Heading into their third game of the day last Sunday at the Bois de Bolougne soccer complex, the Pointe Claire U17 boys dug deep to best the Fabrose Fusion 2-0 to claim the championship of the 31st edition of the Laval International Cup. Strong defending shutdown the Fusion tandem of Matthew and Jonathan Bottazzi both who were thorns in their opponents’ sides up to the final.
Sami Hilal and Adnan-Muhammed Yusef provided the firepower for Pointe Claire in the title tilt, giving the Lac squad a golden finish for their time in Laval.
Pointe Claire opened their tournament on Saturday with a 2-1 win over the Terrebonne Rouge et Noir with Patrick Allard and Myles Coppin notching the markers in the victory. The Chaudière-Ouest Rapides held Pointe Claire to a 2-2 draw in Saturday’s second match where Daniel-Adam Bozzo and Yusuf found the back of the Rapides net.
Sunday started off with a tight 2-1 decision in favour of Pointe Claire over the Chambly Arsenal. Yusef kept up his scoring ways and Jessy Andric Barrette chipped in with a goal as well. That result sent Pointe Claire to the semi-finals where they faced Terrebonne for a second time. The Rouge et Noir were in a chippy frame of mind while Pointe Claire maintained their disciplined level of play to record a 1-0 win and a berth in the final. Yusuf notched the lone goal of the game while the only Terrebonne entries on the sheet were a trio of yellow cards and a pair of reds to one player and the coach. Pointe Claire keeper Atom Kancachian-Brisebois frustrated the Terrebonne shooters, including snatching what looked like a certain equalizer. With a pair of Terrebonne players rushing in to a loose ball and Kancachian-Brisebois down, he managed to get his cleat on the ball, flip around and grab the ball before any scoring damage could be done.