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Four more teams advance as Challenge Trophy Quarter-finals confirmed

Posted on 8 October 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

The Challenge Trophy Quarter-finals are set at the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships in Newfoundland Labrador. With the close of the group stage, four more teams qualified on Friday afternoon: Ottawa Gloucester Celtic and FC Winnipeg Lions from Group A as well as Royal-Sélect Beauport and Edmonton Green & Gold from Group C.

First, second, and third place was determined in all four groups, with the bottom four teams advancing to a round-robin consolation round to determine 9th to 12th place. The top-two teams from each group, meanwhile, advanced to the Challenge Trophy Quarter-finals on Saturday 8 October.

12.00 King George V Park - Ottawa Gloucester Celtic v St. Lawrence Laurentians
12.00 Topsail – Royal-Sélect Beauport v Fredericton Picaroons Reds
14.30 Mount Pearl – Saskatoon HUSA Alumni v FC Winnipeg Lions
17.00 Mount Pearl – Edmonton Scottish SC v Edmonton Green & Gold

Group A – Ottawa Gloucester Celtic (ON) 4:1 (PE) PEI FC
Ottawa Gloucester Celtic clinched first place in Group A with a 4:1 win over PEI FC from Winsloe-Charlottetown. The score between the two former national champions was knotted 1-1 after 45 minutes, but then Ottawa pulled away in the last half hour. Ryan Lauzon (Ottawa) and Harminder Singh (PEI) were the goalscorers in the first half while Joey Kewin and tournament-leading scorer Bezick Evraire (two) scored in the second half.

Group B – Edmonton Scottish SC (AB) 3:0 (NB) Fredericton Picaroons Reds
Already-qualified Edmonton Scottish SC clinched first place with a 3:0 win over Fredericton. Paul Hamilton and Sam Lam scored in the first half while John Pegg scored in the second half. Fredericton, also already through to the Quarter-finals, finished in second place in their group.

Group C - Royal-Sélect Beauport (QC) 1:0 (BC) Surrey Pegasus FC
Group C was finally decided on a single goal scored by Beauport's 21-year old winger Philippe Renaud. It was the only goal from three matches, putting Beauport in first place and leaving Surrey Pegasus FC out of the playoff picture. Renaud scored in the 42nd minute on a long kick forward by goalkeeper Mario Gerges. Surrey Pegasus pushed for an equaliser in the second half, but came up short on the final whistle.

Group D – Saskatoon HUSA Alumni (SK) 1:0 (NL) St. Lawrence Laurentians
In front of a terrific crowd of 1,400 in Mount Pearl, Saskatoon HUSA Alumni won 1:0 over provincial favourites St. Lawrence Laurentians. Both sides had already qualified for the Quarter-finals, but St. Lawrence had hoped to rebound after what they felt was a sub-par performance on Thursday night in St. John’s. The lone goal of the Friday match was scored by Stephen Patterson on a corner kick that eluded everyone including the goalkeeper.

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