Civic skipper promises best performance ever
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Thursday 11 December 2014
“Winning the Toyota Classic trophy will be the ideal Christmas gift,” Point Fortin Civic captain and central defender Andre Ettienne revealed this week. “And I am speaking on behalf of my teammates, the club and myself.”
Civic, currently in their second season at the TT Pro League level, will contest Play Whe San Juan Jabloteh from 8 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Friday 12 December in the Final of the 2014 Toyota Classic.
The Final will be preceded by what should be an appetizing contest from 6 pm between recently crowned East Intercol champions San Juan North Secondary and Point Fortin East Secondary, two Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) teams chosen by the Toyota Classic finalists.
“Winning the trophy will also be for our supporters who have stuck behind us through everything,” continued Ettienne. “It will mean a lot for us, the players, after being at the bottom to the top and vice versa, on and off the field, during our time at the Pro League level.
“We are hoping that with the Toyota Classic trophy, things might happen for the club, in terms of getting further sponsorship and so on, as well as other opportunities for players.
“We, the players, are all on a high and we are looking forward to continuing on a high before the Christmas break. It’s about going out on Friday and doing our best. We are going to play the best match ever – a performance that you haven’t seen in a while from Point Fortin Civic,” promised the talented 24-year-old defender.
Jabloteh and Civic have met once this season, in Round One Match Day Three of the Digicel Pro League (DPL) back in October, with that encounter ending in a 2-2 draw.
In the Toyota Classic, the Reynold Carrington-coached Civic whipped St. Ann’s Rangers 3-0 in the preliminary round before getting past Central FC 4-2 on penalty kicks in the quarter final round following a 0-0 draw; then got rid of Super League powerhouse WASA FC 4-0 in the semi final round for its Final berth.
Jabloteh meanwhile, this season’s defeated First Citizens Cup semi-finalists, crushed Super League's 1976 FC Phoenix 4-0 in the preliminary round; then edged Super League giants Club Sando 1-0 in the quarter final round before ousting 10-man Police FC 4-3 on penalties following a keenly contested 2-2 semi final draw.
But in the lead up to Friday’s Final, Jabloteh suffered a 4-0 defeat against DPL leaders Central FC on Tuesday while Civic celebrated a 4-1 win over cellar positioned St. Ann’s Rangers in Round One Match Day Six of the 2014-2015 Digicel Pro League (DPL) championship.
“Things weren’t bright at the start of the season but now we are in a position to win a trophy,” continued Ettienne, whose side sits eight on the DPL standings.
“Tuesday’s win in the league against Rangers is benefiting us a lot in terms of confidence. It’s a while since we have been on a winning streak and the win on Tuesday wasn’t just a 1 nil or a 2 nil result.”
Twenty-three year-old forward Jamille Boatswain – scorer of a double against Rangers on Tuesday – leads the 2014 Toyota Classic scorers with his three goals scored against WASA. And a lot will be asked of the attacker who has taken the spotlight in the absence of Marcus Joseph, currently on trial in Vietnam.
“He (Boatswain) always had the hunger,” explained Ettienne. “Now he has taken the opportunity, in the absence of Marcus, to go out and really show his worth. And we have great expectations from him on Friday.”