Three-time champions and finalists in the last three instalments of the First Citizens Cup, Defence Force will resume its quest for a fourth straight finals appearance when they entertain Police FC in the feature match of a double-header at Diego Martin Sporting Complex, Bagatelle Road, Diego Martin from 8 pm on Friday night.
A week ago at the same venue, the "Teteron Men" competition winners in 2002, 2002 and 2016 and beaten finalist the last two years edged defending champion and fellow three-time winners, and five-time finalists Central FC 1-0 in their competition courtesy Jameel Cooper in the Abercrombie group and will be fancied to get full points again.
Police FC, meanwhile fell to a 1-0 to Terminix La Horquetta FC and will need to start picking up points if they are secure a top-two finish in the six-team round-robin group to book a semifinal spot.
Two hours earlier, AC Port-of-Spain (formerly North East Stars) and Morvant Caledonia AIA, two-time tournament winners (2011 & 2012) and four-time finalist will both be out to pick up their win of the competition in the Immortelle Group.
This after Morvant Caledonia went under to Cunupia FC 1-0 a week ago at the same venue, while AC Port-of-Spain and 1976 FC Tobago Phoenix battled to a 1-1 draw on Saturday last also at Diego Martin.
On Saturday, eighth-time winners, W Connection, winners of the last of their Cup titles in 2017, 3-1 over Defence Force, will be hoping to add to their 3-0 thumping of Pt Fortin Civic when the tackle Terminix La Horquetta Rangers in the second match of a double-header at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva from 6 pm.
In the opener at Couva, Central FC will battle Pt Fortin Civic from 4 pm.
And on Sunday, Tobago Phoenix meets Club Sando from 4 pm in the opening match at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo followed by San Juan Jabloteh and Cunupia FC.
The tournament is being contested via a round-robin format with two groups of six teams each.
At the end of the round-robin phase, the top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-final in which the winners of that round will earn the right to contest the $75,000 winners' prize, while the runners-up with pocket $25,000.
Meanwhile, the league competition will officially kick-off the league after close to a year of inactivity on December 13, and will eventually be called the 'Ascension Pro League' as member clubs and the Board of Directors of the Pro League, have agreed to have Ascension sponsor it this year while discussions are still on-going with SportsMax and the T&T Football Association to join.
Pro League officials are also listening to the football association to have the Second Tier competition organised in time for the official start of the pro league on December 13