NLSA Molson Challenge Cup

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Holy Cross increase their 1st place lead in the Molson Challenge Cup standings

L-R: Jon Hawco, Tyler Forsey, Jake Warren, Steve Delong

Holy Cross 4 vs Mount Pearl: 1

Three of the leagues top goalscorers were on the score sheet this evening as Holy Cross defeated Mount Pearl by a 4-1 score. Jon Hawco paced the red and gold with two strikes. He scored at the 33 minute mark to open the scoring and he was back to score his 8th goal of the season on a PK at the 65 minute mark. Steve Delong scored his 14th of the season at the 72 minute mark. The league leading goalscorer Tyler Forsey dented the twine for his 24th ,off a beautiful header at the 85 minute mark. Jake Warren who has scored 9 goals for the Crusaders, played a strong game but was kept off the score sheet. Nick Cretien scored Mount Pearl's lone goal at the 44 minute mark.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mount Pearl win the right to represent the NLSA at the 2013 EASTERN CANADIAN MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS

 Mount Pearl - 2013

Members of Mount Pearl 2013 team are:
Steve Rowe, Randy Kelland, Chad Mason, Vince MCdougall, Chris Cluett, Pat Bryne, Bill Bavis, Phil Molloy, Gary Penney, Alec Turpin, Matthew Mitchell, Paul O’toole, Jason Hillier, Ian Norris, Warren Noris, Pat Brake, Phil Hollett. Terry Tucker, Kent Slaney, Sen Bodman, Dave Fitzgerald, Jonas Gaulton,Chad Mason, Gerry O’Brien, Vic Sahajpal  and Coach, Ellis Coles

Championship Game

Mt. Pearl/Old Dutch/Pro- Active/Physio :4 vs Holy Cross/Trinity Pub:3

Goal scorers: Mount Pearl
Phil Molloy – 23 minute
Gary Penney – 68 minute
Pat Byrne – 75 minute

Goal scorers: Holy Cross
Mike Howlett (2) – 59 min, 80 min.
Jimmy Fleming – 76 min.

Mount Pearl won NLSA Qualifier on Penalty PK’s. 

Mount Pearl will now advance to Eastern Masters Club Championships
Location: Quebec City, QC                                     
Date: September 26 – 29, 2013


Mount Pearl MVP : Vince McDougall


Mount Pearl Team Captain
Phil Molloy Accepts Plaque


Holy Cross  MVP : Mike Howlett

Friday, July 26, 2013

PK : Shoot- out

Mike Howlett -Holy Cross

Duane Hickey - Molsons

Blair Aylward - Holy Cross

Great save by Holy Cross's
Keeper- Scott Edwards

NLSA Masters Qualifier Starts Tonight with a Double Hitter - KGV at 6:30

NLSA Masters  Qualifier

Host : St. John’s Soccer Association
Dates : July 26 – 28, 2013
Location: KGV

Winner Advances

LOCATION: Quebec City, QC                                     

 DATE: September 26 – 29, 2013



1.Mt. Pearl/Old Dutch/Pro- Active/Physio

2.Duke of Duckworth/Molsons

3. Holy Cross/Trinity Pub

4. Feildians – Puglisezich


Date :  Friday July 26, 2013

Game 1:  Time – 6:30 

                Holy Cross/Trinity Pub : 2  vs  Duke of Duckworth/Molsons: 1

Holy Cross Goalscorer : Mike Howlett - 50 minute

Duke of Duckworth/Molsons Goalscorer : Rick Hayward (PK)  - 73 minute

NOTE :  1 - 1 After Regulation Time ------------ Holy Cross won the game on a Penalty  Shot shoot-out


 Game 2: Time -  8:30    

             Mt. Pearl/Old Dutch/Pro- Active/Physio: 4 vs Feildians – Puglisezich : 0

Mount Pearl Goalscorers :
Pat Byrne (2) -- 43 & 49 minutes
Gary Penny - 21 minute,
Warren Norris - 50 minute 

Mount Pearl shut-out : Steve Rowe

Next game ------------  Championship Game
 Date : Sunday July 28, 2013

Game 3:  Time – 6:30 --    Holy Cross/Trinity Pub  vs  Mt. Pearl/Old Dutch/Pro- Active/Physio

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My next Coach's Corner : Flashback - Winse Strang

Flashback : Winse Strang 

In 2011 Winse Strang was the first Lawn Shamrock to be inducted to be inducted into the NLSA Soccer Hall of Fame. In 1987, at the age of 43, Winse was a member of the Lawn Shamrocks that won the Provincial Challenge Cup Title. What's was even more stunning was; seven years later, Winse was just three months shy of his 50th birthday, he won the MVP of the All Newfoundland Provincial Intermediate Tournament.

On Wednesday, July 31 you be able to read all about Winse Strang great career in my Coach's Corner which will be  published in the "Southern Gazette".

Stay tuned - I know you will sure enjoy it !

Monday, July 22, 2013

St. Lawrence Laurentians & NL Canada Games Photo


Laurentians win two matches over NL Canada Games

Sean Drew - Richard Kelly - Patrick Slaney

Laurentians' earn 6 points

The St. Lawrence Laurentians' defeated the NL Canada Games in their two home matches played in St. Lawrence this week-end. In the first contest St. Lawrence won the contest by a 3-1 score. The Laurentian' goal-scorers were Sean Drew and Clinton Edwards . While the Laurentians' were also credited with a Own Goal , when the NL Canada Games team put the ball in their goal. Carter Mackey scored the Game Teams lone goal.The Games team played well in the first half, missing three glorious chances. Patrick Slaney looked sharp in net.The Laurentians' took control of the second half by being very physical and winning all 50/50 balls. 
In their second match on Sunday, St. Lawrence took the play to the young U-18 team and controlled most of the game winning the contest by a 2-0 score. Sean Drew, who has been a stand-out for the Laurentians' all season, opened the scoring at the 34 minute mark. He out-muscled and did a fine job of shielding the ball as he went around the Games full-backs.  Then in the second half, Richard Kelly struck a beauty at the 51 minute mark.  The strike  left Thomas Pieroway with no chance at all. For the remainder of the match it was St. Lawrence pressing for a third goal. Later on Drew was denied his second of the game as a scored on a header but a team-mate was called for off-sides.Both Marc Pittman and Richard continued on hitting for a home run strike but despite several good chances they missed the net. All they did was further damage to the shingles on the Rec Center.

Next Saturday at 3 PM Mount  Pearl
will play the Laurentians' in St. Lawrence 
There is no doubt that Mount Pearl is the surprise team of 2013. After several of their players defected and switched clubs prior to the season things looked rather bleak for the black and gold. But one must admit that
adversity didn't stop this club. They are back this season with some new young blood and some old blood.John Kelly, Matthew Hamyln, Marc Reddy  and Ryan Caines are the clubs leaders and the  heart and soul of the team are all back. While there are other players that have gotten to play on a more consistent basics this season  such as Taedy O'rourke ,Nick Chretien and Yianni Hambis have played well. The return of Victor Dray, who is in fine shape and a tower of strength, is a great addition.  Overall, their goalie Luke Olmstead has had a solid season. At this point one would have to admit, Mount Pearl are very much a legitimate contender for this years Molson Challenge Cup. Next Saturday, you can be the judge and see for yourself  as Mount Pearl makes their first visit of the season to the Burin Peninsula to play the Laurentians'


Laurentian Fans

It amazing to see these young Laurentian kids
taking in the senior match.

I guess - It's in their blood !

Hyacinth Brake Brisson - Ray Beck - Cliff Thorne

Tony Loder & Ernie Lundrigan



Scott Bishop - Shane Dunphy - Mike Howlett

St. Lawrence Mayor Rowsell greets Osvaldo Croci

Who  is  Osvaldo Croci ?

Mr. Osvaldo Croci is a Political Science Professor at M.U.N.
Osvaldo lives in St. John's and hails from Italy. 
He is currently in the process of writing an article on 
Newfoundland soccer. For the past twoyears he has 
spent a considerable amount of time in St. Lawrence 
doing research and meeting some well know soccer personalities. 
The man is in awe of  the Laurentians
past record and just how St. Lawrence can continue to compete
 with Holy Cross, Feildiuans and Mount Pearl.

Des Slaney - Home on holidays

Dessy was an excellent minor soccer player. 
Played a bit of senior soccer but  as with many 
Laurentian players heleft home at a very
 young age for work. He currently lives
 in Houston B.C.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Happy Birthday "Big Guy"


Enjoy the day !

Friday, July 19, 2013

Forsey leads Holy Cross to victory over Feildians

Holy Cross 1 v Feildians 0

Tyler Forsey continued his tyrant goal scoring pace as he scored his
 7 goal of the week, in four games, as Holy Cross blanked the
Feildians 1-0.
Luke Vaslet recorded the shut-out for Holy Cross.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Big win for St. Lawrence as the Laurentians up-end the 1st place Holy Cross Crusaders

St. Lawrence: 2 vs Holy Cross: 1
 Sean Drew - 2 goals 

Drew scored two beautiful goals. His first came at the 40 minute 
mark when he saw the Holy Cross keeper of his line and 
lobed it over his head with a superb shot. His second came at 
the 80 minute mark. Drew hit from about 35 yards and again 
caught Luke Vaslet of his line and this time he put it deep
 to the corner right of the Holy Cross keeper.

John Douglas was a standout in net  for the Laurentians.
He made several brilliant saves and you could say he was
"Johnny On The Spot" for several others. All in 
all Douglas had a great performance.

Tyler Forsey - This year's # 1 scoring sensation scored
Holy Cross's lone goal. It was Forsey's 22 goal of the season in
just 17 games.

The Two Buddies -  Jimmy Cluett & Clarence Senior

Jimmy drove in to watch the match from Long Harbour 
while Clarence drove in from Winterland on
the Burin Peninsula.