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This game was a keeper: Dyer plays the hero again, this time in Newfoundland boys U17 final

Feildians’ Theo Amey (top) and Logan Strickland of St. John’s go up for the ball during the provincial premier youth league’s boysunder-17 soccer final at King George V Park in St. John’s Sunday afternoon. Feildians won the game and provincial title in a game decided by a penalty-kick shootout.
Feildians’ Theo Amey (top) and Logan Strickland of St. John’s go up for the ball during the provincial premier youth league’s boysunder-17 soccer final at King George V Park in St. John’s Sunday afternoon. Feildians won the game and provincial title in a game decided by a penalty-kick shootout.

Teams from the St. John’s Soccer Association won three titles, the Feildians Athletics Association claimed two crowns and the Conception Bay South Strikers earned one as the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association’s (NLSA) 2017 provincial premier youth league championships were decided Sunday.

Perhaps the most exciting result came at King George V Park in St. John’s, where Feildians took the boys’ under-17 final in a game decided by penalty kicks after the two teams couldn’t unknot a 1-1 tie in regulation and 30 minutes of overtime.

Or maybe that should a championship decided by penalty-kick stops since Feildians goalkeeper Jacob Dyer made four of five saves in the shootout as the Double Blues claimed the victory and right to represent the province at the Canadian U17 club tournament later this year in Fredericton, N.B.

It was almost a perfect shootout performance for Dyer as he got his fingertips on the one shot that got past him.

It isn't the first time Dyer has proved clutch. In late June in Moncton, N.B., he had three penalty-kick stops against Nova Scotia to help Newfoundland and Labrador win gold in the Atlantic boys U16 championship

Also travelling to Fredericton for the national championship in October will be the St. John’s U17 girls, who downed C.B.S. 5-1 in another final at KGV.

The provincial U15 championships were held in Corner Brook, where entries from St. John’s teams came away as champions — the boys side downing Feildians 2-0 in an all-capital city final and their female counterparts triumphing 4-0 over C.B.S.

Those results mean the St. John’s sides will travel to Calgary for the Canadian championships.

The U13 championships were held at the Topsail Turf Complex in C.B.S., where Feildians downed St. John’s in the boys final and the host Strikers blanked the Burin Peninsula Soccer Association to take the girls title. However, both the champions and runners-up will advance to the inaugural U13 Atlantic Cup as the NLSA is hosting that event in C.B.S. next month.

 

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