Graduates repeat as RASA League Cup champs

Dominating 4-0 win over West Coast FC to retain Don Taylor trophy

The Graduates have a knack of taking their game to another level when it comes to the Richmond Adult Soccer Association’s Don Taylor League Cup.

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For the second straight year the Graduates are cup champions and they did it in convincing fashion with a 4-0 win over West Coast FC last Sunday in a match-up of Division One heavyweights at the Minoru Oval.
A year ago the teams entered the final with West Coast FC holding down to spot in regular season play and the Graduates prevailing 3-1. The exact same scenario unfolded again.

“West Coast is top of the league and they are legit. Coming out and winning four nil is a helluva a thing,” smiled Graduates coach Mark Fletcher.

His squad wasn’t exactly at full strength either with just one sub available due to “guys hurt, guys away and guys celebrating 30-year-old birthdays.” Still the the limited roster certainly rose to the challenge for the first win in three tries against West Coast this season with a draw and a loss in regular season play.

The Graduates were launched a few years ago as a senior men’s option for players coming out of Richmond FC.

“We are here to help bring the youth players coming out into adult but this core has been here for a while,” added Fletcher whose squad sits third in league play with an 11-4 record.

West Coast will now turn its attention to a match next Friday against AC Richmond that will decide the regular season champion. Both teams own 13-2-0 records. It kicks off at 9 p.m. at Minoru.

RASA’s Soccer Sunday also included the unbeaten Old-Blacks continuing their dominance with a 3-1 win over the RC Gunners to capture the Masters Cup. 

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