Celtics take ti­tle in GSL tier 2 men

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Edi­tor The Celtics are the 2017 Glen­garry Soc­cer League tier 2 men’s di­vi­sion play­off champion, hav­ing won the fi­nal se­ries in a two-game sweep of Green­field.

De­spite the out­come, the ti­tle was in­deed a bat­tle on the pitch, as the fact that the first half of each game saw the Celtics held off the score­sheet. The Blue Shirts, each time, though, found their legs in the se­cond half.

Af­ter tak­ing game one back on Sept. 4 with a 3-1 ef­fort, the Celtics were on the field in Alexan­dria on Mon­day night, look­ing to don the crown.

And that’s just what they did, de­spite a gritty per­for­mance from Team Red.

Ten min­utes into the se­cond half, the Celtics were awarded a free kick just out­side the goal­box, and Ja­son Kil­ger made no mis­take with the op­por­tu­nity, cap­i­tal­iz­ing for the game’s first tally.

Green­field, un­daunted, pushed the play from there, mount­ing at­tack af­ter at­tack, only to the thwarted.

At the 80-minute mark, Eric Berg­eron fin­ished off a cross to make it 2-0 Blue.

Rhys Pa­que­tte even­tu­ally added a late in­sur­ance tally, break­ing through the Green­field de­fence to elude goal­keeper Don­ald Dash­ney, who, on the night, made many a fine save.

The Celtics won the match 3-0, back­stopped by Bren­dan Ried.

To reach the best-of-three fi­nal se­ries, the Celtics dis­patched Glen Ne­vis in the semi­fi­nal round, while Green­field up­set the se­cond- place McCrim­mon Com­bines in the other se­ries.

Dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, the Celtics topped the four-team ta­ble, with a record of 6 wins, 4 ties, and 2 losses.

McCrim­mon was 5-3-4, fol­lowed by Green­field at 3-4-5 and Glen Ne­vis with a 3-3-6 record.

Note­wor­thy within the di­vi­sion is the fact that no team dom­i­nated this sea­son, with just 10 points sep­a­rat­ing top from bot­tom.

McCrim­mon led the sea­son in shutouts, as three of their 12 matches ended with a goose egg on the op­pos­ing side of the ledger.

No GSL awards are pre­sented in the di­vi­sion. How­ever, says Celtics chief­tain Lothar Schareina, if there was an MVP tro­phy, it should go to Ja­son Kil­ger.

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

IN­TEN­SITY: Paul Rother, of the Celtics tier 2 men’s soc­cer team, fends off the chal­lenge of Green­field’s Lind­say MacCul­loch, in game two of the GSL fi­nals.

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