Boys U-16 Cup: Surrey United will go for gold in front of home crowd
Posted on 11 October 2015 in ↳ U-17 Cup
In front of a boisterous home-town crowd, Surrey United SC narrowly edged Calgary Foothills 1-0 in what was the de-facto semi-final of the boys U16 Cup. Substitute Trey Spedding’s goal in the 63rd minute was all that separated the provincial neighbours and booked Surrey United SC’s place in Monday’s gold medal match.
“First and foremost congratulations to Alberta, they really challenged us,” said Rob Wilson, Surrey United head coach. "They pressed us high, but we changed our tactics a little bit and we felt that we executed well."
After a nervy start for Surrey SC, which saw the Foothills generate a handful of early chances, the home team eventually found their feet and began to grow into the game. Led by attack minded winger Noah Dasilva, who was very direct in his dribble play, Surrey United SC began to generate scoring towards the end of the first half but could not break down a physical Foothills backline.
While the teams were arguably evenly matched in the first half, Surrey United SC began to take control of the game in the second half and came close to taking the lead quickly after the re-start when Dasilva’s side-volley was snatched on the goal-line by the sure-handed Calgary keeper, Jake Ruschkowski
Surrey United eventually found the breakthrough just after the hour mark as fellow substitute Evan Chow cut the ball back from the goal-line and found an onrushing Spedding who made no mistake and finished to the bottom corner.
The goal sent the Surrey crowd into raptures as they could sense that their side was inching towards the gold medal match.
Once the Foothills went behind a goal, they opened up a little more and pushed desperately for the equalizer. Despite the barrage of long-balls, Surrey United SC’s defence held up well, led by standout centre back Liam Robinson who broke down any threatening attack.
For Surrey United SC, the win was all the more meaningful considering the same group of players failed to progress at the U14 Cup final two years earlier.
“We went to Nationals in Lethbridge and we decided that when we finished fifth we would implement a two-year building block to get back here and try and win it and the boys have been progressing for the last two years to try and get here mentally and physically," said Wilson. "I think today they showed that they can dig deeper than most teams. I’m delighted.”
Looking ahead, Surrey United SC will face Woodbrige SC in the gold medal game in what could be described as a dream final after both teams progressed with identical 4-0 records. Kick-off is set for 12:00pm.
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