Edmonton to face Beauport for Challenge Trophy
Posted on 9 October 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy
Edmonton Scottish will again face Royal-Sélect Beauport in a national final for the Challenge Trophy. Four years after the two sides drew in an epic final before Royal lifted the trophy after winning on kicks, Edmonton Scottish will get another crack at winning the Challenge Trophy.
Edmonton Scottish have been three times runners up, most recently in 2015 when they lost last year's final to London Marconi. They also lost the title in 2012 to Beauport and in 1992 to NorVan ANAF. This year, players have worn "Win Gold For Hamish" t-shirts at St. John's 2016, a shout out to the team's long-time manager Hamish Black.
Beauport, meanwhile, are back in their third national final, having won in 2012 after finishing second in 2009. Beauport are younger than they have been in the past, but feature a sturdy defence coupled with a standout goalkeeper in Mario Gerges.
The 2016 Sport Chek National Championships Challenge Trophy final kicks off at 12.00 local at King George V Park. The match will be broadcast live via CanadaSoccer.com at 10.30 ET / 07.30 PT.
SEMI - Royal-Sélect Beauport (QC) 1:0 (ON) Ottawa Gloucester Celtic
A battle of two former champions got off to a rousing start. Gloucester nearly scored in the opening minutes, but Mario Gerges (twice) and Émile Cardinal-Soucy thwarted what could have easily been a 1-0 lead. The duo blocked three shots in a span of seconds. Minutes later, Joey Kewin broke free of Beauport captain Michel Mana Nga, but was denied again by Gerges. It wasn’t until late in the second half that Celtic’s goalkeeper Matt Gagnon was called upon to make a massive stop off striker Massamba Papa Dione. Off the ensuing corner kick, however, Samuel Georget delivered a cross that Tristan Grant-Gignac headed perfectly into the corner of the net. That goal turned out to be the winner as Celtic were unable to score an equaliser in the dying minutes.
SEMI - Edmonton Scottish (AB) 2:0 (SK) Saskatoon HUSA Alumni
Edmonton Scottish won 2:0 in a familiar matchup between Alberta and Saskatchewan champions, but the shape of the game changed after Garrett Peters was ejected in the 20th minute. The foul came moments after Saskatoon nearly took the lead on a Jay Tomchuk chance at the other end. Midway through the first half Edmonton caught Saskatoon pushing forward. Against numbers, Almir Gazic struck a rifle past goalkeeper Michal Bandula. His shot went in perfectly off post. Late in the second half, Marcus Johnstone finished the game off with a goal in the 89th minute.
5th to 8th places
St. Lawrence Laurentians will face Edmonton Green & Gold in the match for 5th place while Fredericton Picaroons Reds will face FC Winnipeg Lions in the match for 7th place. St. Lawrence won 2:1 over Fredericton while Edmonton won 3:2 over Winnipeg.
Consolation round (9th to 12th places)
Surrey Pegasus FC won for the second day in a row, this time a 3:1 win over PEI FC. Western Halifax FC, meanwhile, won 4:0 over Mount Pearl FC. With one day remaining in the consolation round-robin group phase, Surrey leads with 6 points (+5) followed by Halifax (3 points, +1), PEI (one point, -2), and Mount Pearl (one point, -4).
Sport Chek National Championships
Canada Soccer’s Sport Chek National Championships run October 5-10 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.