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Senior Boys Soccer
Louis-Riel falls short in bid for 'AA' soccer crown

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Louis-Riel defender Jonathan David prepares to block a shot from Franco- Cité's Ahmad Olliek during the senior boys 'AA' soccer final on Tuesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Louis-Riel Rebelles came up a goal short in their quest for the NCSSAA senior boys 'AA' soccer championship on Tuesday, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Franco-Cité Falcons.

The Rebelles knew they were in tough against a Franco-Cité team that was unbeaten in eight games and had blanked them 1-0 in the season opener on Sept. 30.

The Rebelles were also missing one of their top offensive threats in Haider Kadhom who is attending the Vancouver Whitecaps Academy in London.

The disparity in quality between quality between the two teams was abundantly evident during the early stages of the game when the Falcons held the majority of possession and a distinct advantage in scoring chances.

In fact, the Rebelles were only able tto manufacture two shots on goal during the entire first half. Fortunately for them, the second shot found the back of the net.

Blaise Nteturuye took a nifty pass from Ben Tesfaye and buried a shot behind the Franco-Cité keeper with authority.

The Falcons very nearly tied the game four minutes later, but Orléans native Federico Leal's free kick slammed off the crossbar.

Franco-Cité would get another opportunity to score the equalizer less than a minute later and they would make the most of it with Michel Salloum sliding a shot past Rebelles' keeper Gabriel Cinanni from a sharp angle.

The Falcons' pressed to score the all important go ahead goal in the second half, and very nearly pulled it off midway through the frame if not for a huge save by Cinanni on a header from Michel Salloum.

The score remained deadlocked until late in the second half when Gabriel Bitar headed home a corner kick to give Franco-Cité the win.

With only three Grade 12s in his starting lineup, Louis-Riel head coach Joé Fournier is confident his team will be back in the mix next year.

(Posted 10 p.m., Nov. 4)

 

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