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T&T clubs meet for CFU title

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2016 | 5:16 AM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC):

Title-holders Central FC and last year's losing finalists, W Connection, will clash again in today's final of the Caribbean Football Union Club Championship, after posting contrasting wins in the semi-finals here Friday night.

Playing at the Stade Sylvio Cator, W Connection blanked Jamaican club Arnett Gardens 2-0 in the opening game and Central FC ensured another all-Trinidadian final when they edged home side Don Bosco 4-2 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out after scores were locked 0-0 after regulation time and 1-1 after extra time.

 

Brilliant free kick

 

Importantly, both winners qualified for the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League as two of the three Caribbean slots allowed.

The third spot will be filled by the winners of today's third place playoff between Arnett Gardens and Don Bosco.

In Friday's opening game, W Connection grabbed the lead as early as the second minute when Alvin Jones scored with a brilliant free kick from just outside the box.

Arnett Gardens missed a couple of chance to equalise and were made to pay for their wastefulness as Shahdon Winchester doubled W Connection's lead on the stroke of half-time after being set up by Jamol Williams.

The second half was fairly evenly contested but Arnett failed to find the two important goals to keep the semi-final alive.

In the second game of the night, neither team could find the decisive goal in regular time, as they battled a heavy downpour, and the contest only came alive early in extra time.

Central FC snatched the lead in the 93rd minute through Sean Silva's free kick but his strike was cancelled out when Don Bosco earned a penalty and Kerlins Georges converted in the 104th minute.