First Citizens Cup

Category: First Citizens Cup

Army squeeze quarterfinal victory over 9-man Rangers

Army squeeze quarterfinal victory over 9-man RangersDefending First Citizens Cup champions Defence Force lost winger Kevon Carter to a broken right leg on Friday night against St. Ann’s Rangers in the quarterfinal round of this season’s edition before going on to survive a 2-1 penalty win after a 0-0 regulation time finish.

Army goalkeeper Kevin Graham rescued his side when he kept out Rangers first four kickers Josimar Belgrave, Aaron Stewart, Hans Pierre and Clevon Mc Fee while Aklie Edwards and Albert Thornhill scored their kicks earning coach Ross Russell’s side the victory and booking a semi-final spot.

Carter’s horrific blow came in the 30th minute when Rangers defender Elijah Belgrave lunged a tackle on the Trinidad and Tobago international well outside the area winning the ball—however the follow through caught winger’s right leg, breaking it in two places.

Belgrave who earlier picked up a yellow card, was awarded a delayed red card by referee Neil Brizan who allowed play to continue before noticing Carter’s dreadful (season ending) injury.

Defence Force then failed to put one in the back of the net in honor of Carter from the freekick earned when goalkeeper Daurance Williams pulled off a magnificent one handed save to root out Devorn Jorsling well struck left footed effort.

Jorsling later missed a penalty in the four minutes before the break when he tried an ambitious chip against Williams as the ball sailed over. Referee Brizan awarded the soldiers the kick from the spot after Rangers captain Devon Modeste handled Albert Dexter Thornhill’s cross inside the area.

But Rangers suffered another blow seconds before the break after holding off the soldiers and creating a couple chances themselves. Midfielder Adrian Narine was showed two yellow cards in quick succession with the second for dissent showing after showing massive frustrations.

Four minutes into the second period Rangers failed to take advantage of an opportunity on two bites after goalkeeper Graham pulled off a magnificent save to deny Hans Pierre’s powerful freekick from the edge of the area and the follow-up was dragged wide by Beville Joseph who initially won the freekick.

Despite having a two-man advantage Defence Force who defeated Rangers 4-2 in Round One of the Digicel Pro League Championship this season failed to overcome a resolute performance by the St. Ann’s club.

Defence Force had a greater amount of chances compared to Rangers but both goalkeepers Graham and Williams were unbeatable in regulation time forcing the goalless encounter into kicks from the penalty spot.

Defence Force are into the semi-finals and will meet the winner between Ma Pau SC and San Juan Jabloteh of Saturday’s second quarterfinal clash at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Defence Force 0(2)—0(1) St. Ann’s Rangers

Kicks from the penalty spots
Rangers 1                           Defence Force 2
Josimar Belgrave(saved)     Devorn Jorsling(saved)
Aaron Stewart(saved)          Akil Pierre(saved)
Hans Pierre(missed)            Aklie Edwards(scored)
Clevon Mc Fee(saved)          Corey Rivers(saved)
Akil Clarke(scored)              Albert Dexter Thornhill(scored)

Defence Force—Kevin Graham(gk), Corey Rivers(capt.), Keston Williams, Devin Jordan(Y), Devorn Jorsling(Y), Kerry Joseph(Marvin Jones 65th), Kevon Carter(Albert Thornhill 37th), Sean Narcis(Y), Dexter Pacheco, Aklie Edwards, Richard Roy(Y)(Akil Pierre 75th)

Coach—Ross Russell

St. Ann’s Rangers—Daurance Williams(gk), Devon Modeste(capt.)(Y)(Ronald Musgrave 81st), Elijah Belgrave(Y+R), Javon Wilson, Aaron Stewart, Kwame Wiltshire(Josimar Belgrave 73rd), Hans Pierre, Adrian Narine(Y+Y=R), Clevon Mc Fee, Akil Clarke

Coach—Anthony Streete