3 North East Stars
Tyrone Charles 25' ; Sean Fraser 20', Anthony Wolfe 42'(pen), Gary Glasgow 77th

Joe Public(Super League)—Dwane Baird(gk), Jamel Lewis(capt.), Andre Phillip, Dominic Hutchinson, Robby Sookhai, Dorion Robinson, Keston Henry(Julien Landeau 55th), Tyrone Charles, Devon King(Y)(Othieno Charles 72nd), Donavon Derrick(Quincy Charles 80th), Keston Jordan

Coach—Rajesh Latchoo

North East Stars—Michael Woods(gk), Charles Pollard(capt.), Keryn Navarro, Akeil Guevara, Anthony Wolfe, Sean Fraser, Gary Glasgow(Y)(Randolph Jerome 83rd), Carey Harris, Glenton Wolfe(Kevaughn Connell 50th), Kendall Velox(Kaydion Gabriel 66th), Jeromie Williams

Coach—Shurland David

San Juan Jabloteh (4)2—2(5) Ma Pau SC
Hector Sam 7', Ataulla Guerra 56' ; Cyd Gray 60', Shane Calderon 78'