Celtics pre­vail in fi­nals opener

The Glengarry News - - Sports In Glens -

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.

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

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.

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