On Sunday afternoon, Ottawa South United met Markham SC in the 2022 Gary Miller Charity Shield Girls U15 Finals at the Ontario Soccer indoor stadium. It was an even affair through regular time, with both teams creating several good scoring chances.
It was OSU who scored the opening goal of the game in the 17th minute through Isabelle Chukwu who tapped in a second rebound after a long range shot from her sister Anabelle, and initial rebound shot from Francesca Mureta.
Markham nearly scored the equalizer from a free kick only three minutes later. The ball was crossed to Jayda Schoburgh at the far post, who headed the ball just wide.
Markham did however get the equalizer in the 30th minute through Naomi Phillips who converted a penalty shot.
The teams continued to battle in the second half.
It was OSU who had the first second half chance in the 58th minute. Anabelle Chukwu dribbled through a few players and fired a long range shot from 25 yards out that didn’t miss by a wide margin.
Markham replied in the 65th minute with a good chance of their own. A long free kick cross fell to Alessandra Geraneo who flicked the ball on net from within the six yard box but did not have much power on it resulting in a rather comfortable save.
It was back to OSU who had the next good scoring chance in the 80th after a cross to call-up Mya Angus at the back post. Her shot was hit just wide as she was at full stretch attempting to put the ball in the open net.
Once again, Markham counter punched and almost scored in the 84th minute when Kennedy Belfon was sent in on a clear breakaway as the defender tried to pinch the pass and missed. Belfon decided to keep the ball and shoot, despite a teammate streaking down the right flank unmarked, and in the end the shot was rather tamed and directly to the keeper who made a comfortable save.
The game would end 1-1 after fulltime requiring penalties where the dramatics continued.
Markham would miss their fist kick but were able keep their nerve and make their next three to give them a chance. OSU on the other hand, made their first three kicks giving them the opportunity to take the win with their fourth kick, but Olivia Busby made a great save to push the shootout to extras.
In extras, both teams made their first two kicks. In the third round, Markham stepped up and scored, forcing OSU into a must score scenario to keep the shootout going.
With the game on the line, OSU called on call-up Angus who helped Markham win the Girls U14 Finals the day earlier with two goals in the game. Unfortunately, Nusby would win this duel with a big save to give Markham the 6-7 victory on penalties.
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