The Ontario Cup has four new champions that were crowned this past weekend in the U-18 Boys and Girls and U-21 Men’s and Women’s divisions. The Finals took place on Sunday at Civic Stadium in Oshawa, where large crowds came out to support the finalists
U-18 Girls – London Nor’West vs. Oshawa Kicks Red Devils
In the first final of the day, London Nor’West took on the Oshawa Kicks Red Devils in the U-18 Girls division. Civic Stadium was buzzing with fans as the Oshawa faithful came out in large numbers to support their girls. While the atmosphere heavily favoured the Oshawa side, it was London that came out firing to stifle any home-field advantage with a goal in the 9th minute to go up 1-0. As the first half progressed, Oshawa would settle in and create some chances of its own, but would go into halftime down by a goal. London ramped up the intensity in the second half and was able to double its lead in the 51st minute. London would then put the game out of reach by adding a third goal in the 59th minute, securing a 3-0 victory over Oshawa. The goal scorers for London were: Shae-Lynn Van Gassen (2) and Elise DeDecker
Under 18 Boys – Pickering Power Green 96B vs. Bolton Wanderers
The second final of the day featured the U-18 Boys division with the Pickering Power Green 96B taking on the Bolton Wanderers. This game was intense from the opening whistle, as both sides looked to gain an edge early. While both teams exchanged chances, it would be Bolton who would strike first in the 23rdminute of play. Bolton would then add a second goal just five minutes later to double its lead. Desperate to stay in the game, Pickering battled back and came up with a goal in the 37th minute, going into the halftime-break down 2-1. Pickering picked up the pace in the second half in hopes of equalizing, but Bolton held strong and add an insurance goal in the 69th minute. Despite several chances to get back into the game by Pickering, Bolton would hold on for the 3-1 victory. The goal scorers for Bolton was: Michal Misiak, Julian Mullin, and Jamar Redhead. The goal scorer for Pickering was: Michael Jahshan
U-21 Women – Ajax FC Red vs. Burlington Bayhawks
The U-21 Women’s final featured Ajax FC Red and the Burlington Bayhawks. The match itself was a bit of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde affair for the Burlington squad. A Burlington own goal in the 4th minute of the match put Ajax on the board early, as Burlington got caught defending a corner kick taken by Ajax’s Jessica Craig. Shortly after, the Burlington keeper lost track of a shot, which Ajax’s Tiffany Smith capitalised on, making the lead 2-0. The Burlington team, appearing unsteady and unsure, started to turn things around near the end of the second half. Burlington scored their first goal of the game, in the 41st minute from Stacey Mackenzie, and Chanel Vani scored again to equalize in the 45th minute.
Burlington came into the second half a completely different team. Confident passes and well placed balls meant goals were quick to follow. Early in the second half, at the 47th minute, Burlington’s Angela Cutaia scored, giving Burlington a 3-2 lead. In the 64th minute, Burlington’s Danielle LaFrance scored an insurance goal, giving Burlington a comfortable lead. The final score was Burlington 4 – 2 over Ajax.
U-21 Men – Vaughan Azzurri vs. Scarborough City
The U-21 Men’s final featured the Vaughan Azzurri taking on Scarborough City. The teams were well matched in this Ontario Cup Final, making this a hard fought battle. Very early in the game, one got the feeling that whichever team scored first would be the winner in the end. The first half finished scoreless in a battle of missed opportunities. Both teams regrouped at halftime but it was Vaughan who would notch the goal. Vaughan broke the stalemate, when Owen Pearce scored in the 47th minute. It was all that Vaughan would need as they would hold on for the remainder of the half to be crowned Ontario Cup champions.
Also in action this past weekend were the U-13 Boys and Girls divisions. The teams winning their groups will move on to the Quarter-Final Round on August 9 and are as follows:
Under 13 Boys:
Group 3 – Croatia Norval 2001
Group 4 – Toronto York Jets 2001
Group 5 – Guelph Royals Blue
Group 6 – Ajax FC 01 B Red
Group 7 – Epic FC Toronto
Group 8 – Cumberland Cobras Academy
Group 9 – Brampton Blast
Group 10 – Waterloo United U13A
Under 13 Girls:
Group 1 – Woolwich Black
Group 2 – Oakville Girls U13A
Group 3 – Brampton Brams United Rebels A
Group 4 – Waterloo United U13A
Group 5 – Hamilton Saltfleet Sting
Group 6 – Darlington Chosens 01
Group 7 – Byron Blasters
For full results to all of the weekend’s games, visit the Ontario Cup Website.
Next weekend will feature the U-14 Boys and Girls divisions in the last set of Tournament Rounds this year. Please visit the Ontario Cup Website for scheduling information.
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