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Holy Cross advances to Challenge Cup final; opponent will be either Feildians or Laurentians

Tyler Forsey - Contributed photo/Gord Dunphy
Tyler Forsey - Contributed photo/Gord Dunphy

Year-end award winners revealed as league playoffs get underway

Tyler Forsey’s dominant regular-season scoring performance has translated into the St. Lawrence Laurentians striker being named winner of the Dick Power Award as the 2018 most valuable player of the Johnson Insurance Challenge Cup provincial senior men’s soccer league.

Forsey had 20 goals this season, eight more than any other player, as he claimed a second straight Wils Molloy Goldon Boot Award as the league’s top scorer.
Not surprisingly, he was also named to the Challenge Cup all-star team.
The league awards and all-star selections were announced Friday between the first two games of the Challenge Cup playoff tournament at King George V Park in St. John’s.
In the opening contest, defending champion Holy Cross defeated Feildians 2-0 in a matchup between the league’s top two finishers. Under the Page playoff format, the Crusaders advance directly to the championship final, set for 2 p.m. Sunday at KGV, while Feildians, the first-place team in the regular season, cash in their double life in a 3 p.m. semifinal today.
Their semifinal opponent will be the Laurentians, who knocked off the C.B.S. That Pro Look Strikers 1-0 in Friday night’s 3-4 game. Stefan Slaney’s second-half set-piece goal and shutout goalkeeping by John Douglas propelled St. Lawrence into today’s game.
The Strikers’ season is now over after having made their first-ever playoff appearance.
In Friday’s playoff opener, Fombah Fambulleh scored nine minutes in, Jake Warren added an insurance marker in extra time and Thomas Pieroway provided shutout goalkeeping for Holy Cross.

Besides Forsey, league award-winners were as follows:

• Bobby Breen Award (First place, regular season) Feildians
• Jim Goff Award (Most spirited player) Evan Myles, Paradise
• Jeff Babstock Award (Top defender) Andrew Stanford, Holy Cross
• John Breen Award (Top midfielder) Emmanuel Dolo, Feildians • Al Slaney Memorial Award (Top goalie) John Douglas, St. Lawrence • Ed Moyst Award (Rookie of the year) Harry Carter, Holy Cross • Alphonsus Warren Award (Coach of the year) Shane Antle, Feildians

All-star selections, in addition to Forsey, were Douglas as goalkeeper; defenders Stanford, Sean Henderson (Holy Cross), Gregory Reid (Feildians), and Bobby Gamba (Feildians); and midfielders Dolo, Jake Warren (Holy Cross), Felly Elonda (Feildians), Rohan Reid (C.B.S.), and Tyler Kirby (Holy Cross).
Forsey, Reid, Warren and Kirby had also been all-star choices in 2017.

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