VKH se­nior men win GSL crown in OT thrill ride

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Edi­tor What a match! What a se­ries! The 2018 edi­tion of the Glen­garry Soc­cer League’s se­nior men’s cham­pi­onship be­tween Van­kleek Hill and Greenfield was cer­tainly one for the ages, capped off by an Aug. 29 ex­tra time con­test at VCI.

A score­less bat­tle through 90 min­utes, emo­tions boiled over as the ref­eree blew his whis­tle. Play­ers were soon dis­persed, but the brouhaha was in­dica­tive of the in­ten­sity of the con­test, which car­ried over into over­time play.

The host side stepped up the of­fence in the ex­tra ses­sion, look­ing to fin­ish this one early, but Greenfield goal­keeper Ni­co­las Vail­lan­court was up to the chal­lenge, mak­ing a se­ries of stel­lar stops.

Greenfield drew a red card fol­low­ing one fra­cas, forc­ing the visi­tors to play the rest of the way short-handed.

Re­gard­less, it seemed as though the top team from the reg­u­lar sea­son was on a mis­sion, as Van­kleek Hill con­tin­ued to carry the bulk of the play.

At the 125-minute mark, Do­minick Myre found him­self in the goal box, free.

As chaos en­sued around him, dis­tract­ing Vail­lan­court, the ball came to Myre who put it away for the 1-0 vic­tory, and the cel­e­bra­tion was on.

Van­kleek Hill wins the se­ries two games to one, with all matches end­ing 1-0.

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

TAK­ING FLIGHT: Van­kleek Hill. Greenfield goal­keeper Ni­co­las Vail­lan­court goes air­borne, as he eyes an in­com­ing shot, in game three of the Glen­garry Soc­cer League se­nior men’s cham­pi­onship se­ries, ver­sus

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

Cun­ning pro­vided the scor­ing.Trail­ing by a goal, the Celtics came close on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions in the lat­ter stages, as goalie Grant Ma­cLeod and the McCrim­mon de­fence were put to the stiffest of tests.– BIG­GEST FAN: The county’s self-pro­fessed great­est fan of the Habs, Pierre Brunet, pur­chases the first ticket to the Oct. 27 Mon­treal Cana­di­ens alumni game, to be played in Alexan­dria. He is seen here with Pamela An­dré, (left) of the Glen­garry Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal foun­da­tion, and Chloe Crack, rep­re­sent­ing North Glen­garry town­ship.

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