First Citizens Cup

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Army to prove 2009 First Citizens Cup wasn’t a fluke

Army to prove 2009 First Citizens Cup wasn’t a fluke“We will be coming with full guns,” warned Defence Force head coach Ross Russell ahead of Friday night 2010 First Citizens Cup quarterfinal clash against St. Ann’s Rangers from 6pm at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.

Russell who guided the Soldiers to the title in 2009 went on to explain, “It’s important to show that last year wasn’t a fluke.

“We are the defending champions and we want to defend our title,” he assured.

Last season the Soldiers edged Bmobile Joe Public 1-0 in the Final at the Marvin Lee Stadium thanks to a second half strike by striker Richard Roy.

This season Russell’s side is not only favoured as defending champs, but more so, the fact that Army is the current Digicel Pro League leaders with maximum points after Round One.

However in the recently concluded Lucozade Sport Goal Shield, the Soldiers suffered a scare in the quarterfinals against Tobago United, trailing, before managing a 5-3 finish. That performance was followed by the Soldiers’ first and only defeat of the season, when they suffered a 1-0 loss against San Juan Jabloteh in the semi-finals of the Goal Shield nearly two months ago.

“It(the defeat) did well for the players but not well for the unit,” said Russell. “We had to realize that although we are on a perfect run in the League, we haven’t won anything yet. So it brought the players back to reality and in the First Citizens cup we will show that we can win titles.”

Defence Force and Rangers met once before this season with Russell’s charges pulling off a 4-2 win in Round One of the Digicel Pro League Championship.

“We are not taking them(Rangers) for granted,” said Russell. “In the last (Lucozade Sport Goal Shield) tournament we had to score two late goals against Tobago United to win in the quarterfinals.”

Striker Devorn Jorsling who found the target against Rangers in that meeting said he wants the Most Goals award in this season’s First Citizens Cup.

“For me it’s about reaching the final, because as a striker I want to win most goals in tournaments and I am challenging this one,” said Jorsling who leads the League championship goals chart. “Reaching the Final will not be simple because we have to get past the quarterfinal and then the semi-final but we are capable. The more games we play the better my chances of scoring more goals, and when we get to the Final it’s about winning the tournament.”

Jorsling, who recently transferred his club scoring form to the Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Senior Team said that although it’s been a while since Defence Force played a competitive match, they have been keeping sharp.

Coach Russell praised Jorsling’s form, but admitted it was a team effort by Defence Force.

“Jorsling is basically the guy with the stick hitting in the goals,” said the former T&T and Defence Force goalie. “He has been doing a great job but more so, the entire team has been performing well and that’s why are in a good position to do great this season.”

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