Edmonton Scottish SC win Alberta provincial men's title
Posted on 5 September 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy
With report from Leanne McCarthy
Edmonton Scottish SC won the 2016 Alberta men's championship on Sunday, a 2:1 victory over Edmonton Green & Gold. The 5 September victory was Scottish SC's second consecutive provincial title and fourth in five years.
Both Edmonton Scottish SC and Edmonton Green & Gold had already qualified for the Sport Chek National Championships through the weekend's Alberta playoffs.
"This team, Hamish Black's loyal players, they word hard," said Scottish SC head coach Kevin Poissant, with reference to long-time manager Black. "It's a talented group of guys, but they are also motivated to get the job done and leave it all on the field."
Almir Gazic opened the scoring in the 29th minute before Dexter MacLachlan doubled the Scottish SC lead in the 72nd minute. After Scottish SC were reduced to 10 men, Edmonton Green & Gold's Shaun Saiko cut the lead in half in the 88th minute.
"It was a tough game," said Scottish SC captain Paul Hamilton. "Fortunately for this one, we were able to see it out. Both teams are going to (the Sport Chek National Championships in St. John's), but it is always nice to finish first."
In the provincial final, Edmonton Scottish SC's team featured Jay Vetsch, Karim Broodhagen, Mike McCormick, Richard Klein, Nicky Reyes, Sam Lam, John Pegg, Nick Gonzalez, Chris Lemire, Almir Gazic, Christian Kosmin, Steve Wheeler, Dexter Maclachlan, Anoop Sahota, Francisco Wong, Paul Hamilton, James Carr, Chris Kooy, Jordan Ongaro, and Chris Devlin.
The Sunday match was played in front of approximately 225 fans at Henry Singer Park. The match was also broadcast online via Sport Canada TV.
"We have made it to four of the past five National Championships," said Poissant. "Those are pretty exceptional results. It's a direct reflection of the solid core of exceptional players in this squad."
This will mark Scottish SC's ninth appearance in the Sport Chek National Championships since 1972, including second-place finishes in 1992, 2012, and 2015. As for Green & Gold, it will mark their fifth appearance since 2005, including a second-place finish in that first appearance. Both Scottish SC and Green & Gold also represented Alberta at the 2015 Challenge Trophy finals in Calgary.
Canada Soccer’s Sport Chek National Championships run 5-10 October 2016, with the adult amateur competitions hosted this year in St. John’s, Newfoundland Labrador. At all age levels, the Sport Check National Championships provide a meaningful soccer experience for host cities and participating teams, as well as the players, coaches, support staff, officials, and volunteers.