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SoccerStop P.E.I. F.C. is back on top.
The Island team defeated Codiac First Touch 3-0 in Moncton on Friday to clinch the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League title. P.E.I. F.C. won the league in 2012, but finished third last year with a 10-5-1 record.
“We earned what we got this season,” Matt Thomson said after the game. “Nothing was given to us, nothing was an easy win. It was because we worked hard and played well as a team.”
Adam Lowther scored the winner on a first half breakaway. Thomson added the insurance goal midway through the second half by knocking home a low corner kick from Jimmie Mayaleh.
“The game broke wide open off that one,” Thomson explained. “They had to open up the midfield and we were able to get a lot of counters going.”
Moments later Jared Murphy added the dagger. Brett MacDonald earned the clean sheet, his sixth of the season, as P.E.I. F.C. improved to 13-1-1 while second-place Codiac dropped to 8-4-1.
“Our back-line played outstanding tonight, especially Max Maund and Ryan Casey,” Thomson said.
The title comes after the team’s future was uncertain this winter after longtime coach and organizer John Diamond took a step back.
“We had the discussion whether or not we should make the commitment to play in this league and it was an overwhelming yes,” Thomson said.
After Friday’s game coaches Dave Snowie and Bruce Norton told the players they should be proud of what they accomplished.
“We got the job done,” Thomson said. “Everybody is pleased with how the season turned out.”
Thomson and other members of the player management committee have said all season the team has been successful because of its depth. Thomson reiterated it again Friday, saying when substitutions were made the player coming in was more than capable of replacing the teammate going out.
“That’s a recipe for success,” he said.
The team concludes league play July 26 in Moncton against Codiac.