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United beat Gunners in Pakenham Cup final

A trio of extra-time goals helped Langley United capture their second Pakenham Cup in the past three years.

United scored a 5-2 victory over the Port Moody Gunners in the championship final on Saturday afternoon at the Port Moody Town Centre.

“I have to admit, the pressure was on us a bit as our other two Langley United won their Cup final matches today and we knew we had to do our part for the club to have a great day,” said Rob Keam, the coach of the Langley United Premier men’s team.

He was referring to Langley United winning the U21 Cup 1-0 and the Langley United Dynamo winning President’s Cup by a 3-1 score..

Both of those matches were also at the Port Moody Town Centre.

Langley got off to a great start as in the opening minute as Tyson Keam took a corner kick, which Rhys Volkenant converted into a goal.

The Gunners tied the score but in the 75th minute, another corner kick, this time from Mitchell Rohla, found the back of the net with Brent Wantke doing the honours.

Port Moody would force extra time, but it was all Lanlgey as United scored three unanswered goals.

The first came in the 95th minute with Tyson Keam stealing the ball at midfield and scoring from 25 yards out. Eight minutes later, Paul Ballard stole the ball and lofted it into the box where Devin Gilroy beat the keeper to the loose ball and headed it home. And in the 110th minute, Keam put the ball through to Colin Jones. The initial shot was stopped but Jones grabbed the rebound and buried it.

Keam earned the game’s most valuable player award after scoring once and setting up two others.

The teams played four times this season, with Langley winning the first, but Port Moody taking the past two, including the previous week in the semifinals of the Soccer City Cup.

“Winning the Pakenham Cup was definitely one of our goals but qualifying for provincials always is our major goal as only the top 16 teams in the province qualify,” Rob Keam said.

“Today was all about team. We needed and received overwhelming support from every player to put our team first, play a role regardless if it was to play a few minutes or the entire game to earn this excellent win for Langley United.”

“It is very rewarding for the many players on our team that have come through the Langley United youth system and although have gone off to play at university (and) professional, have returned home to play and support their home club,” he added.

“To me, this shows huge character and understanding of giving back to your club and community.”

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The Pakenham Cup has been presented to the top men’s Fraser Valley soccer team since 1909 — except for 1915 to 1920 during the war years and from 1928 to 1947 when the Cup was lost — and this was the seventh time a Langley team has won the Cup.

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