The Cox & Palmer P.E.I. F.C. defeated British Columbia’s Surrey United Firefighters 3-2 Friday, but will be in the consolation pool at the Canadian senior men’s club soccer championship in Halifax.
Harminder Singh, Jared Murphy and Matt Thomson scored for the Island team, which ended preliminary round play in a three-way tie for the pool lead at 1-1. But it needed to win by two goals Friday to advance.
“We got the win, which is nice, but it means the highest we can finish is ninth now,” Thomson said.
The team lost 3-0 Wednesday to Manitoba in the three-team pool play.
Friday, P.E.I. was up
2-1 but knew it needed another goal to continue its chase for a medal.
“We pressed. We moved everyone up and only had two at the back,” Thomson said.
British Columbia tied it and P.E.I. pulled back ahead about two minutes later, but could not get the needed two-goal victory.
The team has three games in the next three days and plans to make the most of them.
“We’re still here to do our best,” Thomson said. “It’d be something interesting to end up 4-1 at the tournament and placed ninth.”
The Winsloe-Charlottetown Royals women’s team lost 4-0 to Surrey United to fall to 1-1. They play Alberta today at 9:30 a.m.
The Winsloe-Charlottetown Royals lost 5-1 to British Columbia Friday at the under-18 boys’ event in St. John’s, N.L.
Skylar Tang had the Island’s marker on a penalty kick at the 85-minute mark.
Both teams started the game strong and 30 minutes into the first half B.C. scored. They added a goal in the 38 minute to take a
2-0 halftime lead.
B.C. added goals in the 48, 57 and 63 minute.
Islanders Nacho Sanchez, Tim Davis and Colby Mooney had strong games.
The Islanders are 0-2 and play New Brunswick Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
The P.E.I. girls won 2-1 to Saskatchewan to even their record to 1-1. The Island team’s goal scorer was not available at press time. They play Nova Scotia today at 3:30 p.m.
Both Winsloe-Charlottetown Royals teams had the day off Friday in Kamloops, B.C.
The boys play Surrey United today at 2 p.m. while the girls’ game had not been determined at press time.
The boys played their first game of the tournament Wednesday against Halifax City. The two evenly matched teams played a quick and skilled game trading chances at either end.
Melvin Sim-Turay caused endless troubles for the Nova Scotia defenders as he pushed down the line from his right wing position. Mark Smith and Zach Visser provided stalwart defending in the centre of the Winlsoe back line giving no time or space to their opponents.
Halifax scored first at the 21st minute when a missed tackle in the midfield gave a few extra yards to the City striker. His weak shot found the back of the goal after bumping in off the post.
Persistent pressure by the Islanders was rewarded in the second half when they won an indirect free kick inside the Halifax penalty box. A touch of the ball from Zach Visser backwards was met by Alex O’Brien, who made no mistake in rifling the ball into the roof of the goal.
The islanders continued to press their momentum, but suffered a setback in the 75th minute when a challenge on the Halifax keeper put Sim-Turay on the ground. After a lengthy 20-minute injury delay, the game resumed. The Islanders found themselves under pressure and a succession of corners provided the winner to the Halifax squad.
Determined not to lose two straight games, Thursday saw a resolute Winsloe squad take the pitch against the Moncton First Touch Codiacs, who were seeing their first action of the tournament.
From the kick-off, Winsloe carried the play and applied relentless pressure. With O’Brien back in his familiar striking role, the Royals wreaked havoc among the Moncton back four defenders. O’Brien, in particular, was adept at getting the ball at his feet and taking on defenders or running onto through balls.
The first of many officiating controversies on the day occurred midway through the first half when a speeding O’Brien got past the defenders, but was taken down from behind as he tore through on a breakaway.
The Winsloe squad was amazed as only a yellow card, and not the expected straight red card, was shown to the defender. It wasn’t until the 79th minute that the Royals were able to solve the stalwart play of a strong keeper. O’Brien turned provider to Niall Burnett, who struck a beauty from 18 yards out that seemed to go right through the keeper to the back of the net.
With time winding down and the Royals happy to run out the game in the corners, Burnett found himself the beneficiary of a mishit and was able to sneak along the goal-line before finishing from the impossible angle.
The Eastern Eagles S.C. played Alberta in a late game Friday in boys’ action in Lethbridge, Alta. The score was not available at press time.
The Summerside United girls (0-2) had the day off. Their game for today had not been determined.