- Yesterday San Juan Jabloteh celebrated the members of its
Professional Football League outfit who were part of the Soca Warriors
historic journey to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany at a function
hosted at the Lawrence Duprey Stand, Queen’s Park Oval,
Port-of-Spain. ... More.
- San Juan Jabloteh have already began preparing for the 2006
season and have signed former North East Stars players Anthony and
Glenton Wolfe. ... More.
- On a night when Aurtis Whitley won T&T Pro League team CL
Financial San Juan Jabloteh's Most Valuable Player award, it was also
revealed that the club's major sponsor had pumped some $20 million
into the club in the last nine years. ... More.
- San Juan Jabloteh coach Terry Fenwick and defender Ian Gray
had their suspensions slashed by the Trinidad and Tobago Football
Federation (TTFF) Appeals Committee. ... More.
- Nippy forward Jason Marcano scored a 72nd minute goal to
secure a come from behind 2-1 win for San Juan Jabloteh over Defence
Force in a keenly fought Simpaul’s Travel Service TTFF FA Trophy at
the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya, yesterday. ... More.
- San Juan Jabloteh is boasting of a host of young players
currently playing in Secondary Schools League Competition (SSFL). ... More.
- San Juan Jabloteh and Defence Force Professional Football
League clubs both advanced to tomorrow’s T&T Football Federation
Simpaul Travel FA final after similar 2-0 semifinal wins. ... More.
- English coach Terry Fenwick is unavailable to coach CL
Financial San Juan Jabloteh for a significant part of next season
after picking up a ten-match ban from the Disciplinary Committee of
the T&T Pro League on Wednesday. ... More.
- Brazilian Gefferson Da Silva Goulart goal over San Juan
Jabloteh was enought to help W Connection clinch the 2005 Toyota Cup. ...
- W Connection and San Juan Jabloteh showed how penalty kicks
should be taken as they beat Defence Force and Joe Public,
respectively, to reach the final of the inaugural Toyota Classic
competition. ... More.
- Kerry Baptiste scored a first-half double to lead second
placed CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh to a 3-2 win over cellar-placed
Tobago United in the penultimate round of matches in the T&T
Professional Football League Senior Division on Tuesday night. ... More.
02-Oct-2005 - For
the second straight year, W Connection prevailed by penalty kicks to
lift the First Citizens Bank (FCB) Cup at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium,
Marabella on Friday. The "Savonetta Boys" walked away with a
3-1 triumph over CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh after both teams were
goalless after regulation time. No extra time was played under
tournament rules. ... More.
25-Sept-2005 - Jabloteh
blank United Petrotrin 2-0 in the first match of Friday’s semifinal
double-header played at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella and will
now meet W Connection in the FCB-Cup final carded for Friday. ... More.
21-Aug-2005 - Tobago
United seemed to have come with a plan of defending with numbers at
the back, and then launching into attack quickly on the break. It
worked well for just about 40 minutes, but when they shot themselves
in the foot by conceding an own goal, San Juan Jabloteh took control,
and went on to win yesterday's T&T Pro League match 4-0 at the
Hasely Crawford Stadium. ... More.
Fenwick sacks Jabloteh four.
08-Jun-2005 - Less than one month after taking over the reigns at
T&T Professional Football League club CL Financial San Juan
Jabloteh, English-born coach Terry Fenwick has sacked four players.
The players are ex-nationals Nigel “Croc” Pierre, Ansil Elcock,
Vernon “Zartie” Bailey and Michael Celestine.
Contacted yesterday, Fenwick confirmed the sacking.
“Yes, unfortunately we have parted ways with a few guys who have
served the club well in the past.
“At this point in their careers, I don’t feel they are good enough
for my team,” added Fenwick.
Fenwick was happy to announce the promotion of youth team players
ex-Queen’s Royal College midfielder Jason Devenish, Terryl Elwyn of
San Juan Senior Secondary and national Under-20 defender Carlon Murray
to the senior team along with the acquisition of and Devaughn Dummette
“I just felt that the time was right to bring in fresh blood and
hopefully they would help to take us in the right direction.
“Devenish, Elwyn and Murray have been with the youth teams for a
while now and will be given the chance to prove themselves.”
Pierre and current Jabloteh defender Keyeno Thomas were snapped up by
ex-Jabloteh coach Ricky Hill at the start of the 2003 season and
helped the team to the league title.
However, since the start of the season, Pierre has not been able to
re-discover his goalscoring touch as was often left out of the
starting team by Michael Grayson, who was the team’s stand-in coach.
Bailey started his career at Jabloteh before moving to Joe Public and
then back to Jabloteh before being fired while Celestine came through
the youth ranks of Jabloteh.
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MetroStars Media Relations.
16-Mar-2005 - Port of Spain, Trinidad - Forward John Wolyniec scored
two goals and midfielder Mark Lisi netted the game winner in the 86'
as the MetroStars defeated San Juan Jabloteh, 3-2, in an international
club friendly played in front of 1,750 at Port of Spain's Hasely
Crawford Stadium. This match marked the first of two games for the
MetroStars Preseason Training in Trinidad presented by Continental
Airlines, with the second coming on Friday, March 18 versus W.
Jabloteh jumped on the board first in the 26' after Kerry Baptiste
drilled home an Ansil Elcock cross past Metros goalkeeper Zach Wells
on the far post. However, Wolyniec answered with the equalizer just
three minutes later when he hammered a Gilberto rebound past Jabloteh
'keeper Daurance Williams. The play was set up by Amado Guevara who
struck a beautiful through ball that Gilberto chased down and fired on
net. Williams deflected Gilberto's attempt, but Wolyniec was there for
The score remained at 1-1 until the 47' when Jabloteh forward Nicholas
Addlery got behind the Metros defense and snuck one past Wells to make
it 2-1 in favor of the home team.
Wolyniec again knotted the score, this time on a chip shot that soared
just over the head of the outstretched Williams in the 61'. Forward
Sergio Galvan Rey was credited with the assist after making a nice
feed to the streaking Wolyniec from the left side.
Josh Johnson, one of Jabloteh’s substitutes, got the ball into the
net in the 57th minute, but the play was ruled off-side.
The match turned extremely physical in the second half and a number of
cautions were handed out to both squads. A brutal foul committed by
Trent Noel in the 78' on Metros defender Ademir Dos Santos earned Noel
a red card, and the subsequent dissent over the call by teammate
Charles Pollard warranted a yellow, which was Pollard's second of the
The Metros capitalized on their two-man advantage minutes later after
Lisi teed off from 23 yards away and hooked the ball past the diving
Williams. The game winner was Lisi's first of the preseason.
Jabloteh lost another player in the 88' after Celestine was booked for
his second yellow card of the contest, giving the Metros an 11-8
advantage for the final minutes of the contest.
JAB- Baptiste (Elcock) 26'
MET- Wolyniec (Gilberto, Guevara) 29'
JAB- Addlery 47'
MET- Wolyniec (Galvan Rey) 61'
MET- Lisi 86'
JAB - Eve (Caution; Professional Foul) 32'
MET - Bradley (Caution; Professional Foul) 42'
JAB- Pollard (Caution; Dissent) 73'
MET- Guevara (Caution; Dissent) 73'
JAB- Celestine (Caution; Professional Foul) 75'
JAB- Noel (Sent Off; Professional Foul) 82'
JAB- Pollard (Second caution, Sent Off; Dissent) 82'
JAB- Celestine (Second caution, Sent Off; Professional Foul) 88'
MET- Lisi (Caution, Dissent) 89'
San Juan Jabloteh: Duarance Williams, Charles Pollard, Trent
Noel, Keyeno Thomas, Angus Eve (Travis Mulraine 64'), Kerry Baptiste
(Michael Celestine 59'), Ansil Elcock, Nicholas Addlery (Josh Johnson
59'), Nigel Daniel (Devon Mitchell 59'), Nigel Pierre, Aurtis Whitley
(Nigel Codrington 78 - Marcelle Francois 86').
Substitutes Not Used: Brian James, Vernon Bailey, Dexter
Franklyn, Jerol Forbes, Cyd Gray.
MetroStars: Zach Wells, Tim Ward (Chris Corcoran 59'), Carlos
Mendes, Jeff Parke Chris Leitch (Ademir Dos Santos 69'), Amado Guevara
capt. (Pierre Bazie 76'), Michael Bradley (Mark Lisi 64'), Gilberto
(Tim Regan 45'), Mahktar N'Diaye (Osni Neto 59'), John Wolyniec,
Sergio Galvan Rey
Substitutes Not Used: Jason Hernandez, Seth Stammler, Ramon
Bailey, T.J Tomasson, Jeff Agoos.
Jabloteh snaps up Michael
Grayson as Technical Director.
By Joel Villafana - ttproleague
17-Feb-2005 - Former Starworld Strikers head coach Michael Grayson is
now the assistant coach of CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh and Youth
Mr. Grayson readily accepted Jabloteh’s offer—and while he will be
the assistant coach of the senior professional team—his main focus
will be the development of Jabloteh’s young players.
In his new role as Jabloteh’s Youth Technical Director, Mike Grayson
will be responsible for the clubs youth programmes and the progress of
their youth teams.
Grayson is no stranger to working closely alongside young
footballers—as he is fresh from leading a successful St. Augustine
Senior Comprehensive school team to the 2004 League and Intercol
Mike Grayson was also coach of the Arima Senior Comprehensive School
where he was also a teacher.
He has been coaching since 1980—and has led local club teams like
Tacarigua United and Tunapuna Spain and most recently Starworld
Grayson also had a national stint as assistant youth coach under Keith
Look Loy, with the National under 20 team.
The 49 year old coach told ttproleague.com that he was honoured to be
approached by San Juan Jabloteh. “Its really an honour, I see this
as an upward move for me, and as far as I am concerned CL Financial
San Juan Jabloteh is the best run professional organization in the
country, so this is a real plus for me and I am looking forward to the
“I know they expect the best and they have set high goals and I am
always one who wants to give of my best,” added Grayson.
The former Starworld Strikers coach believes he brings a lot with him
and has a great deal to offer when he starts with Jabloteh this
“My experience, my enthusiasm and my high work rate are all
qualities I plan to bring to the table.”
He concluded, “this is certainly an exciting time in my career as
Jabloteh has a number of quality players, national players and it’s
always a pleasure to work with some of the best players available.”
Jabloteh’s Vice President and the man responsible for technical
affairs Mr. Dennis Phillip told ttproleague.com that he considers the
club fortunate to land a coach like Michael Grayson.
“Michael has all the credentials and experience required for the
post of youth technical director, his experience as not only a
football coach but as a senior teacher was vital in him acquiring the
Mr. Phillip went on to say, “youth development has been neglected in
Trinidad and Tobago for far too long, and we at Jabloteh have found
that it has been inadequate to have a senior Technical Director
looking after both the senior team and the youth teams, hence the
reason we decided to hire someone to give their undivided attention to
youth development, youth coaching and the spotting of young talent and
Michael Grayson is the best man for the job locally.” Mr. Grayson
will officially start pre-season work on Monday 14th February, 2004.
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PFL Teams Standings &
Last PFL/Big Six Game Played:
01-Jul- 08 - San Juan Jabloteh 3 v 0
Hasley Crawford Stadium - North
Trinidad/ Seating: 26,000.
This existing stadium has been
appraised by the FIFA inspection team as being in creditable
condition, with only some improvements being deemed necessary for the
competition. Situated to the west of the island, in close proximity to
Port of Spain, it overlooks the Gulf of Paria creating a truly
refreshing and unique atmosphere for this sport. Built in 1982, and
named after the first Olympic gold medallist in this country, Hasely
Crawford, this stadium is the premier location for football and
athletic meets. It has been the site of many memorable moments in our
sporting history and, as such, has been chosen as the venue for the
opening and closing ceremonies as well as the final of the FIFA under
17 Youth World Cup.
SOME TOP SAN JUAN
1. FRIENDLY GAME:
Jabloteh vs Newcastle United (England).
Jabloteh 8 v 0 St Francois Nationals.
Jabloteh Goal Scorers:
Collin Samuel 3, Angus Eve, Peter Prosper, Michael Celestine, Ataullah
3. L-Sporto Cup; 24-Oct-
Jabloteh 12 v 0 Young
Jabloteh Goal Scorers:
Michael Celestine 14th, Aurtis Whitley 16th, Angus Eve 39th,
Bernard McCall 46th, Rolston James 34th, 47th, 76th, 78th, Collin
Samuel 58th, 59th, Collie Hercules 62nd, 68th.
4. PFL GAME:
Jabloteh 4 vs 2 W
Jabloteh Goal Scorers:
Kerry Noray 35th, 65th, Cornell Glen 42nd, 45th.
Nov-2002 - 2002 Season Final.
Jabloteh 1 vs 1 W
Jabloteh Goal Scorer:
Aurtis Whitley 30th.
Jabloteh 5 vs 3 St Clair Coaching School.
Jabloteh Goal Scorers:
Kerry Baptiste 2, Kerry Noray, Michael Celestine, Angus Eve.
Jabloteh 3 vs 0 Dundee (Scotland).
Jabloteh Goal Scorers:
Cornell Glen 2, Angus Eve.
8. PFL GAME:
Jabloteh 9 vs 1 Defence Force.
Jabloteh Goal Scorers:
Kerry Baptiste 3, Cornell Glen 2, Angus Eve 2,
Travis Mulraine, Kurt Williams (o.g).
9. Concacaf Champions Cup.
Jabloteh 3 vs 1 Arnett Gardens (Jamaica).
Jabloteh Goal Scorers:
Aurtis Whitley 20th, 40th, Cornell Glen 50th.
10. Concacaf Champions Cup.
Jabloteh 3 vs 1 Arnett Gardens (Jamaica).
03-Dec-2003. (Return-Leg Game)
Jabloteh Goal Scorers:
Kerry Baptiste 38th, Trent Noel 46th, Nigel Peirre 67th.
11. Concacaf Champions Cup.
Jabloteh 2 vs 1 W Connection.
Jabloteh Goal Scorer:
Angus Eve 19th, 41st.
Jabloteh 1 vs 0 Grenada President's XI.
Jabloteh Goal Scorer:
Kerry Noray 68th.
13. Concacaf Champions Cup.
Jabloteh 5 vs 2 Chicago Fire (USA).
Jabloteh Goal Scorers:
Cornell Glen 8th, 12th, 37th, Kerry Noray 52nd, 74th - Ansil
Elcock (39th - own goal).
14. Concacaf Champions Cup.
Jabloteh 3 vs 1 Walking Boys Company (Suriname).
Jabloteh Goal Scorers:
Kerry Baptiste 32nd, Nigel Daniel 57th, Devon Mitchell 90th.
15. Concacaf Champions Cup.
Jabloteh 0 vs 0 Walking Boys Company (Suriname).
26-Sept-2004. (Return-Leg Game).
16. Concacaf Champions Cup.
Jabloteh 1 vs 1 Tivoli Gardens (Jamaica).
Jabloteh Goal Scorer:
Nigel Daniel 89th.
17. Concacaf Champions Cup.
Tivoli Gardens (Jamaica) 1 v 0 Jabloteh.
Jabloteh 2 v 3 MetroStars (USA).
Jabloteh Goal Scorers:
Kerry Baptiste 26th, Nicholas Addlery 47th.
19. Concacaf Champions Cup.
Sap FC (Antigua) 0 v 4 Jabloteh.
Jabloteh Goal Scorers:
Trent Noel 25th, Lester Peltier 47th, Peter Prosper 70th, Anthony
20. Concacaf Champions Cup.
SV Britannia (Aruba) 0 v 8 Jabloteh.
Jabloteh Goal Scorers:
Jason Marcano 21st, 51st, Trent Noel 16th, Kerry Baptiste 18th, Wendell Joseph 35th, Lester Peltier 45th, Alexis Michael 74th, Akiel Guevara 79th.
21. Concacaf Champions Cup.
New Vibes (USVI) 0 v 5 Jabloteh.
Jabloteh Goal Scorers:
Lester Peltier 2nd, 26th, Trent Noel 14th, 23rd, Michael Alexis 90th.
22. Concacaf Champions Cup.
Jabloteh 2 vs 0 Baltimore Sportif (Haiti).
Jabloteh Goal Scorers:
Peter Prosper 27th, Wendell Joseph 60th.
W Connection 1 v 0 San Juan Jabloteh.
24. Pro League Game:
San Juan Jabloteh 1 v 0 Joe Public 0.
Jabloteh Goal Scorer:
Peter Byers 87th.
Hasely Crawford Stadium.
San Juan Jabloteh 5 v SV CSD Barber (Netherlands Antilles)
Jabloteh Goal Scorers:
Ataullah Guerra 21st, 79th, Gaeson Gregory 25th, Peter Byers 50th,
Shandell Samuel 54th.
Hasely Crawford Stadium.
San Juan Jabloteh 5 v SV Deportivo Nacional (Aruba) 1.
Jabloteh Goal Scorers:
Peter Byers 2nd, Elton John 57th, Gaeson Gregory 62nd, Dwayne Jack 70th, Ataullah Guerra
Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.
San Juan Jabloteh 1 v Baltimore De St Marc (Haiti) 0.
Jabloteh Goal Scorer:
Marvin Lee Stadium.
San Juan Jabloteh 0 v Harbour View FC (Jamaica) 0.
Jabloteh Goal Scorers:
After Penalties: San Juan Jabloteh 9 v Harbour View FC 10.
Dunfermline Athletic (Scotland) 2 v San Juan Jabloteh 1.
Jabloteh Goal Scorer:
Peter Byers 65th.
Falkirk (Scotland) 2 v San Juan Jabloteh 2.
Jabloteh Goal Scorers:
Trent Noel, Jason Marcano.
Pureto Rico Islanders 1 v San Juan Jabloteh 0.
San Juan Jabloteh 0 v Pureto Rico Islanders 0.
Defence Force persevere, beat
By Mark Pouchet.
30-Sept-2004 - The Defence Force showed the value of sticking to
strategy as they gained two late goals and an unlikely 2-0 win
yesterday in their Trinidad and Tobago Pro League game against
defending champions CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh yesterday.
For 84 minutes, as much through wasteful Jabloteh forays and extremely
resilient defending by the Army/Coast Guard combination, the Defence
Force coached by former Strike Squad standout Kerry Jamerson, remained
committed to their plan of stout defensive play and quick
The Defence Force backmen, with former national player Anton Pierre
marshalling the troops adeptly, got a testing workout ahead of their
FCB Cup final against Vibe CT W Connection tomorrow at the Manny
Eventually, after absorbing unrelenting pressure from a very
attack-minded Jabloteh side, substitute forward Odelle Armstrong
netted twice from breaks to knock the wind out of the Bourg Mulatresse
team and earn three points for his side.
Earlier in the game, Jabloteh had established their dominance with
their quick passing game and high pressure play.
The loose balls always seemed to zero in on a Jabloteh player like a
laser-guided missile and the deft touches of Aurtis Whitley and Nigel
"Croc" Pierre gave Pierre (Anton) and company a lot of work
But they withstood the Jabloteh forays with timely clearances and
interceptions, getting the ball to safety so that they could
reorganise or finding outlets so they could launch speedy
That tactic frustrated Jabloteh's goal attempts for the duration of
After a goalless first half, D/Force goalkeeper Cleon John unnerved
them more with two saves from Travis Mulraine and Josh Johnson.
And when Armstrong caught them out first with a looping header over
Jabloteh keeper Daurance Williams from a Kurt Williams right side
cross, and then with his own skill at the end of regulation time,
getting around Ian Gray with a nice touch before shooting low past
Williams (D), the strategy had paid off, Jabloteh however will not
truly be affected by the results of this match as both teams have
effectively qualified for the Big Six playoffs which will decide the
league title. That competition is scheduled to begin on October 24.
San Juan Jabloteh:
Duarance Williams, Ronald Primus, Ian Gray, Travis Mulraine, Vernon
Bailey (Cyd Gray 45th), Nigel Daniel (Josh Johnson 87th) Angus Eve
(capt), Trent Noel, Kerry Baptiste, Aurtis Whitley (Kerry Noray),
Cleon John, Kelshall Alexander, Anton Joseph, Anton Pierre, Claude
Adams, Kurt Williams (capt), Ronald St Louis, Kwesi Smith (Shelton
Williams 77th), Christon Baptiste (Michael Edwards 64th), Jerwyn
Balthazar, Devon Jorsling (Odelle Armstrong 62nd).
Jabloteh takes 3-1 lead in
Concacaf Club opener.
By Gregory Trujillo - T&T
24-Sept-2004 - San Juan Jabloteh escaped with a 3-1 win over Walking
Boys Company of Suriname to go into the return leg of the Caribbean
Zone of the Concacaf Club Championships in a fairly respectable
position on Sunday away from home.
The T&T Pro League title holder had to come from behind to turn
over the Surinamese champion on Wednesday at Hasely Crawford Stadium .
Clifton Sanvliet gave Walking Boys the start they needed by scoring in
the 13th minute.
Kerry Baptiste equalised for the home team in the 32nd, Nigel Daniel
netted the go-ahead goal in the 57th and Devon Mitchell sealed the
issue in the 90th.
“I’m happy with the result although one more goal would have been
nice,” said Jabloteh’s English coach Stephen Rutter, who took over
from countryman Ricky Hill at the beginning of the season.
“Performance wise, I was quite pleased but we made life difficult
for ourselves by conceding a poor goal early on,” he added.
Walking Boys gave the Caribbean Football Union champion a scare when
Sandvliet booted home a well-struck, acrobatic volley from a
right-side cross that beat a diving goalkeeper Daurance Williams on
the first post.
When the ball was crossed by Gino Brandon, there were about four
Jabloteh players around Sandvliet but neither of them challenged for
the ball, giving the forward an uncontested shot at goal.
The equaliser was brilliant. Daniel found Aurtis Whitley (Otis Seaton)
with an excellent pass in the middle of the field.
Whitley in turn split the visitors’ defence with a with a long, low
through pass to Baptiste inside the box.
Baptiste, running in at top speed, did well to round ‘keeper Andre
Zebeda and slot the ball into an open net.
“The move that led to the pass from Daniel to Whitley was great,”
said coach Rutter. “How we created the space to find Seaton in the
middle of the field was excellent. It was something we were working
“And then Seaton pass to Baptiste was fabulous. He was running very
fast and his control to go around the goalkeeper was first class. It
was a great goal to score.”
Jabloteh was a bit lucky to go two up when Nigel’s free-kick from
about 15 metres outside the box came off the head of a player in the
four-man Walking Boys wall and sunk into the far post with Zabeda
stranded on the other side of the goal, the free kick which came after
midfielder Travis Mulraine was fouled 20 metres out.
“We were slightly lucky the deflection went inside instead of going
wide,” Rutter pointed out. After the goal, Jabloteh slowed down and
did not carry on at the same tempo.
Mitchell did give them a chance of being in a better position in the
return on Sunday when he was on spot to head home the final item from
inside the six-yard box.
Following a free kick wide on the right from Trent Noel, the Walking
Boys defenders failed to react and left Mitchell wide open to finish
off the move.
Rutter feels confident that his side will put on a good showing in
Suriname in spite of not knowing what kind of conditions to expect.
“We don’t know what the surface will be like. It could be better
than Hasely Crawford or poorer. My players are capable of adapting to
all sorts of surfaces and different conditions. This is where the
international experience, especially with the national players, are
The 2005 CONCACAF Champion Cup breakdown will feature two clubs each
from Mexico and the USA, one team qualifying from the Caribbean
Football Union and three clubs advancing from the Union
Centroamericana de Fútbol’s Torneo Interclubes (UNCAF) later this
The eight-team Champions’ Cup pairing will be determined by a draw
to be held at the offices of CONCACAF General Secretariat in New York
City in early 2005.
The winner of the 2005 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup will qualify to the
next FIFA Club World Championship to be held in Japan in December of
The CONCACAF Champions’ Cup is the longest running international
club competition in the region and has crowned the champion club of
the Confederation since its inception in 1962.
San Juan Jabloteh: Duarance Williams – Cyd Gray, Keyeno
Thomas, Ian Gray, Travis Mulraine, Nigel Daniel (Ansil Elcock 88th),
Angus Eve (capt - Stokely Mason 90th), Kerry Baptiste (Josh Johnson
80th), Trent Noel, Aurtis Whitley, Devon Mitchell.
Walking Boys Company: Andre Zebeda – Romeo Ceder, Clifton
Tjin Liep Sheie, Ailton Souza Paiva, Sandro Elicio Ribero, Jranilson
Araujo, Jzael Jorge Dos Santos, Clifton Sandvliet, Sergio Aroepa (Paul
Cotin 61st), Eersteling Donavan, Gino Brandon (Iwen Ave 75th).
A New Man in Town—Steve
Rutter on a Jabloteh Mission.
By: Joel Villafana - ttproleague.com.
15-Jul-2004 - He considers himself much more than a coach—his
background in physical education and military training has seen him
develop into what he a calls holistic person.
Steven Rutter was appointed as Jabloteh’s Head Coach in May this
year and has become the Pro League’s Champions third English coach
in four years—Mr. Rutter follows Terry Fenwick who spent two seasons
with Jabloteh and Ricky Hill who left for personal reasons at the end
of the last season.
He was born in 1962 in England, and after leaving school, he joined
the Police Force and spent 7 years. As a young man he always had a
strong desire for the game of football and it was in his years in the
police service he played football and got involved in physical
training and instructing.
At the age of 27 he began playing football on a full time basis at
English 2nd division club Yeovil and soon enough he progressed to
become a player/coach at Yeovil.
While at Yeovil, Rutter knew he was never going to be a high profile
player—and because of his education and background it was easy for
him to get involved in coaching.
After his stint at Yeovil, he got a job at the Professional Football
Association in England—where he coached England’s national youth
teams and the womens team.
This also saw him traveling all over the world performing coaching
courses which is what brought him to Trinidad—as he was contracted
to do courses for Concacaf.
Rutter admitted when the offer from Jabloteh came it was a mind
boggling decision to make—he was not only confronted with other
offers, one of which would have seen him in charge of setting up a
national coaching educational structure for China—but it would mean
leaving England and coming to Trinidad leaving behind his wife Betty
and two young children.
However, according to the 42 year old Englishman the opportunity at
Jabloteh was one that was filled with challenge—he said
“ordinarily coaching in England will not provide him with the chance
to play in the Concacaf club championships and even qualify for the
world club championships and be exposed to different styles of
So now at Jabloteh—Rutter’s mission is clear—retain the league
title—compete at Concacaf’s Club Championship and qualify for the
World Club Championship in Tokyo in 2005.
Too much to ask for?—Well according to Rutter his main focus is to
get Jabloteh to concentrate on the basics, “the flair and individual
talent comes naturally here, but if there is no structure everything
breaks down, that disciplined structure is missing and my goal is to
instill the discipline so we will be able to compete with the
international clubs,” says Rutter.
He admits in his short stint so far he has seen signs of progress but
only in patches, Rutter believes the local players are now
understanding the importance of the fundamentals and are making less
and less mistakes.
“I have not seen anything to suggest that we cannot win the title,
nevertheless Jabloteh is not head and shoulders above anyone else in
the league,” Rutter admitted. He promised though that once Jabloteh
are a couple points at the top of the table when the last round of
matches come around—he will put his money on the champions to retain
Rutter told the Pro League website he has adjusted well to T&T and
is enjoying his time here. He described the people as fabulous and
concluded by saying at the end of this season he will be a happy man
if he guides Jabloteh to not only successfully defending the league
title—but will like to set up a blue print for the club’s long
term development programme. Have no fear T&T-The future looks
Ricky Hill confirms Jabloteh
T&T Express Reports.
22-May-2004 - San Juan Jabloteh coach Ricky Hill confirmed his split
from his Trinidad and Tobago employers on Thursday evening after two
months away from the post.
Hill, who steered Jabloteh to the Pro League title last season,
returned to England before the start of their 2004 campaign because of
He conceded on Thursday that his sudden departure has cost him his job
but denied leaving Jabloteh in the lurch for another post or being
Hill explained that his wife had fallen ill while there had been some
anxiety from his children Shona, 20, and Shane, 16.
And, although he hoped to return, he accepted that Jabloteh may no
longer desire his services.
"I asked for a period of time to resolve things," he told
the Trinidad Express, "but unfortunately that period has elapsed
and I am no closer to resolving the situation. I had a great time in
Trinidad regarding the camaraderie with the players.
"I hope I have helped lay a foundation and wish them all the
success in the future."
Still, Hill was dismayed that Jabloteh chairman Jerry Hospedales chose
to go public with the issue and hinted at friction in his interaction
with the Jabloteh executive committee.
"I do not know what the motive for him going public was,"
said Hill. "I kept the club informed of my situation which I do
not think to be unusual in this or any business.
"I thoroughly enjoyed the coaching side of things¦ but I hope
that, whoever the new coach is, the board and committee gives him the
space to carry on his job without too much interference."
He explained that ex-England and Leeds manager Howard Wilkinson
recently left his post at Shanghai in China for similar reasons.
Liverpool's Gerald Houllier, Manchester City's Kevin Keegan and
Coventry's Gordon McAllister are other high profile England-based
coaches who took time off from their post for various reasons over the
past two seasons.
Hill, who resides in Luton, said that he hopes to restart his coaching
career as soon as possible.
But he confessed that opportunities cannot be taken for granted in
England where there are few non-white coaches.
Hill, one of the pioneer "black" players of the 1970s,
worked as a youth team coach at Sheffield Wednesday (under Ron
Atkinson) and Tottenham while he also had a four month stint at the
helm of Luton Town.
But he lashed out that the silent racism in Britain, which has seen
former top players of the minority race like John Barnes and Luther
Blissett regularly bypassed while contemporaries like Glen Hoddle and
Peter Reid have received numerous jobs.
"There are very few black coaches employed in England at any
level," said Hill, "whether it is in the youth, reserve or
senior teams. It is a barrier we are working hard to break down."
Hill, who was born in England of Jamaican parents, was grateful for
the chance to play his trade in Trinidad and Tobago and is
disappointed that his last match in charge was a 4-0 hammering away to
Chicago Fire, which ended a promising start to their CONCACAF Club
Jabloteh won the first match of their two-leg series 5-2 against Fire
at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, but were eliminated by
"To leave on a 4-0 defeat is an immense disappointment,"
said Hill. "It is something that I would have liked to put right
this season but it seems highly unlikely."
Jabloteh gets new English
By: Gregory Trujillo.
18-May-2004 - T&T Professional Football League champion team CL
Financial San Juan Jabloteh will have a new head coach from June 1.
Word is that the person to take over from Englishman Ricky Hill, who
was born in Jamaica, is no stranger to these parts. He is Steve
Rutter, also an Englishman.
Rutter, who conducted coaching courses hosted by CONCACAF in 2002 and
2003 at the Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in Macoya, Tunapuna,
will be the third English coach in four years to hold the position of
Head Coach at the club.
Steve Rutter was part of the England technical team for the Euro 2000
tournament, he was also the manager of Yeovil Town between 1991 and
After steering Jabloteh to their most successful season ever last year
(they won everything except the FA Trophy), Hill flew back to England
just before the start of the competition in April to deal with
Subsequently, he could not see himself returning and for the past
month Jabloteh officials were searching for a replacement.
Before Hill took up the job, another Englishman Terry Fenwick was in
charge of the side, which has been dominating the Pro League together
with Vibe CT 105 W Connection since the inception in 1999.
Rutter is a senior FIFA instructor and has conducted certified FA
courses all around the world.
Among those taking the regional course last year was Angus Eve, the
present skipper of Jabloteh.
Meanwhile, after dropping seven points in their last three matches,
Jabloteh bounced back on Sunday under assistant coach Anthony Street
to defeat W Connection 3-0 at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
Street said he thought it was a good performance by his team. “The
guys stuck to their task. Once we know we’re coming up against W
Connection, the players focus differently and put on their thinking
caps. They don’t want ‘W’ to beat them at no time and they look
forward to that game.”
“W Connection settled before us in the early going. But in the
second-half I changed the tactics by bringing in Travis Mulrane in
place of Joseph Peters to lock down the middle in front of the
stoppers where WCFC controlled,” added Street.
“Travis came on and changed the game. So the plan worked.”
Street praised the efforts of Devon Mitchell, who was responsible for
scoring the first two goals.
“As a youth player, Devon Mitchell has a lot of potential for the
future. Playing time for him is minimum because of the quality of
strikers we have. Most times he has to sit and watch Otis (Seaton),
Kerry (Noray) or Nigel (Pierre) play. However, all three are on the
injured list and he made full use of his chance. He showed aggression
and I love him for that.” Street remarked.
In the second period, Street also moved Eve from midfield to strike
with Mitchell and brought Trent Noel back in middle.
“He (Eve) showed his experience with his calmness and played a hand
in the two goals scored by Mitchell, in addition to scoring the last
goal,” said Street.
Jabloteh took the game over after the first two goals and controlled
the game after Kerwyn “Hardest” Jemmott came for Noel and Stokely
Mason replaced injured Vernon Bailey at right back. “With the two
pair of fresh pair of legs we took the game over and it added strength
to the defence,” Street ended.
Jabloteh held by Defence Force.
By Ian Prescott.
10-May-2004 - No one arrived late for yesterday's T&T Pro League
match in which defending champions CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh and
Defence Force played to a 1-1 draw at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Advertised to begin at 4 p.m. the match started an hour late to
accommodate the Senior Games which started earlier at the same venue.
When referee Richard Piper finally got the action going, it took a
full 10 minutes before Jabloteh's Aurtis Whitley (Otis Seaton) made
the first threatening move by either team. But Seaton's initial foray
seemed to spark Jabloteh into action and two minutes later, he netted
(12th minute) to take his season's tally to six goals in four matches.
Kerry Baptiste produced a burst of acceleration in midfield and
meandered his way through the Army defence before cracking a powerful
shot which goalkeeper Selwyn George did well to fend away. However,
the Defence Force custodian only parried the ball to Seaton, who
absolutely abused the sphere when he volleyed it powerfully into the
back of the net.
Before the goal, the 'Army' were having the better of the earlier
exchanges and leisurely stroked the ball around. But once in front,
Jabloteh became competitive.
Midfielder Kerwyn Jemmott just missed putting Jabloteh further ahead
with a chip over keeper George in the 28th minute and moments later,
Trent Noel skilfully eluded a lunging tackle, but hit overbar from
close up. Noel should have scored, and he knew it.
Having relied heavily on a fortified back-line to keep them in the
game, the Defence Force were rewarded for their resilience with a 43rd
minute equaliser from midfielder Marvin Gordon, who ran down a through
ball and slipped the ball past the Duarance Williams in the Jabloteh
Jabloteh had the better of the second half, but again Jemmott missed a
sitter when dragging a low shot wide and later, Stokely Mason also
came close with two rasping shots.
While Jabloteh were failing to convert, Anton Joseph almost scored for
Defence Force with a glancing header onto Christon Bapise's left-side
cross in the 61st minute. The flick looked like a certain goal from
the moment it left Joseph's head, until keeper Williams got a late
touch to turn the ball away. The Jabloteh custodian also prevented
Army substitute Ronald Boyce from stealing the match five minutes from
the end, when he squeezed out a low shot at his near post.
Jabloteh ponder Hill's future.
07-May-2004 - Englishman Ricky Hill may be on his way out of CL
Financial San Juan Jabloteh if a personal matter is not resolved soon.
Hill, who was voted the 2003 T&T Pro League Coach of the Year
after leading Jabloteh to a successful defence of the league title in
his first year as coach, left Trinidad and Tobago for England earlier
this year and has not since returned.
A month-and-a-half into the new season, Hill has not resumed work with
Jabloteh and following Wednesday night's surprising 1-0 loss to
Arima-Morvant Fire, chairman Jerry Hospedales hinted that the club may
be forced to take drastic action to resolve their coaching situation.
Since Hill's absence, assistant-coach Anthony Streete, a former top
player with ECM Mowtown, has been in charge of the team.
Yesterday, Hospedales told the Express Hill had informed them that he
had a personal problem and needed time to sort it out. Hospedales said
that while Jabloteh have tried to be understanding and give Hill time
to sort out his affairs, it was coming to a point where they may have
to make a decision on his future with the club.
"We like Ricky Hill, " Hospedales admitted, " He has
been good for us. But this is a professional club and while we have
tried to be compassionate and accommodate him, it has been six weeks
now and the matter is still not resolved. If Hill goes, it will not be
because he got another job or that we did not want him."
Hospedales admitted that Jabloteh were not aware of the nature of
Hill's problem, but as a professional he expected that the former
Luton Town and England midfielder would understand that the matter has
to be resolved soon.
"We don't know what the personal situation is either, but we have
tried to accommodate him. If we don't have a coach it is surely going
to affect the team. Maybe they could run on their own for a few weeks,
but after that something has to happen."
Asked to confirm reports that former coach Terry Fenwick may be on the
way back to the club after winning the 2002 championship, Hospedales
"People will automatically speculate about Fenwick coming back.
But the matter with Hill is still not resolved. This is a very
difficult one. To get a new coach will take months... I don't want to
give it thought. I don't want to give it thought."
humble by Arima Morvant Fire.
By Ian Prescott.
07-May-2004 - Arima Morvant Fire sprung the first major upset of the
2004 T&T Pro League season when they edged 2002 and 2003 champions
CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh 1-0 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on
For the early part of this season, Fire have threatened to beat
somebody without actually achieving the feat. And once again Arima
Morvant Fire-formed via the merger of the Arima Fire and Caledonia AIA
teams-set about making the running.
Fire got early reward for their good work when Densill Theobald swept a
rebound into the Jabloteh net from the centre of the penalty area to
give his team a morale-boosting win.
Goalkeeper Daurance Williams was taken out of the play when trying to
defend the initial Romauld Aguillera shot which skidded low from atop
the penalty and past his frantic dive. The ball rebounded off
Jabloteh's right upright and fell to Theobald who hit into the
A collision between Jabloteh defender Ansil Elcock and his keeper
almost gave Fire a second goal in the 32nd minute as both men went to
cut out a crossball. The ball ended up striking Elcock awkwardly and
almost got into the net.
Jabloteh never produced the flowing football which won them the title
last season and were reduced to counter-attacking the Arima Morvant
But towards the end of the half, Jabloteh had their best moments when
striker Otis Seaton hit a powerful shot overbar from the right side of
the Fire penalty area. And soon after, Fire keeper Michael Woods was
forced out of goal to cut off a through ball from Seaton.
Jabloteh emerged an aggressive bunch at the start of the second
session in which they piled on the pressure on the Fire goal.
Angus Eve was the first to threaten in the 48th minute when he met a
crossball with a powerful header which was cleared off the goal line.
The Fire defence, which had conceded seven goals in three previous
matches, refused to break, even when stretched by the Jabloteh
Goalkeeper Michael Wood and Botswana stopper Mgogi Gabonamong were
especially good. Woods had an excellent game in goal for Fire and
produced a good, low block to stop a powerful drive from Kerry
Baptiste. The introduction of Josh Johnson on the right in the 64th
minute gave Jabloteh added potency in attack and he was further able
to stretch Fire with some telling crosses. But Woods was at the top of
his game and his timely interceptions foiled everything Jabloteh threw
At the other end, Randy Ramcharan caused a few flutters with his
counter-attack up the Jabloteh left. And when he crossed into the
penalty area in the 70th minute, substitute Conrad Smith should have
done better than head straight to keeper Williams. It didn't really
Jabloteh’s coach Anthony Street, who is deputising for Englishman
Ricky Hill said that the “Fire” win was due to stout defending and
good goalkeeping by Woods. “We threw everything at them and they
defended stubbonly,” he noted. Street believed that Jabloteh has to
play top class football to retain the league title “as the standard
of all the teams has improved.” Jamal Shabaaz, coach of Arima
Morvant Fire, praised Theobald for his goal and a solid performance.
Shabazz felt that his players worked hard for the win.
Jabloteh drub Drillers 8-0.
By Kern De Fretias.
21-Apr-2004 - CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh gave an indication of
what could be expected in the defence of their Pro League title when
they dismantled an ordinary South West Drillers team at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium on Monday evening.
And the 8-0 scoreline at the end of the match, helped by an Otis
Seaton beaver-trick, basically summed up Drillers' night in their
first game of the season.
North East Stars also got off to a fine start in their fixture at the
Larry Gomes Stadium in Arima with a 3-0 win over Morvant-Arima Fire
earlier in the afternoon.
At the Hasely Crawford Stadium, the Palo Seco-based team, formerly the
South West Institute of Football (SWIF), who finished ninth last year,
were looking for a better start to the new season. But they were in
for a rude awakening.
Defending champions Jabloteh never allowed them to settle, stirring up
Drillers' defence, before an unmarked Seaton collected a pass in the
second minute and slotted home a low shot past custodian Andy Dean.
The first sign of life from Drillers came in the sixth minute, off the
head of Anderson Lewis. But the effort was too weak to trouble
Jabloteh 'keeper Daurance Williams. And the fluctuating rainfall did
not make it any easier for the underdogs.
Forward Devon Mitchell doubled Jabloteh's lead in the 13th, as he
eluded two defenders to meet a cross with his head that Dean had no
chance of stopping.
Drillers continued to press for their first item, but found it
difficult to get past the imposing figure of Jabloteh defender Vernon
At the other end, though, Jabloteh were having no such problems, and
in the 18th minute Seaton claimed his second, as he met an Angus Eve
corner kick with a deft flick that beat Dean, to put Jabloteh up 3-0.
In the 23rd minute, Drillers were awarded a free kick 25 metres out
for a foul on Brent Garcia, but the robust shot by Garcia was
comfortably taken in the end by Williams.
Five minutes later, sloppy defence saw the South team fall further
behind, as Seaton once again broke through Drillers' defence and
released a scorcher that gave Dean no chance.
And within two minutes, Seaton grabbed his fourth and Jabloteh's fifth
by pouncing on a loose ball and lobbing the advancing 'keeper.
Before then Jabloteh's defence had had little to do, but Drilliers let
slip a golden chance in the 35th, as a pass by Garcia was wasted by
Lewis, who shot wide from 18 metres out. Drillers held on until the
half, though, without conceding further goals.
In the second half the southerners made a harder fight of it, and
their keeper Dean produced two beautiful saves to deny Jabloteh, first
in the 53th, then in the 55th. And in the 57th, Drillers failed to
convert another opportunity, as a clear shot at the edge of the
six-yard box, with just Williams to beat, was completely missed by
In the 73rd minute, just when it seemed that Jabloteh would not get
another goal, they made a double substutition, replacing Otis Seaton
with Nigel Pierre and also brining on Kerwyn Jemmott into the Jabloteh
That seemed to spark new life into the champs, as Drillers' defence
was forced into action soon after, to block an 18-metre blast from
Pierre, and then Dean parried an Eve attempt over the bar.
But they just prolonged the inevitable, as one minute later, in the
73rd, Mitchell weaved past two defenders and found Pierre, who lobbed
Dean for his first goal of the game.
In the 82nd minute, there was a rare sight when a gem of a header
coerced a superb save from Williams.
Four minutes from full time, Pierre collected a through ball and
passed across the goal to Eve who calmly slotted home to give Jabloteh
And Thomas rounded out the scoring in the final minute of full time
with an easy tap in, to give Jabloteh a comprehensive win and a good
start to their title defence.
Ricky Hill named Pro League Coach of the Year...
Lincoln Phillips praises Pro League.
By Ian Prescott - TnT Express.
04-Apr-2003 - Englishman Ricky Hill has been named Coach of the Year by
the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League.
The announcement was made on Friday night when the professional football
league held their 2003 season awards at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya.
Hill, a former England player, had a triumphant first year coaching in
Trinidad and Tobago in which he led CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh to a
succesful defence of the league title and also captured the FCB Cup and
$25,000 winners' purse from Vibe CT 105 W. Connection.
Under Hill, Jabloteh also became Caribbean football champions for the
first time in 2003 and they also reached the quarter-final stage of the
CONCACAF Club Championship, where they achieved an historic high point by
beating American Major League Soccer (MLS) US Cup champions, Chicago Fire,
5-2 in the first leg.
However, Chicago were able to overturn the deficit with a 4-0 home victory
to win the tie 6-5 on aggregate.
Taking the other major award on Friday was Charles "Lily"
Pollard, a Guyanese defender who plays for FA Trophy holders North East
Pollard beat out all-comers to capture the senior Most Valuable Player
While Jabloteh were lauded for winning the senior league championship, the
most successful club on the night was the Savonetta-based W. Connection
who swept the youth division awards.
Connection's much talked about youth programme produced champions in the
Under-15, Under-17 and Under-20 divisions of the T&T Pro League.
Connection also produced the top goal-scorers in all three youth
Aaron Downing was the deadliest marksman in the Under-15 Division with 35
goals for the season, while their Gorian Highley got 16 goals among the
Under-17 footballers. Highley, who also plays for Arima Senior
Comprehensive, was earlier this year named the Most Valuable Player by the
Secondary Schools Football League.
Jason Marcano, who had a few games in Connection's senior squad last
season, was the youth division's Most Valuable Player.
Marcano scored 34 among the Under-20 players to become the top marksman in
At senior level, Guyana's Randolph Jerome notched 26 goals for North East
Stars, the most in the Pro League.
While Marcano and company were best at scoring many goals, the fastest
goal for 2003 in the T&T Pro League came off the boot of Jabloteh
defender Ian Gray.
While his Jabloteh teammates joked it was probably an own-goal, Gray
himself could hardly remember when he scored it. The strike came within
the first two minutes of play in a fifth-round match.
Giving the feature address at the awards ceremony was newly-installed
Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation technical director Lincoln
Having lived in the United States for 27 years, the former Howard
University goalkeeper and American professional said his greatest
contribution as T&TFF technical director will be in developing coaches
"The game of football is about players. If we have no players...if we
don't develop the players, we have no game," he commented.
Phillips was also high in praise for the T&T Pro League and champions
San Juan Jabloteh, whom he said gave an excellent account of themselves in
the CONCACAF Champions Cup first-leg match against Chicago Fire.
"The whole of the United States was shocked," he said, while
explaining that the Americans would have never expected their champions to
lose to a team from this country.
"The United States have no respect at all for football in Trinidad
and Tobago. Very disrespectful," said Phillips.
He also called for total inclusion in the selection of T&T national
teams and for a return of the days when "Indian" and
"white" players also represented Trinidad and Tobago.
At Friday's function, Pro League chairman Larry Romany also recognised the
importance of Jabloteh winning their first-leg game against Chicago Fire
and the effect it will have on the 2004 T&T Pro League season.
Romany said the public is finally becoming aware of the high quality of
football being played in the Pro League and in 2004 the organisation will
be introducing many of their stars to the public through a marketing
programme. The T&T Pro League's 2004 season begins next Sunday and
runs until December.
Jabloteh sent home.
25-Mar-2004 - Chicago, IL - The Chicago Fire began its 2004
schedule at Soldier Field the same way it ended its 2003 home campaign, as
captain Chris Armas struck the series-winning goal in the 90th minute to
give the Fire a 4-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago Champions CL
Financial San Juan Jabloteh in the second leg of the 2004 CONCACAF
Champions Cup Quarterfinals Wednesday at Soldier Field. A pair of goals
from halftime substitute Dipsy Selolwane and Armas’ late tally tilted
the quarterfinal series in favor of the Fire, who emerged victorious from
the quarterfinals with a 6-5 advantage on aggregate goals. Chicago will
now move on to face the winner of the CF Pachuca (MEX) - Deportivo
Saprissa (CRC), which will begin on the road on Apr. 14 and conclude with
a home date on Apr. 21 at Soldier Field.
“I’m very proud of our team. We had a quiet confidence that we could
win this game. It’s unusual to think that way in the game of soccer when
you’re down three goals because goals are hard to get,” said Fire Head
Coach Dave Sarachan. “This game required patience, energy and a
commitment to win and composure. I felt my team showed that tonight. There
wasn’t a guy on the field that didn’t work as hard as they could work,
and they got the job done.”
After it dropped the first leg by a 5-2 margin in Trinidad one week ago,
the Fire entered tonight’s second leg needing three goals just to even
up the series, and Chicago’s offensive mentality showed from the start
as the “Men in Red” came out in an attack-minded 3-5-2 formation. The
Fire would gain a man-advantage in the early going after Jabloteh defender
Ian Gray earned his second yellow card. Gray’s late shoulder challenge
on Nate Jaqua sent the Fire forward into the Soldier Field wall and onto
the concrete that rings the field and the Jabloteh defender off the field
with the subsequent ejection. The Fire’s attack continued to surge and
paid off with a 42nd goal by forward Damani Ralph. The 2003 Gatorade
Rookie of the Year received a pass on the right flank from fellow Jamaican
Andy Williams and worked past a pair of defenders to find enough space to
get off a wicked blast from 20 yards out that nestled under the upper left
90 to give the Fire the 1-0 lead heading into the halftime break.
The second half opened up with Selolwane taking the place of defensive
midfielder Logan Pause, and the Fire’s leading scorer in the preseason
would continue his torrid spring pace with a double in the opening 17
minutes of the stanza. The first goal of the half was created after Armas
held the ball at the top of the penalty area and sent a pass to Selolwane,
who struck a blazing shot from 25 yards out that beat goalkeeper Duarance
Williams and put the Fire down just one goal in the series. That lead
would evaporate 11 minutes later when Ralph darted up the middle of the
field and played Selolwane behind the Jabloteh defense. The Botswanan
international would come through again, easily dribbling around Williams
in the right side of the penalty area to put the Fire up 3-0 in the game
and evening the series at 5-5.
“It would be unfair to say that Dipsy is going to be a reserve for us
all year,” said Sarachan. “He is competing for a starting position and
he earned some good points tonight. When guys don’t get the call as a
starter then the mentality becomes ‘I’ll do whatever I can to show the
coach and my team and myself that I can do that.’ He brought that
The game would open up on both sides for the last half hour as the Fire
gathered their legs for one last final push and San Juan Jabloteh showed
glimpses of the flair that earned them a convincing win seven days ago.
However, Chicago would once again take over the flow of the match and
would gain the series winner in the 90th minute. Again Selolwane was at
the heart of the play, as his through ball sprang Armas free inside the
penalty area. As he did against the New England Revolution in last
November’s Eastern Conference Final - the last game played at Soldier
Field - Armas slotted the ball into the back of the net and notched the
eventual series winner.
Overshadowed in the offensive onslaught was Fire goalkeeper’s Henry Ring
first career shutout. Ring was only forced to make three saves on the
evening thanks to a Fire defensive corps that shut down the potent
Jabloteh attack, including forward Cornell Glenn who registered a hat
trick in last week’s first leg.
Chicago Fire (3-5-2) Line-up:
GK-Henry Ring; D-Evan Whitfield, D-Jim Curtin, D-C.J. Brown, M-Chris
Armas, M-Logan Pause (Dipsy Selolwane 46th), M-Andy Williams (Kelly Gray
92th+), M-Justin Mapp, M-DaMarcus Beasley; F-Damani Ralph, F-Nate Jaqua.
SJ Jabloteh (4-3-3) Line-up:
GK-Daurance Williams; D-Nigel Daniel, D-Ansil Elcock, D-Cyd Gray, D-Ian
Gray; M-Kerry Baptiste (Ronald Primus 40th), M-Angus Eve (Capt) (Joseph
Peter 66th), M-Trent Noel, M-Aurtis Whitley; F-Cornell Glen, F-Kerry
Noray (Vernon Bailey 55th).
Chicago Fire Scoring:
CHI - Damani Ralph 1 (Andy Williams) 42
CHI - Dipsy Selolwane 1 (Chris Armas) 51
CHI - Dipsy Selolwane 2 (Damani Ralph) 62
CHI - Chris Armas 1 (Dipsy Selolwane 90)
Chicago Fire - SJ Jabloteh.
Shots 16 - 12.
Shots on Goal 9 - 3.
Saves 3 - 5.
Fouls Committed 19 - 22.
Offside 4 - 2.
Corner Kicks 6 - 5.
SJJ - Ian Gray (caution, Professional Foul) 21.
CHI - C.J. Brown (caution, Tackle from Behind) 26.
SJJ - Ian Gray (caution; Reckless Foul) 36.
SJJ - Ian Gray (ejection; Second Caution) 36.
SJJ - Aurtis Whitley (caution; Dissent) 49+.
SJJ - Cyd Gray (caution; Reckless Foul) 64.
CHI - Chris Armas (caution; Persistent Infringement).
Attendance: 6,143 - Soldier Field - Chicago IL.
San Juan Jabloteh blow-out Chicago Fire.
18-Mar-2004 - Trinidad and Tobago 'star striker' Cornell Glen scored a
hat-trick for San Juan Jabloteh as the T&T based club cruise pass MLS
giants Chicago Fire 5-2 at the Hasley Crawford Stadium here in Trinidad.
Kerry Noray also added a double for the T&T PFL-Champs. The Trinidad
side will now enter next Wednesday leg at 'Soldier Field' Chicago with a
three-goal cushion in the quarterfinal series of the regional club
championship cup.. More.
W Connection’s reign in Caribbean ends...Jabloteh
wins CONCACAF title on penalty kicks.
T&T Guardian Reports.
30-Dec-2003 - W Connection’s reign as champion CONCACAF (Caribbean Zone)
club ended on Sunday — in the same way the club its lost hold on the FA
Trophy a week ago. Exactly seven days earlier, WCFC lost on penalties to
North-East Stars in the FA Trophy competition in similar fashion to CL
Financial San Juan Jabloteh (4-2) at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
After losing the first leg match 2-1 on December 17 at Manny Ramjohn
Stadium, WCFC rallied to lead Jabloteh by the same score at the end of
both regulation time and sudden-death extra-time.
When skipper Reynold Carrington hugged goalkeeper Alejandro Figueroa as
the goalkeeper walked off to face the spot kicks, a sense of discomfort
and nervousness was obvious in the W Connection camp.
Suffering psychologically from the episode of seven days ago when the
team’s penalty kickers made a mess of the situation, two WCFC players
kicked poor shots to opposing custodian Daurance Williams.
After Brazilian Ronaldo Viana sank the first kick, countryman Jose Luis
Seabra leisurely put a tame left-footer to the right of Williams, who had
all the time in the world to dive and keep the ball out.
Another Braziliam, Gefferson Goulart, then scored his penalty before
Kerwyn Jemmott blasted the fourth kick low and wide to give the Jabloteh
footballers their first regional club championship.
All four kickers for Jabloteh — Trent Noel, Angus Eve, Kerry Baptiste
and Cornell Glen — approached their task with confidence and they all
scored with shots that gave ‘keeper Figueroa no chance.
Two power outages in the first-half extended the duration of the match to
four hours, much to the dismay of the crowd numbering 4,000 — one which
lasted 20 minutes, after only 11 minutes of play; and the other 10 minutes
after the restart, that took more than 40 minutes to rectify — plagued
While Jabloteh seemed to suffer most from the stoppages, WCFC seemed to
have been affected very little from it and scored four minutes when the
match restarted a second time through Goulart.
Connection, decimated by injury to the point where they were forced to
recall Under-20 coach Leonson Lewis to first team action, offered little
up front initially. Without injured Earl Jean, Kendall Davis, George Issac
and flu-hit Arnold Dwarika, Connection gave regular sub Titus Elva a
chance to start alongside Lewis.
Receiving a back-heeled pass in the 24th minute from St Lucian Titus Elva,
the Brazilian (Goulart) made no mistake with a half-volley that sent the
ball flying into the net near the far post, past an outstretched Williams.
That goal sparked some life into Jabloteh and the Easterners grabbed the
equaliser in the 41st minute, after two close shaves (28th and 38th
minutes) from headers by Cyd Gray and Keyeno Thomas.
Otis Seaton (Autis Whitley) was the architect. He outsprinted Rawle
Fletcher down the left flank and centred the ball into the heart of the
goal-mouth. Surrounded by two defenders, Figueroa partially stopped the
Glen, standing close by, benefited most by sticking a leg out and
stabbing the ball across the line in the 41st minute.
After the resumption, Jemmott, who was brought on by coach Leroy Spann to
replace Lyndon Diaz, worked magic with his intelligent left-foot.
Six minutes into the half from an impossible angle, he booted a low,
powerful shot that beat Williams all ends up.
Two minutes after the goal, the upright denied Jabloteh the equaliser, as
an Eve free kick came off the wall and hit the post.
That same post was again in the way in the fourth minute of extra-time,
following a well-taken placement by Baptiste.
Connection might have won in sudden-death extra-time had Williams not come
up with two good saves. The big Jabloteh keeper was off his line to first
tip over a shot after Titus Elva broke through the left and from the
resulting corner, (taken by Silvio Spann), Williams somehow managed to
keep national youth team defender Kenwyne Jones' downward header from
rolling into his goal.
San Juan Jabloteh:
Daurance Williams; Keyeno Thomas, Ansil Elcock, Nigel Daniel, Cyd Gray;
Trent Noel, Angus Eve (capt), Josh Johnson (Travis Mulraine 61st), Kerry
Baptiste; Otis Seaton (Nigel Pierre 85th), Cornell Glen.
Alejandro Figueroa; Reynold Carrington (capt), Lyndon Diaz (Kerwyn Jemmott
47th), Rawle Fletcher (Silvio Spann 79th), Kenwyne Jones; Elijah Joseph,
Jose Luis Seabra, Ronaldo Viana, Gefferson Goulart; Leonson Lewis (Jason
Marcano 61st), Titus Elva.
Coach Hill delighted with Jabloteh.
T&T Guardian Reports..
30-Dec-2003 - English coach Ricky Hill has got the Jabloteh footballers to
perform at their best and he is delighted that his side has added the
Caribbean club championship title to the First Citizens Bank Cup.
“Obviously, we’re delighted to have managed to prize the title of
Caribbean club champions away from W Connection, who held it over the last
two years,” said the man who took over from countryman Terry Fenwick at
the beginning of the season.
“It was one of our objectives from the start of the season and now that
we have realised it, it is such a fantastic feeling for the players,
technical staff, management and supporters of CL Financial San Juan
Jabloteh,” he said.
Hill said that he was also delighted with the number of opportunities his
side created but was not so pleased with the execution of those chances.
“I felt lady-luck wasn’t shining on us at times. If you consider we
hit the post on three occasions and every time the ball came back into
play it did not fall to one of our supporting players.
“I felt in stages we played quite well as a team, in spells of 10 to 15
minute periods, but at times we still showed naivety. “We switched off
too often when the ball was out of play,” he explained.
The coach said it was tough on W Connection to have to contest another
penalty shoot-out in consecutive finals.
“It’s a harsh way for any team to lose a game. But even more cruel for
W Connection to lose twice within a week on penalty kicks in two cup
“In my mind, because of last week’s final against North-East Stars
when W Connection missed some penalties that gave us the edge.
Subconsciously, their team was still being affected from what transpired
the week before during the shoot-out.”
Hill revealed that his job is yet complete, since his team still has two
more clashes with W Connection in the T&T Pro League.
“We have a job to complete in the league. The players have been
magnificent over the last 10 months. Now, I am asking them again to go
back to the well and dig deep and keep that same professionalism,
enthusiasm and desire for one more month.”
Jabloteh holds a seven-point lead over the John-Williams boys with six
matches to finish the programme, which will restart on Sunday following a
break for the Christmas holidays.
Veteran Eve stings W Connection.
By Gregory Trujillo.
19-Dec-2003 - VIBE CT 105 W Connection will have to come from behind in
order to retain the Caribbean Football Union club championship and qualify
for the CONCACAF Champions Cup.
When the “Savonetta Boys” meet CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh in the
return leg match on December 28, they will have to make up a one-goal
deficit, having gone under 1—2 to their arch-rivals on Wednesday night
at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella.
Before the game started, players from both teams took a minute to honour
the memory of slain striker Rolston James, who was murdered a year to the
date after representing Connection on December 15, 2002. Tobago-born James
had played with both clubs during his brief career.
Former national midfield standout Angus Eve netted both goals for Jabloteh
in the 20th and 41st minutes while Brazilian Gefferson Goulart scored for
W Connection in the 40th minute.
W Connection got the ball into the net a second time in the 69th minute
but their claim for a goal was disallowed by referee Jaggernauth
Coach of WCFC, Leroy Spann, members of the team’s his staff and players,
were furious with Goolcharan when he called a foul on striker Earl Jean
and gave the player a yellow card instead of pointing to the centre.
Jean, standing outside the box, jumped in anticipating a kick-out by
goalkeeper Duarance Williams and the ball struck him and went into an open
In the opinion of many, the goal was legitimate as Jean was not causing
“I believe the goal was good, “ said Spann after the match.”
Some spectators, including a World Cup referee, were of the opinion that
it should have stood. The incident also left Connection a spent force and
Figueroa at the mercy of his opponents. Figueroa later had to produce an
acrobatic save to keep out Nigel Pierre's header, while Josh Johnson broke
through but never came near the goal with an errant shot.
Substitute Travais Mulraine was by far the unluckiest of the Jabloteh
attackers and twice missed with rasping shots from outside the penalty
Jabloteh was quicker to the ball and more aggressive from the kick-off and
it was no surprise when it took the lead.
From a left side cross, W Connection’s central defender, Ronaldo Viana,
miskicked the ball and Eve made him pay the penalty by slotting it past
‘Colombian keeper Alejandro Figueroa.
W Connection played back into the game when Arnold Dwarika dribbled two
players and hit a cross into the path of Kendall Davis, who dummied for
Goulart to slam an outside- of-the-right-foot shot away from Williams.
Hardly before the cheers had died down, Jabloteh got back the lead.
A one-two build-up down the right flank brought a high ball from Eve move
in the air and completely beat Figueroa.
WCFC had two good chances of levelling the score — a header by Jean,
which sent the ball hitting a defender and a free-kick by Dwarika that
came off the wall and was tipped around the post beautifully by Williams.
Jemmott still had one final try for Connection in added-on time, but both
Nigel Daniel and Jabloteh were too good on the night.
The Jabloteh players applied themselves better tactically. Their team play
was also a bit more consistent than their opponents.’
Connection and their fans may have reason to feel that they had a geniune
goal disallowed and this changed the course of the game. But it was clear
that Connection made more mistakes and that was the main cause of the
“We will now be concentrating on the FA Trophy and still have a week to
prepare for the return,” said coach Spann.
W Connection will play North-East Stars in the FA Trophy final on Sunday
at Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya, Tunapuna, from 3.30 pm.
So it will not be truly festive Christmas for players of T&T’s top
two football clubs. While the country is in the customary festive mood,
members of these two clubs will be hard at practice for the return match
of their FA Trophy final on December 28 at a venue to be announced.
“Our aim is to try and win both legs and therefore we would be training
in and around the Christmas,” said Englishman Ricky Hill, coach of
“For my players, this year’s Christmas will be slightly different from
what they have become used to, because we will be training throughout the
period,” he added.
Alejandro Figueroa, Lyndon Diaz, Elijah Joseph, Kenwyne Jones, Jose Luiz Seabra, Ronaldo Viana, Reynold Carrington, Gefferson Goulart, Arnold Dwarika (Kerwyn Jemmott 64th), Silvio Spann (Stokley Mason 58th), Kendall Davis (Earl Jean 46th).
Jabloteh: Duarance Williams, Keyeno Thomas, Ansil Elcock, Cyd Gray, Nigel Daniel, Trent Noel, Kerry Baptiste, Angus Eve (Devon Mitchell 76th), Autis Whitley (Travis Mulraine 79th), Josh Johnson, Cornell
Glen (Nigel Pierre 61st).
Jabloteh move on, Arnett
By: Livingston Scott, Observer staff
04-Dec-2003 - Arnett Gardens FC's miserable season continued at Tony
Spaulding Sport Complex last night when they succumbed to an
embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago's San Juan Jabloteh.
The visitors thus took the two-way tie, 6-1 on aggregate, after
winning the first CONCACAF Club Championship semifinal game by the
same margin in Trinidad & Tobago last week.
Kerry Baptiste (38th), Trent Noel (46th) and Nigel Peirre (67th)
netted for the winners, while Denton Sheddon (43rd) scored Arnett's
With nine minutes on the clock loose marking by Arnett Garden allowed
Keyeno Thomas room at the top of the area and Wayne Ellis had to foul
in order to stop him. The Free kick taken by Nigel Daniel was block by
the wall and Thomas hit it high as Jaboteh mounted some early
But Arnett, back-to-back National Pemier League champions and last
season's beaten NPL finalists, have only themselves to blame. They
failed to capitalise on their scoring opportunities, in contrast to
their T&T counterparts, who were clinical in their execution.
Despite losing their last five competitive fixtures, coach Jerome
Waite was positive after the defeat last night.
"We created chances and did not put them away and it came back to
haunt us," Waite said.
"But it was a much improved performance despite the opponents
beating us ... it's our best performance this season and I hope we can
carry this into the rest of the season," he said.
In an evenly-contested match, San Juan Jaboteh launched an attack with
Aurtis Whitley breaking and pulling the Arnett defense apart before
passing wide to the overlapping Josh Johnson who kicked straight to
Two minutes later, Johnson -- playing on the right -- twice returned
the favour, but the striker's efforts on both occasions were too tame
to beat Reid.
Keith Kelly then had a shot deflected wide; Ray Graham turned a header
wide; Kwame Richardson shot over from inside the box, and Sheddon
failed to beat Duarance Williams in a one-on-one situation as the
hosts briefly came to life.
However, they were made to pay when Baptiste put the vistors ahead.
Jaboteh's Cornell Glenn took on three Arnett defenders before passing
wide to his right to Josh Johnson who cross inside to Kerry Baptiste
who controlled on his left adjusted the ball to his right and then
curled it inside Reid's left hand post to give his team the lead. The
midfielder was picked out by the ever dangerous Josh Johnson on the
right and he controlled before calmly slotting past Reid from inside
Sheddon pulled one back before the break when he volleyed Richardson's
miskicked shot into the roof of the net from five yards.
The visitors stunned Arnett in the first minute of the second half
when Trent Noel got behind the defence to head past Reid from a
Another goal from substitute, Nigel Pierre, five minutes after
entering the fray drove the final nail into Arnett's coffin.
"We're delighted to be through to the next round," said
winning coach, Ricky Hill, "Arnett was a very good test, all
credit to their team." San Juan will play another Trindadian
club, W-Connection, in the final.
Arnett Gardens - Allan Reid, Wayne Ellis, Alex Thomas, Oneil
Dunn, Keith Kelly (Cornel Chin-Sue 76th), Gerald Neil, Everton Bunsie,
Gregory Messam (Jonathan Williams 62nd), Kwame Richardson, Ray Graham
(Leon Strictland 76th), Denton Sheddon.
Arnett subs not used: S.Collins, E.Barnes, A.Morgon, A.Burke.
San Juan Jabloteh - Duarance Williams, Kerry Baptiste, Nigel
Daniel, Ansil Alcock, Angus Eve, Cornell Glenn (Devon Mitchell 73rd),
Cyd Gray, Josh Johnson, Trent Noel (Nigel Pierre 62nd), Keyeno Thomas,
Jabloteh subs not used: Veron Bailey, Michael Celestine, Ian
Gray, Ronald Primus.
Jabloteh cruises in Champion
By Gregory Trujillo.
28-Nov-2003 - San Juan Jabloteh will go into its return CONCACAF
Champions Cup qualifier with Arnett Gardens of Jamaica, in a better
position than arch-rivals Vibe CT 105 W Connection will against
Portmore United, the Jamaican champion club.
When the semi-finals took place on Wednesday, Jabloteh cruised to a
3-1 win over Arnett Gardens at Hasely Crawford Stadium, while W
Connection struggled to earn a draw with Portmore United at Manny
W Connection, the defending Caribbean Football Union champion, failed
to make use of its home advantage against Portmore by wasting at least
three good scoring opportunities.
It will get a chance to redeem itself today at the same venue, as the
Jamaicans decided to stay on and play the return game here instead of
home next Wednesday.
Jabloteh, however, will travel to Kingston for its second outing with
Arnett Gardens on Wednesday with just a two goal cushion.
After getting a first-half double from red-hot Otis Seaton and another
soon after the interval from Cornell Glenn, Jabloteh let Arnett
Gardens off the hook by missing numerous chances and having a
“fluke” goal scored against it.
Arnett Gardens was first to settle down in the match that started
one-hour late because of a power outage.
Inside the first 10 minutes, the Jamaicans had two good opportunities
of taking the lead — first Keith Kelly hit a right-footer wide from
inside the box and then he failed to connect with a volley from even
Slowly, Jabloteh built in confidence, as it began to dominate in its
third of the field as well as in Arnett’s third.
The first Jabloteh goal in the 20th minute came as no surprise, as
Seaton, a player with a high work-rate, always looked to be the one to
give his side the lead.
Collecting a long ball from midfield from Nigel Daniel, the
fast-moving Seaton turned quickly, faced his target, and rifled a low
right-foot shot which slipped through through both the hands and legs
of a shaky goalkeeper Julian McLish.
Jabloteh kept Arnett keeper Julian McLish busy after the goal but the
Jamaican custodian stuck to his task by sticking out a hand to turn a
Kerry Baptiste shot around the post, parry a bullet from Trent Noel
that was too hot to handle, and just managed to stop another Baptiste
shot from getting past.
In the 39th minute, Seaton had all the time in the world to
confidently place the ball away from an advancing McLish, after
receiving a perfect pass from Angus Eve in midfield.
With its tails up, Jabloteh was quick to settle after the break and
Glenn increased the lead in the 50th minute when he chest-trapped,
brought the ball under control, and slipped it to the left of a
stranded Julian McLish.
Jabloteh did get the ball into the net twice afterwards, but
Surinamese referee Enrico Wijngaaede ruled the first by Nigel Pierre
off-side and then pulled up Glen for a foul before he passed for
substitute Devon Mitchell to score.
While being completely outplayed, Arnett Gardens pulled a goal back in
the 67th minute when Arnett midfielder Garth Boota swung a high,
desperate ball from an impossible angle on the left flank across the
goal and the ball lodged into the far past with ’keeper Kelvin Jack
beaten all ends up.
According to Maurice 'Ranger' Walker of Arnett Garden FC website
"They were fast, they were furious. They are fitter and
technically sound. Fourteen of there 18 players are T&T national
U-23 players. Then there's also senior nationals like Angus Eve and
Ansil Elcock They have a US $1 million dollar budget at there disposal.
They have lost one game this season. They defeated Dundee 3-0
without training for a month. Their coach Ricky Hill, a Jamaican
living in England, was in Jamaica to watch Arnett play Jong Columbia a
week ago. They are CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh, currently the
Champion and top team in TnT football, added Mr. Walker.
Jabloteh stretch lead.
By Gregory Trujillo.
20-Oct-2003 - San Juan Jabloteh forged eight
points clear at the head of the standings in the Trinidad and Tobago
Professional Football League with a 4-0 win over Joe Public on
Saturday under lights at Hasely Crawford Stadium.
And, arch-rival Vibe CT 105 W Connection slumped further away from the
defending champion, as it was held 2-2 by North East yesterday at Ato
Boldon Stadium in Couva.
Former Joe Public striker, Nigel Pierre, sidelined for over three
months while awaiting a transfer to Jabloteh, had his old team-mates
bewildered in the 28th minute when he opened the scoring.
After chest-trapping a cross from Nigel Daniel, the national senior
player let fly a bullet past goalkeeper Kevin Graham with the entire
Joe Public defence caught looking at the move.
Ten minutes after coming out from the interval with a 1-0 advantage,
Cornell Glen increased the lead with his 15th goal of the season.
Devon Mitchell came on as a substitute for Pierre in the 70th and
immediately Jabloteh kicked into another gear with a quick double from
the former Arima Fire player.
Both goals (73rd and 77th) were half chances and Mitchell made them
count with clinical finishing.
Top players Otis Seaton, Travis Mulraine and Angus Eve were missing
from the line-up but Hill believes that their absence has not affected
W Connection hold Jabloteh.
By Ian Prescott.
11-Aug-2003 - Leaders San Juan Jabloteh maintained pole position atop
the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League despite being held 1-1 by Vibe CT
105 W. Connection in a top-of-the-table clash at Hasely Crawford
Stadium, Port of Spain, yesterday.
Jabloteh, the defending champions, took the lead two minutes into the
second half through defender Nigel Daniel, but failed to hold the lead
as Connection finished strongly late in the second session, despite
being reduced to 10 men after the 83rd minute sending-off of defender
Disregarding their precarious position, Connection clawed their way
back to level in the 86th through the fresh legs of St Lucian
substitute George Issac.
Yesterday's encounter rarely reached the breathtaking pace
characteristic of meetings between the teams, but instead was typified
by stern defence and stifling midfield play for much of the 90
Jabloteh dominated the early exchanges without causing much terror for
their opponents. The defending champions tested Connection early with
Cornell Glen getting goal-keeper Alejandro Figueroa's attention 12
minutes into the match with a long-ranged effort. Glen had earlier
forced an acrobatic push from Connection's Colombian 'keeper and he
also directed a Josh Johnson cross just wide—the forward's finish
not matching his sweet connection with the ball.
The middle of the field was dominated by Jabloteh in the first 45
Connection's only outlet was through Lyndon “Chubby” Andrews on
the left flank. “Chubby” found space on the inside of Jabloteh's
Cyd Gray for most of the half. On one occasion, Andrews eluded Gray
and unleached a long-ranged effort which flew just wide of the
Jabloteh first post.
Goal-keeper Kelvin Jack also had to be at his best to keep low shots
from under-20 marksman Jason Marcano and later Kerwyn “ Hardest”
Jemmott out of his citadel.
Jabloteh got the perfect start to the second half when Nigel Daniel
blasted them ahead in the 47th. But Connection could have been
levelled matters minutes later. Jack was scrambling like a crab across
the Jabloteh goalline and only just kept out a long stinging shot from
Colombian Figueroa also found himself busy at the other end, pulling
off a last second deflection of Otis Seaton's deliberate push towards
the corner of the W. connection goal.
The pace had picked up...the football was starting to flow. Having
brought on Arnold Dwarika, Spann and Issac, Connection were getting a
greater share of the midfield play and both teams camee close to
scoring. Just when Connection were starting to look really dangerous,
they lost Kenwyn Jones who picked up twoo quick yellow cards--the
second resulting when he felled the fleet-footed Glen, who was
accelerating towards the Jabloteh goal.
Jabloteh were guilty of letting Connection back into the game when
midfielder Travais Mulraine had his pass intercepted at the back. The
ball eventually found Connection's Brazilian Gefferson Da Silva
Goulart, who forwarded the sphere down the centre of the penalty area
to Issac. The St Lucian striker never hesitated and drilled the ball
past goalkeeper Kelvin Jack.
Still, Connection had to survive a final scare when good close control
let Michael Celestine in at their goal. The Jabloteh sub beat
Figueroa, but saw his shot rebound off the far edge of the crossbar.
Over at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Starworld Strikers hammered host
Tobago United 4-0 with Andre Charles, Dexter Franklyn, Maurice Jackson
and Kester Cornwall all on the scoresheet to move into third spot, two
points behind W Connection, and one ahead of Defence Force who has a
game in hand.
San Juan Jabloteh crush North
By Lasana Liburd.
20-Jul-2003 - There were no "giant-killer" heroics by the
North East Stars football team yesterday evening at the Hasely
And, as the clock expired, the Sangre Grande outfit looked punch drunk
as their hosts, CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh, kept firing away.
If it were a boxing match, the referee would have been dutybound to
blow the whistle and save the battered Pro League outfit. But football
is not so humane and Stars were forced to bear the late humiliation.
The final score read 5-2 in favour of the defending league champions,
Jabloteh, who now enjoy an eight-point lead over their nearest rivals,
Vibe CT 105 W Connection.
Connection can narrow the gap today when they host Tobago United from
4 p.m. at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, though it remains a sizeable
Still, yesterday's final scoreline was a poor reflection of the
The Stars were not the only team anxiously awaiting the final whistle.
The result apart, yesterday's fare was mostly forgettable as the two
clubs endured a war of attrition on the slick surface.
In the past four weeks, the Stars have played eight times in the
league and First Citizens Bank (FCB) Cup, while Jabloteh had two
outings less due to a default and postponement.
It is a gruelling schedule and the loose, stuttering play from both
outfits gave its own testimony.
Stars goalkeeper Trevor Nottingham and stopper Wilfred Joseph—both
well into their 30s—felt the strain more than most.
Still, it was the underdogs who struck first in the 18th minute.
Jabloteh right back Ronald Primus was slow to push out as Stars
striker Randolph Jerome broke their attempt at an offside trap before
taking maximum advantage of Ansil Elcock's late effort to retrieve the
There was the hint of a lowered shoulder by Elcock and Jerome went
down easily to win the decision, before burying his penalty to the
left of Jabloteh captain and custodian, Kelvin Jack, with the shortest
It was a goal which should have strengthened the Stars' resolve and
prompted Jabloteh to return to their slick, fluent passing game.
Instead, passes regularly went astray, players dithered in possession
and weak, telegraphed flicks failed to reach their destinations.
It did not make for an appreciable contest for the small crowd,
although defensive lapses and misjudgements did create regular scoring
Jabloteh levelled the score in the 34th minute after Cornell Glenn
redirected an Otis Seaton shot, but Jerome responded with a
close-range glancing header in first half stoppage time following a
headed pass from captain Charles Pollard.
The Stars, who lost 5-0 and 5-3 in their visits to this ground last
season, were ahead at the interval and at least one fan was enjoying
every minute of it.
"This is not last year, yuh know," he said to a disbeliever.
"This is not 2002. This is 2003."
But the Stars' determination gave way soon after the break and so,
too, their advantage.
It was virtually one-way traffic after Jabloteh midfielder Kerry
Baptiste headed home from a Nigel Daniel cross in the 53rd
minute—his sixth goal in five consecutive matches.
Seaton scored his third penalty of the season to put the hosts ahead
in the 65th minute, after a handled ball from Pollard, and the final
outcome was sealed.
The body language from the Stars players was revealing.
Nottingham was on the ground so often that the visiting physio spent
as much time in the Stars' penalty area as the Jabloteh strikers.
A tired Joseph was at the mercy of the younger and quicker Glenn and
when coach Lloyd Solomon replaced him in the 88th minute, the damage
had been done.
Three of the five goals emanated from runs down the right side of the
Kerry Noray rounded off the scoring in the 83rd and 87th minutes after
crossballs from Glenn and Josh Johnson, respectively, to complete the
Worse still, the Stars have just three days' rest before they—and
Jabloteh—enter the second leg of their FCB Cup semi-final. It must
be a worrying thought for the giant-killers.
San Juan Jabloteh bomb Defence
Reports By: Ian Prescott.
23-May-2003 - The flag must have been flying at half mast at Defence
Force headquarters in Teteron yesterday after the former national
champions suffered the biggest-ever defeat on a football field.
It seems almost unbelievable, but Wednesday night’s 9-1 hammering of
Defence Force by reigning champs CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh in the
Trinidad and Tobago Pro League was real indeed. So real that it will
go down as a record.
The 250 supporters at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, including
national players Stern John, Brent Sancho and ex-Defence Force striker
Jason Scotland were in awe at the aggressive display by Jabloteh
against a clearly unfit and ragged Army-Coast Guard combination.
Goals from Kerry Baptiste (61st, 87th, 89th), Cornell Glenn (31st,
35th), Angus Eve (9th, 70th), Travis Mulraine (49th), and an own goal
by Kurt Williams (57th) relegated the Army-Coast Guard squad to their
greatest humiliation in local football history.
Substitute Sherman “Ants” Phillip (90th) salvaged some personal
pride when he beat Jabloteh custodian Kelvin Jack in the final minute
of the match.
Not since Trintoc ravaged them 5-0 at the Arima Velodrome on November
19, 1986, have Defence Force heads bowed so low. That defeat had
marked the biggest humbling suffered by the Army team since the start
of the then Trinidad and Tobago National League in 1974.
Coach Hudson Charles readily admitted that his charges were not
competitive against Jabloteh. Charles, a key midfielder with the team
which fell to Trintoc 17 years ago, also agreed that the Defence Force
team of that era was a better bunch.
“We cannot compare these two teams.” he suggested. “The team
which Trintoc beat 5-0 was at least competitive. But we (Defence
Force) were not competitive against Jabloteh last night.”
Charles was correct. The 1986 Army team, which included Kenrick
Fleary, Roderick “Rambo” Gibbs, Richard Frazer and Bertrand
O’Brien had already captured the Cola Cola League Cup and the Stag
Big Four title before being humbled by Trintoc.
Trintoc were a star-studded bunch. The South combination, which had
Russell Latapy, Adrian Fonrose, “Marvellous” Marvin Faustin,
Philbert Jones, Clayton Morris and Dexter Francis in their ranks, won
the FA Trophy and then bombed the Army 5-0 in their final match of the
season to clinch the National League.
That year also marked probably the best finish by a local team in
international competition, when Defence Force lost the Inter-American
Cup final 1-0 to Boca Juniors of Argentina. It was a match they should
have won, too.
Now, after scaling such heights, the Army-Navy combination have
reached the point where they are pushovers.
On Wednesday night, Jabloteh never allowed them to be competitive.
From the onset, the defending Pro League champs were in full flight
and took the lead from as early as the ninth minute when Angus Eve’s
free-kick looped off the wall and beat Marlon Sylvester in the Defence
Striker Cornell Glenn was a handful on the night and scored twice
before the half ended. After striking the crossbar early, Glenn turned
swiftly around his marker and beat goalie Sylvester from close up to
notch his team’s second goal in the 31st minute.
At that stage, the Defence Force had not even remotely threatened the
Jabloteh goal. It only got worse for the Army when Glenn forced
defender Michael Edwards into a second rash tackle.
After picking up a yellow card for a hefty slide into Glenn, Edwards
was given marching orders after an elbowing incident involving his
Glenn would pick himself up to punish the Army with a long-range blast
which beat Sylvester from almost 40 metres.
Just four minutes had elapsed in the second session when Mulraine
shrugged off two hard tackles before sliding the ball past goalkeeper
Sylvester for Jabloteh’s fourth goal.
A 57th minute mix-up saw Sylvester beaten again, this time by an
errant back pass from defender Kurt Williams.
Four minutes later, Kerry Baptiste slid in a Kerry Noray pass. It was
the first of three late goals Baptiste would score.
Eve also got a second in the 70th when he was picked out by a long,
low pass down the centre of the Army defence. All Eve had to do was
slide the ball away from Sylvester and into the goal.
Substitute Phillip had hardly gotten a touch before, but in the final
minute of the match he outpaced the Jabloteh back line to score his
team’s only goal.
Despite the impressive win, Jabloteh (seven points) trail unbeaten
leaders W Connection (12 points), after a 4-0 win over last year’s
bogey team Arima Fire at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
Terry Fenwick to keep track of
By: Shaun Fuentes.
9-May-2003 - Pro Sports Caribbean official and former Trinidad and
Tobago-based coach Terry Fenwick says he will continue to keep track
of some of the promising players from the twin-island.
"I've obviously kept in touch with everything back in Trinidad.
I'm very keen to look at the progress the young players are making
because Trinidad and Tobago has got some really special kids that need
to be given the right development. That will always be my interest and
I'm sure once I get back into the game which at the moment I have a
couple offers I'm considering which won't happen until the end of the
season. I'm sure then I will come back to Trinidad for one or two
players," Fenwick said
"Josh Johnson, Devon Mitchell and Cornell Glenn are some of the
names that I can think of. With the right management and guidance I
think these boys can do very well here. There are lot of players just
that need to be coached and guided. Their natural abilities are
terrific and that's what I took to Jabloteh and I expect them to
really continue this.
Fenwick, who led CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh to the 2002
Professional League title in T&T, was speaking during Superstar
Rangers' tour of Birmingham last month, when he hinted that he is
considering a couple job offers which could materialize at the end of
the current season.
Fenwick was in charge of English club Northampton Town for just over a
"Trinidad has just got to get away from the politics that have
kept the football down and focus on their players and the
development," he added.
Fenwick also wished new Jabloteh coach, Englishman Ricky Hill well in
his first season with Jabloteh.
"I wish Ricky the best of luck. He's got some of the best players
in Trinidad without a shadow of a doubt. I think he will turn that
team in the Caribbean champions."
The ex-England international mentioned that his departure from
Northampton may not have been a turn for the worse.
"At Northampton I actually realize about three days into the job
that things weren't working out even at that early stage. There will
be other opportunities and better things will happen and it might not
be such a bad thing that I had to leave the club in such short space
of time," he ended.
Jabloteh aiming to play in the
USA - Duprey...English coach signs with champs.
By Gregory Trujillo.Jabloteh gets new English
15-Mar-2003 - CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh could be playing football
in the United States, in the new future under new English coach Ricky
Lawrence Duprey, Chairman of CL Financial Group of Companies,
announced yesterday that his company is presently preparing to build a
stadium in Tampa, Florida, and “Jabloteh could field a team in the
CL Financial chairman Lawrence Duprey also revealed his intention to
eventually transform Jabloteh into a feeder club for a United States
Major League Soccer (MLS) team.
“The future of Jabloteh is bright. Soon we may have our own team in
Florida,” he added.
Duprey was speaking yesterday at a media conference to introduce Hill
to the national community in the CLICO Box, Queen’s Park Oval.
Hill, who was recommended by former coach Terry Fenwick, was appointed
as Technical Director of Jabloteh on February 17.
The coach, whose parents are from Jamaica but was born in England, has the responsibility for
directing and managing the football programme of the club.
In his capacity, he will have direct responsibility for the
professional and the Under-20 teams, and will provide technical advice
to the other youth teams — Under-17, Under-15, Under-13 and
Hill had a distinguished professional career both at Luton Town,
Leicester and French club, Le Harve. He played for England, not only at the Senior
level, but also at junior level.
Subsequent to his retirement, he spent a considerable time in football
programmes, coaching both junior and senior teams, in particular
junior teams in which he was responsible for identifying several
footballers now plying their trade in the English Leagues.
His stint in Trinidad — a two-year contract — is his second
overseas assignment, having spent two years in the USISL Premier
League of the United States and at the Florida Institute of
There was a spell as player/coach at Tampa Bay Rowdies in the American
Professional Soccer League when Hill was named 1992-93 “Coach of the
Hill was appointed Sheffield Wednesday Under-19 coach in 1996 and
appeared to flourish in that role until he was scooped up by Tottenham
Hotspur in 1999.
Hill, who visited Trinidad and Tobago twice in the 1980’s, said he
is very pleased to be here to continue the good work of Fenwick.
“It was always my ambition to come to the Caribbean to help nurture
the natural talent we have here,” he stated.
He explained that he took the job at Jabloteh, at a time when
arrangements were being made for him to assist Jamaican national coach
“I am happy with the financial element of the package,” he noted.
“My only downside is that my children and wife is still in
“My intention is to develop the players at Jabloteh, with the hope
that when they leave here they could fit in anywhere in Europe and the
rest of the world,” he said.
By Keith Clement.
30-Jan-2003 - Reigning national football champions, CL Financial San
Juan Jabloteh, has been dealt a serious blow to the start of its 2003
season as 10 of the 19 players suspended by the Trinidad and Tobago
Football Federation (TTFF) on Tuesday belong to that club.
The management of the team also completed four days of negotiations
with another Englishman in Rich Hill, the club’s only choice to
replace the TT$70,000 a month Terry Fenwick, two weeks before
preparations for the 2003 season next month.
According to a source Hill was the only person interviewed for the
post and since the management wants a foreign coach, the job is his.
Jabloteh has been severely weakened since the 10 players on suspension
comprise the team’s nucleus: Goalkeeper and captain Kelvin Jack,
chief defender Brent Sancho, Ian Gray, Cyd Gray, Nigel Daniel, Josh
Johnson, Travis Mulraine, Trent Noel and strikers Cornell Glenn and
The players are locked in a dispute with the TTFF over playing and
practising conditions, match fees (outstanding and for upcoming games)
and complimentary tickets.
Kirk De Freitas, the team’s manager, disagreed that his team will be
short on talent, saying:
“We’re looking to address the situation in time for when practice
begins. It will be tough but Jabloteh will survive.”
Asked if Jabloteh will follow the path of Joe Public and fire its
players involved in the dispute with the Football Federation, De
“No... No way. It is unfortunate what has happened. The Jabloteh
players were advised to attend practice and play the game and then
lodge their complaints. It’s sad it had to come to this.”
The Trinidad Guardian was informed that at least five key players were
without contracts and negotiations were due to start soon. Asked about
those players De Freitas said: “Yes, some players are without
contracts but the club will address that situation soon.”
Meanwhile, the club has been interviewing Hill, a former international
team-mate of Fenwick.
Hill, 43, who arrived in T&T on Sunday, is a former national with
three international caps and has coached at Sheffield Wednesday and
Tottenham Hotspurs at the Under-19 level.
After playing from 1974-89 for Luton Town, he returned to manage the
team in 2000. He also played for Leicester City in 1991-92, but before
that he played in T&T with the touring All Black team from England
in the 1980s.
He said: “I’m impressed by the facilities here and will enjoy the
challenge once an agreement is reached. After talking to the club I
then have to talk to my wife and kids.”
According to a source, if successful, Hill could end up earning close
to TT$50,000 — $60,000 a month, which will include accommodation,
travel and other perks.
Dundee boss takes beating in
By: Shaun Fuentes.
17-Jan-2003 - Dundee boss Jim Duffy praised the CL Financial San Juan
Jabloteh outfit for giving his team a good work out in Friday's
friendly at the Larry Gomes Stadium which ended in a 3-0 victory for
the local Professional League champions.
A quick second half burst which saw a double by Cornell Glenn and
former national captain Angus Eve inside ten minutes gave the visitors
a stern welcome to the local game which was arranged by Pro Sports
The affair turned out to be a competitive one and only a few terrific
saves by goalkeeper Kelvin Jack in the first half and Daurance
Williams in the closing quarter of the match prevented the persistent
Dundee from getting on the scoresheet.
The late introduction of Georgian midfielder Georgi Nemsadze and
Argentina forward Fabian Caballero created problems causing several
"oohs and ahhs" from the 600 fans at the game with their
Duffy was disappointed with the loss but now hopes to leave on a
positive note in Sunday's encounter against the T&T President's
"We don't like to lose. We made elementary errors . We are always
going to chasing games if we don't stop these errors. We should have
been at least three goals up in the first half but we missed them. The
(Jabloteh) defenders did well but we've got to punish teams when they
give us the chances. Jabloteh came out very well in the second half
but we had a crazy ten minutes and the game was finished as a contest
but the good thing is the players kept on playing and we created more
chances," Duffy told TTFF Media after the game.
"We certainly had good attitude out there but we made basic
errors and we were punished. We have got to be more aggressive in
front of goal and take our chances. We have had this problem back home
and yes we are disappointed to lose the game. We created chances
against a very disciplined, fit, quick team. There were some good
points coming out of the game."
Commenting on Jabloteh's display, Duffy pinpointed the work of Brent
Sancho, Cyd Gray and Ian Gray.
"They (Jabloteh" came out and did very well. They have good
pace and strength all through their team and they took the chances
well. It was a good game of football. We know it will be even harder
on Sunday but we expect to be better.
"Most of them did well. The right full back was strong and quick
and the two center backs played well together, when one went the other
dropped off and you could see they work well together. Both
goalkeepers also did well with vital saves and the front men were
good. Certainly they are players capable of playing in the UK,"
"We want to win on Sunday. We've got make sure we tighten up at
the back and we can't make excuses for the players. Everyone knows
that we've worked hard on this trip and the attitude of everyone has
been terrific. We haven't been partying nor drinking alcohol so it has
nothing to do with not being prepared enough," ended Duffy.
San Juan Jabloteh 3 v Dundee 0.
San Juan Jabloteh Goal Scorers:
Cornell Glen 2, Angus Eve.
Larry Gomes Stadium, Trinidad.
Terry Fenwick returns to
By Lasana Liburd.Jabloteh outscores Coaching
8-Jan-2003 - CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh will attempt to maintain
their position as Trinidad and Tobago’s champion league club without
the services of their coach Terry Fenwick.
Fenwick, who won 20 international caps for England and played in the
1986 World Cup, signed with struggling English Division Two club
Northampton Town on Monday while on vacation from the Bourg
At present, Northampton lie in 15th place among the 24 second division
outfits. They have the joint worse goal differential—minus 17
goals—in the league and only one team has conceded more items.
The 43-year-old coach, who replaces Kevan Broadhurst at the helm,
would be expected to stave off relegation.
Jabloteh chairman Jerry Hospedales wished Fenwick well yesterday via a
news release which announced his release to facilitate “the
immediate assumption of the position of manager of Northampton
Hospedales revealed that Fenwick asked him to be released through a
telephone call on Monday night.
By then, English sports television network, Sky Sports, had already
announced that Fenwick had signed for Northampton.
Hospedales, chairman of the Divestment Secretariat, insisted there
were no hard feelings.
“We always knew that he was on the market and would be offered a job
sometime,” he told the Express. “This is football business. On
both sides, we are quite happy.”
Fenwick served as Jabloteh technical director for the past two years
and helped the club to the Pro League 2002 crown, which was their
first domestic league title.
It was his only tangible success in Trinidad and Tobago, while he
regularly ran afoul of match officials and irked rival clubs with his
aggressive transfer policy.
Fenwick was banned for three T&TFF FA Trophy games by the
disciplinary committee following his fifth expulsion of the season
after calling referee Jagdesh Bhimull “a disgrace to the game”
during a comfortable 3-0 win over Club Sando.
Several local coaches and administrators were also wary of his role in
the Anguilla-based sports marketing company, Pro Sports Caribbean Ltd,
which he set up with fellow Englishman Peter Miller to export talented
Hospedales said the Jabloteh board of directors had been pleased with
his work at the club and termed his departure as a loss.
“Fenwick’s legacy to the club is a quality squad of committed
players, infused with a keener understanding of their professional
responsibilities,” he said. “One measure of his impact is the
number of new players which the club can now deploy to national duty.
“Whilst his departure is a loss to the club, the board is confident
that his new circumstance will afford expanded opportunities...to all
the local talent to which he was exposed over his sojourn in Trinidad
Fenwick’s prior coaching assignments were at English clubs Crystal
Palace and Portsmouth between 1995 and 1998 where he worked under the
guidance of his former manager Terry Venables.
His Portsmouth assignment ended disastrously after a fairly
encouraging start, while he lasted just six months at Crystal Palace.
Fenwick, who represented Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester, Crystal Palace,
QPR and Swindon as a player, was coaching an amateur football club
when Jabloteh asked him to replace Ron La Forest in late 2000.
His assistant, Anthony Streete, will assume his duties at Jabloteh
while the club searches for a suitable replacement
TnT Guardian Reports.
10-Dec-2002 - Tobago Semi- Pro champions, St Clair’s Coaching
School, captured the inaugural Chief Secretary’s Challenge Trophy,
on its 26th anniversary celebration, when it fell to reigning national
champion CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh 5-3 at the Dwight Yorke
Stadium, Bacolet, on Friday night.
The game kicked off, after an interesting display of skills and drills
by the Coaching School members.
Jabloteh who experienced flight problems because of problems at Piarco
International Airport, scored the game’s first goal in the 13th
minute with a strike from Kerry Baptiste.
However, St Clair playing on a familar strip and with all the home
crowd advantage, equalised through forward Kareem Robley seven minutes
later. Baptiste doubled his score in the 30th minute, when he netted
to give Jabloteh a 2-1 lead at half time.
Despite the threat of rain in the second half, Jabloteh continued
their attack on Coaching School and Kerry Noray extended the lead in
the 52nd minute.
However, Darren Toby of St Clair soon answered with a goal in the 55th
to reduce his team’s deficit.
Then Michael Celestine and Angus Eve added their names to the score
list for Jabloteh in the 65th and 66th minutes to ensure victory for
the San Juan-based team.
Coaching School’s Bert Williams came through with a late goal in the
80th minute, yet it was too late as Jabloteh’s victory was already
Jabloteh cry foul over Nigel
By Ian Precott.
2-Oct-2002 - CL FINANCIAL San Juan Jabloteh are accusing the board of
the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League of hindering the transfer of
national striker Nigel Pierre from Joe Public to the current league
With six matches left in the 2002 season, Jabloteh coach Terry Fenwick
has accused the T&T Pro League of hampering their chances of
winning the league title and also of hindering Pierre’s opportunity
to earn an honest living.
According to Fenwick, Pierre became a free agent two weeks ago, thus
negating any attempts by his former club Joe Public to seek a transfer
fee. But despite all their efforts, Fenwick said Jabloteh have not
been given clearance to use the player.
And Fenwick has accused David John-Willians, interim chairman of the
T&T Pro League, of dodging the issue.
“He is dodging the issue. He is the interim chairman of the Pro
League...he has to be involved in the determination of the matter. We
just want a fair chance,” Fenwick told the Express yesterday.
In response, John-Williams indicated that the matter was being handled
by the T&T Pro League, but declined further comment. Fenwick has
accused the Pro League of shunning its duty and of shying away from a
confrontation with the Joe Public team, which is owned by FIFA
vice-president Jack Austin Warner.
“They (Joe Public) said they did not want to have anything to do
with Nigel Pierre and Arnold Dwarika. But, up to now, we can’t get
his (Nigel Pierre) registration from Joe Public.”
Fenwick further said that since a six-week period had passed since
Pierre was fired, the player was now a free agent according to the
rules of FIFA, the governing body for world football. “He is a free
agent. They (Joe Public) can’t terminate his contract and months
later try to get a remuneration for Pierre. We just want the PFL to
play by the rules.”
Fenwick said they had been directed to the Pro League office in their
attempt to have the matter resolved, but that avenue had been
fruitless thus far.
“At every turn we are being put off by red tape,” he lamented.
Fenwick rates Pierre as being an integral part of Jabloteh’s
attempts to win the title. Jabloteh have a slender four-point lead
over the John-Williams-owned Vibe CT 105 W. Connection, with six
matches to play.
Fenwick argued that the Pierre issue is similar to a situation in
which Colombian goalkeeper Alejandro Figuerora left Jabloteh without a
transfer fee 18 months ago to go to W Connection.
“It is fair for W Connection and Figuerora, so why not Nigel Pierre
and Jabloteh,” he asked.