Brossard QC - Surrey United played an outstanding game to capture their second Jubilee Trophy in the last five years by beating Quebec’s Royal Select Beauport by 2-1 on Thanksgiving Monday in Montreal.
Surrey started in a determined manner and put the home team under intense pressure right from the start. United’s dominance throughout the first half was such that Quebec were rarely able to get out of their half. April Coffin came close to scoring for United in the opening twenty minutes as did Randee Hermus but United had to wait for the breakthrough until the 30th minute when Rachael Pelat, who was excellent throughout the entire tournament, rose majestically to power home a perfect header that zipped past the Quebec net-minder.
United continued to push forward, driven on by the outstanding play of Hermus and Nicole Stewart who dominated the centre of midfield and Chelsey Hannesson and April Coffin who dominated the flanks. After the interval, United continued their dominance and were rewarded in the 60th minute with a second goal when Katie Thorlakson slotted home from the penalty spot after Hermus and been brought down in the penalty area. It was just reward for the Surrey team who were full value for the lead and they continued to look for further goals. However, in the 80th minute Quebec reduced the deficit from one of their rare attacking forays when Frederique Paradis hit a screamer of a free-kick into the top corner of the net.
The goal did not rattle the Surrey United ladies who looked very composed throughout and worked hard to deny the home team any further scoring opportunities. The joyous celebration and customary tears at the final whistle will be remembered for many years to come as United added their second National Title to an impressive record in the Jubilee Trophy where they have competed for eight successive years and have medalled on each occasion and in doing so further extended their all time Canadian record setting accomplishment. With the words of retirement on the lips of some of the senior players the win would translate into a story book ending and fitting finale to their gloriously successful careers at Surrey United.