NLSA Molson Challenge Cup

Sunday, June 1, 2008

St. Lawrence - 2 vs St. John's U-18's - 1 Game Report by Gord Dunphy June 01

Starting Lineup
Goal: John Douglas
Fullbacks : Blair Aylward, Marc Pittman, Ryan Slaney, Andrew Perrott
Midfield : Rudy Norman, Paul Slaney, Clinton Edwards, Sean Edwards
Forwards : Sheldon Slaney, Stefan Slaney

Stefan Saney scores to lead the Laurentians to victory

"Good teams find a way to win despite playing poorly" must have been authored by the St. Lawrence Laurentians and they displayed this cliche to near perfection against the St. John's Under- 18 squad.The game was played in St. John's in rain, drizzle and fog, something that Laurentians teams have become very accustomed to. In the opening half the Under 18 squad ran the Laurentians to the ground. Actually for the first 3o minutes of the game, the Laurentians looked confused,bewildered and belittled by a group of young 16/17 year old boys playing in the Provincial Challenge Cup League on a exhibition basis only. It was during this 3o minute attack that Aaron Anstey of the U18 team pounced on one of several miscues by the Laurentians back line and scored on John Douglas for a 1-0 lead. This goal woke up the Laurentians and it was St. Lawrence's young Sean Edwards tying the score at the 37 minute mark. This score remained for the duration of the first half.
The second half saw very little difference with most of the play being dominated by the U-18 team. But despite the territorial play, the U-18 team lacked quality finishing opportunities. However,to generate spark to the Laurentians at the 65 minute mark Coach Strang looked at his bench and brought in Andrew Strang, James Grant and Dr. Paul Slaney. They replaced Captain Blair Aylward, Stefan Slaney and Sheldon Slaney. These moves played dividends. Dr. Paul strengthened the back line, while young Strang and Grant were a set of fresh legs. Shortly after these moves Paul Slaney (Jerome) was subbed and Stefan was brought back in. Even young Tristan Slaney, the Laurentians back-up keeper, saw action up front. These moves paid off for the Laurentians. At the 80 minute mark this young 15 year old kid, Stefan Slaney scored the first goal of his promising career, giving the Laurentians a 2-1 lead which stood up for the remainder of the contest. The Laurentians were very fortunate to walk away with 3 points for their efforts but the praises must go to the U-18 team and the Laurentians youngsters that competed in this contest.

In the second match : Holy Cross 1 vs Feildians 3

Feildians Goalscorers : Kevin Oram- 2 goals - 33 & 59 min,
Michael Gregory - 1 goal 75 min

Holy Cross : John Lacey - 1 goal - 80 min

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