PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (April 29, 2016) - The Caribbean Football Union(CFU) Club Championship Finals kicked off with Direct TV W Connection defeating Arnett Gardens FC 2 - 0 and Host Don Bosco FC falling to defending champions Central FC on penalties.
Direct TV W Connection (TRI) 2 - 0 Arnett Gardens (HAI)
Alvin Jones 2' min, Shahdon Winchester 45' + 2 min
The opening match of the CFU Club Championship Finals began in exciting fashion with W Connection's Alvin Jones scoring a well-struck free-kick from 20 yards out in the 2nd minute. Arnett would recover from conceding early in the half with a few chances of their own as W Connection failed to find an early rhythm. They, however, doubled their lead in the 45th minute as good ball work from Jamol Williams allowed an unmarked Shahdon Winchester enough time to tap in W Connection's second of goal of the half .
Arnett Gardens returned from the break a much more aggressive team and create good opportunities, but ultimately failed to put the ball at the back of the net. Direct TV W Connection, in the later stages of the second half, controlled most of the possession and held on to a 2 - 0 victory to advance to the finals.
Central F.C (TRI) 1- 1 Don Bosco F.C (HAI)
(4* - 2) Penalties
Sean De Silva 93' min (TRI), Kerlings Georges 104' min (HAI)
In the night's feature encounter host Don Bosco FC fell to last year's champions Central FC in what was a wet affair owing to pouring rain. The rain didn't hamper the Haitian fans though, as hundreds kept watch in the inclement weather to support their team.
Both teams battled for an opening goal in the early stages of the first half. Marcus Joseph would almost open the scoring for Central during a goal-mouth scramble, but Don Bosco's defense was alert enough to clear the danger. Don Bosco, which failed to qualify from last year's edition, battled for an opener themselves but the first half would end scoreless.
The weather improved in the second half but both teams still struggled to score. Don Bosco came close to taking the lead in the 76th minute but Dumy Fede failed to convert a header on to his opponent's goal, and the teams were 0-0 at regulation time.
In extra time it was Sean DeSilva scoring from a free- kick that gave Central FC the lead as they sought to join their compatriots in the final. Don Bosco worked hard for an equalizer, which came in the form of a penalty in the 104th minute. The penalty was converted by Kerlins Georges and extra time ended, taking the game into penalties 1-1. Central F C defeated Don Bosco FC 4-2 in the shootout.