Seven east end teams still in the running for ERSL hardware
By Fred Sherwin
As the 2009
soccer season draws to a close, no fewer than six east end teams are still
in contention for the ERSL Cup, while a seventh team has its sights set
on the ERSL Shield.
The ERSL Cup
is open to Level 4 teams or higher, primarily Premier or Regional teams,
while the ERSL Shield is contested by Level 5 teams which used to be the
old Division 1.
The games are
played during the regular season much in the same way the English FA Cup
and the Champions League Cup is played during the European regular season.
Of the six teams
still in the running for the ERSL Cup, four are from Cumberland and two
are from Gloucester. Both the Cobras boys and girls U10 Level 5 Premier
teams have made it through to the final.
The U10 boys
team pulled off a major upset in the early going when they knocked off the
first place OSU Force 4-3 in the quarterfinals. They then rolled over Goulbourn
7-1 in the semis to earn a spot in the final against the Ottawa Royals on
Sept. 13. The team is led by Roman Cannell who has scored 40 goals in 17
The fact that
the Cobras U10 girls team is in the ERSL Cup final is a pleasant surprise
the last place Ottawa Royals in the opening round, they upset the OSU Power
4-2 in the semi-finals despite the fact the OSU team finished seven points
ahead of them in the regular season standings.
The only team
that stands between the Cobras and the ERSL Cup are the Kanata Lighning
who beat them 5-0 in their only regular season match-up on June 23. On a
positive note the Cobras go into the championship game having won their
last five games in a row.
The third Cumberland
team that will be playing for an ERSL Cup is the U14 Level 3 girls regional
squad which will have its work cut out for them when they face the OSU Force.
The Force are
a force to be reckoned with having won 11 of 14 regular season games, including
a pair of wins over the Cobras. The Cobras, however, have a ton of experience
having won both the ERSL league championship and the ERSL Cup the last two
Hornets have two teams in contention for the ERSL Cup. The first is the
U12 Level 3 boys squad which needed to go to penalty kicks to beat the Pegasus-Kingston
U12 Level 4 team in the quarterfinals. They then knocked off the Seaway
Valley Level 4 team in the semi-finals to earn a date with Capital United
Level 3 in the final.
The 3-1-10 Hornets
will have their work cut out for them against Capital United who finished
four positions and 22 points ahead of them in the regular season standings.
The Hornets U15
Level 3 girls team will also be in tough against a team with a far superior
record when they take on the OSU Force in their ERSL Cup final.
The Force will
be going for the all important double after winning the league championship
with a record of 10-3-2. The Hornets finished nine points back in fourth
The lone east
end team still in contention for the ERSL Shield is the Hornets U12 Level
5 boys A team which plays Quinte West in the final on Sept.
Hornets are coming off a 6-1 win over Cataraqui in the semis.
a.m., Sept. 12)
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