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Churchill Arms wins historic Challenge Trophy

Posted on 11 October 2010 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Churchill Arms became the first Prince Edward Island team to win the Canadian senior men's club championship, doing so on home soil in the 2010 BMO National Championships Challenge Trophy competition. Churchill Arms of Charlottetown, PE won 2:0 over Gorge FC of Victoria, BC in the Monday 11 October final at UPEI Field.

"It feels great right now," said Churchill Arms captain Jonathan Vos. "I thought both teams looked tired throughout the match having played five matches in six days but we were able to find our legs as the match wore on. The crowd was huge today, especially going into extra time they give us that extra push to get us over the top."

The match started cautiously as neither side wanted to make the first mistake in the championship final. Churchill Arms Brett Norton had the best chance of the first half as he unleashed a fierce strike from outside the penalty box that had Gorge FC goalkeeper Joel Galbraith at full stretch to tip around the post. It was more of the same in the second half with both defences on top and clear scoring chances at a minimum and the match moved to extra time tied at 0-0.

Churchill Arms finally made the breakthrough three minutes in the second of two 15-minute periods of extra time. Norton ran onto a cross from the right to head home, sparking scenes of wild celebration around the UPEI field. Churchill goalkeeper Matt Lally had to be alert just two minutes later as the excellent Will Moore fired a low curling shot that Lally got an arm to at the last moment. Three minutes from the end forward Ryan Antsey added an insurance goal beating the Galbraith to a loose ball and the celebration was well and truly on.

In the final, Churchill Arms' starting XI featured Matt Lally, Rob Aiken, Dylan MacDonald, Ashworth Graham, Prichett Karel, Jon Vos, Brett Norton, Michel Daoust, Matt Thomson, Paul Craig and Ryan Anstey. On the bench, the team had Ken Morrison, Nathan Beck, Josh Vessey, Jared Murphy, Dan McAleer, Russell Carson, Jordan Chandler, Nathan Snowie, and Andrew MacCormack.

In the bronze medal match, also played on Monday morning, Halifax Dunbrack won 3:2 over AEK London to claim third place at the BMO National Championships. Alex Cordoba, Ryan Devereaux, and Alex Devereaux scored for the Nova Scotia champions in the victory.

Ryan Devereaux and Haris Cekic shared the Top Goal Scorer award having recorded three goals each. The BMO Top Goal Saver award was also shared, this time by teammates Matt Lally and Andrew MacCormack who split the goalkeeping duties for the champion Churchill Arms team, combining to not give up a goal in any of the Churchill's five matches. The Fair Play Award was won by the other Prince Edward Island representative, Hunters Ale House Selects.

"BMO, Canada's Bank of Soccer, is proud to be a big supporter of the beautiful game of soccer," said Christine Cooper, Vice President, New Brunswick/PEI Division, BMO Financial Group. "BMO employees and soccer fans alike have been thrilled with the level of competition at the BMO National Championships here in Charlottetown. We are proud of these exceptional athletes and want to thank all the volunteers who helped stage such a stellar competition."

In the placement matches for positions 5-10 on Monday: Calgary Dinosaurs (fifth) won 5:4 over Royal Sélect Beauport (sixth) in a wild match; Huskie Alumni (seventh) won 5:2 over Hunter Ale House Selects (eighth); and Lucania of Winnipeg, MB (ninth) won 3:1 over Holy Cross of Newfoundland Labrador (10th) 3:1.

The 2010 BMO National Championships is the umbrella tournament for Canada's premier amateur competitions, from the senior level Challenge Trophy and Jubilee Trophy competitions down to the U-14 levels. The BMO National Championships feature four Nutrilite All Stars competitions from 20-25 July and the eight club championships from 6-11 October. Through its 12 competitions in six venues, the BMO National Championships feature more than 3,000 players, staff and officials in July and October.

BMO proudly supports soccer across Canada from youth players in local neighbourhoods and communities, to professional levels of play. BMO's deep commitment to "The Beautiful Game" is evident with our grassroots sponsorship of over 500 youth teams nationally. The relationship continues with our support of elite youth players at the BMO National Championships through to Canada's professional teams, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Toronto FC. For more information on BMO's involvement in soccer, visit BMOsoccer.com.

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