Bar Flies, McCrimmon to battle for GSL title
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor The Glengarry Soccer League’s senior men’s division indoor championship series will kick off tomorrow, March 21 with the Bar Flies taking on McCrimmon in a best-of-three.
Both teams qualified for the finals following victories in the single-game knockout semifinal round.
The top-ranked Bar Flies (in first by way of the tie-breaker of goal differential) dispatched a persistent fourth-seeded Pine Grove 5-2.
The squads were tied 1-1 at the half, though, with Pine Grove’s Shae Wilkinson opening the scoring in the early going.
Later, from a free kick just outside the box, Bailey Pidgeon capitalized for the equalizer, with Liam MacDonald providing the screen.
Not long after play resumed following the interval, Pidgeon was at it again, breaking free of the defence, to slide the ball past a charging Pine Grove goalkeeper.
Moments later, Team Green was back on even terms, as Hugh MacLeod found an opening past netminder Tyler Hay.
MacDonald soon restored the Bar Flies lead, following up with an insurance marker, before Kenny MacMillan closed out the scoring off some strong late ball movement.
Hay made a number of stellar saves through- out the game, as the men of Pine Grove pounded him with shots. At the other end of the pitch, Brendhan McCormick was kept busy as well.
The evening’s other semifinal was as even a battle as anyone might have expected between teams that finished the regularseason tied on points.
Alexandria FC started off the scoring, with a bit of controversy, as McCrimmon goalkeeper Nick Wenger was bumped to his keister, after which the ball was tapped into the open net.
Team White was undeterred, though, rallying quickly to tie and soon build a 3-1 lead. Moments after it looked like McCrimmon might pot its fourth, play swung the other way, and Alexandria capitalized.
Yale Chadsey then scored the equalizer, one of his three markers on the night, after stealing the ball near midfield.
Just before halftime, White got back in front, as a shot deflected off a defender making a valiant effort.
Early into the second half, Sullivan Van Loon bulged the twine of the McCrimmon net, with a firm strike, through a crowd, that tied the match at 4-4.
Later, Team White potted its fifth marker for another lead, but Alexandria came right back with pressure, testing Wenger.
Team Blue came close with a Kyle Howes shot on which the McCrimmon keeper needed every inch of his height to deflect from harm.
However, Alexandria would not be denied. Andrew Wilkes collected the ball and waited patiently for Wenger to commit, before launching it into the net, to tie the game at 5-5.
Just a few seconds off the ensuing kickoff, McCrimmon scored what would standing as the game-winning goal, a booming shot past the keeper.
The final few minutes were frenetic, as the Alexandria boys threw everything they had at McCrimmon, but they were held at bay, as Team White secured the 6-5 win.
McCrimmon goal scorers, with two each, were Bryce Fraser, Tyler Willard, and Shawn Vink.
During the regular-season, the Bar Flies and McCrimmon played six times, with each team winning three. McCrimmon prevailed in the most recent, a 5-3 decision on March 7.
NEXT DEADLINE: Monday, March 25, noon
TRAINING: dome. Marc Henri works out on the track at Alexandria’s