U14 regional boys team claims
ERSL Cup with win over east end rivals
The Gloucester Hornets Evan Gin (11) fights
for the balll against the Cumberland Cobras
Ezio Vento during the U14 ERSL Cup final on
Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Gloucester Hornets U14 boys regional team finished their
season on a high note Sunday, posting a 3-1 upset over
the regular season champion Cumberland Cobras.
the Cobras' Mikael Conde scored earlier in the first half,
the Hornets Mathius Herman scored on a brilliant bicycle
kick with five minutes to go before the break to even
the game at a goal apiece.
Hornets caught a break at the 12 minute mark of the second
half when a Cobras player was sent off after getting his
second yellow card of the tournament.
being down a man, the Cobras held their own through the
middle part of the half, but it was only a matter of time
before the Hornets potted the go ahead goal. It came in
the 21st minute off the foot of Nathaniel Davis who was
the beneficiary of a fortuitous rebound when Joe Khoury's
original shot fell to his feet with a wide open net in
front of him.
Hornets would get an insurance marker three minutes later
when the Cobras were called for committing a foul in the
penalty area. After the Cumberland keeper stopped Herman's
initial shot, Herman coolly tapped home the rebound to
give the Hornets a 3-1 lead.
game was a physical affair with two players being sent
off on both sides. In the end the difference was the Hornets
ability to keep the Cobras in check through aggressive
marking and out-hustling their opponents.
was a remarkable effort by a team that had finished 15
points behind the Cobras during the regular season and
lost three straight to their east end rivals including
a 1-0 loss on Sept. 5.
head coach Keith Wallace said Sunday's win was the ultimate
culmination of a season long process.
brought in a new system this year and went from a defensive
style to moving the ball more. We ended up finishing in
the middle of the pack, but today they brought it all
together and played as a full unit," said an overjoyed
be honest, the Hornets showed their potential during the
last week of August when they scored 16 goals in two games,
including an 8-0 drubbing of Ottawa South United in the
the disappointing loss, Cobras coach Carlos Conde was
proud of team's performance all season long.
is our first year playing at this level after being promoted
last year and we finished at the top of the ladder. We
finished first at the Icebreaker and third at a tournament
in the U.S. All in all it's been a very good year,"
said Conde who must now consider moving up to the provincial
level for next season. "We'll have to decide what
we want to do. We have a very small roster which will
make it difficult. So we'll have to wait and see."
Members of the Gloucester Hornets U14 regional
team pose for a group photo after winning
the ERSL Cup on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
8:30 a.m., Sept. 18)
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