Six Pro League clubs into FA Trophy quarter-finals, St. Francois Nationals oust Roxborough Lakers 5-3 on penalty kicks
Four-time winners and reigning FA Trophy champions DIRECTV W Connection became the sixth Pro League club to reach the quarter-finals of the 2015 edition by whipping Super League outfit Stokely Vale FC 4-0 at the Plymouth Recreation Ground, in one of the two final Third Round (Round of 16) matches contested in Tobago on Monday.
Colombian midfielder Yefer Steven Lozano opened the scoring against the Tobagonians in the 30th minute before a second half goal each by Trinidad and Tobago Under-20 forward Akeem Garcia in the 60th minute, Aaquil Campbell in the 76th minute, and Lozano’s countryman Stiven Lopez Concha completed the Stokelyvale rout in the 80th minute for the 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2013-2014 FA Trophy champions.
Connection – seven time FA Trophy finalists – joined fellow Pro League clubs and former winners Defence Force, Police FC, San Juan Jabloteh and North East Stars, and two-time consecutive defeated finalists Central FC in the quarter-final round which will be drawn on Tuesday 3 March and contested on Sunday 8 March.
Also making up the quarter-final round fold are Super League champions Club Sando, 5-4 penalty winners over Point Fortin Civic following a 4-4 draw on Sunday, and Northern Football Association (NFA) side St. Francois Nationals.
St. Francois defeated Tobago Football Association (TFA) Roxborough Lakers 5-3 on kicks from the penalty mark, becoming the final Tobago side to exit the competition, following a 1-1 draw on Monday at the Cyd Gray Recreation Ground in Tobago.
Andre Peltier had St. Francois in front just six minutes into the match but Lakers tied the score 1-1 in the 59th minute with a goal by Kern Harris before eventually going under on kicks from the penalty mark.
In Sunday’s Round of 16 clashes, Defence Force humiliated TFA side Black Rock FC 17-1 at the Black Rock Recreation Ground in Tobago; Central FC schooled Eastern Football Association (EFA) side SKHY FC 7-0 at the Ato Boldon Stadium before Club Sando ousted Civic at the same venue; North East Stars edged former winners Caledonia AIA courtesy an own goal; while Jabloteh and Police advanced into the quarter-final round from kicks from the penalty mark against Super League outfits Bethel United and Guaya United respectively.
Jabloteh defeated Bethel United 5-3 on kicks following a 1-1 draw in Montgomery, Tobago, while Police overcame Guaya 3-1 from the spot following a hard-fought 2-2 draw at the Police Training Ground in St. James, Trinidad.
All six Pro League clubs into the FA Trophy quarter-final round must switch their focus to the Digicel Pro League 2014-2015 championship Round Three which commences on Tuesday 3 March with Round Three Match Day One and continue on Friday 6 March with Round Three Match Day Two.
On Tuesday, DPL leaders Central FC (35 points) will tackle cellar placed St. Ann’s Rangers from 6 pm at the Marvin Lee Stadiu, preceding an 8 pm clash between third placed Defence Force and fourth placed North East Stars, both tied on 26 points, at the Macoya venue.
Simultaneously at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Police FC will take on San Juan Jabloteh from 6 pm and from Caledonia AIA against Point Fortin Civic from 8 pm, while reigning league champions Connection sit out on the bye.
Connection will return to league action on Friday when they face rivals Central from 8 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium following a 6 pm clash between Point Fortin Civic and North East Stars at the Couva venue.
Also on Friday, Jabloteh will take on Rangers from 6 pm at the Marvin Lee Stadium followed by Defence Force against Police FC from 8 pm, while Caledonia sit out on the bye.
Third Round (Round of 16) Results
Stokely Vale FC 0 vs W Connection 4 (Yefer Steven Lozano 30’, Akeem Garcia 60’, Aaquil Campbell 76’, Stiven Lopez Concha 80’)
Roxborough Lakers 1 (Kern Harris 59’) vs St. Francois Nationals 1 (Andre Peltier 6’)
(St. Francois Nationals won the match 5-3 on kicks from the penalty mark)