Bar Flies, McCrimmon to bat­tle for GSL ti­tle

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

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

McCrimmon and Alexan­dria square off in men’s play­off soc­cer.

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