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Durham Celtic FC win their second Ontario Cup men's title

Posted on 11 September 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Durham Celtic will return to the Toyota National Championships after winning their second Ontario Cup title. Durham Celtic won 2:0 over Woodbridge Strikers in the 2017 Ontario men's provincial championship at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan.

Colin Keay and Mark Van Beek were the goalscorers in the 10 September final while Fabrice Kabongo posted the clean sheet. With a goal and an assist, Van Beek was Durham Celtic FC's player.

"You have 18 guys who are dressed and three coaches, but honestly we consider ourselves a family," said player-manager Mike Hadden of Durham Celtic. "You can see that with all the support we’ve got. It’s not just about our players now, it’s about the guys that used to manage us and everybody that’s come and helped us out all year."

Keay opened the scoring in the 41st minute after a Henry Bloeman corner kick. Van Beek headed it back before Colin Keay knocked it in from inside the box. In the second half, Van Beek made it 2-0 after he Emmett O'Conner rushed down the right side and slipped it to Van Beek on the left side.

"Beeker’s a beast," said Hadden. "He will do anything for the team, if you ask him to run through a brick wall he will do it for you. He’s a really, really good player and he’s a better lad. He’s great with his teammates, he covers every blade of the grass. To be able to get somebody to do that is phenomenal."

Hadden didn't stop his praise van Van Beek, noting that, "I was really pleased with everyone’s performance whether they but in two minutes or 90 minutes. They came and they did it for the team and I was really, really pleased for them."

Goalkeeper Daniel Ragno was Woodbridge's player of the match. He made several big saves, notably stopping a Van Beek header in the 20th minute and a Van Beek strong shot in the 64th minute.

"Woodbridge are a good team and they’ve got a lot of good players," said Hadden. "I’ve got a ton of respect for them. If it couldn’t have been us I wished it would have been them. But against a good team we executed our game plan, we kept our shape, we did well."

In the Ontario Cup final, Durham Celtic FC's starting XI featured Fabrice Kabongo in goal, Jason Walker at right back, Kadeem Robinson and Granville Chambers at centre back, Ronald Xavier at left back, Emmett O'Conner, Henry Bloeman, Jean-Pierre Marchant, and Colin Keay in the midfield, and Mark Van Beek and Joe Vaz up front. Liam Connon, Beau Johnson, Oliver Moh, Kailen Murphy, Denis Palmer, Mark Quinn, and Luke Todd all featured as substitutes. Ryan Hasabe was unavailable for the final.

At the Toyota National Championships from 4-9 October, Durham Celtic FC will face Group B opponents FC Winnipeg Lions of Manitoba, the winners of Québec, Fredericton Picaroons Reds of New Brunswick, and the winners of Yukon.

Canada Soccer’s Toyota National Championships serves as our nation’s premier amateur competition, with the 2017 edition featuring close to 600 clubs from across the country competing for a spot at one of three locations: the men’s Challenge Trophy and women’s Jubilee Trophy finals in Surrey, British Columbia; the boys and girls U-17 Cup finals in Fredericton, New Brunswick; and the boys and girls U-15 Cup finals in Calgary, Alberta. The Toyota National Championships provide a meaningful soccer experience for host cities and participating teams, as well as the players, coaches, support staff, officials, and volunteers. These competitions are complimented by both the Futsal Canadian Championship and the Canadian Championship featuring Canada’s professional clubs.

- With files from Mitchell Tierney


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