2012 All Stars: Makinde and Hamilton shine as Ontario lifts U-16 Boys Cup
The Ontario U-16’s capped off a perfect final day for the province in Mt. Pearl, NL at the 2012 All Stars by dispatching British Columbia 2:0 to win the the U-16 Boys division.
Ontario’s attacking duo of Phillip Makinde and Jordan Hamilton whom had already turned in a number of strong displays at the tournament – were again the heroes on the day providing the two goals to see their team past BC.
Makinde went on a remarkable solo run in the 46th minute to weave his way into a shooting position and eventually slotted home his finish to give Ontario the 1:0 lead.
Hamilton doubled the advantage only three minutes later when he earned a free kick – and then subsequently headed home a lofted cross from the set piece into the top corner past a diving William Diaz in goal for BC.
The British Columbians rallied late in an attempt to cut the deficit and came very close to pulling a goal back but Kyle Sohi’s effort smashed off the under-side of the cross-bar in the dying minutes of the match.
Goalkeeper Mark Rogat provided the clean sheet for Ontario in the match.
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“I’m really happy with the performance,” said Ontario U-16 Head Coach Patrick Tobo after the final whistle. “At the same time these young players need to continue to improve if they are going to be successful at the national level.
“We have lots of work to do. The players need to stay in the right environment; they need to continue to practice. At the age of 16, they are still learning and they need to follow the right path to the next level.”
British Columbia Head Coach Scott Howey was disappointed to see his young side suffer a defeat in the final, but he is urging his players to overcome the tough loss as they continue to pursue their footballing careers.
“The biggest thing is that our players can’t be weighed down by this result,” said Howey after the match. “It’s all about learning and continuing to improve.”
Elsewhere in the U-16 division, Québec defeated Alberta 2:0 to claim third place. Alexandre Garceau and Samuel Duffek provided the goals in the victory. Marc-Antoine Chaudry earned the clean sheet in goal for Québec.
In the fifth place match in the U-16 division, Team Atlantic defeated Team MB/SK 1:0 courtesy of a goal by Kyle Williams. Christian Oxner kept the clean sheet for the Maritimers.
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