P.E.I. F.C. re­peats at league cham­pi­ons

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JASON MAL­LOY

Brett Ho­gan scored three goals Sun­day as Soc­cerS­top P.E.I. F.C. clinched the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soc­cer League ti­tle.

Ho­gan scored on a shot from the top of the box, added another on a break­away and com­pleted the hat trick by tap­ping in a Jared Mur­phy pass for his fourth on the sea­son.

Mur­phy had his first goal of the sea­son and Sam Smi­ley recorded his sec­ond as the Is­land squad de­feated the Fred­er­ic­ton Reds 5-1 at the UPEI turf field. Ken Mor­ri­son replied for Fred­er­ic­ton while Brett Mac­Don­ald was the win­ning keeper.

P.E.I. re­peated as league champs and it was their third ti­tle in four sea­sons.

“It’s good to get the win and clinch,” said Ho­gan. “It takes a lit­tle bit of pres­sure off us com­ing down to the last two games.”

P.E.I. F.C. de­feated the Reds 42 on Satur­day night be­hind goals by Jim­mie May­aleh, Adam Lowther, Matt Thom­son and Smi­ley. Oliver Jones and Oisin McKenna replied for the Reds.

P.E.I. im­proved to 7-0-3 with the vic­to­ries while the sec­ond­place Reds are 4-4-2.

“Our goal is al­ways to com­pete well and medal at na­tion­als, and win­ning another New Brunswick league ti­tle is cer­tainly the first step to­wards that end goal,” said Thom­son.

P.E.I. F.C. started the sea­son with a pair of ties on the road be­fore win­ning the next four games.

“I love how the sea­son played out,” Thom­son said. “We had a great core of com­mit­ted play­ers who all had the same thing in mind, and they showed up ready to play and work hard.”

He pointed to the re­main­ing three teams in the four-team league be­ing sep­a­rated by seven points as a sign of how com­pet­i­tive the cir­cuit is.

“It’s a tes­ta­ment to our guys and the depth of our squad that we can come out and con­tinue to get wins against these good teams.”

The Is­land squad plays its fi­nal home game Fri­day at 7:30 p.m. and com­pletes the sea­son Sun­day at 2 p.m. in Monc­ton. Both games are against Co­diac First Touch (4-6-0).

“There was a lot of talk in the dress­ing room af­ter (Sun­day’s game) about want­ing to con­tinue with the sea­son we’ve had and try and stay un­de­feated,” Thom­son said.

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