Sunday, August 31, 2008
St.Lawrenc: 1 Feildians 0 Goalscorer - Richard Kelly
This was a barn burner. The Feildian's threw everything at the Laurentians except the kitchen sink. If it wasn't for a break that the Laurentians received on a hand ball, from referee Mike Edmunds, the outcome very well could have went in favor of the Feildians. I will give more details on this incident and the finals in my next Coach's Corner.
2008 Jubilee Trophy Champions - St.John's Kirby Team
Kirby Team: 2 Holy Cross: 0 . Both goals were scored in Overtime
Feildian's advance to Challenge Cup Final
This game may very well go into the history books as to what occurred and how Mount Pearl's coach Walt Mavin used his starting players, rather than how his team performed in this semi final contest. I will elaborate more on this in my next Coach's Corner article. For the Feildian's, it was a greater overall effort from the team,the solid goal tending of Matthew Prim, and a couple of breaks that led the Feildians to victory. The Feildian's first goal came from a deflected shot, struck by the Feildians Colin Browne from about 30 yards out at the 28 minute mark. The Feildians second big break resulted in a penalty shot, when Gerald Connolly knocked down a Feildian attacker, despite the fact the ball was outside the 18 yard box. It was David Webb who accepted this gift as he scored on this charity shot at the 84 minute mark. The final result is the fact that the Feildian's have advanced to the 2008 Provincial Challenge Cup Final against St.Lawrence.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Wils is joined by Jimmy Cluett. Jimmy has just returned home from Fort McMurray to take in the Provincial Challenge Cup to cheer on the Laurentians
Friday, August 29, 2008
Game 1: St. Lawrence : 5 - Feildians: 0
Game Report courtesy of the NLSA
A foggy, drizzly day at King George V greeted a good crowd of 800 plus for the 1st vs. 2nd place match between the defending Challenge Cup champions St. Lawrence and Feildians. The drizzle turned into heavy rain as play got underway but the weather had little effect on playing conditions - the advantages of an artificial turf field – but certainly tested the commitment of the fans.
Line ups; St. Lawrence
Goal: John Douglas, Andrew Perrott, Ryan Slaney, Marc Pittman, Paul Slaney, Darren Pike, Rudy Norman, Jeremy Brenton, Clinton Edwards, Richard Kelly, Mike Howlett
Feildians: Mike Organ, John Acreman, Ryan Sheppard, Colin Browne, Steve Howell, Chris Roche, Liam Kelly, Ian Power, David Webb, Chris Burry, Zach Hynes
It was an open game to start with, both sides forcing corners in the first 10 minutes but St. Lawrence slowly started to dominate mid-field. After 15 minutes Richard Kelly opened the scoring, as a long ball from Douglas found Mike Howlett, who made a great run to the by-line, cutting the ball back leaving Kelly an easy finish.
St. Lawrence pressure resulted in a second goal after 32 minutes as the ball was played in to Richard Kelly’s feet inside the penalty area. He fell but managed to lay the ball back to Paul Slaney whose low right footed shot from 20 yards was partially saved but crept in by the post.
Feidlians continued to struggle to put pressure on the St. Lawrence defence, and left themselves open to the break. Marc Pittman, charging forward from defence was taken down on the halfway line by Steve Roche, who was cautioned by referee Rob Antle
St. Lawrence continued where they left off in the 2nd half as Rudy Norman found Jeremy Brenton in space down the right. Brenton followed a strong run into the box with a good right foot finish to make it three after 53 minutes.
Feildians pushed forward and forced several corners but looked vulnerable on the break. After 64 minutes a clever ball from Howlett freed Rudy Norman for a strong run through mid field, and freed up Sean Edwards for a shot. Mike Organ saved well from point blank range but Edwards bundled home the rebound to make it 4-0. The rain was torrential at this point but the fans stayed put. The final goal came after 74 minutes as a powerful run by Norman followed by a nice ball to Sean Edwards led to a near post cross, well finished by Johnny Pickett.
With the outcome decided, both sides made substitutions, with Zach Hynes and Colin Browne picking up cautions.
Coach's Corner Game Predictions:
Game One: 1st seed vs. 2seed: St. Lawrence vs. Feildians
This will be a very one-sided affair, with the Laurentians blowing the Feildians away.
Predicted Score: St. Lawrence 5 - Feildians 0
Game 2: Mount Pearl: 1 - Holy Cross : 0
Game report courtesy of the NLSA
Mount Pearl & Holy Cross proved to be a closely fought encounter, it was tied scoreless at the half. The weather improved slightly later in the evening but persistent rain and drizzle meant less than ideal conditions. Although the first half had no goals there were good scoring chances, the best falling to Mount Pearl. After 19 minutes Cross keeper failed to hold a hard low shot and the rebound was put over the bar from inside the goal area. Pearl had another excellent chance as the half wound down as a great through ball put Justin Pickford in on the keeper but Scott Edwards made a great save. Cross had some god chances on the break, and failed to take advantage of two free kicks in excellent positions.
Cross came out strong in the 2nd half and put some pressure on Mount Pearl for the first 10 minutes. Their best chance of the game came following a good run and cross from the left and a diving header- only to be foiled by an excellent save from Gerald Connolly. Mount Pearl broke quickly and Ryan Caines had the ball in the net for a 1-0 lead. Zach Wade missed a glorious scoring opportunity minutes later, blasting over the bar from 10 yards out, but that was as close as Cross got. Mount Pearl survived a couple of scares but held on fairly comfortably to earn a place in tomorrow's semi-final against Feildians
Coach's Corner Game Predictions :
Game Two: 3rd seed vs. 4th seed: Mount Pearl vs. Holy Cross
You could flip a coin and make this call. I realize this game could go either way, but I will give the edge to Holy Cross. I wouldn’t be shocked if this game went to overtime.
Predicted Score: Holy Cross 2 - Mount Pearl 1
Note: At the point in time I wrote the article I did not know that Jeremy Babstock would not be playing for Holy Cross. As I referred to, he is their heart and soul.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Holy Cross advances to final in Jubilee Trophy
Labour Day Weekend Senior Men's Schedule
Friday, August 29: 8:30 p.m. - Holy Cross vs Mount Pearl in the 3 vs 4 game.
Saturday, August 30: 4 p.m. - The Loser of the 6 p.m. Friday game will face the winner of the 8:30 p.m. Friday game.
Sunday, August 31: 3:30 p.m. - Challenge Cup Final - Winner of the 6 p.m. game Friday and the 4 p.m. Saturday game.
Relive the glory - and the horror - during CBC' s 2nd Annual Soccer Day in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Come down to King George V Soccer Field on August 31st to see the CBC celebrity team take on the Mount Pearl Under 16 Boys and Girls Allstars. See your favourite CBC personalities and special guests test their mettle, and probably lose, against some of the city's finest young players.
But that's not all. Before the CBC celebrities eat dust, the Under 14 Girls will play a championship match at 10 a.m. with the winner taking home the CBC Cup.
And after the celebrity game, at 1:30 p.m Shanneyganock and Aislin House will rock the field for your entertainment.
At 3:30 p.m., watch Newfoundland and Labrador's best male players square off against each other in the Senior Men's Molson Challenge Cup Final.
At 7:30, p.m. watch Newfoundland and Labrador's best female players square off against each other in the Senior Women's Breen's Provincial Jubilee Trophy Final
A full day of soccer and fun...
And a chance to win a Mitsubishi Lancer from Capital Mitsubishi. Watch Here and Now starting August 18, 2008 to find out how you can win. Learn more.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
In Halifax, Coldwell Banker Senior Men team defeated the Dunbrack Senior Men's team in their provincial final by a score of 3-2. Dunbrack went into the final with a 20- 0 record prior to the Championship game.. Halifax City took the final, making it their second straight championship, and the fifth in six years.
This team has three well know NL'ers playing on their squad: Wayne Francis & Brian Francis from Burin and Mark Sweepapple from Corner Brook. St.Lawrence defeated this Halifax squad last year in Halifax to win bronze.
The Halifax, Salty's Senior women put on a solid performance to take Scotia Women, 2-1 in the final.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Three very well known and very well respected soccer figures have been appointed to the Selection Committee of the
Provincial soccer president Doug Redmond named Jeff Babstock and Angus Barrett of
“During the past ten years or so the soccer hall of fame has been a smooth and very respected aspect of our association and we are looking to continue this type of operation,”
“And now we are certain that the new board will continue this fine work. All of the new members have lengthy soccer backgrounds and are well versed in the history of soccer. In addition, they share a wide range of soccer knowledge and have earned great respect for their achievements and contributions.”
This past weekend, I took a trip out to Fort McMurray to check out the scenery. While there I was given a tour of the city and obviously I took a quick visit to their soccer fields. As one would expect they do have a beautiful soccer pitch and a great indoor soccer facility.
At the restaurant,I met and had a great chat with Teddy Edwards. He wanted to know how soccer is presently going in our province? He informed me that his brother Brad, who was a great player in his time, was at work. Actually I coached Ted in 1995 when I coached the Lawn Shamrocks in the Provincial Challenge Cup League.
St. Lawrence wraps up the season with a 3-1 score over St.John's Under 18's
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Feildians defeated Holy Cross by a 2-1 margin as both teams are gearing up for the provincial finals. The game was a very quite affair as one would expect. Scoring for the Feildians were; Colin Browne and Justin Black while Jon Lacey replied for Holy Cross.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Game 2: BPSA: 3 - Mount Pearl: 2
In the opening half both teams played hard. The play was even and at the 45 minute mark the score was even at 0-0. But in the second half it was a different story with five goals being scored. At the 60 minute mark, Stefan Slaney let go a bullet. It was one of the hardest shots that I've seen taken at the new King George V turf pitch. This shot hit the crossbar and the rebound came back to Justin Caines from Grand Bank, and he kicked it into an open net. After this goal the BPSA missed four glorious scoring opportunities. As luck would have it, at the 80 minute mark, Mount Pearl were awarded a penalty kick after the ball accidentally struck Stefan Slaney's elbow. Mount Pearl tied the score 1-1 on the penalty. Then just minutes after this goal Tyler Forsey, who was set up by Stefan Slaney, let go a beautiful shot with his right foot, scoring and giving BPSA a 2-1 advantage. When it looked like the game was over, Mount Pearl scored at the 90 minute mark on a defensive lapse by the BPSA making the score 2-2. Then on referee time Tyler Forsey went to the left side of the field, received the ball and went deep into Mount Pearl territory and struck the ball with his left foot scoring and giving the BPSA a 3-2 lead and a very important 3 points after BPSA had received 1 point earlier in the day for their tie in the opening contest.
Burin Peninsula Under - 12's, Under - 14's, Under -16's, Participate in Provincial "A" Tournaments - Regional All-Stars
Game 1 - St. John's: 4 BPSA: 0 :
An excellent game of soccer played at King George V Soccer Field. The St.John's Under -12 are dynamite in the St.John's Metro League. They are so overpowering and dominating that they were moved up to the Metro Under -14 League. The BPSA were very respectably and held their own in this contest. The play was fairly even but St.John's were much stronger offensively. I counted 8 quality chances for St.John's while the BPSA had 4 solid chances.It was a great experience for the BPSA Under -12's just to play on the artificial turf. Overall they played a very strong game and it was a game that these kids will remember a lifetime.
Game 2 - Gander: 0 BPSA: 5
This contest was played at St.Pat's. BPSA dominated Gander in all aspects of the game. Their next contest depends on how the other divisions go.
Game 3- St. John's Maroons - 2 : BPSA: 9
Goalscorers for BPSA: Shayne Dunphy (2), Christian Lace (2),
Damian Byrnes (2), Grant Slaney (1), Jeffrey Doyle (2)
Goalscorers for SJ Maroon: Declan Daly (1), Josh Conway (1)
Game 4 - Paradise: 1 - BPSA: 1
BPSA advances to Provincial Under 12- "B" Championship
Monday, August 18, 2008
In tonight's game, both teams played well during the first half with Mount Pearl opening the scoring on a goal from Bernie Manning at the 18 minute mark. It was a beautiful unselfish play by Justin Pickford who passed the ball deep inside the 18 yard box that set up Manning, leaving Holy Cross's netminder,Scott Edwards with absolutely no chance. Then at the 30 minute mark, a Holy Cross free shot banged off the crossbar and goalpost before being sent out of play.
In the second half play became very relaxed and it appeared that Mount Pearl had victory well in hand until a penalty shot was awarded to Holy Cross at the 78 minute mark.`It was Mount Pearl's Adam Drover bolting over a Holy Cross attacker, causing the penalty kick. When Mount Pearl went back on the attack,while looking for victory that would give them a shot at second place, a major defensive blunder occurred late in the game. This mistake allowed Dan Connolly to break between Mount Pearl's fullback's and score on Gerald Connolly giving Holy Cross a 2-1 victory.
On behalf of myself and ASSP i would like to thank the organizer of the under 12 mega this past week-end special thank to shane and all members of marystown soccer for a good tournament (except Sunday morning weather)we are very pleased the way that the boys and the coaches were treated hopeing next year we will have the same exchange that we did this year and even better
Yours truly Ronald Manet
For the third time this season the St.Lawrence, Laurentians and the St. John's, Feildians scores have ended in ties. On Sunday, in a contest that statistically really didn't mean a lot to St.Lawrence, the Feildians and St.Lawrence played to a 0-0 score. The Laurentians, already have clinched 1st place in the overall standings and with this draw the Laurentians now have eight ties on the season. The Feildians on the other hand are looking to capture 2nd place and they virtually but unofficially have done this. The Feildians have three games remaining and are 4 points up on their nearest rival, Mount Pearl, with a game in hand. John Douglas and Matthew Prim posted the shutout for their respective teams.