U-16 Boys: Halifax City scores in added time to beat Fundy United
Posted on 4 October 2012 in U-16 Cup
In a battle of Maritime rivals, a goal in added time in the second half gave Halifax City SC a hard-fought 2:1 victory over New Brunswick's Fundy United SC at the U-16 Cup at the 2012 Canadian Soccer Association National Championships in Cornwall, PE.
The sides traded goals quickly, with Halifax City’s Jacob Bolton (12’) and Fundy United’s Tylor Connolly (13’) scoring a minute apart to keep the game deadlocked. From there, opportunities were available, but none of them were converted. Finally in added time before the final whistle, Benji Castrilli scored a crucial goal to put Halifax City SC over the top.
Goalkeepers Ryan Merlin of Halifax City and Maxime Cormier of Fundy United both played very well to keep their teams in the game throughout.
The win gives Halifax City SC a 2-0-0 record, which they’ll look to improve upon Saturday when they take on Ontario’s Erin Mills Eagles, who are also 2-0-0 following a 2:1 win over Manitoba champions FC Northwest Dominate on Thursday.
Fundy United will face Erin Mills Friday in Cornwall at 15.00 local time.
Surrey United holds off Braves in a thriller
In a tightly contested, physical affair, Surrey United SC withstood a late charge from the Braves d’Ahuntsic to secure a 3:2 victory.
The game was tightly played on both sides, with little to no room for error. It was scoreless until the 33rd minute when Surrey United’s Dilpreet Brar scored on Braves goalkeeper Marc-Antoine Chaudry to make it 1-0.
Four minutes later, midfielder Amritpal Jagdeo scored to make it 2-0 Surrey United, a lead they would hold until the half-time break.
The Braves would get back to within one in the 55th minute, when Marco-Leonel Dominguez solved Surrey United SC goalkeeper Robert Goodey for his second goal of the tournament. Surrey United SC’s Kyle Sohi would restore the two-goal lead in the 73rd minute with his second of the tournament to make it 3-1.
Braves forward Rida Aboulhamid scored in the 79th minute to make it 3-2, but despite a flurry of chances in the closing minutes, the Braves could get no closer.
Surrey United SC improved to 2-0-0 while the Braves fell to 1-0-1.
Surrey United SC will look to continue their winning ways Friday morning in Cornwall, as they take on Alberta champions Calgary SWU at 9.30 local time. Calgary will look to bounce back from a 1:3 opening day loss to the Braves.
The Braves will try to get back on track Friday in Cornwall, as they take on Newfoundland Labrador champions St. John’s SC, who found the win column for the first time with a 3:0 victory over Saskatchewan champions Unidad SC. The opening kickoff is set for 10.00 local time.
St. John's finds win column, defeats Unidad
A timely goal just before the end of the first half opened the door for the St. John’s SC to take over in the second half, as they found the win column with a 3:0 decision over Saskatchewan champions Unidad SC.
The game was well played, with only one caution on each side.
It looked like it was going to be scoreless after the first half, but Kyle Williams put one by Unidad goalkeeper Chad Taylor in the 44th minute to give St. John’s the lead at halftime.
The game remained close until Dylan Jenkins scored in the 69th minute to give St. John’s a two-goal cushion, with Grant Nolan adding an insurance marker in the 85th minute.
Zachary Delaney, along with the rest of the St. John’s defense, played a solid game to preserve the clean sheet.
St. John's (1-0-1) will take on Québec champions Braves d’Ahuntsic (1-0-1) Friday in Cornwall at 10.00 local time. The Braves will look to rebound after a hard fought 2:3 loss to British Columbia champions Surrey United SC on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Unidad (0-0-1) will try for their first win against the Braves, with a kickoff of 10.00 local time in Cornwall.
Erin Mills comes back in second half to defeat Northwest
Two second-half goals helped erase an early one goal deficit and turn it into a 2:1 result for the Erin Mills Eagles over Manitoba champions FC Northwest Dominate.
Northwest opened the scoring in the 11th minute, as Dylan Felgueiras sent one past Eagles goalkeeper Fiore Costa to give his team a 1-0 lead, which they would carry through the end of the first half.
From there, Erin Mills' Lee Victor Massunda took over, leading the comeback with the tying goal in the 65th minute, followed up by the game winner in the 77th minute to give him three in his first two tournament games.
Erin Mills (2-0-0) plays Fundy United (0-0-1) Friday at 15.00 local time in Cornwall, while Northwest (0-0-2) will look to rebound against tournament host RC United from Prince Edward Island, who came out on the wrong end of a 0:2 decision against Erin Mills in their only match so far.
For more information and results, go to canadasoccer.com/nationals.