First Citizens Cup

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Stars’ coach blame lackluster for First Citizens Cup exit

Stars’ coach blame lackluster for First Citizens Cup exit“We didn’t play the football that was needed against Joe Public,” responded DIRECTV North East Stars interim Head Coach Shurland David when quizzed about his team’s quarterfinal exit in the First Citizens Cup.

The Sangre Grande outfit failed to continue its knockout winning form of the 2010 Lucozade Sport Goal Shield when they suffered a 2-0 defeat against Bmobile Joe Public on Saturday 2 October at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

“They were hungrier than us,” David rifled. “They wanted the game more than us; they were first to every ball.”

Stars conceded first half goals by Gayson Gregory and a converted penalty by Kerry Baptiste to bow out of the First Citizens Cup.

He explained that it was an awakening for the Stars as they look forward to the rest of the season.

“We need to remain united,” said the former Caledonia AIA and Canadian based player. “We now have to work on getting back the urge and try to win the games from the start.

After winning the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield and now losing in the (quarterfinal of the) First Citizens Cup means we now have to understand that every game going forward needs to be taken with a higher level of seriousness.”

David who shifts his focus on the rest of the season says he is aware that a lot of work needs to be done.

“We have to go into games firing all guns from now on,” explained the Stars coach. “And we are aware that a lot of work needs to be done because we want to win everything that we compete in. So we are going to continue doing our best and try to progress from strength to strength.”