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Keeper Kelloway hoping Corner Brook United can create more offence

Alex Hennessey of Steers Insurance Corner Brook United, right, keeps a close eye on Faoud Matar of the CBS Strikers during Saturday’s Challenge Cup men’s soccer game at Wellington Street Sports Complex. The Strikers won 3-0.
Alex Hennessey of Steers Insurance Corner Brook United, right, keeps a close eye on Faoud Matar of the CBS Strikers during Saturday’s Challenge Cup men’s soccer game at Wellington Street Sports Complex. The Strikers won 3-0.

Tyler Kelloway looks down the other end of the soccer field with hope his team will start creating some offence, but he’s remaining upbeat as one of the keepers for the western entry in Challenge Cup men’s soccer league play.

Steers Insurance Corner Brook United, with Kelloway and Zack Taylor sharing the keeper duties, find themselves in the cellar with an 0-1-7 record in the six-team provincial setup with its only point coming on a 0-0 draw against the CBS Strikers Sunday at Wellington Street Sports Complex.
The western side has only scored one goal in its eight games, that one coming compliments of Tiuri Lomond in a 4-1 loss to Feildians in the season opener back in May.
“It’s a monkey on our back for sure,” Kelloway said of the scoring drought the team is facing in the early going.
Kelloway believes his team has been working hard, but haven’t been getting any bounces go their way. He figures a lucky goal here or there might be all the team needs to build confidence and turn things around.
“The opposing goalies are making some nice saves on us and we haven’t gotten that one lucky bounce we’re looking for,” Kelloway said.
A hit post in the late stages of a loss to Mount Pearl and a missed penalty shot against the Strikers in a 3-0 loss Saturday night in Corner Brook are signs of hope for the team, but earning a 0-0 tie for the team’s first point has boosted morale amongst the players, according to Kelloway.
“It feels good not to take a loss and it definitely feels good to put in a solid effort in front of our fans,” Kelloway said.
The mood around the players has been positive despite the fact some players are frustrated with how things have gone, according to the lanky keeper. But, he said, there is no pressure being put on any one player to put the ball in the net and everybody has been supportive of each other as the team struggles to score.
“We don’t care who is going to score. We all just want it to happen to be honest,” Kelloway said.
Player/coach Pat Fewer wasn’t expecting a high-octane offence by any means when the team entered the season because the team didn’t light it up last year, but he didn’t expect it to be as tough as it’s been.
Fewer believes his team has worked hard so now it’s a matter of being patient until the team catches a break and the goals start going in.
“Trying to keep the ball out of our own net is the main priority,” Fewer said.
He figures a defence-first mentality is the one to take when he realizes the team isn’t blessed with some seasoned scoring star up front, but he figures his players will settle in soon enough and start finding ways to create offence.
“It’s disappointing for sure,” he said.
He’s hoping the 0-0 tie with the Strikers will serve as a motivation for the guys when they head east for two games this weekend, hitting the field Saturday evening for a showdown with Holy Cross and Sunday afternoon against Feildians.
“We didn’t concede any goals yesterday so that was a big bonus for us and we had lots of offensive opportunity to score so that was a bonus as well,” he said. “We’re having chances, not that many, but that’s the kind of system that we’re playing, a counterattacking sytem, so when we do have our chances we have to make good on them.”
 

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