Guaya United came out on top in a fierce battle against Prisons FC in the TTSL CFTL League Cup Finals held at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Saturday night.
The 3-1 victory was hard fought and one that Guaya United head coach Ron “Professor” La Forest accepted with great pride.
“How you want me to feel? I am a champion!” La Forest told TTSL Media with a chuckle.
“When we started the season, we decided it had two trophies to be won – the League Cup and the League. God blessed us, we got the League Cup and now we going after the other one,” he continued.
Victory in the final was not easy to come by and La Forest’s team found themselves a goal down in a cagey first half.
Prisons FC star winger, Ricardo Alleyne opened the scoring with a composed finish in the 38th minute after being set free brilliantly down the right.
However Guaya fought back at the stroke of half time with lady luck smiling on the “Green Army”. Andrei Pacheco’s free kick squirmed into the net after taking a wicked deflection which left Prison’s goalkeeper Javon Bourne and coach Anderson Veronique cursing their fortune.
If the first 45 was cagey, the second was the exact opposite.
In the midst of a vocal and electric atmosphere, the teams traded attacking blows in a pulsating finale to the League Cup that brought many “ooos”, “ahhs” and a few panicked shouts.
Then came the loudest cheers on the night, as the men from the south east coast produced the match winners in front of a crowd of approximately 1300.
In the 68th minute, right back Leroy Jones snuck into space at the back post, controlled and then hammered a left footed shot into the top corner.
Prisons responded with captain Anthony Parris and Roland Hamilton both forcing Erskine Johnson into great saves but Carlon Hughes issued the final judgement in added on time with a customary goal.
It takes Hughes’ tally to a 2017 CFTL League Cup high of 6 goals and 30 in all competitions.
It may be celebration time now according to La Forest but he knows all too well about the importance of staying focused to secure the TTSL – League One title. Guaya United currently sit on 46 points while chasers FC Santa Rosa have 44 points with only three rounds left in the season.
TTSL – League One action continues today with five matches across the country.