Green Army coming to town: Guaya Utd to tackle Jabloteh for Toyota semis spot

​Photo shows some of Guaya United’s ‘Green Army’ supporters who kept their seats at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium following the team’s Super League Knockout title win over Petrotrin Palo Seco in Nov. 1, 2015. (Image courtesy Guaya United facebook account)

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Guaya United are hoping to paint the town of Port-of-Spain green when the 2015 Toyota Classic resumes this weekend with the quarter-final round following the international break.

Guaya will travel away from home to the big city on Saturday 21 November to clash with defending Toyota Classic champions San Juan Jabloteh from 6 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Guaya United team manager Jameson Rigues has confirmed that “the green army will be present” in the capital city.

Rigues told, “We were unfortunate in getting (PTSC) busses, but we have arranged maxi taxis for our green army fans.”

Saturday’s action will kick off from 4 pm when Defence Force (Pro League) tackles Super League side FC Santa Rosa at the Port-of-Spain venue.

The quarter-finals will shift gear to the Ato Boldon Stadium on Sunday 22 November for another, predictably exciting, double header featuring Morvant Caledonia United against Central FC from 4 pm and North East Stars against recently crowned First Citizens Cup champions W Connection, from 6 pm.

“We want everything we compete for,” Guaya United captain and star midfielder Ryan Stewart said of the Super League team during the launch of the 2015 Toyota Classic—the only tournament that pools the best 16 teams in Trinidad and Tobago.
​Guaya United captain and player/coach Ryan Stewart during the launch of the 2015 Toyota Classic.
Guaya, the 2013 Super League champions fresh from their Super League 2015 Knockout crowning, edged Police FC 2-1 two Sunday’s ago at the Guayaguayare Recreation Ground to exact revenge in a repeat of last season’s Toyota Classic round-of-16.

In 2013, Guaya and then Super League compatriot, Club Sando, became the first ever Super League teams to reach the semi-finals of the Toyota Classic. Sando took it a step further that season becoming the first and only Super League side to reach the final, but lost to W Connection.

This season, second half goals from inspirational player/coach, Stewart, and Jody Allsop overturned a first half deficit to set up Saturday’s quarter-final meet between Guaya and Jabloteh.

“The ambition of Guaya hasn’t changed,” expressed Stewart. “We come as a (country-side) team but will challenge for every trophy and every opportunity. Heart of a lion, that’s Guaya United.”

But while Guaya were pegging their way back against the Lawmen, Jabloteh were cruising to what ended a more than comfortable 7-0 win over Super League side Marabella Family Crisis Centre at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.

Jabloteh’s Jamaican midfield star Fabian Reid led with a first half double and four assists. Nathan Lewis also scored a double in the first half that included a goal each from Kennedy Hinkson and Tyrone Charles. Substitute Jamal Gay completed the lopsided affair with a goal on the 90th minute.

At the start of this season’s tournament, Jabloteh head coach Keith Jeffrey challenged ‘underdog’ teams to rise, and may just find himself formidable opponents in Guaya United on Saturday.

Jeffrey stated, “Last season (the final) was Point Fortin Civic versus San Juan Jabloteh and we are asking lesser known teams to come out and deliver, to see if we can move away from the W (Connection)-Central finals. The competition is already unique, so let us see what other clubs can do.”

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) vs Defence Force (Pro League) 3 (Richard Roy 26’, 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’)