Joe Public, Courts Caledonia To Contest Carib Champs Final

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Jamaica Gleaner


JOE Public and Courts Caledonia AIA will contest an all Trinidad and Tobago final of the BWIA-sponsored Caribbean Club football championship.

The two top Trinidad and Tobago clubs on Wednesday night kicked their Caribbean opponents from Jamaica and Martinique out of the eight-team competition to set up a showdown on Friday night for the big prize.

Joe Public, whose chairman is FIFA vice-president Jack Warner whipped Jamaica's Waterhouse 3-1 and AIA defeated L'Aiglon du Mentin of Martinique 4-3 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

AIA, coached by Jamal Shabaaz recovered from a Bruno Jean-Louis seventh minute goal and an own goal by defender Gerald Brice to tie the scores 2-2.

This comeback came through Grenadian Franklyn Baptiste's header in the 29th minute and Irasto Knight's superb direct free kick in the 42nd minute. L'Aiglon went ahead again when Max Nilecam scored in the 45th minute.

But a Kendall Velox penalty conversion, 11 minutes after the break and a clinical finish by the AIA Vincential-born player one minute from the end sealed his team's victory.

As he has done throughout the tournament, Joe Public's captain Arnold Dwarika finished strongly to put his team 2-0 in the first 15 minutes.

Waterhouse suffered a setback when referee Noel Bynoe ejected Waterhouse's Hugh Blair for a foul on Stokely Mason, eight minutes towards the end of the first half.

However, the Jamaicans shifted their central defender, World Cup finalist player Onandi Lowe into a striking position and reduced the deficit with 11 minutes left.

Joe Public would not be denied however, getting the assurance goal three minutes from full time when Angus Eve made good his goalkeeper Michael McCommie's long clearance downfield to score.