• Tuesday May 16, 2017

    San Juan Jabloteh finds Caribbean Club Championship stride

    San Juan Jabloteh players (pictured) gather for a team photo prior to their Caribbean Club Championship match against Racing FC on May 14, 2017, in Port  of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. (Photo: CA-Images)

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago – San Juan Jabloteh has competed in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) twice, but not since being eliminated from the 2010/11 edition’s preliminary round.

    On Sunday, the Trinidad & Tobago power took the next step on the road back to the CONCACAF stage with a 2-0 win over Haiti’s Racing FC at Hasely Crawford Stadium to open the 2017 Caribbean Club Championship (CCC) finals.

    Both of the San Juan Kings’ goals came in the second half, with the excellent Nathan Lewis (50’) and an own-goal by Joseph Mitchelson accounting for the margin of victory.

    “We weren’t sure about the opposition, so we were a little tentative,” said San Juan Jabloteh head coach Keith Jeffrey, after his side’s first competitive match in two months. “Normally, we play a lot of quicker passes, a quicker game, but because of the opposition we weren’t sure. We were more cagey and we took our time, slowed it down and we played. The result speaks for itself.”

    Next up for San Juan Jabloteh is an encounter against Jamaica’s Portmore United, which first plays Racing on Tuesday night. Another win would give Jabloteh the Group B crown and send it to the final, possibly against Trinidad rival and two-time defending CCC champion Central FC. Only the team that ultimately lifts the trophy will get a berth in the 2018 SCCL.

    Jeffrey believes that an all-Trinidad final will be good for the country’s football.

    “We at Jabloteh, the community and Trinidad & Tobago want to see the two Trinidad teams go forward…meet in the final like a Clasico,” he finished. “That’s what we’re aiming for. We hope to take care of Portmore on Thursday. We have four days to recover and finish off Portmore and face Central or one of the top teams in the other group.”

    San Juan Jabloteh is now a perfect 4W-0D-0L in 2017 CCC play, scoring 16 goals and conceding only one.

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