Defender Andre Ettienne scored the winner as Central FC beat three-time holders W Connection to lift the 2015/2016 season opener, Digicel Charity Shield at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on Friday night.
The Central Sharks lost the corresponding fixture 1-0 last season against W Connection.
Ettienne scored in the 69th minute from Jason Marcano’s corner.
New Central FC head coach Ross Russell was delighted with the win, “I made it to the Charity Shield twice before and lost. Now I have won it over the same club that beat me twice. I am confident now to go forward and do my job. “I’ve adopted a winning team that won four major titles last season but lost this one. Now it’s good that the players came back this season to win it.”
Central won four major titles: First Citizens Cup, Digicel Pro League, Caribbean Club Championship and Digicel Pro Bowl.
W Connection will tackle Saprissa of Costa Rica on Wednesday in the CONCACAF Chammpions Leauge before wrapping up their Group A fixtures against Mexico’s Santos Laguna on September 22.
Central must host Guatemala’s Comunicaciones on Thursday then LA Galaxy of the USA September 23 to complete their Group D fixtures.
All matches are hosted at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.