Putt's play earns point for Pearl

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Goalkeeper makes crucial saves in draw with Holy Cross

Goalkeeper Tyler Putt admits he has a little more incentive when Mount Pearl plays Holy Cross these days.

"I always get up for these games a bit more," said the former Holy Cross keeper after his outstanding play Saturday helped Mount Pearl/That Pro Look/Molson basically steal a point from Holy Cross Kirby Group in a scoreless Molson Challenge Cup match at King George V Park.

St. John's under-18 Capital Hyundai's Michael Dunn (left) and Rugged Edge Western United FC's Kevin LaSaga challenge for the ball in Molson Challenge Cup action Sunday at the Wellington Street Sports Complex. The Corner Brook-based squad won the game 1-0.

Goalkeeper Tyler Putt admits he has a little more incentive when Mount Pearl plays Holy Cross these days.

"I always get up for these games a bit more," said the former Holy Cross keeper after his outstanding play Saturday helped Mount Pearl/That Pro Look/Molson basically steal a point from Holy Cross Kirby Group in a scoreless Molson Challenge Cup match at King George V Park.

Holy Cross dominated the game and had a lot more scoring chances than Mount Pearl, but Putt was up to the challenge. He made three outstanding saves including a dazzling stop to keep the Crusaders off the board in the final 10 minutes.

The draw moved Mount Pearl into third place in the team standings with 15 points, one behind second-place St. Lawrence Labatt Laurentians and six behind league-leading Holy Cross. Scott Edwards had some routine saves to make in posting the shutout for Cross.

"They probably have the best offence in the league," said Putt. "They just attack, attack, attack and you've got to be on your toes because they have a lot of players who can put the ball in the net."

Putt added, "When you play Holy Cross you are worried about players coming at you from the backline and midfield as well as their forwards. And they've got guys coming off the bench who are just as good as their starters so they are able to keep the pressure on."

Putt, who played for Holy Cross a few years ago, said while he was happy to perform well and help earn a point for his team, said his mates have helped him out in the past.

"There have been games when I've let in two or three goals and they've scored four. We play for each other and we back each other up," he said.

Putt's first big stop of the game came on a point-blank shot from close range by Zach Wade at the 32-minute mark of the contest.

The Mount Pearl keeper also got some help from Adam Drover, Sean Drew and Kurtis Walsh who made superb defensive plays to keep the game scoreless in the first half.

Putt won a one-on-one showdown with Wade again late in the second half and made a game-saving diving stop on a blast by Aaron Anstey for the play of the match.

"He's been in good form so far this year," said Mount Pearl coach Walt Mavin concerning Putt.

"Last year he struggled through the season with a few nagging injuries, but he's healthy now."

It was Putt's fourth shutout of the season, while his backup, Matthew Peddle, has one.

"We didn't have a lot of chances, but we had some quality chances," said Walt Mavin.

Mavin praised the work of his defence which has only allowed three goals in eight games this season.

"We've got work to do and we've got to get fitter, but we're happy with where we are right now," Mavin said.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Holy Cross Kirby Group, Molson

Geographic location: Mount Pearl, King George V Park

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  • Max
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Have watched CCup religiously for the last few years and have seen most all games in town this season thus far. This kid has been unbelievable. Of the 4 games I have watched Pearl play he has been the player of the game for them. Been a pleasure to watch him play with the skill and competativeness he shows. 2 BIG thumbs up