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Jean Luc RochfordJean Luc Rochford has a habit of scoring goals that are special and even memorable.

In the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2009 he scored T&T’s first ever goal at U-20 level and against host nation Egypt.

Last week the midfielder was at it again when he scored Caledonia’s first ever goal in the Caribbean Club Championships against Newtown United in St. Kitts.

“It was a really good feeling because I missed a couple in the first half but from the time the ball came off my head I knew this was a goal,” Rochford said.

“I am one of the younger players in this Caledonia team I was so proud I did not even know how to celebrate, I just ran to the bench,” he added.

Rochford had been in and out the Caledonia team during the long season but attributes “a change in mind set and hard work” to his getting back in to the starting lineup.

“I have worked really hard giving my pound at training every day, trying to eat right, live the life, get in my rest and I am happy that the “Gaffer” rewarded me for my efforts,” revealed Rochford who played for T&T in the FIFA U-17 and FIFA U-20 World Cups.

Jean Luc usually plays holding midfield but under Coach Jamaal Shabazz, he has been moved around in various positions.

“For us Jean Luc is most useful just behind the striker(s), he has a nose for the goal and is a decent finisher. But we have also used him as a striker and a holding midfielder and even at right wing back,” explained Shabazz.

“He is a fine utility player with a good football brain, added Shabazz.

Looking towards this weekend’s game Rochford who is expected to start behind the striker again is eager and very confident.

“We are very eager to get over this game and advance in the tournament. With only one goal ahead it is by no means a comfortable situation for us but we are very confident, ended Rochford.

Neal & Massy/NLCB Caledonia AIA plays Newtown United FC from 7.30pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Saturday night. The winner advances to meet Haitian Champion Tempete in the second round of the Caribbean Club Championships.