Challenge Trophy Day 1: Ontario on top after heavy weight tilt
Posted on 8 October 2015 in ↳ Challenge Trophy
For the first time since 2005 the eyes of Canadian soccer turn their attention westward to the city of Calgary, Alberta. The men’s Challenge Trophy and the Women’s Jubilee Trophy of the 2015 Sport Chek National Championships weeklong event will determine the best amateur clubs in Canada.
Day one would see eight men’s teams hit the pitch with the women kicking things off Thursday.
With the sun shining, the weather gods shone down brightly providing a beautiful warm afternoon without a cloud in the sky. This was much to the delight of organizers.
FIFA listed referee Dave Gantar would be given the distinction of officiating the first game of the competition.
It was a heavy weight tilt that got things underway at the 2015 nationals in Calgary. Title holders London Marconi of Ontario are back after defending a very difficult Ontarian provincial championship.
Rapides de Chaudière-Ouest replaces stalwarts Royal Select de Beauport as Quebec representatives. Beauport had represented the French province the three seasons previous.
London, in their trademark blue got things going in the 9th minute when Ryan Avola pounced on a rebound to bury the opening goal of the tournament. The initial shot was a rocket by Younan Samra. Samra was a thorn in Quebec’s side all day long striking from any angle possible.
Eventual frustrations got to Samra who was given yellow card later in the match for kicking the ball away delaying the restart of play. Samra had been warned previously by Gantar.
Minutes after Ontario had taken the lead, Quebec’s striker Alexandre Tremblay found himself alone in front of goal. Debatably offside, Tremblay fired a low shot towards the corner of the goal. London’s Mark Haynes did well coming up with his biggest save of the afternoon.
Looking back on it, Tremblay knows he should have done better.
Quebec showed brilliance in the midfield at times throughout the contest but could not get things going in the final third of the pitch. It would be Ontario whose prowess on goal would be more threatening on this day. The Ontarian champions
out shot Quebec 8-2 in attempts that hit the target.
Quebec came close to an equalizer in the 87th minute when a corner got fumbled about the box. The danger would be cleared by a defender to preserve the clean sheet.
And that’s how it would finish, a 1-0 win for London Marconi. They continued right where they left off from last year. Shutting out the opposition and getting the win.
In match two it was Alberta’s runner up champion Green & Gold that got off to a rolling start handling Winnipeg’s Juventus with ease. Their youth and speed were too much for Manitoba’s champion.
Ehab Teliani opened the scoring on a real working man’s goal. Simran Mahal and Christopher Gilroy each found the back of the net, while midfielder orchestrator Sebastian Cabrera coolly and clinically finished from the penalty spot. Final score was 4-0.
Saskatchewan HUSA Alumni FC (SK) 5-0 Northwest Territories (NT)
Winnipeg Juventus (MB) 0-4 Edmonton Green & Gold (AB)
Edmonton Scottish (AB) 1-1 Nova Scotia (NS)