The final of the Ryder-Vass Under-23 certainly will have a different look than many other Long Island Soccer Football League championship games of the past.
Instead of having both semifinal winners tussling for the title, the losers will battle for the crown at Burns Park in Massapequa, N.Y. Wednesday at 8 p.m., the losers of those games will play.
Port Jefferson SC will meet the Dix Hills Elite for the championship.
That came about because the semifinal victors both were thrown out of the competition due to using ineligible players in their respective matches.
On Tuesday, the Dix Hills Hurricanes were denied a spot in the final because Justin Carfora wasn’t registered with the team, league officials said.
Carfora scored the equalizing goal in the 79th minute to move the Hurricanes into a 2-2 deadlock with Port Jefferson in the first game of a semifinal doubleheader in Dix Hills Sunday. Carfora also converted the game-winning penalty kick in the shootout. Dix Hills won the tie-breaker, 5-4.
All that is moot now.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Elite was awarded a 3-0 forfeit win over the Rosedale Super Eagles before the latter side used an illegal player — goalkeeper Jo Wayne Butler. Rosedale had registered a 2-0 victory before league officials Monday ruled that Butler was ineligible. He had been on the team roster earlier in the season, but was dropped. He was reinstated illegally, league officials said.