Teejay Cadiz fired in the decisive item as lowly Premier Division club Bethel United stunned visitor and table leader Sports & Games FC Santa Rosa 2-1 in their T&T Football Association National Super League blink/bmobile knockout semifinal at Mt Pleasant Recreation Ground on Wednesday night.
Going into the contest, Santa Rosa, which holds a five-point lead over defending champion Defence Force in the Premier Division title race was heavy favourites but after the first 45 minutes, found itself still level at the break with Bethel United, third from bottom of the 14-team table, the Guardian reported.
Three minutes after the restart, Bethel took a shock lead through national beach football player Kevon Woodley. But that lead only lasted a few seconds as Keron Clarke drew Santa Rosa, level almost from the restart.
Nine minutes later, Cadiz then regained the narrow advantage for Bethel United which it held on to until the final whistle to set up a meeting with Police FC in the final.
In the second match at Mt Pleasant, the “Lawmen” avoided an all-Tobago final by blanking 1976 FC Phoenix 2-0 with a goal apiece from Real Didier in the 44th and Jason Boodram, in the 77th.
The winner of the knockout final will take home $100,000 and the loser will collect $50,000 while Santa Rosa and Phoenix, as losing semifinalist will each get $25,000.
League action will resume in the Championship and Premier Division on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Bethel United 2 (Kevon Woodley 48th, Teejay Cadiz 58th) vs Santa Rosa 1 (Keron Clarke 49th)
Police FC 2 (Real Didier 44th, Jason Boodram 77th) vs 1976 FC Phoenix 0
Cunupia FC vs Youth Stars, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, 3.30 pm
PV/DM Utd vs Barrackpore Utd, D/Martin North Sec. School Grd, 3.30 pm
Saddle Hill Hotspur vs Central 500 Spartans, Pascal Recreation Grd, Maraval, 5 pm
Carenage United vs UTT, Dibe Rec Grd, Long Circular, 3.30 pm.
Club Sando Moruga vs Siparia Spurs, Grand Chemin Rec Grd, 3.30 pm
Matura Re Utd vs Petrotrin Palo Seco, Matura Rec. Grd, 3.30 pm
FC Santa Rosa vs Marabella Family CC, Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya, 5 pm
Real Maracas vs Bethel Utd, Maracas Valley Rec. Grd, 3.30 pm
WASA FC vs Guaya Utd, WASA Grd, St Joseph, 3.30 pm
Defence Force vs Police, Defence Force Headquarters, Chaguaramas, 3.30 pm
QPCC vs 1976 FC Phoenix, St Mary’s College Ground, Serpentine Road, St Clair, 3.30 pm
Teams P W D L F A Pts
Santa Rosa 18 12 4 2 39 16 40
Defence Force 18 10 5 3 45 34 35
Club Sando Moruga 18 9 4 5 33 34 31
Siparia Spurs 18 8 4 6 42 38 28
Matura Re Utd 18 8 3 7 39 43 27
Police FC 17 7 5 5 27 20 26
Petrotrin P/Seco 18 8 1 9 43 37 25
Guaya Utd 18 7 4 7 33 29 25
1976 Phoenix 18 5 9 4 30 26 24
Real Maracas 18 7 2 9 32 31 23
WASA FC 17 6 3 8 23 33 21
Bethel Utd 18 5 3 10 29 43 18
QPCC 18 4 4 10 28 38 16
Marabella Family 18 3 1 14 20 41 10
Cunupia FC 11 7 1 3 27 18 22
Central 500 Spartans 10 6 2 2 22 14 20
UTT 10 5 3 2 22 14 18
Barrackpore Utd 11 5 2 4 23 17 17
Saddle Hill Hotspur 10 4 1 5 17 24 13
Youth Stars 9 4 0 5 22 17 12
T&T Prisons 11 2 5 4 15 20 11
Carenage Utd 11 3 2 6 15 30 11
PV/DM Utd 11 2 2 7 15 27 8
Santa Rosa edge third place Club Sando Moruga
The Five-point lead held by FC Santa Rosa over Defence Force remained intact after Sunday’s slate of games, on Match Day 18 of the National Super League Premiership Division.
Santa Rosa edged third-placed Club Sando Moruga 1-0 while Defence Force earned a similar result over the struggling Queen’s Park.
At the Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya, Santa Rosa got a 53rd minute goal from Rashad Griffith to notch their 12th victory of the season while, at the St Mary’s College Ground in St Clair, the prolific Josimar Belgrave found the back of the net in the 45th minute to seal three points for the Army-Coast Guard combination.
Santa Rosa have a total of 40 points from 18 games, while Defence Force have 35 from 18.
Siparia Spurs climbed from sixth to fourth after a 5-2 spanking of WASA FC at Irwin Park in Siparia.
Marvin Seuradge and Andy London notched two goals apiece for Siparia – Seuradge got his name on the scoresheet in the 18th and 31st minutes, while London netted in the 25th and 36th. And Chris Collins scored Siparia’s fifth, in the 42nd.
WASA got items from Glen Walker and Keston Jordan, in the 22nd and 49th minutes respectively.
Police overcame an early scare from table-proppers Marabella Family Crisis Centre to prevail 2-1 at the St James Barracks.
Marabella took the lead through an own goal, after four minutes, but ex-Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Trent Noel equalised in the 10th and Kenwin Matthew notched the winner in the 70th.
In a high-scoring affair at the New Lands Ground in Guayaguayare, hosts Guaya United overcame a combative Petrotrin Palo Seco 4-3.
The Palo Seco outfit had a 2-0 lead with strikes from Angus John (eighth) and Renefor Martin (24th) before Carlon Hughes tied the scores with a double, in the 30th and 35th.
John restored Palo Seco’s lead in the 47th but there was a final twist to the tale, as Akeel Paul struck in the 69th and 90th minutes to give Guaya a hard-fought win.
1976 FC Phoenix and Bethel United each registered victories over Real Maracas and Matura Re- United 3-1 respectively.
At the Canaan Recreation Ground, Phoenix took care of Maracas, with a double from Dominique Kerr (37th and 48th) and one from Lejandro Williams (85th). Ryan Stewart got the consolation for Maracas, in the 40th.
At the Mt Gomery Recreation Ground, Bethel United were rewarded with goals from Rohan Sebro (10th), Teejay Cadiz (20th) and Kevon Woodley (85th), while Kerin Vincent replied for Matura in the 44th.