Fredericton Picaroons Reds win NB Cup men's provincial final
Posted on 13 August 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy
Fredericton Picaroons Reds have rolled into the men's Challenge Trophy finals in qualifying for the 2017 Toyota National Championships. The Fredericton club won 6:1 over Moncton Codiac in the New Brunswick men's provincial championship.
Jonathan Crossland and Kenny Morrison each scored a pair while Jared Murphy and Oisin McKenna ronuded out the Fredericton goalscoring in front of about 150 fans at the BMO Centre. Morrison was Fredericton's player of the match. Connor McCumber scored Moncton's lone goal.
It was the Fredericton Picaroons Reds' 10th provincial championship in 11 years, with consecutive victories from 2007 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2017. They opted not to travel to the National Championships from 2008 to 2010, so this year will mark their seventh trip to the Challenge Trophy finals in 2017. Already drawn into Group B, the New Brunswick winners will face champions from Québec, Ontario, Yukon, and Manitoba from 4-9 October 2017 in Surrey, British Columbia.
"We wanted to go at them with our speed of play and just force them into mistakes under pressure," said Crossland. "In the second half (up 3-1), we were far more patient and a bit more clinical. Our fourth goal gave us energy and took it right out of them."
Crossland opened the scoring in the sixth minute before Rouse doubled the lead in the 14th minute. After Moncton cut the lead in half, Morrison made it 3-1 before the half hour mark. In the second half, McKenna, Morrison (penalty) and Crossland helped put the match away.
In the 12 August provincial final, Fredericton's starting XI featured Brandon Eagle in goal, Karel Prickett at right back, Ben Law and Max Maund at centre back, Jason Rouse at left back, Kenny Morrison, Jonathan Crossland, and Alex McNally at midfield, Oisin McKenna and Roy Mugume on the wings, and Jared Murphy up front. Kyle Yearwood, Yassin Chehab El Din, Joe Crossland, John Ryan Morrison, and John Hunter featured as substitutes while Isaac Phillips dressed but did not feature.
Canada Soccer’s Toyota National Championships serves as our nation’s premier amateur competition, with the 2017 edition featuring close to 600 clubs from across the country competing for a spot at one of three locations: the men’s Challenge Trophy and women’s Jubilee Trophy finals in Surrey, British Columbia; the boys and girls U-17 Cup finals in Fredericton, New Brunswick; and the boys and girls U-15 Cup finals in Calgary, Alberta. The Toyota National Championships provide a meaningful soccer experience for host cities and participating teams, as well as the players, coaches, support staff, officials, and volunteers. These competitions are complimented by both the Futsal Canadian Championship and the Canadian Championship featuring Canada’s professional clubs.