Fredericton Picaroons Reds wins men's final in New Brunswick

With report from Nick Bransfield

Fredericton Picaroons Reds won the 2016 McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League men's championship to qualify for the Sport Chek National Championships. The home side won 4-3 on kicks from the penalty mark after a 1:1 a.e.t. draw with Moncton Codiac First Touch.

The game was scoreless for more than 100 minutes before both sides scored in extra time. Moncton's Abdul Nyei scored in the 109th minute before Fredericton's Jonathan Crossland equalised six minutes later.

"I just got in the perfect spot and I just got to it before the goalkeeper (Samuel Charron) did," said Crossland. "Anything closer I think the goalkeeper would have saved it."

After the final whistle, goalkeepers Eric McGarry for Fredericton and Samuel Charron for Moncton saved the first two kicks. Both sides traded three goals each before Moncton's Alban Akakpo missed and then Fredericton's Kenneth Morrison scored.

"You try not to think about anything, you just think about what you usually do and you go for it," said Morrison of his winning kick. "He guessed the right way, but luckily it was low enough that it was perhaps a little harder for him to get a hand on it. I was just happy to see it go in."

Goalkeepers Charron and McGarry were selected players of the match of the provincial final.

"There was confidence that we could always find a way to get it done," said Crossland.

In the provincial final, Fredericton Picaroons Reds' starting XI featured Eric McGarry in goal, Max Vitrotti at right back, Yassin Chehab El-Din and Benjamin Law at centre back, Roy Mugume at left back, Kennt Morrison, Diego Padhilha and Dylan Van Aarle at midfield, and Daniel Walker, David Jamal, and Morrow Owobli up front. Also in the Fredericton lineup were Jonathan Crossland, Oisin McKenna, Patrick Cormier, Joseph Crossland, Robert Park, Karel Prickett, Jacob Law, Jason Rouse, John-Ryan Morrison, and Brandon Eagle. The coaches are Dave Rouse and Barry Morrison.

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.