Laurentians recapture provincial Challenge Cup
Mount Pearl and Sean Drew, St. Lawrence
Forwards: Steve Delong, Holy Cross and Tyler Forsey, Holy Cross Kirby
Alphonse Warren Memorial Award – All-Star Coach: Blair Aylward, St. Lawrence
Dick Power Memorial Award – MVP Regular Season: Clinton Edwards, St. Lawrence
Jim Goff Memorial Award –Most Spirited Player: Jake Warren, Holy Cross
The St. Lawrence Laurentians are the 2013 Provincial Challenge Cup Men’s Soccer champions. It came after a four-year stranglehold by St. John’s Holy Cross after the Laurentians held the title for the four previous years, 2005-2008.
St. Lawrence will now represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the Canadian Challenge Cup Championships scheduled for Halifax, N.S. Thanksgiving Day weekend, Oct. 9-14.
The Laurentians took to a soggy, damp Centennial Field in their hometown Sunday afternoon against the St. John’s Feildians to pull out a 2-0 victory. Striker Sean Drew scored both goals at 60 and 74 minutes, while goalie John Douglas recorded the shutout.
The first half was scoreless as both teams played cautiously trying to avoid a mistake on the slippery field and in avertedly surrendering the first, and what might have been the only, goal of the game.
Drew was selected the Labour Day Championship Weekend MVP.
Both sides avoided similar field conditions for the semi-finals, when the first two games were delayed 24 hours because of heavy rain.
The Feildians knocked off the four time defending champions Holy Cross in a 1-0 decision. Kevin Connelly had the game’s only goal with Michael Bartellas registering the shutout.
Cross was missing the league’s top scorer, Tyler Forsey, who left to fly to Germany Thursday for a tryout with a second division team there.
St. Lawrence doubled up on Mount Pearl 4-2 in the other semi. After opening up a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal by Stefan Slaney, the Laurentians fell behind 2-1 by the end of the half. Matthew Hamlyn and Justin Pickford put the double Blues out in front.
Three goals in the final 25 minutes – off the boots of Alec Turpin, Sean Drew and Sean Edwards – gave St. Lawrence the win.
Cup Commissioner Gord Dunphy announced league individual award winners and the all-star team for the 2013 Molson Challenge Cup season prior to the start of the championship match.
Jeff Babstock Award - Top Defender: Clinton Edwards, St. Lawrence
Ed Moyst Award - Rookie of the Year: Ben Collingwood, Feildians
Bobby Breen Memorial Award - First Place Regular Season: Holy Cross
Wils Molloy Golden Boot Award - Highest Goal Scorer Regular Season: Tyler Forsey, Holy Cross – 31 goals
Goalkeeper: John Douglas, St. Lawrence Fullbacks: Clinton Edwards, St. Lawrence; Jon Kelly, Mount Pearl; Chris Pope, Holy Cross and Andrew Murphy, Feildians
Midfielders: Jake Warren, Holy Cross and Pat Reddick, Holy Cross; Matthew Hamlyn,
St. Lawrence Laurentians 2013 Men’s Challenge Cup soccer champions. Team members include Front Row: Marc Pittman and Richard Kelly with the Cup. Second Row: Corey Mullett, Mike Gregory, goalie Patrick Slaney, Jordan Caines and Shane Perrot. Third Row:...
The St. Lawrence Laurentians celebrate with the Challenge Cup championship trophy after the game while team co-captain’s daughter, Emily, wearing her dad’s team number on her jacket, waits to give him a hug as the rain just pelted down.
Laurentians co-captains Marc Pittman (L) and Clinton Edwards received the Challenge Cup Championship Trophy from Molson rep Tom Brewer and NLSA president Doug Redmond during downpour of rain.
Molson Challenge Cup Soccer Awards for a season all-star and Labour Day Weekend Tournament MVP was presented by Molson rep Tom Brewer to Laurentians’ player Sean Drew.
Laurentians’ Coach Blair Aylward was named ‘Challenge Cup Coach of the Year’ and winner of the Alphonse Warren Trophy. Son Terry and grandson Stephen Warren presented the trophy.