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ERSL Soccer
Seven east end teams still in the running for ERSL hardware
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

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 games.

The fact that the Cobras U10 girls team is in the ERSL Cup final is a pleasant surprise as well.

After beating 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 years.

The Gloucester 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 place.

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. 20. The Hornets are coming off a 6-1 win over Cataraqui in the semis.

(Updated 8:30 a.m., Sept. 12)

 

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