Gallant, Morgan pot pair each as Western Under-14s complete sweep of Avalon

Jamie Bennett
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Western is in the win column after a strong weekend in provincial Under-14 boys soccer league play.

The crew got six goals in the first half to cruise to a 7-0 win against Avalon in a match played at the Wellington Street Sports complex Sunday.  

The result came after Western picked up its first win of the season with a 4-2 win over Avalon at home Saturday.

Evan Gallant got Western started on the right foot Sunday with a tally in the second minute. Andrew Antle added one of his own in the 12th minute before Mike Morgan potted his first of the match in the 14th minute.

Gallant and Morgan traded goals in the 20th and 28th minutes before Ryan Lamswood sent his team to the half up 6-0 thanks to a goal in the 34th minute.

Brayden Ryan rounded out the scoring with a strike in the 50th minute.

Christopher Pinksen and Adam Canning split duties in the cage to share the clean sheet.

Western’s record now stands at 2-3-1 and the team gets a break before facing Burin in a two-game set at Wellington July 12-13.

According to Western coach Doug Sweetapple, there remains plenty to work on despite the weekend sweep.

He said the team played well in the first half Saturday but missed a number of glorious chances to put the game out of reach early.

The first half dominance continued Sunday and Sweetapple said he was pleased to see a little more finish in the first half to take a near-insurmountable lead.

“Today we played much better than yesterday,” Sweetapple said. “I guess you could use the term we coasted in the second half — we were able to use all our players.”

He said his players are on board with the need to improve but he admits focus and consistency are always challenges when dealing with players so young.

After starting the season against stiff competition, Sweetapple said these two wins helps put the team on track to reach its goal of booking a spot in the playoffs with a top-four finish in league play.

“At this point, we’d have to say we’ve got a good shot at doing that,” he said. “We just need to keep winning our home games and at least getting a split on the road. Today we played better than we have in any of our other games this season.”

The following is a closer look at Saturday’s game:

Western 4, Avalon 2

Western got goals from Morgan, Antle and Will Keating in the first half to take a seemingly-comfortable 3-0 lead.

Undaunted, Avalon came charging in the second half and made it 3-1 on a Ben Noftall tally in the 56th minute.

Ryan restored the three-goal lead with a marker in the 74th minute.

Cam Lundrigan booted one home in the 80th minute for Avalon to round out the scoring in the match.

Organizations: Wellington Street Sports

Geographic location: Western Under

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