Arcia and Guerra thrill as W Connection and Central FC set up CFU Club Championship semis meeting

Central FC 3-1 Alpha United
W Connection 7-2 SAP FC

Ataulla Guerra goes airborne as he joins in celebration with his Central FC teammates during their 3-1 win over Alpha United in their final Group stage match of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship 2015 on 19 April at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.
Sunday 19 April 2015

TT Pro League clubs Central FC and W Connection, both chasing berths at the 2015-2016 CONCACAF Champions League, will renew their rivalry on May 22 in the semi-final round of the 2015 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship after topping Groups 1 and 2 respectively.

Central, one of this season's Club Championship debuting teams with a huge appetite for CCL competition, defeated Alpha United 3-1 at Providence Stadium in Guyana today (Sunday) to leapfrog the home side to top Group 1 of the Club Championship to qualify for the semi-final round, where the “Couva Sharks” later learned that they will meet bitter Trinidadian rivals W Connection.

Trinidad and Tobago international Ataulla Guerra scored twice and set up another, scored by midfield partner Sean de Silva, against the Guyana league champions, who got their lone item from 29-year-old former Caledonia AIA forward Konata Mannings.

Guerra fired Central ahead in the 15th minute before setting up De Silva two minutes later to give the “Couva Sharks” an early 2-0 cushion.

Mannings then reduced the deficit 1-2 three minutes before the break with a curling 25-yard free-kick past goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams but an 85th minute converted penalty by Guerra, beating Alpha goalkeeper Ronson Williams, following a foul on Darren Mitchell, put the match out of the Guyana team’s reach 3-1.

The win also kept Central FC head coach Terry Fenwick perfect after three matches in all competitions since being reinstalled last month for the position he took over from Serbian Zoran Vranes, who was shifted into the role of technical director of youth and women's football.

While Connection – seasoned Club Championship and CONCACAF Champions League campaigners – preserved their position at the top of Group 2 in Trinidad by defeating Antigua and Barbuda outfit SAP FC 7-2, just shy of duplicating a 7-1 score-line they achieved against Guyana Defence Force last Wednesday.

Due to unlawful player registrations, SAP FC’s star attackers Peter Byers, 30, and Blake Thompson, 29, were forced to look on from the stands, just as they did during their team’s opening match against Guyana Defence Force which finished 2-2 draw.

But SAP’s greater problems weren’t in offence. SAP defenders were clearly unable to withstand the prowess of Connection's attacking diamond, which headed into the dressing room with a 6-0 lead at the break and all four attacking players scoring within the first 26 minutes.
W Connection forward Hashim Arcia, left, pictured with teammate Akeem Garcia during their 7-1 win over Guyana Defence Force on 15 April in the Group stage of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship 2015.
Hashim Arcia scored three times in the first half against the Antiguans to reach his second hat-trick of the tournament, with a tally of six goals during the Group stage in just two matches.

The 26-year-old Arcia, scored his first on the 20th minute by hitting low past goalkeeper Molvin James after running into the box, by which time Connection were leading 3-0.

Jomal Williams had opened the scoring in the 5th minute and in the 9th minute double goalscorer Jerrel Britto got to his first, seconds after an Alvin Jones free-kick cannoned off the frame.

Connection forward Shahdon Winchester, scorer of a double against Guyana Defence Force, executed probably the goal of the tournament when he joined in the fun with an acrobatic volley off a well-worked Triston Hodge left side cross to beat a hapless James for a 4-0 lead in the 26th minute.

Arcia continued his rich scoring form of the tournament by netting two more goals in a space of three minutes to give the Stuart Charles Fevrier-coached Connection an unassailable 6-0 lead.

The lanky Connection forward had a simple task of tapping into an open net off Britto’s short feed while goalkeeper James was left stranded at the corner of his six-yard box, then completed his hat-trick with a low finish past the SAP ‘keeper in the 45th minute off another excellent Hodge left side cross.

SAP later pulled back two goals in a space of 20 minutes in the second half through strikes from Tevaughn Harriette and substitute Steven Rogers in the 58th and 78th minutes respectively and had a number of exciting saves from goalkeeper James but were still far from a comeback.

Connection, who were unlucky not to add another goal in the 68th minute when a Williams (J) 20-yard free-kick crashed off the crossbar, finally had the ball in the back of the net again in the 82nd minute for the 7-2 score when Britto completed his double and third goal of the tournament with an easy tap in following some neat passing between Williams (J) and substitute Neil Benjamin Jr.

Central FC and W Connection, first and second on the Digicel Pro League 2014-2015 standings respectively, will return to domestic action this week when they refocus on the league crown, while the semi-final stage of the Caribbean Club Championship, which includes Group 3 Montego Bay United of Jamaica and Group 4 winners Don Bosco FC of Haiti, remains a month away.

Groups 3 and 4 were simultaneously contested in Haiti. (See full schedule, results and standings below)

Montego Bay defeated Suriname outfit SV Excelsior 3-0 on Sunday to remain in control of Group 3 with maximum points, and advancing ahead of, in descending order, Haiti’s America FC, Guadeloupe’s Club Sportif Moulien and Excelsior.

While home side Don Bosco FC topped Group 4 with maximum points with the Haitians defeating Guadeloupe’s Unite Sainte Rose 2-1 on Sunday and advancing to the semi-final round ahead of, in descending order, Bahamas’ Lyford Cay FC, Unite Sainte Rose and US Virgin Islands’ Helenites Sporting Club.

The four group winners move into the next stage, which includes the semi-final and final rounds, to be contested during May 22-24 (at venues to be decided) and will determine the Caribbean champions and the three Caribbean berths at the 2015-2016 CONCACAF Champions League.

Both semi-final round winners will automatically qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League while the third and final Caribbean berth will go to the winner of the third place play-off.

Sunday’s results involving both Trinidadian clubs
Providence Stadium, Guyana
Alpha United 1 (Konata Mannings 43') vs Central FC 3 (Ataulla Guerra 15', 85' penalty, Sean de Silva 17’)

Ato Boldon Stadium, Trinidad
W Connection 7 (Jomal Williams 5', Jerrel Britto 9', 45-37 Hashim Arcia 20', 43', 45', Shahdon Winchester 26') vs SAP FC 2(Tevaughn Harriette 58', Steven Roberts 78')

Teams at the Ato Boldon Stadium
W Connection: 3.Gerard Williams, 5.Mekeil Williams, 9.Shahdon Winchester (65.Neil Benjamin Jr. 45+17), 12.Jerrel Britto, 14.Hashim Arcia (8.Jhon Stiven Lopez 76th minute), 18.Julani Archibald (GK), 26.Maurice Ford (20.Christian Rodriguez 50th minute), 27.Shannon Gomez, 36.Triston Hodge, 39.Alvin Jones, 40.Jomal Williams

Unused substitutes: 8.Jhon Stiven Lopez, 2.Kurt Frederick, 20.Christian Rodriguez, 22.Aquelius Sylvester (GK), 25.Christian Viveros, 29.Akeem Garcia

Coach: Stuart Charles Fevrier

SAP FC: 2.Akeem Thomas (Yellow Card), 3.Okeem Challenger, 4.Karanja Mack (Yellow Card), 5.Lauson Limerick (7.Ikah Codrington 46th minute), 6.Elvis Thomas, 9.O'dell Murray, 12.Teran Williams (15.Kemoi Williams 66th minute) (Yellow Card), 14.Tevaughn Harriette (Yellow Card), 17.Kerry Parker, 18.Novelle Francis Jr. (13.Steven Roberts 65th minute), 25.Molvin James (GK)

Unused substitutes: 10.Jermaine Browne, 53.Andre Martin (GK)

Coach: Janiel Simon

Teams at Providence Stadium
Alpha United: 1.Ronson Williams (GK), 3.Jamaal Smith, 4.Kris Camacho, 6.Manuel Moreno Vargas, 10.Daniel Wilson, 11.Gregory Richardson, 13.Calvin Shepherd (21.Sheldon Holder 39th minute), 17.Konata Mannings, 19.Kurk Duckworth, 24.Wayne Ellis, 28.Kithson Bain

Substitutes: 2.Adrian Adonis, 5.Quincy Madramootoo, 7.Manasseh Primo, 18.Shavane Seaforth, 20.Issa Mc Pherson, 22.Dorville Stewart (GK)

Coach: Wayne Dover

Central FC: 2.Elton John, 3.Keion Goodrige, 5.Akeem Benjamin, 7.Jason Marcano, 8.Sean de Silva, 10.Marvin Oliver, 12.Jamal Jack, 15.Kaydion Gabriel, 21.Jan-Michael Williams (GK), 45.Ataulla Guerra, 99.Dwight Quintero

Substitutes: 1.Javon Sample (GK), 6.Leston Paul, 11.Darren Mitchell, 17.Marcelle Francois, 19.Nathaniel Garcia, 33.Willis Plaza

Coach: Terry Fenwick

Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship 2015 / CONCACAF Champions League 2015-2016 qualifying

GROUP STAGE

GROUP 1 (GUYANA)
Providence Stadium
April 15, 2015

Alpha United (GUY)  3 vs Inter Moengotapoe (SUR) 0

April 17, 2015
Inter Moengotapoe (SUR) 0 vs Central FC (T&T) 2 (Willis Plaza 53’, 57’)

April 19, 2015
Alpha United 1 (Konata Mannings 43') vs Central FC 3 (Ataulla Guerra 15', 85' penalty, Sean de Silva 17’)


Group 1
 standings
Team                            P   W   D   L    GF    GA    GD    Points
1. Central FC                2    2     0    0     5        1        4        6
2. Alpha United            2    1     0    1     4        3        1        3

3. Inter Moengotapoe   2     0    0    2     0        5       -5        0



GROUP 2 (TRINIDAD)
Ato Boldon Stadium

April 15, 2015

W Connection (T&T) 7 (Akeem Garcia 18', Shahdon Winchester 20', Shahdon Winchester 25, Hashim Arcia 32', 46', 82’, Jerrel Britto 40') vs Guyana Defence Force (GUY) 1 (Delroy Fraser 90’+4)

April 17, 2015
SAP FC (ATG) 2 vs Guyana Defence Force (GUY) 2

April 19, 2015
W Connection 7 (Jomal Williams 5', Jerrel Britto 9', 45-37 Hashim Arcia 20', 43', 45', Shahdon Winchester 26') vs SAP FC 2(Tevaughn Harriette 58', Steven Roberts 78')

Group 2
 standings
Team                        P   W   D   L    GF    GA    GD    Points
1. W Connection      2    2    0    0     14       3      11       6
2. SAP FC                2    0   1    1       4       9       -5        1
3. Guyana D/Force   2    0   1    1       3       9       -6        1

GROUP 3 (HAITI)
Complexe Sportif Des Cays
April 15, 2015
Montego Bay United (JAM) 1 vs Club Sportif Moulien (GLP) 0
America FC (HAI) 4 vs SV Excelsior (SUR) 2

April 17, 2015
Club Sportif Moulien (GLP) 3 vs SV Excelsior (SUR) 2
America FC (HAI) 1 vs Montego Bay United (JAM) 4

April 19, 2015
SV Excelsior (SUR) 0 vs Montego Bay United (JAM) 3
America FC (HAI) 2 vs Club Sportif Moulien (GLP) 1

Group 3 standings

Team                               P   W   D   L    GF    GA    GD    Points
1. Montego Bay United  3    3    0    0      8       1        7         9
2. America FC                3    2    0    1      7       7        0         6
3. Club Sportif Moulien 3    1    0    2      4       5        1-        3


4. SV Excelsior              3     0    0    3     4      10       -6        0

GROUP 4 (HAITI)
Stade Sylvio Cator
April 15, 2015
Helenites Sporting Club (VIR) 2 vs Unite Sainte Rose (GLP) 2
Don Bosco FC (HAI) 10 vs Lyford Cay FC (BAH) 0

April 17, 2015
Unite Sainte Rose (GLP) 2 vs Lyford Cay FC (BAH) 2
Don Bosco FC (HAI) 5 vs Helenites Sporting Club (VIR) 1

April 19, 2015
Lyford Cay FC (BAH) 1 vs Helenites Sporting Club (VIR) 0
Don Bosco FC (HAI) 2 vs Unite Sainte Rose (GLP) 1


Group 4 standings

Team                               P   W   D   L    GF    GA    GD    Points
1. Don Bosco FC             3    3    0    0     17       2       15         9
2. Lyford Cay FC            3    1    1   1      2       12      -10        4
3. Unite Sainte Rosienne 3    0   2    1       5       6       -1         2
4. Helenites SC                3    0   1    2       3      8        -5         1


Semi Final Round

May 22
Semi Final 1

Central FC (Winner Group 1) vs W Connection (Winner Group 2)

Semi Final 2
Montego Bay United (Winner Group 3) vs Don Bosco FC (Winner Group 4)

Final

May 24

Winner SF 1 vs Winner SF 2 (championship match)

Loser SF 1 vs Loser SF 2 (third place play off)