Lau­ren­tians re­cap­ture pro­vin­cial Chal­lenge Cup

The Southern Gazette - - SPORTS - Cyn­thia Far­rell Pho­tos BY GE­ORGE MACVICAR THE SOUTHERN GAZETTE

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,

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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.

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