CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh will begin defence of the
T&T Pro League Courts Pro Bowl when they come up against
Superstar Rangers in the first quarterfinal match of a double-header
at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, from 6pm tonight.
The Jabloteh boys will go into the match as firm favourites
to reach the semifinal round, having beaten Rangers 4-1
in their lone league meeting this season at the same venue.
However, this time around, Jabloteh coach Terry Fenwick
will be without the services of three key players, in national
trio Aurtis Whitley, Cyd Gray and Anthony Wolfe.
Despite being labelled as under-dogs for the match, Rangers
confidence will be boosted by their come from behind 6-5
penalty-kicks win over Tobago United in the qualifying round
on Tuesday, after a 3-3 draw in regulation. This was after
the Tobagonians held a 3-0 lead at the end of the first-half.
Two-and-a -half hours later, Joe Public, who head the 10-team
league table on goal-difference from Jabloteh faces off
with Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA.
The Eastern Lions as Joe Public is called will be out for
revenge against AIA, who defeated them 1-0 in the league
earlier this season.
But since that win, AIA have struggled to maintain any sort
of winning form, losing three of their last five matches.
Down South at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella, North
East Stars come up against Defence Force in the first match,
also from 6pm.
After a slow start to the season, Stars have managed to
find their form and are currently one point off the top
of the league table.
In addition to the good run of form in the league, Stars
will also take into consideration their 2-0 win over Defence
Force in the league campaign.
However, the Teteron Boys, after starting the
season with five straight losses have played unbeaten in
their last two league matches and followed it up with an
impressive 2-1 qualifying round win over Starworld Strikers
on Tuesday, setting the stage for an interesting clash tonight.
The nights second match will see a southern derby
between VIBE CT 105 W Connection, last years beaten
finalist and United Petrotrin.
W Connection kicked off the 2006 season with a 3-0 win over
the Oil-men and go into the match on the heels
of a 5-0 league triumph over Rangers, while Petrotrin was
beaten 1-0 by Stars.
W Connection will be without key defender David Atiba Charles,
a member of the Soca Warriors World Cup squad .
However Anthony Rougier who was axed from the 24-man roster
by national coach Leo Beenhakker should be in the Petrotrin
Venue: Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella.
North East Stars vs Defence Force, 6pm.
United Petrotrin vs W Connection, 8.30pm.
Venue: Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar.
San Juan Jabloteh vs Superstar Rangers, 6 pm.
Joe Public vs Caledonia AIA,8.30pm.