22 November 2015

UPDATE: REFEREE BEATS PROUD ROSA NATION

FC Santa Rosa played Defebce Force FC’s TT Pro League team to a standstill in the quarter-final round of the 2015 Toyota Classic, losing in the end to a blatantly off-side 80th minute goal. Of all the people in the Hasely Crawford Stadium, only the referee and his assistant did not see former national striker Devorn Jorsling at least five yards offside when he received and finished a long pass behind the Big Cannon defence.

The Big Cannons had dedicated the match to deceased assistant coach Kenny Thomas and played like lions from the first whistle. While Defence Force had much of the possession, in branded Santa Rosa style, the Big Cannons counter-attacked and played the soldiers to a 1:1 half time score. Devon King earned and scored a penalty in the 45th minute to ensure the Rosa Nation went in on equal terms.

Despite the Army’s boast that they would score at least eight goals on Santa Rosa the game entered the final fifteen-minute period still tied and with Santa Rosa in the ascendancy. The referees then entered the match. After several controversial calls and non-calls that favoured the Army they gifted Defence Force the winning goal. When coach Keith Look Loy and substituted Devon King continued to protest the bad decision the referee sent both to the stands.

In the end, the Big Cannons represented themselves, FC Santa Rosa, the Super League and Kenny Thomas very well. They can be proud.

The Big Cannons meet Tobago’s Phoeniix FC on Thursday 26 November at the Marvin Lee Stadium from 5.00PM.

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