It was an exciting day of Futsal at Durham College on Saturday, February 15. The Ontario Futsal Cup was held along with two training sessions and a Mens Showcase game. The Ontario Futsal Cup featured the Under 16 Boys division where four teams battled for the provincial title. Ottawa FC Washington Selects, London LAC Spartans, London Phoenix FC and North York DHSL United all played in a round robin tournament, culminating in a Final with the top two teams.
In between the round robin games, Lorenzo Redwood, Canadian National Futsal Team Assistant Coach took some players through some drills with formation work in an open training session. John Botelho took the second training session with work on keeping possession of the ball.
Two mens teams from the Toronto Futsal League put on a fine display of futsal skills in a friendly before the Futsal Cup Final. Milltown FC and BST both showed their talent in this showcase game, but it was BST that took the win.
The Ontario Futsal Cup Final featured the top two teams from the round robin, Ottawa FC Washington Selects and London LAC Spartans.
London got off to an early lead with a string of quick goals. Noah O'Brien netted the first at the three minute mark of the game with a shot from outside of the penalty mark. Two minutes later, Peter Suski pocketed one on a rebound off the Ottawa keeper. Another four minutes later, Aldo Escobar took a corner kick that deflected off an Ottawa defender into the net. The next London goal came at the 14 minute mark, when Justin Nickson received a cross from a teammate and chested the ball into the net.
Ottawa finally got on the scoreboard when Joshua Sargusingh put the ball past the London keeper at the 17 minute mark. Justin Nickson, of London, was not finished his scoring streak, however, and netted two more before the end of the first half to record a hat trick. The score was 6-1 for London at the half.
London maintained control into the second half when Lucas Liberatore notched two quick goals at the 28th and 30th minutes. At the 32nd minute, Aiden Newton-Birani gave London its ninth goal, but Ottawa responded with two quick goals. Ottawa's Soheil Varahram took a cross from a kick in and slipped it past the keeper. Then Matas Jurgutis dribbled the ball past the London keeper to make it at 9-3 game. London's Aldo Escobar then put his second of the game in the net when he was left open in front of the keeper and capitalized on the opportunity.
The final goal of the game came when Ottawa's Noah Stanford used some fancy footwork to put the ball through the legs of London's keeper, bringing Ottawa's tally up to four.
The final score of the game was London 10, Ottawa 4, giving London the title of Ontario Futsal Cup Champion.
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