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The U-16 Boys Ontario Cup Final featured the Woodbridge Strikers taking on Waterloo United in an interesting display of contrasting styles.
Woodbridge came into the game pushing forward on every possession while Waterloo was content to sit back and invite the attack while looking to counter when the opportunity presented itself.
Waterloo’s keeper Phillip Grammenos and Woodbridge’s keeper Nikola Bursac were called into service several times in the first half and each time they answered the call making big saves for their sides.
Just as it looked like the game might head into the half knotted at 0-0 Woodbridge’s Nick Kwawukumey pulled a brilliant shot out of his bag of tricks and put the Strikers up 1-0 and on the front foot heading into the locker room.
In the second half, Woodbridge slowed the play down to the pace of their choosing and it was now Waterloo who was on the front foot of attack.
Despite having several good chances, they weren’t able to find the equalizer.
In the 84th minute, that forward pressure would betray them as Waterloo got caught forward and Woodbridge’s Christopher Campoli got in behind the back line and chipped the keeper to put the Strikers up 2-0.
Jeremy Opong would add a final marker for Woodbridge in the dying second to make the final 3-0 and hand the Strikers the U-16 Boys Ontario Cup title.
Visit the Ontario Soccer Facebook page for all the photos from the final.