Un­der 14’s bring home Gold from All Star Soc­cer Tour­na­ment in New­found­land

The Labradorian - - Sports - BY CRAIG WALLACE craig_wal­lace@ymail.com

What a suc­cess­ful week­end of soc­cer for the Un­der 14 Boys Team from Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay com­pet­ing in the New­found­land & Labrador Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion All Star Soc­cer Tour­na­ments.

The Un­der 14 Boys trav­elled across to Grand Falls for the Mega style Tour­na­ment where they played in two pre­lim­i­nary qual­i­fy­ing games, win­ning each of them con­vinc­ingly 14-0 and 12-0 re­spec­tively, which was used to de­ter­mine their seed­ing for the Group Stage.

“We re­ally have a deep pool of soc­cer tal­ent in Goose Bay, its good, we are com­pet­ing well with the other com­mu­ni­ties, show­ing that we can com­pete at a Pro­vin­cial level.” — Da­gan Kelly

Da­gan Kelly, coach of the Un­der 14 Boys told the Labradorian that af­ter the pre­lim­i­nary games, the team was ranked num­ber one in A Di­vi­sion, and were sched­uled to play against Con­cep­tion Bay North and Labrador City who fin­ished were ranked two and three re­spec­tively in the A Di­vi­sion.

“The team played ex­cep­tional in the pre­lim­i­nary games, but didn’t know what to ex­pect when we had to come up against the other two teams. Af­ter a strong warm up, I knew the team was ready to go and we ended up beat­ing Labrador City eight to noth­ing”, said Kelly. “In our sec­ond game, it was Con­cep­tion Bay North that scored first. This was the first time our play­ers had gone be­hind in the Tour­na­ment and we could see that this af­fected them. We brought the play­ers in, re grouped and set­tled them down and got them play­ing the style of game that they trained for. We ended up win­ning four goals to one.”

With the com­ple­tion of the A Di­vi­sion round games, Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay fin­ished top of the group with Con­cep­tion Bay North fin­ish­ing in sec­ond place which pit­ted them both against each other in a re­match for the Cham­pi­onship on Sun­day morn­ing

In what was a ‘back and forth match’ with Con­cep­tion Bay North open­ing up with the first goal to make it 1-0, only to be equalised by Happy Val­leyGoose Bay, this scor­ing pat­tern con­tin­ued with the score line be­ing 2 goals each head­ing into late in the sec­ond half. With ap­prox­i­mately three min­utes left to play in the match, Matthew Bowles scored the win­ning goal for Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay to make it three goals to two vic­tory.

“We re­ally have a deep pool of soc­cer tal­ent in Goose Bay, its good, we are com­pet­ing well with the other com­mu­ni­ties, show­ing that we can com­pete at a Pro­vin­cial level. We took along sev­en­teen play­ers with all of them get­ting equal play­ing time. The kids played phe­nom­e­nal, they played as a group and sup­ported each other”, said Kelly.

Matthew Bowles was awarded the ‘Player of the Game’ Award for the Cham­pi­onship match, with the Tour­na­ment MVP go­ing to Matthew Cornect, Most Sportsman Like Player awarded to Adam Kelly and the ‘Hard Hat Award’ given to Luke Chubbs.

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The Un­der 14 Boys with their medals.

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