Lakeshore hangs on against tough Hull squad

François Lemieux
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Lakeshore sits at 4-1 in early part of season

The Lakeshore MU16 AA soccer squad defeated the MU 17 Hull Dynamo team Saturday afternoon atSmileyParkinKirkland3-2. Despite having been dominated in the first part of the first half, Lakeshore,  despite playing an older squad of under-17-year-olds, kept on pressing and the good breaks followed suit.

Hullcontrolled play at the beginning of the game. However, they were having trouble penetrating the Lakeshore zone as they took an unusual number of offsides, trying to get to the goal.

“We played a very technical game at first. We played the offside trap very well,” said Lakeshore head coach Pascal Bancheri.

It wasn’t long before Lakeshore took control of the game. In the 13th minute of play, Sébastien Boucly scored off a lovely cross as he stood in front of the net defended by Cédric Lapointe.

Ten minutes later, Alexi Markowsky scored back-to-back goals to give Lakeshore a three-goal lead in the game.

Near the end of the first half, Younes Chebbi replied forHullwith a short kick from up close. Bancheri, as well as many in attendance, feltHullwas offside on the play but the goal was allowed nonetheless.

“It was controversial. I think it was our ball but the referee allowed the goal,” said Bancheri.

The first half ended 3-1 with Lakeshore on top.Hullwould score once more. Anis Toupin Thellef first had two quality chances he wasn’t able to convert in the 54th minute, before he intercepted a high-flying ball in front of the net 15 minutes later and scored with a superb kick.

Hullwould not score again, however, and the Lakeshore squad took the game 3-2.Hullhead coach Mokhtar Slimani criticized the officiating after the contest.

“The referees’ work has got to be improved. A lot of offside offences weren’t correct. It breaks the work and progression of the players. When errors are committed like that, it influences the progression of the players,” he said.

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