Caledonia finally set to kick off FA Trophy defense; but must travel to Point Fortin

Tournament organisers to disclose $100,000 prize structure this week

Caledonia assistant coach Jerry Moe

Caledonia AIA will take to the field on Wednesday, for the first time in the 2013 FA Trophy, in the Round-of-16 to begin defense of its title.

Meanwhile the tournament organizers – the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association(TTFA) – are expected to reveal a $100,000 prize structure later this week.

Over a week ago, TTFA general secretary Sheldon Phillips assured that there would be a substantial prize money amount.

And on Monday of this week, Phillips told Wired868, “The prize money we are putting on the table is $100,000.

“We still just need to work out whether it is a case of winner-take-all or maybe the top four finishers.
“But there will be prize money and the amount we have settled on is $100,000.”

Caledonia assistant coach Jerry Moe believes that the prize money will help in the motivation of clubs, including his, although the players aren’t aware of the prize money yet.

“It feels good to be back, and in this situation (to try and defend our title),” Moe said. “The attitude and mindset of the players in training is good, and we are all eager to get back on the field of play.”

But the two-time reigning champions and three-time winners (2008, 2011 & 2012) had to give up its home advantage because of the unavailability of the Hasely Crawford and Larry Gomes Stadiums.

Instead, Caledonia will travel to the Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin to tackle Point Fortin Civic from 3:30pm.

“The fact that we had to give up our home advantage isn’t good,” explained Moe. “…but we are eager to get the game going.”

Moe said that the Hasely Crawford isn’t available because of Secondary Schools Football League matches scheduled at the venues this week, while the Larry Gomes, which is still in need lighting repairs and cannot host night matches, is already the venue for the match between Malabar FC and T&T Prisons FC.

“[Right now] we see it as a plus to play against Civic, and in their environment,” added the Caledonia assistant coach.

Caledonia avoided the FA Trophy qualifying round by way of the random draw and advanced into the Round-of-16 without playing a minute of football because of a pullout by then opponents, Club Sando.

Sando, the longstanding Super League leaders, opted out of the FA Trophy to concentrate on its 2013 Toyota Classic and Super League ambitions.

And last weekend secured its place in the Toyota Classic Final by defeating Defence Force 3-2 in semi-final one.

Sando will meet 3-0 semi-final two winners over Guaya United, DIRECTV W Connection from 8pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Saturday 30 November.

Connection will be among six Pro League clubs in FA Trophy action on Wednesday.

The “Savonnetta Boys” will meet Police FC from 3:30pm at Fatima College Ground, Mucurapo; Central FC will meet home team St. Mary’s College at the school’s ground from 3:30pm, while North East Stars must take on home team Tunapuna Titans from 6pm at Constantine Park in Tunapuna.

Other Round-of-16 match-ups include Petrotrin Palo Seco against Defence Force (Super League), Westside Superstarz against Guaya United and QPCC FC against St. Francois Nationals.

FA Trophy 2013
Round of 16
Wednesday 27 November
Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin
Caledonia AIA vs Point Fortin Civic—3:30pm

St. Mary’s Ground
St. Mary’s College vs Central FC—3:30pm

Palo Seco Veledrome
Petrotrin Palo Seco vs Defence Force (Super League)—6pm

Constantine Park, Tunapuna
Tunapuna Titans vs North East Stars—6pm

St. Anthony’s College Ground
Westside Superstarz vs Guaya United (Super League)—3:30pm

Fatima College Ground, Mucurapo
Police FC vs W Connection—3:30pm

Dibe Recreation Ground, Long Circular
QPCC FC vs St. Francois Nationals—6pm

Larry Gomes Stadium
Malabar FC vs T&T Prisons FC—3:30pm