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Weekend Warriors...Adult Provincial Cup features 2 days of firsts in Nanaimo

Nanaimo event full of surprises and standout performances

RECAP: 2019 Adult Provincial Cup provides plenty of surprises and storylines.

 

Under the warm Mid Island sunshine, champions were crowned, and heroes were made. The Adult Provincial Cups are extremely difficult to capture which made the triumphs all the more satisfying for several first-time winners. 

 

Saturday Recap:

The day began with a tightly contested affair between Meralomas United of the MWSL and the lone LIWSL representative Cowichan Cougars.  An 28th minute goal by Jacqueline Tweedie was enough to earn the title, and the Vancouver club was crowned Women’s Masters B Champions. Laura Acutt, Playing Manager couldn’t be prouder of her team which is made up of women ranging from 32-54: “Some of these girls have been playing together for 20 years, and I was so happy for Jacqueline (Tweedie) because her father was there live and able to see the winning goal.  I’m honoured to be part of this team.”

        WATCH IT AGAIN:  Meralomas United vs Cowichan Cougars Women's MASTERS B FINAL:

As Meralomas were celebrating their victory, another Vancouver club was making history, as Harps FC of Vancouver became the first ever Men’s Masters B champions.  A lovely lobbed finish by Ciaran Clarke in the 53rd minute held up through 90 minutes, giving the club its first Provincial silverware.  Coach Paul Stack says his club stuck together and "got the rub of the green":  "We may have had better teams in past years, and we were carrying injuries, and in the semi final against Columbus we were outshot 16-3, but still won it 2-1. When your guys stay positive and work hard, it's comes down to how you do on the day."

It would be a difficult day for the West Vancouver contingent in this year’s Finals.  Harps opponent, the West Van Flying Horses were one of 3 men’s clubs featured in Saturday’s title matches, but all of them came up empty handed. 

        WATCH IT AGAIN: Vancouver Harps FC vs West Van Flying Horses MEN'S MASTERS B FINAL:

That included the thrilling Doug Day U21 Men’s final, which was a see-saw affair that needed penalties to confirm Faly Academy as first-time winners in a match that featured 2 teams loaded with young talent.  One of them, was West Van’s Christopher Album who at just 15 years of age, scored on practically his first touch.  The grade 10 West Vancouver High student curled a beautiful strike into the top left-hand corner, before leveling the game in the 2nd half with a sublime first touch that took him past the Faly goalkeeper before emphatically smashing it into an empty goal.  West Van Coach Desmond Tachie wasn’t surprised by Album’s performance: 

“Virtually every game Chris has appeared in, he’s scored a goal. We were short numerous attacking players and that gave him the chance and he took it.”

But when 120 minutes passed without resolution, it was Fahy Academy’s youngsters who proved more clinical in the shootout burying all 4, while West Van could only convert two. Academy Head Coach Faly Basse also leaned on very young players, who may have showed their nerves in the first half “We were nervous to start but settled down and played the ball on the ground in the second half. The boys were calm during PK’s because had already gone through that experience, and I’m thrilled we are the first academy to win a Provincial Cup.”

        WATCH IT AGAIN: Faly Academy vs West Vancouver in DOUG DAY U21 MEN'S FINAL: 

An all Tri-Cities derby saw Coquitlam Metro Ford Classics run rampant past the Poco Gunners 4-2 in the Women’s Master’s A Cup.  Naomi Eguchi scored on either side of half time while Amy Bobb scored goals 2 and 3 as the veteran laden Coquitlam outfit claimed their 5th straight Master’s A Cup.  Team Manager Karan Price feels fortunate to be involved with such a fine group:  “Not only do we have some very talented players, but experienced ones too.  It’s a great group of women, and we love our gold!  Going to nationals never gets old.”

        WATCH IT AGAIN: CMF Classics vs POCO Gunners Women's MASTERS A FINAL: 

But perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was the Deryl Hughes Men’s Master’s A Final where West Vancouver took a first half stoppage time lead through Jesse Fetterley, only to see Portuguese Club of Vancouver rattle off 4 unanswered goals including two by Steve Frazao, as PCOV won its first major trophy. The win capped a remarkable run of must-win results which Coach Mike Halford called a testament to the group: “They were totally unfazed going into half time 1-0 down, and we kept a remarkable level of focus and confidence that we could get the job done. Since mid-January we’ve been on quite a run.  It’s hands down the best team I’ve been part of.”

        WATCH IT AGAIN:  PCOV vs West Vancouver FC in DERYL HUGHES Men's MASTERS A FINAL    

Sunday Recap:

The A-Cup Finals featured the end of quite a run by Surrey United Premier Women.  Coquitlam Metro Ford Premier took a 33rd minute lead through a long-distance strike from Olivia Aguilar which held up thus ending a reign of 13 titles in 15 years for the South Fraser dynasty.  Coach Andrea Sumner says the squad set a series of small goals this season knowing what they’d be up against: “Surrey United deserves much respect for their long legacy of Provincial Cups.  What a rewarding experience watching the trophy being raised, and what an honour to represent BC at the nationals”

        WATCH IT AGAIN: CMF Premier vs Surry United Premier Women's A CUP FINAL: 

And wrapping up the day was tactical masterclass by Central City Breakers LFC United, who ruthlessly punished Rino’s Tigers early with a suffocating press leading to a Caleb Clarke brace inside minutes 13 and 15.  The lead was cut just before half-time when Kristian Yil-Heitanen found the far corner, but CCB struck almost immediately after the restart through Robert Geizen.  Team Manager Ted Hans says the game plan worked to perfection: “We watch them (Rinos) play the week before, and we knew we had to press them high and put them under pressure because they’re probably the most skillful team in the league.  We were fortunate to get those early goals.”

        WATCH IT AGAIN: CCB LFC United vs RINOS Tigers Vancouver, Men's A CUP FINAL: 

Everyone at BC Soccer would like to wish the newly crowned champions all the best in their respective Nationals this fall, while also thanking all the volunteers and staff who helped put on a wonderful weekend in Nanaimo.

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