With last year’s winners Joe Public opting out of the TT Pro League this season and runners-up Defence Force unable to play during the current state of emergency, the 2011 First Citizens Cup is up for grabs.
First Citizens Cup
Defeated semi-finalist head coach Michael McComie of Ma Pau SC has criticized his players’ poor performance which led to the team’s 1-0 defeat against defending champions Defence Force on Friday night at the Marvin Lee Stadium.
Defence Force was given a tricky path to the defence of its First Citizens Cup title it won by a 1-0 margin over bmobile Joe Public last year at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya. The draw for the tournament was disclosed by T&T Pro League Chief Executive Officer, Dexter Skeene at the launch of this year’s $200,000 competition, the ninth overall, at First Citizens Corporate Centre, Queen’s Park East, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. The Ross Russell-coached Defence Force, also winner in 2002 was one of the six teams which qualified automatically for the quarterfinal round based on its position on the Digicel Pro League table at the end of the Round One, Match Day 11.
Aklie Edwards precisely headed a Devon Jorsling corner kick at the back post to give Defence Force the only goal in their First Citizens Cup semi-final clash with rivals Ma Pau on Friday night at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya.
FC SouthEnd registered a 2-1 win over Police FC on Friday afternoon at the Marvin Lee Stadium booking its place in the 2010 First Citizens Cup preliminary round September 18.
First half goals by Gayson Gregory and Kerry Baptiste gave Bmobile Joe Public a 2-0 revenge win over DIRECTV North East Stars on Saturday night at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in their quarterfinal clash of the 2010 First Citizens Cup.
Defence Force became two-time winners of the First Citizens Cup on Friday night ending a six-year trophy drought when they defeated Bmobile Joe Public 1-0 in this year's Final at the Marvin Lee Stadium.
Veteran Kendall Velox came out of retirement and inspired Directv North East Stars to a First Citizens Cup quarterfinal spot, the Sangre Grande team coming from behind to beat FC SouthEnd 2-1, at the Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya, on Saturday night.
Friday was a bad night for South teams, and so two East sides--San Juan Jabloteh and Joe Public--will now contest the First Citizens Cup semi-finals on September 25 against North outfits Defence Force and Ma Pau.