First-half goals by Odelle Armstrong and Kareem Frederick earned the men from St Francois Nationals their first title for the season, claiming the Fruta FA Cup on Wednesday night at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo, Port-of-Spain with a 2-0 triumph over Cantaro FC.
Armstrong's goal also ensured he finished as one of three leading scorers for the playoffs on four goals. St Francois Nationals, seasoned campaigners in the Northern Football Association (NFA) and local football for many years, failed to secure the covetous Premiership and Championship Division titles, won by Miscellaneous Laventille Utd and North Coast SCC, respectively.
On Wednesday though, they ensured that they did not finish the season empty-handed, downing Cantaro FC. Apart from Armstrong, Joshua Rogers was also among the leading scorers in the play-off with two goals, while Fredericks, Raheem Borde, Andre Joseph, Jared Harry and Rodnel John, each scored a goal apiece.
The game concluded another successful season in the NFA, as the top players now look forward to an NFA All-Star contest with T&T Pro League campaigners Club Sando at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Balmain, Couva Saturday at 7 pm. NFA officials will now attempt to sort out matters with the Disciplinary Committee and other NFA committee issues before the curtain comes down on the season.
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St Francois Nationals clinch Fruta FA Cup.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).
ST FRANCOIS Nationals clinched the Fruta-sponsored Northern Football Association (NFA) FA Cup title, with a 2-0 win over Cantaro FC in Wednesday’s final at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.
Former Defence Force and Caledonia AIA striker Odelle Armstrong broke the deadlock in the 31st minute, and Kareem Frederick got St Francois’ second goal in the 45th.
According to a media release from the organisers All Sport Promotions, “There are a couple matters that the disciplinary committee and NFA committee have to meet to officially complete the (2018) season.”
However, Miscellaneous Laventille United and North Coast SCC copped the Premier and Championship Division titles respectively.
Tomorrow, the attention will turn to the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, as the NFA Select All-Star team will face Club Sando in an exhibition game from 7 pm.