First Citizens Cup

Category: First Citizens Cup

Six-time winners Connection eager for Cale’ contest

Six-time winners Connection eager for Cale’ contestSix-time First Citizens Cup winners, W Connection, are eager to return the title to Couva having failed to defend it last season.

The 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 winners will tackle Caledonia AIA of Morvant/Laventille from 8pm on Friday night at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in the quarterfinal round.

And assistant coach and former captain Earl Jean said that his team is boosted by a number of reasons.

“We are happy that our (T&T) national players(goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams, Clyde Leon, Kerron Cummings, Hughton Hector, Joevin Jones and Matthew Bartholomew) are back with us for better preparations under our belt, because we have been struggling a bit with injuries,” said the St. Lucian.

“The players are ready and are eager to go,” Jean continued.

“It’s a massive undertaking which we are ready for. Caledonia is a good team and there is a good rivalry between us…both playing a similar style.

Also it’s the First Citizens Cup and we(W Connection) have a special bond with the trophy. We are looking forward to going out and winning the trophy.”

Both sides met in the quarterfinal round of the recently concluded Lucozade Sport Goal Shield—won by DIRECTV North East Stars—and Connection enjoyed a 1-0 win over the Morvant/Laventille based club thanks to a late freekick strike by Hector.

“Getting a win over one of your rivals is always an incentive,” explained Jean. “Because it tells us if we can do it once, then we can do it again.

“Caledonia is always beautiful game of football when we play them but the challenge is going to be based on discipline and doing what is tactically instructed by the head coach (Stuart Charles Fevrier).”

Admitting that Connection experienced woes in the offensive department, Jean is confident that the goals will come.

“It’s a challenge but I think our players have been doing well in training and it will be shown on the field of play,” he said. “Being a striker, former striker(he chuckled), I’ve explained to the players that sometimes when u lose confidence, it’s about enjoying your game again. Only when you start enjoying your game, the confidence will return.”

Jean said that it would be gratifying to win the title as a player, captain and now assistant coach but most importantly, winning it will be something to make the (club) president(David John-Williams).

Forward Matthew Bartholomew expressed confidence saying, “Mentally we are all psyched-up because we understand how much the First Citizens Cup means to the club.

“We have been going through a bad patch recently but we are very prepared to do well in this tournament. We are all committed and focused,” he ended.

First Citizens Cup quarterfinals
Friday 01 October
Mannie Ramjohn Stadium

Defence Force vs St. Ann’s Rangers—6pm
W Connection vs Caledonia AIA—8pm

Saturday 02 October
Hasely Crawford Stadium

Joe Public vs North East Stars—6pm
Ma Pau SC vs San Juan Jabloteh—8pm