Gloucester men's premier team wins Ontario Cup; next stop
Gloucester Celtic men's premier team went into last weekend's
Ontario Cup championship against Caledon FC as a huge
underdog. They emerged as the first team from Ottawa to
win the Cup in seven years.
the reigning Provincial Elite League champions, having
only lost two games all season, Caledon FC were huge favourites
going into the final and for the first 45 minutes they
played like it.
as all over the Celtics in the first half, coming at them
in wave after wave. If not for a few hit posts and a couple
of near misses the score could have easily been 3-0 at
the half. Instead the score was only 1-0. Gloucester had
weathered the storm. The only question that remained was
whether or not they could turn the tide.
got our butts handed to us in the first half," says
coach Celtics Matt Williams. "They just dominated
us both in the air and on the ground, but thankfully the
score was only 1-0. I just told our guys Caledon probably
think it's over, but lucky for us it's not."
order to change things up and ignite a spark, Williams
put in a number of substitutes to start the second half.
The move paid off almost immediately. The three time Ottawa
Premier League champs started to take the game to their
adversaries, resulting in a game tying goal three minutes
goal came off a corner kick that Ryan Lauzon managed to
get his head on sending the ball towards the top of the
net. The Caledon keeper had to react quickly and just
managed to get his fingertips on the ball, but only barely
deflecting it off the corssbar to the forehead of an unmarked
Ryne Gulliver who eaasily redirected it into the net.
is a former member of the Cumberland Grads Junior A hockey
team who's been playing soccer since his early teens.
Williams called his goal the TSN Turning Point of the
game remained even for the better part of the next 30
minutes as a steady rain began to fall. During the play
Caledon hit yet another post and the Celtics failed to
capitalize on a pair of scoring chances.
in the 82nd minute, the surprising Celtics took the lead
on a goal by Bezick Evraire that was set up by a perfectly
placed cross by Alex Decouvreur.
Evraire wasn't even supposed to be in the lineup. The
Dalhousie University student had to be flown to Toronoto
from Nova Scotia on a ticket purchased by his teammates.
It was probably the best investment they ever made.
than fall back and try and protect their lead for the
final 10 minutes, the Celtics kept pressing for an insurance
marker and were rewarded with their third goal of the
game three minutes later.
Justin Dasah and Josh Dewar-Morris teamed up on the goal
with Dewar-Morris taking the free kick and Dasah sending
it home with a perfectly timed header.
managed to score a meaningless goal kn injury time, but
by then the end had already been written and Gloucester
were the 2013 Ontario Cup men's champions.
last team from Ottawa to win the men's title was St. Anthony's
FC in 2006.
all of the players on the Celtics are products of the
Gloucester Soccer Association. Most, like Jason Decosta,
who happens to be the oldest player on the team at 33,
have been playing Gloucester soccer since they were kids.
core of the team has been together for the past six years.
The longest serving members are Williams, who started
out as a player, and keeper Matt Gagnon. Both started
playing on the team in 1999.
team decided to take part in this year's Ontario Cup after
taken a pass in 2011 and 2012.
won the last two Ottawa Premier League titles and we were
coming off an Ottawa Cup win last year. We accomplished
all we could in Ottawa, so we all agreed to take a shot
at the Ontario Cup," explains Williams.
Ontario Cup takes place over five rounds throughout the
summer. Three of the Celtics' five games were played in
Toronto, including the final, requiring a lot of travel
for the players, some of whom are married with young families.
commitment paid off in a Cup win and a trip to the national
championships which are being played next month in Halifax.
The tournament will feature all 10 provincial club champions,
plus a team from the Northwest Territories and a second
team from the host province.
12 teams will be divided up into four pools with the top
three teams from each pool advancing to the quarterfinals.
like's his team's chances of making it to the playoffs.
After that anything can happen.
To view highlights of the Ontario Cup final go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YVRGqw9Ldw.
8:30 a.m., Sept.20)
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