Ajax FC Andrew Gordon 10’, 42’, Tristen Wilson 44’,
Mountain United FC Dzenan Bezdrob 56’
In what was the de facto semi-final in Group B, Ajax FC defeated Mountain United FC 3:1 thanks to a two goal performance from star striker Andrew Gordon. With both sides winning their opening three games, Mountain United FC held the slight advantage because of goal differential and only needed a draw to advance to Monday’s gold medal match, while Ajax FC required all three points.
Given the scenario, the spectators might have expected a cagey affair; however, Gordon would open up the game early with a wonder strike, in the 10th minute, as he curled a free-kick over the wall and into the top corner. After Ajax FC took the lead early, Mountain United FC began to push for a quick equalizer, which made for a very entertaining first half, as both sides swapped excellent opportunities in the opening 40 minutes.
Despite the openness of the first half, it would be the keepers who stole the show as both Martin Salmanton of Ajax FC and Michael Girard of Mountain United FC made a number of top-class saves to keep the score at 1-0 heading into the half.
The offensive momentum generated in the first-half carried through to the second frame as Ajax FC exploded with two goals in quick succession in the 42nd and 44th minute to put their side in the driver’s seat.
It would be Gordon who, once again, found the back of the net for his side, this time from the penalty spot, as an Ajax FC striker was judged to be fouled en route to the net in the previous play. As he has done all tournaments long, Gordon delivered, when it mattered most, as he fired his penalty shot to the top left corner.
Minutes after Gordon converted the second goal of the game, Tristen Wilson would find an insurance marker for the Ontario champions after a beautiful combination play at the top of the box left Wilson one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Wilson, who did well to pass and move to the right edge of the box, received the ball in tight and poked it past the onrushing Mountain United FC goalkeeper, Girard.
Despite conceding two quick goals to start the second half, the U-17 Mountain United FC team continued to fight, to the very last whistle, in the hopes that they could pull back three unanswered goals.
Dzenan Bezdrob would breathe some life into the British Columbia side as he pulled a goal back for his team in the 56th minute, after he volleyed in a ball that was played over the top of Ajax FC’s defence.
Despite Mountain United FC’s valiant efforts, in the second half, the Ontario defensive line would keep their composure and limit the opposition’s chances in the closing moments of the game.
With the victory, Ajax FC books a spot in tomorrow’s gold medal match against Surrey United SC. Kick-off is set for 12:00 PT/ 15:00 ET.
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