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Edmonton Green & Gold 0 - 0 Calgary Dinos

The match was evenly played and both clubs had their chances. In the end, a draw was a fair result.

The Dinos had a good stretch immediately into the second half and forced a diving save out of the G&G keeper.

Ian Diaz had a pair of golden opportunities for Green & Gold, but could not find the back of the net.

Calgary Callies 3 - 0 Edmonton Victoria

The Callies dominated most of this match, particularly in the first half. Victoria rarely had the ball in the Callies' end of the field in the first half, and when the ball did cross the halfway mark, it did not stay there for long.

The Callies' Mark Slade opened the scoring just a few minutes into the match with a strong header off of a perfect cross.

A Callie noggin did the trick again in the 35th minute when Liam DeSilva rose to nod a glancing header into the back of the Victoria net.

In first-half stopage time, Felix Napuri scored one of the easiest goals he'll ever get, when a long ball nearly produced an own goal by a Victoria defender. The defender's botched clearance slid past the keeper and rebounded off the inside of the goal post, only to roll along the goal line and allow Napuri the easiest of tap-ins.

The second helf produced some good chances, but none resulted in goals. The Callies looked crisp and dangerous and strung together may fine passes throughout the contest.

Tomorrow's action sees Calgary Villains play Dinos at 12:00, and Edmonton Scottish play Victoria at 4:00.

I'm trying to keep the results and tables as up to the minute as I can at: http://members.shaw.ca/majorsoccer/

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Challenge Cup Provincials - Day Two

Calgary Villains 2 - 1 Calgary Dinosaurs

Goals by Justin Farenik and Kyle Yamada have powered the Calgary Villians past the Calgary Dinosaurs. The victory lifts Villains into first place in Group 1, while the Dinos have been eliminated from further action. If Villains can manage a tie or better with Green & Gold on Sunday, they will compete in Monday's Gold-Medal match.

Edmonton Scottish 3 - 0 Edmonton Victoria

Victoria bids farewell to the tournament. Scottish are tied with Calgary Callies at the top of Group 2; both clubs have identical +3 goals for/against. The winner of Sunday's clash between Scottish and Callies will play for the Gold.

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Challenge Cup Provincials - Day Three

Edmonton Green & Gold 1 - 2 Calgary Villains

Kyle Yamada has lifted Calgary Villains to the Gold-Medal match on Monday with a two goal performance.

Yamada potted his first in the 24th minute with a beautifully placed shot from the top of the box that looped over the outstretched G&G keeper, Jas Gill, and into the top-left corner.

Green & Gold would equalize in the 61st minute when #17 (Eric Pinnel?) beat the Villains' keeper to a perfect through-ball and chipped it over the sprawling stopper.

The match remained tense; both sides knowing that the next goal would probably see them through to the final.

The deadlock was broken in the 87th minute when Yamada latched onto a long through-ball, lost his marker, and marched in alone, with only Gill to beat. Yamada made no mistake and the Villains knew that they had a date tomorrow with the winner of the Scottish/Callies match that was to follow.

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Challenge Cup Provincials - Day Three

Calgary Callies 2 - 1 Edmonton Scottish

Callies will meet Villains in the battle to represent Alberta in the National Championships. The Challenge Cup final will take place Monday at 3:00 PM at Broadview Park.

The Callies booked their spot by grinding through a rough encounter that saw both clubs see a number of yellow cards.

Callies' Mark Slade opened the scoring in the 17th minute, when an impressive build-up, involving Felix Napuri and Nic Reyes, resulted in a perfect ball being played through to Slade, who chipped the ball just over the outstretched fingertips of the Scottish keeper, Glen Gehlert.

Callies would extend their lead in the 29th minute, when Chris Kooy blasted a low shot, from a tight angle, into the Scottish net. A cross had come in from the left side and Gehlert could only manage to get his fingertips on it to steer it away from goal before Kooy unleashed his blast.

Scottish clawed a goal back in the 76th minute when #14 finished a play started by Chris Devlin. Devlin had driven into the box and pulled a cross back towards the middle. A shot attempt was blocked and rebounded to #14, who made no mistake with a low blast.

The match seesawed back and forth and the score could have been higher, but Gehlert made a number of fine reaction saves to keep it close and a few Scottish chances came dangerously close to the Callies' net.

As it turned out, it will be an All-Calgary final tomorrow. The bronze-medal match will be an Edmonton/Calgary affair at 11:00 AM between Scottish and Dinos.

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quote:Originally posted by Cooks

Bronze Medal

Calgary Dinosaurs 1 - 2 Edmonton Scottish

Gold Medal

Calgary Villains 1 - 4 Calgary Callies

Calgary Callies will represent Alberta in the Challenge Cup National Championships.

I saw the last 30 minutes of this match and it was pretty well attended, maybe around 500.


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