Former champions win on opening day at Challenge Trophy finals
Posted on 6 October 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy
Former national champions Ottawa Gloucester Celtic and Saskatoon HUSA Alumni were both winners on the opening day of the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships. So too were former runners up Edmonton Scottish while Group C sides Surrey Pegasus and Edmonton Green & Gold shared points in a scoreless draw.
The 12 men's side, split into four separate groups, will each play two games over the first three days of the competition. Ottawa Gloucester Celtic won 4:0 over FC Winnipeg Lions in Group A, Edmonton Scottish SC won 1:0 over Western Halifax FC in Group B, and Saskatoon HUSA Alumni won 1:0 over Mount Pearl FC in Group D.
Group A - Ottawa Gloucester Celtic (ON) 4:0 (MB) FC Winnipeg Lions
Ontario Cup champions Ottawa Gloucester Celtic won 4:0 over 10-man FC Winnipeg Lions, with Bezick Evraire scoring twice in the first half and once more in the second half. Winnipeg were reduced to 10 men after Adam Hajkowski was shown his second yellow card in the 20th minute. Alongside the Evraire hat trick, Joey Kewin was the other Ottawa goalscorer in the first half. Ahead on Thursday, FC Winnipeg Lions will need to rebound in their match against PEI FC.
Group B - Edmonton Scottish SC (AB) 1:0 (NS) Western Halifax FC
Alberta champions Edmonton Scottish SC won 1:0 over first-time finalists Western Halifax FC after Sam Lam scored the lone goal of the match in the 67th minute. After finishing runners up in 2015, Edmonton Scottish have returned with 13 members from last year's squad at St. John's 2016. Ahead on Thursday, Western Halifax FC will need to rebound against Fredericton Picaroons Reds.
Group C - Surrey Pegasus FC (BC) 0:0 (AB) Edmonton Green & Gold
No goals were scored in the match between Surrey Pegasus and Edmonton Green & Gold, leaving each side with a single point on the first day. Ahead on Thursday, Edmonton Green & Gold will face Royal-Sélect Beauport.
Group D - Saskatoon HUSA Alumni (SK) 1:0 (NL) Mount Pearl FC
In front of a good crowd of 750 fans at King George V Park, Saskatoon HUSA Alumni upset the nearby side from Mount Pearl. Saskatoon's Garrett Peters scored the lone goal just before the end of the first half. Ahead on Thursday, Mount Pearl FC will face Newfoundland Labrador champions St. Lawrence Laurentians.
2016 Sport Chek National Championships
Canada Soccer’s Sport Chek National Championships run 5-10 October 2016 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Lethbridge, Alberta, Vaughan, Ontario, and St. John’s, Newfoundland and 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.