Ben Ur made sure it wasn’t deja vu for Halifax Dunbrack City Mazda in the EastLink Premiership men’s final.
The all-star goalkeeper rewarded his teammates for more than 120 minutes of hard-fought soccer by turning aside back-to-back penalty kicks and lifting his team to a provincial championship with a win over Suburban FC.
Sean Kodejs, Danny Worthington and Wes Hawley helped Dunbrack go 3-for-3 on kicks while Ian Greedy was the only Suburban shooter to best Ur.
“It’s one of those things where you just have to guess (which way the kicker will go) sometimes,” said Ur, a Halifax native. “I guess I just got lucky.”
The score was tied 2-2 after regulation and 30 minutes of overtime, with Jon Cordoba and Ryan Devereaux scoring for Dunbrack and Mesut Mert and Greedy finding the net for Suburban.
But Dunbrack finally put the heartbreak of back-to-back final setbacks behind them.
“It feels amazing to finally get it,” Ur said. “These guys have stuck together. It’s been on our minds for a long time, and (winning) is what it’s all about.”