The bogeymen are back! Civic stun N/Stars, again, reaches First Citizens Cup semis against D/Force

Point Fortin Civic’s starting line-up against Police FC in the Play-off Round of the 2017 First Citizens Cup at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Oct. 11, 2017: (Top row left to right) Stephan Campbell, Kelvin Modeste, Marvin Phillip (GK), Justin Sadoo and Kevin Moodie; (Bottom row left to right) Jeremiah Kesar, Nickcolson Thomas, Trent Lougheed, Nathaniel Garcia, Jabari Mitchell and Nion Lammy. (Photo courtesy First Citizens / Allan V. Crane CAI)

Point Fortin Civic improved their status as the bogey side of North East Stars since an opening loss to their 2017 Pro League campaign last June against the Stars at the Arima Velodrome.

Civic, the only team to defeat North East Stars this season, yesterday edged the current Pro League leaders 1-0 for a second consecutive time in all competitions—their latest win earning coach Reynold Carrington’s men a First Citizens Cup semi-final meeting with defending champions Defence Force next Friday.

Jabari Mitchell produced the winner for the First Citizens Cup underdogs four minutes into the second half after a wasteful first period by both sides at the Larry Gomes Stadium on Arima.

Mitchell, the former Trinidad and Tobago youth midfielder who joined Civic from W Connection this season, sent a 25-yard free-kick over a poorly-placed North East wall and past a motionless goalkeeper Akel Clarke to break the deadlock with the eventual winner.

Ironically, it was on a spill by Clarke at the death on August 11 that Kevin Moodie snatched his debut Civic goal at the Mahaica Oval as the hosts, 1-0 league winners then, exacted revenge for their opening loss of the season by the same score-line, while snapping the Stars’ six-game undefeated league start to the 2017 campaign.

W Connection, the former club of Civic’s latest hero, Mitchell, will take on Central FC from 3:30pm today (Sunday) at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium to complete the quarter-final round for a place in Friday’s semi-finals against Club Sando.

Sando defeated Morvant Caledonia United 3-1 last Friday in a quarter-final double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium which included Defence Force escaping San Juan Jabloteh 4-2 on penalties following a nail-biting 3-3 draw.

Central, like Civic, advanced from last Wednesday’s play-off round. Tyrik John’s late winner gave the Couva Sharks a 2-1 win over MIC-IT St. Ann’s Rangers before Civic escaped Police FC with a 4-1 penalty shootout following a goalless draw.

First Citizens Cup 2017
Full schedule and results
Play-off Round
(Wednesday 11 October 2017)
Central FC 2 (Jason Marcano 60’, Tyrik John 90’+2) vs MIC-IT St. Ann’s Rangers 1 (Josh Toussaint 69’), at Ato Boldon Stadium;

Police FC 0 (1) vs Point Fortin Civic 0 (4), at Ato Boldon Stadium
Civic won 4-1 on kicks from the penalty spot.

Kicks from the penalty spot
Point Fortin Civic 4                Police FC 1

Jabari Mitchell (scored)            Todd Ryan (scored)
Nathaniel Garcia (scored)         Clevon Mc Fee (missed)
Shackiel Henry (scored)           Dillon Kirton (missed)
Nickcolson Thomas (scored)

Quarter Final Round 
(Friday 13 October 2017)
Club Sando 3 (Akim Armstrong 36’ pen., 88’, Josiah Trimmingham 42’) vs Morvant Caledonia United 1 (Kerry Daniel 33’), at the Ato Boldon Stadium;

Defence Force 3 (4) (Reon Moore 26’, Hashim Arcia 80’, Devorn Jorsling 90’+1) vs San Juan Jabloteh 3 (2) (Kadeem Hutchinson 69’, 72’, Keithy Simpson 86’), (D), 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
(Defence Force won the game 4-2 on kicks from the penalty mark).

Kicks from the penalty mark
Defence Force 4                   San Juan Jabloteh 2
Devorn Jorsling (scored)      Elijah Manners (scored)
Hashim Arcia (scored)         Kennedy Hinkson (scored)
Curtis Gonzales (scored)      Akeem Benjamin (overbar)
Dylon King (scored)             Nkosi David (overbar)

(Saturday 14 October 2017)
North East Stars 0 vs Point Fortin Civic 1 (Jabari Mitchell 49’), (A), at Larry Gomes Stadium.

Upcoming Quarter Final Round fixture
(Sunday 15 October 2017)
W Connection vs Central FC, (B), 3:30pm, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.

Semi-Final Round
(Friday 20 October 2017)
Point Fortin Civic vs Defence Force
Winners W Connection/Central FC vs Club Sando

Final
(Friday 3 November 2017)
Third-place & Final

Teams at the Larry Gomes Stadium on Saturday

North East Stars: 30.Akel Clarke (GK); 2.Keston George, 5.Julius James, 6.Anslem Jackson (4.Kerry Baptiste 69th minute), 7.Kishun Seecharan (3.Kevon Villaroel 46th minute), 11.Rundell Winchester, 18.Densill Theobald, 19.Jalani Felix, 20.Yohance Marshall, 21.Kevon Goddard, 22.Jameel Neptune.

Unused substitutes: 1.Jesse Peters (GK); 12.Elton John, 13.Kyle Bartholomew, 14.Jomoul Francois, 15.Seon Thomas.

Coach: Derek King

Point Fortin Civic: 1.Marvin Phillip (GK) (Capt.); 8.Jamal John (16.Kelvin Modeste 69th minute), 10.Jabari Mitchell, 12.Nathaniel Garcia, 13.Nickcolson Thomas, 20.Bevon Bass, 26.Jeremiah Kesar, 30.Nion Lammy, 33.Justin Sadoo, 45.Shackiel Henry (90.Jared Bennett 81st minute), 53.Stephan Campbell.

Unused substitutes: 52.Akini Adams (GK); 7.Steven Joseph, 24.Akinola Gregory, 25.Shaquille Dublin, 99.Kevin Moodie.

Coach: Reynold Carrington

Officials

Referee: Crystal Sobers

Match Commissioner: Boris Punch