• Monday Mar 21, 2011

    Four advance in Caribbean club championship

    Trinidadian sides Defence Force and Caledonia AIA advanced to the second round of the Caribbean club championship along with Guyana's Milerock and River Plate FC of Puerto Rico, completing aggregate victories to join the defending champion Puerto Rico Islanders.

    River Plate allowed only a 75th-minute goal by Yefrey Calderon, a score which gave Bodden Town a 1-0 victory on Sunday, but not enough to overcome River's 2-0 win on Friday. Both games were played in George Town in the Cayman Islands.

    The aggregate triumph sends River to a second-round meeting against Alpha United of Guyana, which advanced when its first-round opponent - Bassa Sports Club of Antigua - withdrew.

    Second-half substitute Mike Edwards scored in the 73rd and 84th minutes to lead Defence Force to a 3-0 victory over the Dandy Town Hornets and complete a 4-1 win. Sean Narcis scored for the second time in as many games to give Defence Force the lead in the 18th minute.

    The Trinidadian champion next will face Milerock of Guyana, which won 2-1 at Inter Moengotapoe on Saturday and advanced on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw. Collie Hercules and Ryana Crandon put Milerock ahead 2-0 before Germaine van Dijk scored in the 93rd minute for the Suriname club.

    Caledonia used goals from five different players, including a second in nine days by Jean-Luc Rochford, to trounce Newtown United of St. Kitts and Nevis 5-0 on Saturday and finish a 6-0 aggregate victory.

    The TT Pro League runner-up next will face Tempete of Haiti, which - like Alpha United - advanced to the second round when Bath Estate of Dominica withdrew.

    The remaining second-round pairing of the CFU Club Champions Cup will have the Islanders face either Walking Boyz of Suriname or Northern United of St. Lucia. Walking Boyz won the first leg 3-0 on March 13 and returns home for the decider on Saturday.

    The semifinals in Trinidad will be played May 25 with the final and third-place game set for four days later. Three teams from the Caribbean club championship will qualify for next season's CONCACAF Champions League.

    CFU Club Champions Cup
    (Home teams listed first)
    First Round
    First Leg
    Bathestate FC* (DMA)-Tempete FC (HAI)
    Alpha United FC (GUY)-Bassa Sports Club* (ATG)

    Thursday, March 10
    Dandy Town Hornets (BER) 1, Defence Force (TRI) 1
    Newtown United (SKN) 0, Caledonia AIA (TRI) 1

    Sunday, March 13
    Northern United All Stars (SLU) 0, Walking Boyz Co. (SUR) 3
    Milerock FC (GUY) 0, Intermoengotapoe SV (SUR) 1

    Friday, March 18
    #River Plate FC (PUR) 2, Bodden Town (CAY) 0

    Second Leg
    Saturday, March 19
    Defence Force (TRI) 3, Dandy Town Hornets (BER) 0 (Defence force advances on 4-1 aggregate)
    Intermoengotapoe SV (SUR) 1, Milerock FC (GUY) 2 (2-2 aggregate; Milerock advances 2-1 on away goals)
    Caledonia AIA (TRI) 5, Newtown United (SKN) 0 (Caledonia advances on 6-0 aggregate)

    Sunday, March 20
    Bodden Town (CAY) 1, River Plate FC (PUR) 0 (River Plate advances on 2-1 aggregate)

    Saturday, March 26
    Walking Boyz Co. (SUR) vs. Northern United All Stars (SLU)

    Second Round
    First Leg
    April 12-14
    Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR) vs. Northern United-Walking Boyz winner
    Milerock (GUY) vs. Defence Force (TRI)
    Caledonia AIA (TRI) vs. Tempete (HAI)
    Alpha United (GUY) vs. River Plate FC (PUR)

    Second Leg
    April 22-24
    Northern United-Walking Boyz winner vs. Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR)
    Defence Force (TRI) vs. Milerock (GUY)
    Tempete (HAI) vs. Caledonia AIA (TRI)
    River Plate FC (PUR) vs. Alpha United (HAI)

    *Withdrew
    #Match played at George Town, Cayman Islands

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