2019 Toyota National Championships U-17 Cup kicks off in Charlottetown, PE
Posted on 9 October 2019 in ↳ U-17 Cup
Bright sunshine, blue skies and mild temperatures were the order of the day in Charlottetown, PE as Day 1 kicked off and the quality of soccer reflected the perfect playing conditions.
On the boys’ side of the draw, Quebec’s CS St. Laurent showed their credentials, opening with an impressive 7:1 win over Halifax City, a four-goal blitz in 15 minutes in the second half broke the game wide open. There were other impressive first day wins for Ontario’s Woodbridge SC, Mountain United FC from BC, and Alberta’s Calgary Foothills.
In the girls’ championship, Ontario’s Ottawa TFC Academy had to work hard to break down a resolute PEI FC on the UPEI turf, eventually coming out on top 3:0. Other opening day wins came for Lakeshore SC of Quebec, and Nova Scotia’s Halifax County United.
Boys’ U-17 Cup
Group A - Calgary Foothills (AB) 4:1 (NL) St. John’s SC
Three first-half goals by Kim, Hay and Nesibu put Calgary in the driving seat as they swept past St. John’s on the Cornwall turf. Stabler pulled a goal back for the Newfoundland and Labrador champions before Tchouya Nana completed the scoring in second-half added time.
Group A - CS St. Laurent (QC) 7:1 (NS) Halifax City SC
After an even first-half, St Laurent broke the game open with a clinical display in the second half, including scoring four times in a 15 minute spell. Ismael Kenneth Kone scored a contender for goal of the tournament when he ran from his own half, dribbling past five defenders, including the goalkeeper, before calmly placing the ball in the empty net.
Group B - Mountain United FC (BC) 4:1 (MB) Winnipeg Bonivital SC
BC champions Mountain United needed three late second-half goals to get past a spirited Winnipeg squad. Booth, Estay-Larabie, Curlier and Greco scored for Mountain, with Vithanage replying for Winnipeg.
Group B - Woodbridge SC (ON) 5:0 (SK) FC Regina Bluestars
Ontario champions Woodbridge made a solid start to the championship. First-half goals by Wishart-Stephen, Wilson, Lera and Opong put them firmly in the driver’s seat against the Bluestars. Banga rounded out the scoring in the second-half to complete the 5:0 win.
Girls' U-17 Cup
Group A - Calgary Foothills WFC (AB) 1:1 (MB) FC Northwest Winnipeg
Honours were even in an entertaining game at the UPEI turf. Winnipeg took an early lead from Cistarelli, until Stordy equalized after 35 minutes. Both teams had second-half chances, but good defending and goalkeeping meant that it finished all-square, with a point apiece.
Group A - Lakeshore SC (QC) 2:0 (BC) Surrey United SC
Lakeshore took the points in a match-up between two teams who have medal aspirations at these championships. Shum Tim after 21 minutes, and Gagne after 43, provided the scoring for the Quebec champions who then showed excellent defence to keep Surrey off the scoreboard.
Group B - Halifax County United SC (NS) 1:0 (NL) St. John’s SC
Paige Meagher in the 21’ was all that stood between the two teams in an all-Atlantic match-up in Charlottetown. St John’s created chances to tie things but Halifax stood tall to preserve the win, with goalkeeper Morgan Gillis in fine form for the Nova Scotians.
Group B - Ottawa TFC Academy (ON) 3:0 (PE) PEI FC
Resolute defending by the host team was threatening to frustrate the Ontario champions until Riley Bonadie scored an excellent goal in the 31’ minute, her firm shot from just inside the area finding the top corner. A Katelyn Brzozowski penalty in the 46’ minute made the points safe, before Amelia Thompson completed the scoring in added time.
Toyota National Championships
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