Before Sunday’s championship game of the Molson Challenge Cup provincial senior men’s soccer league in St. Lawrence, the circuit will present its regular-season individual player awards.
League commissioner Gord Dunphy says the league’s five full-time teams each nominated one of their players for each of the four awards. A league selection committee then voted on those nominations to determine three finalists in each category.
For the league all-star team, each club submitted the names of one its goalie and two each of defenders, midfielders and forwards, for consideration by the selection committee.
Many observers might be surprised to learn Tyler Forsey of Holy Cross Kirby Group, the league’s runaway scoring leader, is not a finalist for MVP. That’s because Holy Cross submitted midfielder Pat Reddick’s name in the category.
The other finalists for the Dick Power Memorial Award for league MVP are Feildians Ernst Young netminder Michael Bartellas and the St. Lawrence Laurentians’ Clinton Edwards.
Edwards is also a finalist, along with Mount Pearl That Pro Look Molson’s Jon Kelly and Chris Pope of Holy Cross, for the Jeff Babstock Top Defender Award.
Finalists for the Ed Moyst Award, presented to the rookie of the year, are Feildians’ Ben Collingwood, Adam Scott from Strikers FC and Aidan Cusak of Holy Cross.
Jake Warren of Holy Cross, Mount Pearl’s Matthew Hamlyn and Kevin Connelly of Feildians are finalists for the Jim Goff Memorial Award, presented to the most spirited player.
Winners and all-star team honours will be announced a half-hour prior to Sunday’s 3 p.m. championship game.
The playoff round at Centennial Field begins Friday with semifinals pitting first-place and defending champion Holy Cross against fourth-place Feildians, then second place St. Lawrence against Mount Pearl.