Four clubs through to Quarter-finals at Challenge Trophy finals in St. John's
Posted on 6 October 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy
The first four clubs are through to the Quarter-finals of the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships Challenge Trophy finals. Edmonton Scottish SC and Fredericton Picaroons Reds from Group B as well as Saskatoon HUSA Alumni and St. Lawrence Laurentians from Group D will all advance to the final eight on Saturday 8 October.
Groups A and C are still undecided after two days, with the four teams from those groups to advance when the group stage wraps up on Friday 7 October.
Eliminated teams that will play in the consolation round are debutants Western Halifax FC and local club Mount Pearl FC. A terrific crowd of 2,000 fans watched Mount Pearl FC face St. Lawrence Laurentians on Thursday, a rematch from the Newfoundland Labrador provincial final that the Laurentians won last month at home. Again in October, the Laurentians came out on top.
"It was a fantastic crowd," said Derek Strang, head coach of the St. Lawrence Laurentians. "We had a lot of our fans travel from the Burin Peninsula at three-plus hours to get here. It was great to have that support."
Group A - FC Winnipeg Lions (MB) 3:1 (PE) PEI FC
A.J. Naumiuk scored on a pair of penalty kicks and served up an assist in FC Winnipeg Lions' 3:1 win over PEI FC. Harminder Singh had equalised late in the first half for PEI FC, but then Winnipeg's Go Kumagai scored the go-ahead goal in the 64th minute before Naumiuk scored his second of the afternoon in the 75th minute.
The win splits Winnipeg's record at 1-0-1 in two matches, with day one winners Ottawa Gloucester Celtic to face winless PEI FC in the group finale on Friday.
Group B - Fredericton Picaroons Reds (NB) 1:0 (NS) Western Halifax FC
Fredericton clinched a spot in the Quarter-finals after a narrow 1:0 victory over Western Halifax FC. Benjamin Law scored the lone goal on a header after which Halifax threw everything forward in an attempt to equalise. They came close on a couple of chances, but ultimately bowed out of the top-8 after their second consecutive loss.
The Group B result also qualified Saskatoon HUSA Alumni into the Quarter-finals. Saskatoon will face Fredericton on Friday to determine the group winner.
Group C - Royal-Sélect Beauport (QC) 0:0 (AB) Edmonton Green & Gold
Narry a goal has been scored after two matches in Group C, with this time Beauport and Edmonton Green & Gold even after 90 minutes. The Green & Gold finish with two points after two matches, while the Royal still have to face Surrey Pegasus FC on the final day of the group stage.
Group D - St. Lawrence Laurentians (NL) 1:0 (NL) Mount Pearl FC
St. Lawrence Laurentians forced a second half goal against provincial rivals Mount Pearl FC, the difference in a 1:0 win in front of 2,000 fans at King George V Park in St. John's. With back-to-back losses, Mount Pearl were eliminated despite another big-game effort from their goalkeeper Brandon Noseworthy. The lone goal came off an Evan Myles shot, redirected and recorded as an own goal.
St. Lawrence will face Saskatoon on Friday to determine the group winner. Both sides are already through to the Quarter-finals.
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.