Column: Possible power shift in Challenge Cup soccer

John Browne
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Tyler Forsey’s move to Feildians this summer could shake things up in the Molson Challenge Cup Soccer League.
His departure from Holy Cross Kirby Group Crusaders was rumoured as far back as the end of last season, and now it’s official.

Jake Stanford, who is back as head coach of Holy Cross after a one-season hiatus, was resistant to talk about Forsey for one reason or another.

“I’m remaining quiet on the Tyler Forsey issue,” said Stanford who guided St. John’s U-18 girls’ team to an impressive national silver medal last season in the capital city.

“I was around the (Holy Cross) team a little bit last season, but this is a new year and I’m not going to comment on anything that happened last year in relation to Tyler Forsey and why he isn’t with Holy Cross,” he said.

“I’m just not going to get myself in the middle of it. I’m moving on with the group of guys I’ve got.”

Although Stanford admits it won’t be easy replacing Forsey’s offensive output, he doesn’t seem too concerned.

“You are always concerned as a coach when you lose that many goals, but the reason why Holy Cross won over the years is because they are a team and we’ve got to get back to a team-first attitude,” said Stanford, who is replacing Mike Kirby at the helm of the Crusaders.

Forsey scored a record 31 goals last season in running away with the league scoring crown.

“We’ve got quality players in our group who can fill that void,” claims Stanford.

Holy Cross had four other players in the top seven scoring, including Steven Delong (16 goals), Jake Warren (10), Jon Hawco (10) and Jeremy Babstock (nine).

While Forsey was the league’s top scorer and was named provincial senior soccer male player of the year in November, there were a few raised eyebrows last August when he was not nominated for the league’s MVP award by Holy Cross.

The Crusaders submitted midfielder Pat Reddick’s name in the category. The award eventually went to Clinton Edwards of St. Lawrence Labatt Laurentians, and you really couldn’t argue with that pick.

The Crusaders, led by Forsey on the attack, dominated the league last season with a 19-3-5 record before they stumbled in the semifinals, without Forsey in the lineup, losing 1-0 to the Double Blues.

The second-place Laurentians won the provincial senior men’s title by defeating fourth-place Feildians Ernst & Young 2-0 at Centennial Field.

Who knows what sort of impact Forsey’s absence made in the playoffs last season, and who knows what his presence on Feildians this year will do to the team that already has pretty solid chemistry.

The most dynamic scorer in the league in quite some time, Forsey will be playing for his fourth club after previously competing for Mount Pearl and St. Lawrence before joining Holy Cross.

And while he’s running out of local clubs to play for, it’s unlikely he’ll run out of goals any time soon.

Geographic location: Mount Pearl

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Recent comments

  • Steve
    March 28, 2014 - 12:12

    LOL...this is becoming comical. There were 2 articles written about Forsey. The first was "The knock against Forsey" where a former Newfoundlander now in Germany pretty much threw Tyler under the bus. Then Tyler told his side of the story. Now the current manager of Holy Cross isn't commenting, nor given Tyler the time of day..... I quote Al Pacino from Any Given Sunday, ''This guy might sell a lot of t-shirts but he is tearing this team apart''.

  • Bill
    March 28, 2014 - 09:33

    John, it's soon going to be time to stop the man crush on Forsey. There are far more accomplished men playing in that league, with far better attitudes that deserve the attention.

  • Andrew
    March 28, 2014 - 07:49

    Forsey to Feildians? HA! I hope he's not banking on another Challenge Cup title soon...there's a reason they haven't won in a long time.