Lucozade Sport Goal Shield

Goal Shield champions Caledonia eyes Digicel Pro Bowl

Photo: Morvant Caledonia United captain Kareem Joseph (#12) receives the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield trophy and replica on April 24, 2016 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. Joseph is flanked by Suntory Limited, Caricom area manager for Lucozade/Ribena, Matthew Baboolal (left) and TT Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene.

Thursday April 28, 2016

Buoyed by their title-winning run in the just concluded Lucozade Sport Goal Shield, Morvant Caledonia United are hoping for similar success in the Digicel Pro Bowl 2016.

“The ambition is to win the Pro Bowl also,” said Caledonia veteran and captain Kareem Joseph, whose side must face Point Fortin Civic from 8pm on Friday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in the Digicel Pro Bowl qualifiers.

Club Sando and St. Ann’s Rangers will battle in qualifier one from 6pm at the Couva venue, also in an attempt to enter the Digicel Pro Bowl 2016 main draw which kicks off with the quarter-finals on May 10, followed by the semis on May 13, and culminates on May 20 with the final.

Like the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield qualifiers three weeks ago when Caledonia defeated Civic 3-1 and Rangers edged Sando 1-0, the rematch pairings are again due to their bottom four positions on the Digicel Pro League standings.

“We are ready to get down to business again,” added Joseph, whose side defeated W Connection 4-1 in a penalty shootout following a 2-2 draw – in which Guyana international Sheldon Holder, the eventual tournament top scorer with 3 goals, equalised twice for the “Morvant Stallions” – in the final of the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield last Sunday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

The Caledonia skipper continued, “Some of us are still [basking] in the joy of winning the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield last Sunday but we have to look beyond that now.”

Although still rating his side as “underdogs” due to their ninth position in the league, Joseph believes, with the same level of commitment shown in the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield tournament, the “Morvant Stallions” are capable of success again.

Joseph, however, is expecting a tougher challenge against Civic, who, like Sando and Rangers, are hoping to follow in the recent success of Caledonia in a knockout competition.

“They (Civic) will come back harder against us having defeated them in last qualifier,” predicts Joseph. “We are also now the champions of the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield and that will motivate them even more to do better against us.”

Caledonia’s notable absentee on Friday will be winger Jameel “Shooter” Neptune who is currently with the Trinidad and Tobago National Futsal Team in Costa Rica preparing for their upcoming two-leg play-off against Honduras on May 4 and 5 towards the CONCACAF Finals from May 8 to 14 in Costa Rica.  

In the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield, Neptune scored the third goal in Caledonia’s 3-1 qualifying win over Civic and a double in a 5-1 quarter-final win over Defence Force.

Caledonia went on to defeat Police FC 3-1 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the semi-finals, before the Jerry Moe-coached team topped W Connection in the final.

Digicel Pro Bowl 2016
Qualifying Round
Friday April 29, 2016
Ato Boldon Stadium

Club Sando vs St. Ann’s Rangers—6pm
Point Fortin Civic vs Morvant Caledonia United—8pm

Quarter Finals
Tuesday May 10, 2016

Semi Finals
Friday May 13, 2016

Final
Friday May 20, 2016