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Challenge Cup playoff openers set

It turns out the final regular-season game of the 2016 Molson Challenge Cup soccer schedule will be preview of the first game of the league’s playoff tournament to be held over the Labour Day weekend in St. Lawrence.

Holy Cross Kirby Group takes on Mount Pearl First Choice Haircutters in the Challenge Cup regular-season finale Wednesday evening at King George V Park in St. John’s. The result will do nothing to affect the standings — Holy Cross is guaranteed to finish first, while Mount Pearl locked up second over the weekend. However, it could provide either side with valuable momentum heading into the championship tournament, which begin Sept. 2 at Centennial Field as the two clubs meet in the 1 vs 2 Page playoff contest.

Mount Pearl shaded Holy Cross 1-0 Saturday at KGV to assure itself of finishing in second place and to extend the team’s unbeaten streak to 14 games (12-0-2). What’s more, it ended the Crusaders’ own undefeated streak at 17 games.

Mitchell Barry, who had been with the Canada Games team when that side played its now-finished exhibition schedule in the Challenge Cup, scored the only goal of the game, with Brandon Noseworthy posting the shutout.

The St. Lawrence Laurentians entered the weekend with some hope of finishing in second place, which would provide an early double life in the playoff tourney. The Laurentians did what they had to do — beating visiting Corner Brook Steers Insurance United 3-0 on Saturday and 4-3 Sunday, but St. Lawrence also needed Mount Pearl to lose its two remaining games to Holy Cross.

As it is, the Laurentians will take on fourth-place Feildians in the 3-4 Page playoff game on Sept. 2. The winner will advance to meet the loser of the 1-2 game in a semifinal on Saturday, Sept. 3. The championship game, between the winners of the 1-2 game and the semifinal, is set for Sunday, Sept. 4



The league scoring race won’t officially be decided until Wednesday’s game is over, but Stefan Slaney of St. Lawrence looks good for the title after scoring three goals in the Laurentians’ two weekend wins over Corner Brook. That gives Slaney a total of 22 goals, four more than Tyler Forsey of Mount Pearl … Before Saturday, the only other loss of the year for Holy Cross was a 2-1 setback at the hands of Feildians on May 21 …


Team    GP    W    L    T    Pts

x-Holy Cross    21    15    2    4    49

y-Mount Pearl    21    14    4    3    45

y-St. Lawrence    22    13    5    4    43

y-Feildians    22    12    7    3    39

*-Canada Games     12    3    6    3    12

Corner Brook    22    2    16    4    10

C.B.S.    22    0    19    3    3

x- Clinched first place; y-Clinched playoff berth; * - Played on an exhibition basis


Weekend Results


At Centennial Field, St. Lawrence

St. Lawrence 4, Corner Brook 3

GS: St. Lawrence — Sean Edwards (25 minutes), Stefan Slaney (35’), Grant Slaney (76’), Paul Slaney (81’); Corner Brook — Tiuri Lomond  (29’), Logan McIsaac (82’), Patrick Fewer (83’)



At Centennial Field, St. Lawrence

St. Lawrence 3, Corner Brook 0

GS: Stefan Slaney (29’, 52’), Jordi Slaney (42’

Shutout: Patrick Slaney

At King George V Park, St. John’s

Mount Pearl 1, Holy Cross 0

GS: Mitchell Barry (64’)

Shutout: Brandon Noseworthy


Next Game

7 p.m., Wednesday

At King George V Park

Holy Cross vs Mount Pearl


Leading Scorers

Player, team    Goals

Stefan Slaney, SL    22

Tyler Forsey, MP    18

Zach Hynes, Feild    11

Zack Wade, HC    9

Aaron Buckingham, Feild    8

Jake Warren, HC    8

Mitchell Barry, CG/MP    8

Tyler Kirby, HC    7

Logan McIsaac, CB    7

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