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Hart Announces Roster for Ballymena

Men’s U-17 Team
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Hart Announces Roster for Ballymena
http://www.canadasoccer.com/eng/medi...?Press_ID=2425


Canada’s U-17 Head Coach, Stephen Hart

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s U-17 National Team head coach, Stephen Hart, has released his roster for the upcoming Ballymena International Tournament in Northern Ireland. The tournament will run from April 21-30 with the Canadians arriving on April 18th in Belfast ahead of their first match against Scotland on April 24th.

The Canadians have been placed in a difficult group with Scotland, Czech Republic, and Belgium while Switzerland, USA, Finland, and Northern Ireland make up the second group of teams.

This will mark Canada’s second appearance at the prestigious Ballymena Tournament. In 2004, the Canadians finished with a loss to Finland (2:1) and draws against Northern Ireland (1:1) and Switzerland (1:1) before losing to Belgium in penalties after a 0:0 stalemate in the 4th Place match.

'Everyone is very excited about being back on the field and looking forward to playing teams of this quality,” said head coach of the U-17 National Team, Stephen Hart.

“We have some new players in and we (the coaching staff) are looking forward to seeing how they will react to this very competitive environment.'

Hart is preparing his squad for the CONCACAF U-17 Qualifying Tournament, which is scheduled to take place in April 2007 in Honduras and Jamaica. Both countries will host a group of four teams with the top two teams receiving automatic berths to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea in 2007, and the two third-placed teams playing a home and away series to determine CONCACAF’s fifth spot.

Canada failed to qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Championships in 2005 in Peru, losing to eventual World Champions Mexico 2:0 in the final qualifying match in Culiacan, Mexico in May 2005.

Roster

#-Pos.-Name-Club-DOB-Hometown-Prov.
1 GK MISIEWICZ, Michal SSV Jahn Regensburg (Germany) 10-Nov-90 Calgary AB
2 D STRAITH, Adam National Training Centre - BC 11-Sep-90 Victoria BC
3 D HYDE, William National Training Centre - Ontario 25-Oct-90 Oakville ON
4 D LACOSTE-LEBUIS, Olivier NTC - Quebec 28-Aug-90 Montreal QC
5 D PARENTEAU-MICHON, Colin NTC - Quebec 15-Jul-90 Montreal QC
6 F SEMENETS, Alex NTC - Ontario 10-Mar-90 Mississauga ON
7 MF DAVIES, Phillipe Dijon FCO (France) 12-Dec-90 St-Hubert QC
8 MF GUNENC, Devin NTC - BC 11-Feb-90-N. Vancouver BC
9 M CARRIÉ, Cédric NTC - Quebec 16-Aug-90 Brossard QC
10 F SYLLA, Mohamed NTC - Quebec 14-Apr-90 Pierrefonds QC
11 D KIJOWSKI, Daniel NTC - Quebec 19-May-90 Montreal QC
12 F NSAME, Bawe NTC - Quebec 04-Oct-90 Montreal QC
13 MF RAGO, Antonio AS Deruta (Italy) 05-Nov-90 Edmonton AB
14 F JOHNSTONE, Marcus NTC - Prairies 27-Mar-90 Edmonton AB
15 D SMITH, Greg NTC - BC 07-Mar-90 N. Vancouver BC
16 F EDWINI-BONSEU, Randy NTC - Prairies 20-Apr-90 Edmonton AB
17 D ADAM, Robert De Anza Force 90 (California) 07-Sep-90 Morgan Hill CA
22 GK SHERGILL, Karem NTC - BC 24-Jan-90 Surrey BC

STAFF
HART, Stephen - Head Coach
CLARK, Ray - Assistant Coach
MULDOON, Kevin - Equipment Manager/GK Coach
BATE, Richard - Technical Director
SU, Jason - Doctor
TILBURY, Ted - Athletic Therapist
LAARABI, Djamel - IT Specialist
NUTT, Dave - National Teams Administrator

Matches
April 24 – CANADA vs. Scotland – LTOB, Larne, N. Ireland – 18:30
April 25 – CANADA vs. Czech Republic – Ballymena Showground’s, NI - 18:00
April 26 – CANADA vs. Belgium – LTOB, Larne, NI – 18:30
April 28 – Bowl Final (4th place teams)
April 28 – Shield Final (3rd place teams)
April 28 – Plate Final (2nd place teams)
April 28 – Trophy Final (1st place teams)

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old April 21st, 2006, 22:41 Thread Starter
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Rago Goal Lifts Canada over N. Ireland in Ballymena Warm-up Match

Men’s U-17 Team
Friday, April 21, 2006
Rago Goal Lifts Canada over N. Ireland in Ballymena Warm-up Match
http://www.canadasoccer.com/eng/medi...?Press_ID=2432

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s U-17 National Team defeated Northern Ireland 1-0 this afternoon in a tune-up ahead of Monday’s start to the Ballymena International Tournament.

Edmonton’s Antonio Rago netted the only goal of the match in the 8th minute courtesy of a pin-point cross off the boot of Montreal’s Colin Parenteau Michon.

Canada opens the tournament on Monday, April 24 against Scotland.

The Canadians have been placed in a difficult group with Scotland, Czech Republic, and Belgium while Switzerland, USA, Finland, and Northern Ireland make up the second group of teams.

This will mark Canada’s second appearance at the prestigious Ballymena Tournament. In 2004, the Canadians finished with a loss to Finland (2:1) and draws against Northern Ireland (1:1) and Switzerland (1:1) before losing to Belgium in penalties after a 0:0 stalemate in the 4th Place match.

Hart is preparing his squad for the CONCACAF U-17 Qualifying Tournament, which is scheduled to take place in April 2007 in Honduras and Jamaica. Both countries will host a group of four teams with the top two teams receiving automatic berths to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea in 2007, and the two third-placed teams playing a home and away series to determine CONCACAF’s fifth spot.

Friday, April 21, 2006
International Friendly
Ballymoney FC Utd. Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, UK

CANADA – 1 (1)
N. IRELAND – 0 (0)

Goals: CANADA – Rago 8; N. IRELAND – none
Cautions: - none
Expulsions – none

CANADA: 20-Michal Misiewisz; 2-Greg Smith; 5-Olivier Lacoste Lubuis (12-Adam Straith, 40); 6-Daniel Kijowski (13-Robert Adam, 40); 3-Colin Parenteau Michon; 4-Philippe Davies; 8-Devin Gunenc (16-Bawe Nsame, 60); 10-Mohamed Sylla (15-Cedric Carrie, 40); 7-Antonio Rago (14-Marcus Johnstone, 25); 9-Randy Edwini Bonseu (17-Alex Semenets, 40); 11-William Hyde

Head Coach: Stephen Hart (CAN)
Subs not used: 1-Karem Shergill

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Canada Defeat Scotland 1-0 in Ballymena Opener

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Monday, April 24, 2006
Canada Defeat Scotland 1-0 in Ballymena Opener
http://www.canadasoccer.com/eng/medi...?Press_ID=2436

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s U-17 National Team defeated Scotland 1-0 today (April 24, 2006) in the opening match of the Ballymena International Tournament.

Philippe Davies grabbed the lone goal of the game just after the half hour mark. The St-Hubert, QC-native, who now plays his soccer in France for Dijon, stormed untouched through the middle of the park then coolly slotted home the eventual winner from just outside the Scottish area.

Scotland pressed forward in the second half, searching for the elusive equalizer but despite pinning the Canadians into their own half for spells, they could not find a way past Canadian goalkeeper Michal Misiewicz and his back-four.

The Canadians will play the Czech Republic tomorrow afternoon before rounding off the opening round against Belgium on April 26.

This marks Canada’s second appearance at the prestigious Ballymena Tournament. In 2004, the Canadians finished with a loss to Finland (2:1) and draws against Northern Ireland (1:1) and Switzerland (1:1) before losing to Belgium in penalties after a 0:0 stalemate in the 4th Place match.

Canadian Head Coach, Stephen Hart, is preparing his squad for the CONCACAF U-17 Qualifying Tournament, which is scheduled to take place in April 2007 in Honduras and Jamaica. Both countries will host a group of four teams with the top two teams receiving automatic berths to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea in 2007, and the two third-placed teams playing a home and away series to determine CONCACAF’s fifth spot.

Monday, April 24, 2006
Ballymena International Tournament Ballymena, N. Ireland, UK

CANADA – 1 (1)
SCOTLAND – 0 (0)

Goals: CANADA – Davies 33; SCOTLAND – none
Cautions: - none
Expulsions – none

CANADA: 20-Michal Misiewisz; 2-Greg Smith; 5-Olivier Lacoste Lubuis; 12-Adam Straith; 3-Colin Parenteau Michon; 4-Philippe Davies; 16-Bawe Nsame (14-Marcus Johnstone, 60); 10-Mohamed Sylla (15-Cedric Carrie, 70); 9-Randy Edwini Bonseu; 17-Alex Semenets; 11-William Hyde

Head Coach: Stephen Hart
Subs not used: 1-Karem Shergill; 6-Daniel Kijowski; 7-Antonio Rago; 8-Devin Gunenc; 13-Robert Adam

Matches (all times GMT)
April 25 – CANADA vs. Czech Republic – Ballymena Showground’s, NI – 18:00
April 26 – CANADA vs. Belgium – LTOB, Larne, NI – 18:30
April 28 – Bowl Final (4th place teams)
April 28 – Shield Final (3rd place teams)
April 28 – Plate Final (2nd place teams)
April 28 – Trophy Final (1st place teams)
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Canada’s U-17s Fall to Czech Republic

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Canada’s U-17s Fall to Czech Republic
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Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s U-17 National Team were on the wrong side of a 4-0 score line when they met the very talented Czech Republic today in the second match of the Ballymena International Tournament.

The Czechs started things rolling just after a half hour when a Czech midfielder hit a rocket into the upper corner of the Canadian goal from just outside of 30 yards.

Ten minutes later, the Czechs stretched the lead to two when a give away by the Canadian defense led to a scramble inside the Canadian area that was eventually pounded into the back of the net by the opportunistic Czechs.

The Europeans would add two more goals near the hour mark to quash any Canadian hopes of a comeback.

“We were soundly beaten today by a very good and very technical team,” is how Canadian Head Coach Stephen Hart summed up the contest. “We must now prepare for another quality team in Belgium (tomorrow) without a lot of time to rest, but the quick turnaround is simply another test for us and we shall see how we cope with it.”

The Canadians will play Belgium tomorrow to determine the seeding for the playoff round. The Belgians lost there opening match to the Czechs 2-1 and are playing Scotland later today.

In Group A action yesterday, the USA defeated Switzerland (1:0) while Northern Ireland defeated Finland handily (6:0).

This marks Canada’s second appearance at the prestigious Ballymena Tournament. In 2004, the Canadians finished with a loss to Finland (2:1) and draws against Northern Ireland (1:1) and Switzerland (1:1) before losing to Belgium in penalties after a 0:0 stalemate in the 4th Place match.

Canadian Head Coach, Stephen Hart, is preparing his squad for the CONCACAF U-17 Qualifying Tournament, which is scheduled to take place in April 2007 in Honduras and Jamaica. Both countries will host a group of four teams with the top two teams receiving automatic berths to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea in 2007, and the two third-placed teams playing a home and away series to determine CONCACAF's fifth spot.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Ballymena International Tournament Ballymena, N. Ireland, UK

CANADA – 0 (0)
CZECH REP – 4 (2)

Goals: CANADA – none; CZECH REP – unavailable 32, 44, 60, 64
Cautions: - none
Expulsions – none

CANADA: 1-Karem Shergill; 2-Greg Smith; 6-Daniel Kijowski (8-Devin Gunenc, 52); 5-Olivier Lacoste Lubuis; 12-Adam Straith (13-Robert Adam, 70); 4-Philippe Davies; 10-Mohamed Sylla (16-Bawe Nsame, 70); 9-Randy Edwini Bonseu; 17-Alex Semenets; 11-William Hyde; 7-Antonio Rago (14-Marcus Johnstone, 58)

Head Coach: Stephen Hart
Subs not used: 20-Michal Misiewisz; 3-Colin Parenteau Michon; 15-Cedric Carrie

Matches (all times GMT)
April 26 – CANADA vs. Belgium – LTOB, Larne, N. Ireland – 18:30
April 28 – Bowl Final (4th place teams)
April 28 – Shield Final (3rd place teams)
April 28 – Plate Final (2nd place teams)
April 28 – Trophy Final (1st place teams)
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Canada’s U-17s Come up Short Against Belgium

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Canada’s U-17s Come up Short Against Belgium
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Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s U-17 National Team lost a close 1:0 battle with Belgium today in the final match of the preliminary round of the Ballymena International Tournament.

The Belgians grabbed the lone goal after 76 minutes when a give-away in the middle of the park, after a long period of sustained Canadian pressure, allowed the Europeans to catch the Canadians on the break. The move ended with the Belgian centre-forward coolly slotting his effort past the on-rushing Karem Shergill in the Canadian goal after the big target man was released with a well weighted pass from just outside the Canadian area.

The result means that Canada will be ranked 3rd in Group B, regardless of the result of the Czech Republic vs. Scotland match later today, setting up a playoff match on April 28 against the 3rd place team in Group A – likely the winner of the Finland vs. Switzerland clash being played today.

'It’s unfortunate that we gave up a goal late in the game, but we have learned a lot about ourselves in our last two games,' said Canadian Head Coach Stephen Hart immediately following the 1:0 loss.

In Group A action yesterday, the USA drew with Finland (3:3) while the hosts, Northern Ireland, kept its perfect record in tact by handing the Swiss their second loss in as many days (3:0).

This marks Canada’s second appearance at the prestigious Ballymena Tournament. In 2004, the Canadians finished with a loss to Finland (2:1) and draws against Northern Ireland (1:1) and Switzerland (1:1) before losing to Belgium in penalties after a 0:0 stalemate in the 4th Place match.

Canadian Head Coach, Stephen Hart, is preparing his squad for the CONCACAF U-17 Qualifying Tournament, which is scheduled to take place in April 2007 in Honduras and Jamaica. Both countries will host a group of four teams with the top two teams receiving automatic berths to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea in 2007, and the two third-placed teams playing a home and away series to determine CONCACAF’s fifth spot.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Ballymena International Tournament Ballymena, N. Ireland, UK

CANADA – 0 (0)
BELGIUM – 1 (0)

Goals: CANADA – none; BELGIUM – unavailable 76
Cautions: - none
Expulsions – none

CANADA: 1-Karem Shergill; 2-Greg Smith; 3-Colin Parenteau Michon; 8-Devin Gunenc; 15-Cedric Carrie; 5-Olivier Lacoste Lubuis; 12-Adam Straith; 4-Philippe Davies (11-William Hyde, 42); 10-Mohamed Sylla; 9-Randy Edwini Bonseu (14-Marcus Johnstone, 57); 17-Alex Semenets

Head Coach: Stephen Hart
Subs not used: 20-Michal Misiewisz; 6-Daniel Kijowski; 7-Antonio Rago; 13-Robert Adam; 16-Bawe Nsame

Recent Results
Monday, April 24
Group A Switzerland 1 USA 2
Group B Scotland 0 Canada 1
Group B Czech Republic 2 Belgium 1
Group A Finland 0 Northern Ireland 6

Tuesday, April 25
Group B Czech Republic 4 Canada 0
Group A Finland 3 USA 3
Group A Northern Ireland 3 Switzerland 0
Group B Belgium 2 Scotland 0

Wednesday, April 26
Group A Finland v Switzerland 18:00 Ballymena Showgrounds
Group B Czech Republic v Scotland 19:30 Inver Park, Larne
Group A Northern Ireland v USA 20:00 Ballymena Showgrounds

Playoff Matches (all times GMT)
April 28 – Bowl Final (4th place teams)
April 28 – Shield Final (3rd place teams)
April 28 – Plate Final (2nd place teams)
April 28 – Trophy Final (1st place teams)
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Canada Defeats Swiss in Shield Final

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Friday, April 28, 2006
Canada Defeats Swiss in Shield Final
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Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s U-17 National Team defeated Switzerland 2:1 today to claim the Shield Final and 5th place overall at the prestigious Ballymena International Tournament in Northern Ireland.

Canada grabbed an early lead through Alex Semenets in the 20th minute from an indirect free kick just inside the Swiss area after a Swiss defender was called for an illegal back-pass. After two false starts that saw the Swiss encroach on the free kick, Olivier Lacoste-Lebuis rolled the ball forward for Semenets who smashed his shot into the roof of the Swiss goal for the game’s opening goal.

The Swiss, however, responded in the waning moments of the half when the Canadian defense failed to clear the danger after a scramble in front of their goal. The loose ball bounced fortuitously to a Swiss striker who was stationed at the top of the area. The striker made no mistake with the opportunity, curling his shot into the upper right corner of the Canadian goal.

But Canada would not let this game slip away and in the 69th minute, some intricate combination play involving Semenets and Marcus Johnstone at the corner of the Swiss box sprung Semenets. The first half goal scorer turned provider with a cross to the far post that found an unmarked William Hyde, who coolly side-footed his shot into the open net for the match winner.

"Throughout the tournament we played well in the 1st half but lost concentration in the 2nd,” said Canadian head coach Stephen Hart. “Today we got the result, but never found our rhythm."

Canadian Head Coach, Stephen Hart, is preparing his squad for the CONCACAF U-17 Qualifying Tournament, which is scheduled to take place in April 2007 in Honduras and Jamaica. Both countries will host a group of four teams with the top two teams receiving automatic berths to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea in 2007, and the two third-placed teams playing a home and away series to determine CONCACAF's fifth spot.

Friday, April 28, 2006
Ballymena International Tournament
Shield Final Ballymena, N. Ireland, UK

CANADA – 2 (1)
SWITZERLAND – 1 (1)

Goals: CANADA – Semenets 20, Hyde 69; SWITZERLAND – unavailable 40
Cautions: - none
Expulsions – none

CANADA: 20-Michal Misiewisz; 2-Greg Smith; 3-Colin Parenteau Michon; 6-Daniel Kijowski (12-Adam Straith, 70); 8-Devin Gunenc; 5-Olivier Lacoste Lubuis; 7-Antonio Rago (15-Cedric Carrie, 72); 11-William Hyde; 14-Marcus Johnstone; 16-Bawe Nsame (9-Randy Edwini Bonseu, 55); 17-Alex Semenets

Head Coach: Stephen Hart
Subs not used: 1-Karem Shergill; 4-Philippe Davies; 10-Mohamed Sylla; 13-Robert Adam (illness)
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