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Plenty of challengers for first in Challenge Cup

Feildians in the lead after a Sunday win, but just four points separate the top four teams in the standings

Feildians regained sole possession of first place in the very competitive Johnson Insurance Challenge Cup provincial men’s soccer league Sunday with a decisive 9-0 win over Mount Pearl ProActive Physio, while the St. Lawrence Laurentians got an injury-time goal from Adam Kelly to salvage a point from two weekend games against the visiting C.B.S. That Pro Look Strikers.

At Centennial Field in St. Lawrence, the Laurentians had a chance to sit in top spot had they come away with better results against the Strikers, but got all theycould handle — and more — from C.B.S.

On Saturday, the Strikers and goalkeeper Scott Budden made a first-half tally by Nico Boehme stand up in a 1-0 victory. In Sunday’s rematch, second-half goals by Nich Jones and Rohan Reid put C.B.S. in position for a follow-up win before Kelly’s late heroics earned a draw for the home side.

The Laurentians’ Tyler Forsey, with his league-leading 18th goal of the season, had opened the scoring for St. Lawrence.

Meanwhile, at the Team Gushue Complex in Mount Pearl, Feildians romped to its Sunday win, getting two goals from both Aaron Buckingham and Matt Davis, while Carter Mackey, Emmanuel Dolo, Bobby Gamba, Iain Gamba and Marek Nakonieczny had single markers for the Double Blues.

Braeden Sheppard and Marcus Greene shared the shutout.

The resulting three points moved Feildians out of a first-place tie with the Laurentians and the defending champion Holy Cross Crusaders, who were idle Sunday a day after posting a 5-1 win over Mount Pearl at King George V Park in St. John’s.

In that game, Jake Warren had a hat trick for Holy Cross, with Tyler Kirby and Isaac Bonnisteel , the latter with his fifth goal in six games, also had goals for the winners.

Ranaldo Morris replied for Mount Pearl.

The weekend results mean what had already been a tight race among the top four teams in the six-team league even tighter. Only four points separate Challenge Cup-leading Feildians and fourth-place C.B.S.

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