Celtics prevail in finals opener
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor A damp Monday evening in Williamstown saw the Celtics draw first blood in the Glengarry Soccer League’s tier 2 men’s championship series, as the Blue Shirts prevailed 3-1 over Greenfield.
After a scoreless first half, the Celtics stepped up the offence soon after play resumed from the interval, with Jason Kilger finding the target.
Then it was a successful penalty kick by Rhys Paquette to make it a two-goal lead, and the Celtics were off to the races.
At the 77-minute mark, Paul Rother struck from 25 yards out to add insurance.
Moments later, Greenfield got on the board, when Emil Booyink fired a cross in from a sharp angle, but that was as close as Team Red got.
Game two of the best-of-three series will go next Monday (Sept. 11) on the pitch at Glengarry Sports Palace, in Alexandria. Start time is set for 8:30 p.m.
Should it be needed, a third match will be played Sept. 18, back on the Williamstown field.
The Celtics were tops during the regular season, amassing a record of 6 wins, 4 ties, and 2 losses, while Greenfield ended up third, at 3-4-5.
To reach the final, the Celtics dispatched Glen Nevis on scores of 8-2 and 3-1, with Greenfield upsetting second- seeded McCrimmon on a pair of 2-1 wins.
LEAGUE’S FINEST: Members of the U14 girls Glengarry Hearts soccer team include, standing in back from left, coach Steve Reed, Jessica Green,Julianne Brunet, Carolanne Paquette, Erika DavidsonLeroux, Kaisa Este, Taylor Hambleton, Leslie Papps, Mei Le Cumming, Lilly Bacchiochi, and coach Carolyn Cameron. Kneeling are Chloe Anderson, Rebecca Reed, Ella Bowles, Breigh Jackson, Camden Tait, Nevynn Witteveen, Morgann Juneau, and Florence Lavigne, with Alexa Cousineau in front. Absent: MacKinnley MacKillican, Amanda Burke, and coach Todd Anderson.