Langley Dynamo delivers President’s Cup victory
There would be no heartbreak this time around for Langley United Dynamo.
Last year, the men’s Division 2 team also advanced to the finals of the President’s Cup, but playing with an injury depleted roster, fell short 1-0.
And heading into Saturday’s Cup final against West Coast United at the Port Moody Town Centre, Langley again found itself missing two key defensive players.
The difference was the team had been without them for the past few weeks, which gave the team sufficient time to adapt. And the result was a 3-1 victory for Langley United as they handed West Coast United their first loss of the season.
“This is our first major victory in Cup competition and it was a great reward after falling short last season in the finals,” said Dynamo coach Chad Spurgeon.
“It has been my pleasure to coach some of the players from this group for over 10 years now and with help from some great additions to the team over the past couple seasons we have put together a roster which competes hard every match and has truly formed a tight bond on and off the pitch.”
Dynamo started the game quickly but could not convert any of their chances in the opening 25 minutes and West Coast counter-attacked and was able to open the scoring.
Undeterred, the Langley squad kept pushing and were rewarded just before the half when Shane Stewart played a nice free kick into the box which Alex Jones drove home a strong header.
And 15 minutes into the second half, Nik Wall dropped the ball into the penalty area with Jones getting a foot onto the ball to direct it home.
Dynamo continued to apply pressure with strong runs on the wings and Art Glauser and Chris Guiel moved up front to slow down the match by using their size.
The team added an insurance marker from Cameron Whitters, the team’s leading scorer all season.
Jones was named the most valuable player of the match after his two-goal performance.
“My guys really pushed the pace against a team that I felt was faster and younger than us,” Spurgeon said.
“We had several players raise their level of leadership, including Austin Malnis in the centre of the park playing a defensive role, while Shane Stewart and Patrick Harper continued to keep the guys positive.
“Physically we were more dominant with Levi Bronsch and Chris Guiel crashing around up front and Blair Roman forcing West Coast to literally come through him to get into our end of the field.”