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Soccer Sunday showcases local talent

A great goal kicked off Soccer Sunday and a great show of talent capped it.

In the 29th minute of the annual Don Taylor League Cup final—the premier match in the Richmond Adult Soccer Association season—Nan Yang scampered past a defender and down the left side of the park, before unleashing a howitzer from the top of the 18 yard box that found its way into the top right corner of the net. It was the only tally in a well-played and entertaining affair, as the All Blacks defended their league title over a First Division Clippers’ side that had several good scoring against their Premier Division foes but simply couldn’t convert.

Clippers’ goalkeeper Nenad Aleksic also made several notable saves, particularly early on.

Then, to cap a special doubleheader last weekend at Minoru Park, the best players in the league joined forces in a memorable show of skill. Team Green (coached by longtime Club Ireland manager Jim Brady) edged Sean Handlin’s Team White 3-2 in the annual all-star game.

“Soccer Sunday is my favourite event of the year,” says Richmond Adult Soccer Association president Steve Valenzuela. “The board works hard to put on a quality event to show appreciation for the players and coaches and I’d really like to thank the executive for the hours they put into making this happen. It takes a tremendous amount of work to pull this off and it simply wouldn’t be possible without their efforts.”

Valenzuela was equally ecstatic that Don Taylor himself was able to be on hand to make the presentation of the League Cup named in honour of the former league president.

“I think the teams really appreciated having him there,” said Valenzuela. “Many of us remember Don at the helm of the league in our younger years, so to have him come out and share some memories and reconnect with several players was really great to see.”

*See video at richmondreview.com.

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