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Atlantic championships: NL under-14 boys win gold in dramatic fashion

Members of Newfoundland and Labrador’s under-14 boys soccer team celebrate after defeating New Brunswick 2-1 Sunday in the gold-medal game of the Atlantic championship in Corner Brook.
Members of Newfoundland and Labrador’s under-14 boys soccer team celebrate after defeating New Brunswick 2-1 Sunday in the gold-medal game of the Atlantic championship in Corner Brook.

Coach Bernie Manning had his shootout list drawn up and ready to go. Mycah Winsor made sure he didn’t need to use it.

Winsor scored late in extra time to give Newfoundland and Labrador a 2-1 win over New Brunswick in Sunday’s gold-medal game of the Atlantic boys’ under-14 soccer championship in Corner Brook.

It was the lone gold medal produced by a Newfoundland team out of four Atlantic age-group championships contested this week.

“They deserved this. We were the better team today and we were the better team all week,” said Manning, whose side was undefeated in the tourney, having produced wins over P.E.I. and Nova Scotia and a scoreless tie against New Brunswick in round-robin play.

“Everything that was asked of them, they did. And they also played the right way.”

Manning believes disappointment from a year ago may have contributed to his team’s win on Sunday. That was when, as the provincial under-13 representatives, they suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the 2016 Atlantic final in P.E.I.

“We lost the gold medal in penalty kicks to Nova Scotia and I believe that experience helped push them along all this year,” said Manning.

On Sunday at the Wellington Complex in Corner Brook, Daniel Courage had the other goal for Newfoundland U14s, who looked like it could be headed for penalty kicks again. But in the waning moments of extra time, Patrick Hurley made a nifty pass out of the corner to Winsor, who one-touched it into the corner of the goal.

The province’s girls under-14 team also came close to delivering Atlantic gold as well, but lost 2-1 on penalty kicks to Nova Scotia in Sunday’s final at Charlottetown, P.E.I. 

Breanna Gilmore, a scoring star for her team all week, had Newfoundland’s lone goal in the game.

Penalty kicks were kinder to Newfoundland in the bronze-medal game in the Atlantic girls under-13 championship in Charlottetown on Sunday. After battling Nova Scotia to a scoreless tie through regulation and extra time, the NL U13 prevailed 3-1 on penalty kicks.

In boys’ U13 play in Corner Brook, P.E.I. defeated Newfoundland 4-1 in the game to decide third place.

 

bmcc@thetelegram.com

 

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