Brothers’ keepers: Defence Force out to ‘destroy’ Santa Rosa

Richard Roy (right) scored from the penalty spot to open Defence Force’s scoring against Pro League compatriot St. Ann’s Rangers in the 2015 Toyota Classic Round-of-16 on Nov. 7.

Thursday 19 November 2015

“The mission is scoring a lot of goals, hopefully around 7 or 8 goals.”

That’s the target Defence Force head coach Marvin Gordon has set for his Pro League players when they contest Super League side FC Santa Rosa from 4 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Saturday in the quarter-finals of the 2015 Toyota Classic—the only tournament that fields the best of the Super League against the Pro League.

If Defence Force does achieve their desired target, they will follow in the footsteps of Pro League clubs North East Stars and San Juan Jabloteh, who crushed their Super League opponents Siparia Spurs (8-0) and Marabella Family Crisis Centre (7-0), respectively, in the Round-of-16 before the two-week international break.

Gordon’s side defeated Pro League compatriot St. Ann’s Rangers 3-1 in the Round-of-16 with a goal each from forward Richard Roy, defender Ross Russell Jr. and veteran midfielder Kerry Joseph, while Santa Rosa edged Defence Force’s Super League outfit 1-0 to reach the quarter-finals, courtesy a second half strike by Devon King.

​Devon King (far left) celebrates scoring FC Santa Rosa’s game-winning goal against Defence Force Super League outfit in the 2015 Toyota Classic Round-of-16 on Nov. 4.

Last weekend, Defence Force’s Super League outfit exacted revenge on the league front by defeating Santa Rosa 3-1, but for Gordon and his Defence Force Pro League players, the concentration is on avenging their fellow soldiers’ exit in the Toyota Classic.

“Every game is a serious encounter for us,” said Gordon. “…but worse for Santa Rosa, they have beaten our Super League team. Now for us, the mission is to destroy them. The system of play is going to be more attacking than I usually do.

“They (Santa Rosa) don’t have the quality in their team and for us, it’s about taking it to them from the first whistle.”

Incidentally, Santa Rosa are now bracing for their toughest game in the history of the club which was formed 18 years ago.

“We are going into the game on Saturday understanding the diffidence in the two (Defence Force) teams,” said FC Santa Rosa coach Keith Look Loy, who also holds the positions of president and CEO of the club.

Look Loy, a CONCACAF technical study group member and former T&T coach at youth and senior levels, added, “We (Santa Rosa) thought we could beat the Defence Force Super League side (in the Toyota Classic) and we were able to do it. But we expect it to be a very tough match (against the Pro League’s Defence Force) on Saturday, maybe our toughest match ever.

​Central FC midfielder Ataulla Guerra (centre) about to unleash an effort against Caledonia Morvant United during a Digicel Pro League clash last season.

“We recognise that we are the lowest of the 16 apostles, because of the 16 teams, we were the 16th team (to qualify for this season’s Toyota Classic). For us (on Saturday), we want it to be said, win, lose, or draw, that we represented the club and our Super League at best.

“It’s a nice bonus for us to play in this tournament—something to show for the effort that we put in the first round of the Super League (to qualify for the Toyota Classic in the top six from our league). Our main objective is a top four finish in the Super League this season, the best in the four seasons that we have been here, and we are still on track to achieve our object in the Super League.”

Also on Saturday, Super League leaders and recently crowned Super League Knockout champions, Guaya United, will clash with defending Toyota Classic champions, San Juan Jabloteh, from 6 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in quarter-final two.

The quarter-finals will shift gear on Sunday at the Ato Boldon Stadium where Caledonia Morvant United will meet Digicel Pro League leaders, Central FC, from 4 pm, followed by North East Stars, 2012 Toyota Classic champions, against three-time champions, W Connection, from 6 pm.

Toyota Classic 2015
Quarter Final Round
Saturday 21 November
Hasely Crawford Stadium
Defence Force (Pro League) vs FC Santa Rosa—4 pm (H)
Guaya United vs San Juan Jabloteh—6 pm (G)

Sunday 22 November
Caledonia Morvant United vs Central FC—4 pm (E)
North East Stars vs W Connection—6 pm (F)

Semi Final Round
Winners E vs Winners F
Winners G vs Winners H


Toyota Classic 2015
Full Round-of-16 (Preliminary Round) results
Wednesday 4 November
Ato Boldon Stadium
Morvant Caledonia United 5 (Eugine Kirwan 3’, Akeem Roach 12’, 67’, Densill Theobald 22’, Kennedy Isles 90’+) vs 1976 FC Phoenix 3 (Stefano Wright 31’, Dominic Mc Dougall 45’+, Lejandro Williams 53’)

Marvin Lee Stadium
Defence Force (Super League) 0 vs FC Santa Rosa 1 (Devon King 72’)

North East Stars 8 (Jomoul Francois 13’, 63’, 64’, 75’, Kerron Cummings 14’, 47’, Gorean Highly 9’, Dillon Jaggasar 71’) vs Siparia Spurs 0

Friday 6 November
Mahaica Oval
W Connection 0 (5) vs Club Sando 0 (3)
W Connection won the match 5-3 on penalties

Kicks from the penalty mark
W Connection 5 Club Sando 3
Shahdon Winchester (scored) Kevon Woodley (scored)
Jomal Williams (scored) Kemuel Rivers (scored)
Dwight Quintero (scored) Akeem Humphrey (post)
Kurt Frederick (scored) Kern Cupid (scored)
Gerard Williams (scored)

Point Fortin Civic 0 (2) vs Central FC 0 (3)
Central won the match 3-2 on penalties

Kicks from the penalty mark
Point Fortin Civic 2 Central FC 3
Troy Moses (scored) Ataulla Guerra (scored)
Andrei Pacheco (scored) Willis Plaza (saved)
Akeem Redhead (missed) Andre Ettienne (scored)
Jared Bennett (saved) Leston Paul (saved)
Bevon Bass (post) Darren Mitchell (scored)

Saturday 7 November 2015
Larry Gomes Stadium
St. Ann’s Rangers 1 (Sayid Freitas 39’) vs Defence Force (Pro League) 3 (Richard Roy 26’ penalty, Ross Russell Jr. 30’, Kerry Joseph 63’)

Sunday 8 November 2015
Guayaguayare Recreation Ground
Guaya United 2 (Ryan Stewart 76’, Jody Allsop 86’) vs Police FC 1 (Kareem Freitas 44’)

Mannie Ramjohn Stadium
Marabella Family Crisis Centre 0 vs San Juan Jabloteh 7 (Fabian Reid 3’, 44’, Kennedy Hinkson 25’, Nathan Lewis 41’, 43’, Tyrone Charles 45’, Jamal Gay 90’)