St. Lawrence win Newfoundland Labrador provincial final
Posted on 4 September 2016 in ↳ Challenge Trophy
The St. Lawrence Laurentians won the 2016 Newfoundland Labrador Cup men's championship, their 29th provincial title since 1951. In front of their home fans at St. Lawrence Centennial Soccer Pitch, the boys in blue won 2:1 after extra time, with Brent Hennebury the hero by scoring the winning goal against visiting Mount Pearl on Sunday 4 September.
Both St. Lawrence Laurentians and Mount Pearl had already qualified for this year's Sport Chek National Championships Challenge Trophy finals, which will be played in St. John's from 5-10 October. Mount Pearl qualified first after winning 3:2 over first-place Holy Cross on Friday 2 September, also earning a day off and bye into the Sunday final. St. Lawrence qualified next, eliminating Feildians on Friday and Holy Cross on Saturday, the 3 September match a 1:1 draw after extra time combined with a 3-0 win on kicks from the penalty mark. St. Lawrence goalkeeper John Douglas stopped all three kicks when it mattered most.
In the Sunday final, Jordan Caines gave St. Lawrence a 1-0 lead in the 42nd minute, but then Mount Pearl equalised on a Mark Reddy penalty strike in the 62nd minute. Sixteen-year old Hennebury then scored the winner in the first period of extra time.
While St. Lawrence have won the provincial title 29 times, this year will mark their 25th entry in the national Challenge Trophy finals since 1967. The team finished as national runners up in 1975 at Calgary, in 1977 at home, and in 2002 at St. John's. They lost the 1977 and 2002 titles by just a single goal.
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.