Feildians are back on top of the standings in the Johnson Insurance Challenge Cup provincial men’s soccer league after a couple of weekend shutout wins, including a 3-0 victory over the St. Lawrence Laurentians Sunday afternoon in a game in which the victors owned a true home-field advantage.
On Saturday at the Dianne Whalen Complex in Paradise, visiting Feildians got a goal from Bobby Gamba with four minutes left in regulation and shutout netminding from Braeden Shappeard in a 1-0 victory over first-year Paradise SC.
They followed that up by beating the St. Lawrence Laurentians 3-0 Sunday at Feildian Grounds, the first time in more than five years that a Challenge Cup game had been played at the venerable pitch in the centre of St. John’s. Since 2013, Feildians have contested their home games at King George V Park.
KGV was taken over for a huge minor soccer jamboree on the weekend.
Carter Mackey, Emmanuel Dolo and Gamba scored in Feildians Sunday win, with Sheppard posting his second straight shutout.
The result of the “all-blue” matchup — the Double Blues of Feildians taking on the Big Blue from the Burin Peninsula — moved Feildians a point ahead of St. Lawrence, which had owned first place for just a day. St. Lawrence had taken over top spot from the defending champion Holy Cross Crusaders — who didn’t play this past weekend — by beating Mount Pearl ProActive Physio 6-1 Saturday at the Gushue Complex.
In that game, Tyler Forsey of St. Lawrence added to his league scoring lead with four goals. Stefan Slaney and Jordan Caines also tallied for the Laurentians.
Ranaldo Morris replied for Mount Pearl, which kept the score close for the majority of the contest, St. Lawrence was only leading 2-1 until Forsey scored his second goal at 74 minutes, one of four markers the Laurentians registered in the last 16 minutes of the game.
In the other Challenge Cup game played Sunday at the Topsail Soccer Complex, the Conception Bay South That Pro Look Strikers scored the last three goals of the game in beating visiting Mount Pearl 5-2.
Nico Boheme scored twice for the Strikers, who also got goals from Ben Stone, Rohan Reid and Mitchell King.
Griffin Murphy and Morris replied for Mount Pearl.
That outcome means it continues to be extremely tight at the top part of the Challenge Cup standings, with only five points separating four teams and third-place Holy Cross and fourth-place C.B.S. each having a game in hand on Feildians and St. Lawrence.
Team GP W L T Pts GF GA
Feildians 15 10 4 1 31 31 14
St. Lawrence 15 9 3 3 30 35 21
Holy Cross 14 9 4 1 28 34 15
C.B.S. 14 8 4 2 26 28 19
Mount Pearl 13 1 9 3 6 9 32
Paradise 15 1 14 0 3 10 46
Player, team GP G
Tyler Forsey, SL 15 17
Tyler Kirby, HC 13 11
Emmanuel Dolo, FE 12 10