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The Men's U-21 Ontario Cup Final took place Sunday, July 23 at the Ontario Soccer Centre.
Prior to the final, the semi-finals took place Saturday, at the Ontario Soccer Centre and the Vaughan Azzurri defeated the Oakville Blue Devils 2-0 while the Woodbridge Strikers edged the Richmond Hill Raiders 2-1 to advance to Sunday's final.
Vaughan had the run of play early but the Woodbridge Strikers capitalized on some confusion at the back and Luca Gaglia tapped in the game’s opening goal.
The two sides would trade chances for the remainder of the half but neither were able to find the back of the net.
When the second half began, it was all Vaughan once again. Their hard work earned a free kick deep in the Woodbridge end.
Vaughan’s Leonard Sohn whipped a left-footed freekick in to the box. The cross found the head of Jovante Etienne who nodded the ball down into the corner to draw the game level at 1-1.
Moments later, Vaughan’s Ryan Raposo’s was hauled down in the box, resulting in a penalty kick.
Alistair Johnston made no mistake with his opportunity, burying the penalty and giving Vaughan a 2-1 lead.
The change in momentum continued as a Sohn chip into the Woodbridge box found the foot of Etienne who directed it past the keeper to make it 3-1.
A few minutes after that, Johnston added his second of the day from a fantastic freekick from the edge of the box that fooled the Woodbridge keeper to the short side.
Aidan O’Hara would add another in the 85th minute as Vaughan refused to take their foot off the pedal, increasing their lead to 5-1.
And that would be all on the day as Vaughan captured their fourth U-21 Men’s Ontario Cup in a row.
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