North London Elite Matthew Paquette 8’, 18’
Coastal FC Devyin Sekhon 55’
Many neutrals, before this game, were looking forward to the match-up between Ontario’s powerful North London Elite front line and the strong British Columbia Coastal FC’s defence, and, in the end, it was the muscular Matthew Paquette who won the key battle, scoring both his team’s goals to edge a tight U-14 Boys championship final.
In beautiful conditions, both teams started a little edgy with passes going astray, but it was the Ontario champions who struck first in the 8th minute, when Paquette was allowed to bundle through and place the ball past the onrushing BC goalkeeper.
It was to get worse for Coastal, ten minutes later, when a poor goal kick was returned straight to Paquette, who, again, bounced off the defence to place the ball in the corner and give his side a well-deserved two-goal cushion.
With most of Coastal’s attacks being well-dealt with by the reliable Miners in the Ontario goal and a well-disciplined back line, it was going to need something special to get the BC champions back in the game, and their lifeline came in 55th minute when Deyvin Sekhon looped a shot over the despairing Miners.
Despite coming close from a couple of set plays, where the six-feet plus BC stopper Brandon Bassi was always a threat, North London held firm to deservedly take home the gold medal.
“It feels awesome, indescribable really,” said goal scoring hero Paquette after the game, his ankle wrapped in ice, an indication of the tough battle he had just fought with the BC defence.
“To win a gold medal is just amazing. We have had a great tournament and it is awesome to take the cup home to Ontario”
Coastal FC (BC) 1-2 North London Elite (ON)
St-Laurent (QC) 2-3 Calgary Foothills (AB)
St. John’s SC (NL) 0-5 Suburban Football Club (NS)
FC Northwest (MB) 3-1 Winsloe-Charlottetown Royals FC (PE)
Fundy SA (NB) 0-3 Unidad Regina (SK)
Eastern Eagles SC (PE) 3-2 Yukon Strikers (YU)