Toyota Classic

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Former winners Connection, Jabloteh in Classic contest

Former winners Connection, Jabloteh in Classic contestWith defending champions Joe Public ousted last Friday in the Round of 16, this season’s 2010-2011 Toyota Classic will see a new champion or maybe a former winner lift the title.

There are two surviving former winners in the quarterfinal round scheduled for Tuesday 15 February with double headers at the Mannie Ramjohn and Marvin Lee Stadiums, but only one will advance into the semi-final round on Friday 18.

Former winners W Connection(2005 winners) and San Juan Jabloteh(three-time finalists and 2008 winners) will take on eachother from 8pm at the Marabella venue in the feature clash of the quarterfinal round.

Connection cruised into the quarters with a 4-0 win over Super League club WASA FC with Hughton Hector netting a double and Matthew Bartholomew notching one on Friday while Jabloteh struggled to a goalless draw before ousting Tobagonian Super League club 1976 FC Phoenix 4-2 on penalties with heroics of goalkeeper Cleon John.

“I thought WASA gave a very good effort,” said Connection head coach Stuart Charles Fevrier.

“And we had to be at our best to win the game. I was pleased with what I saw from them(WASA).

Fevrier said he was pleased with his players adding, “Although it wasn’t easy, we were in control of the match.”

Connection and Jabloteh met in the 2005 Toyota Classic, the inaugural year of the Toyota sponsored knockout tournament with the Southerners lifting the title with a 1-0 victory.

Its six years later and this season Connection is trophy-less against the recently crowned FA Trophy champions.

“In football no two games are the same,” commented Fevrier over the rivalry between his club and Jabloteh. Games between Jabloteh and Connection have always been tough games because they are always very combative.

“But we are very confident in executing what we have done in our training. It’s a knockout and always important for us to advance.”

Jabloteh coach Terry Fenwick tipped Tuesday’s quarterfinal clash against Connection as a “big game”.

“We are looking forward to the game,” he said. “It’s a big game and we are looking to take the game at them.”

Commenting on his team’s under-par 4-2 penalty win over Phoenix Fenwick said, “I think the euphoria of the FA had a negative impact on us. Our heads were still in the clouds. We really weren’t under any threat apart from the penalty they had late in the game from a handball by Karlon Murray. Other than that they(Phoenix) had no other opportunity for the ninety minutes. We just didn’t play our game in defence or offence.

“But it’s a tonic to get us going again,” continued the Jabloteh coach. “My players have received a good tongue lashing following the game and we have training everyday in preparation of Tuesday’s match.”

In the earlier clash at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Caledonia AIA are against Ma Pau SC from 6pm and at the Marvin Lee Stadium the only surviving Super League club, Joe Public will take on Police FC from 6pm and Defence Force against DIRECTV North East Stars from 8pm.

Caledonia reached the quarterfinal stage with a 3-1 win over Tobagonian side Stokely Vale of the Super League thanks to a double by Ishmael Daniel and an opening strike by Conrod Smith while Ma Pau showed FC SouthEnd the exit with a 3-0 win courtesy goals by Trevin Caesar, Seon Power and Shandell Samuel on Friday.

Also on Friday Joe Public Super League outfit defeated its senior counterpart, Joe Public(Pro League) 1-0 with striker Dorion Robinson the goalscorer and North East Stars needed a Gary Glasgow freekick item to unplug T&TEC with a 1-0 win.

On Saturday night Police got past Rangers 2-1 with first half goals by Jason Boodram and Todd Ryan and in the second Round of 16 clash at the Larry Gomes Stadium Defence Force defeated its Super League counterpart 3-0 with goals by Sean Narcis, Richard Roy and Jemel Seabro.

Toyota Classic
Quarter Final Round
Tuesday 15 February

Mannie Ramjohn Stadium
Caledonia AIA vs Ma Pau SC—6pm
W Connection vs San Juan Jabloteh—8pm

Marvin Lee Stadium

Joe Public(Super League) vs Police FC—6pm
Defence Force vs North East Stars—8pm