Surrey United SC Kyle Sohi 27’, Dilpreet Brar 50’, 54’
In the Gold Medal match-up, between two sides that sailed through group play with perfect 4-0 records, Surrey United SC of British Columbia defeated Ajax FC of Ontario 3:0 to claim the Sport Chek National Club Championships U-18 Cup.
A first-half strike from team captain, Kyle Sohi in the 27th minute and a second half-brace from substitute Dilpreet Brar in the 50th and 54th minute were enough give the British Columbia side the national title.
As the most complete team in the tournament, Surrey United SC kept their opponents on their back foot throughout the entire competition, as they attacked through the flanks as well through penetrating balls down the middle. The varied attack from Surrey United SC was, ultimately, too much for the Ajax FC team that never seemed to hit their stride in the final match.
Battling a niggling injury, instrumental midfielder Sohi was questionable for this game but came on a substitute, in the 20th minute, and made a significant impact on the match as he played a part in all three Surrey United SC goals.
The opening goal would come from a cross delivered by Sohi down the right side, which appeared to take a deflection off of an Ajax FC defender.
Sohi’s strike would stand up as the only goal in the first half as the game remained 1-0 after 40 minutes.
Ajax FC would push for an equalizer early in the second half and came close after Tristen Wilson found the ball at his feet inside the 18-yard-box, before turning and firing a shot of the crossbar.
Moments after Wilson hit the crossbar, his strike partner Andrew Gordon found himself with room at the top of the box and hit a low hard shot that was excellently saved by goalkeeper Lucas Johnson who looked confident in net all afternoon.
As is often the case, missed opportunities at one end resulted in goals at the other as Brar found the insurance markers for Surrey United SC midway through the second half.
Brar’s first goal was a result of great hold up play by Sohi before the ball was released down the left flank. The resulting cross from the left wing would find Brar at the top of the 6-yard-box who deflected the cross high over the opposing goalkeeper. Brar found himself in the right position minutes later for his second goal, as he finished off a free-kick that was delivered from the left by Sohi.
With a three goal lead Surrey United SC would comfortably see off the remainder of the match, much to the joy of the hometown fans who encouraged the deserved champions to the sound of a drum-beat all the way to the final whistle.
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