With a 4th place finish in the Metro Select League and a tough semi-final loss in the Coastal Cup, the U16 Richmond United (Metro) players and coaches had hung up their cleats for a well-deserved rest. Then in early June a call came from BC Soccer that a spot had opened up in Provincials by virtue of the interior not sending a team and Richmond was being offered the spot in the Provincial tournament. Some frantic emails and phone calls to determine who would be in town on short notice for the July 9-12 Provincial Championships was the start of a great run for the 14 boys!
Although the team was missing key player Matthew Loveland, that didn’t hold the boys back and they quickly left their mark with an opening 4-2 win over the Island entry – Gorge/Lakehill FC. A huge confidence booster for their next game against Burnaby Selects who finished 2nd in the league and were Coastal Cup Runner-ups. Richmond was also out to avenge their semi-final 3-2 Coastal Cup loss to Burnaby. Always expecting a tough game from any of the Burnaby teams, Richmond played with focus and heart and the game ended in a 1-1 tie. In the final game of the round robin portion of the tournament, Richmond was up against 3rd place league finisher and Coastal Cup Champions – Coquitlam Metro Ford United. In a see-saw battle where round robin points matter and with players on both sides giving it their all, Richmond drew with a 1-1 tie and left the field feeling good about their play. With a win and two ties, Richmond found themselves in a tie for first place and heading to the Provincial Championship game against ….. Burnaby Selects.
At a packed South Surrey Athletic Park the U16 Richmond United took to the pitch for the Championship game against the Burnaby Selects. In a closely contested game, Richmond found themselves down 2-1 part way through the 2nd when they equaled on a breakaway by Mutlu Yilmaz. The game continued to go back and forth until Burnaby got the upper hand on a goal to go ahead 3-2. Exciting right to the very end, Richmond ran out of time and went down with the final score 3-2 for Burnaby.
Richmond FC is very proud of the boys (and coaches) and their commitment to come together and play in the Provincial A Cup tournament. It was an effort to be very proud of and we congratulate the following on a fantastic Provincial tournament and 2014/2015 season:
Permjot Singh Dhari
Zachary Cantwell (call-up)
Coaches: Shawn Sandhu, Indy Dulay
Manager: Bob Minato