TORONTO – The second annual BMO Champions Cup Kicked off on Wednesday as teams from all over Ontario came to the BMO Training ground for the five-day event.
DAY ONE – Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Game 1: Sigma FC 0 – 0 Woodbridge Strikers.
Game 2: Hamilton United 2 – 1 Pro Stars Academy.
The opening game saw Sigma FC playing against the Woodbridge Strikers. The game started with both teams looking for space in midfield and creating opportunities, but no goals were scored. In the second half, Sigma FC controlled more possession, putting pressure on Woodbridge’s defense. Woodbridge had a fast reaction at the beginning of the second half, closing spaces on defense and creating some opportunities on the counter attack. The game finished scoreless with both teams registering a point in the table.
The second game of the day saw Hamilton United playing against Pro Stars Academy. Hamilton opened the scoring early in the first half through Peter Moschos while Nathan Baker added a second goal for United late in the half.
A physical, testy match saw Sherwin Chen from Hamilton United shown a red card for a bad foul and Pro Stars’ Danial Rajab sent off following a second yellow. Timoor Beg scored for Pro Stars, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 2-1.
DAY TWO – Thursday, November 15, 2018
Game 3: North Toronto SC 0 – 0 Rush Canada Blue.
Game 4: Rush Canada White 3 – 3 Unionville Milliken.
The U-15’s started their tournament as the North Toronto SC played against Rush Canada Blue. North Toronto created several good opportunities, almost scoring at the beginning of the first half. Rush goalkeeper Dante Ferraro did well to keep the game scoreless until halftime.
Following an evenly-contested second half, North Toronto SC and Rush Canada Blue split the points with a 0-0 draw.
The second game featured the Rush Canada White U-15’s against Unionville Milliken SC. Rush Canada scored in the 9th minute, with Michael Fiqueli finding the back of the net from outside of the box. Unionville responded through Momin Nadeem, who scored a first-half brace, and Kwasi Poku, who scored in the 29th minute giving Unionville a 3-1 lead.
In the second half, Rush Canada’s Isaac Martins scored twice as the game ended in a 3-3 deadlock.
Game 5: Hamilton United 1 – 2 Ottawa South United.
Game 6: Toronto FC Academy (2005) 2 – 0 Sigma FC.
Hamilton United played their second group stage match against Ottawa South United. Hamilton United opened the scoring in the 17th minute with Peter Moschos scoring on a rebound inside the box. Ottawa South United leveled the match in the 27th minute with Josiah Estephane finishing a cross with a left footed shot.
Ottawa’s Ajan Balaganesh scored in the 48th minute, giving his side a lead they would not surrender, as the match ended 2-1 in Ottawa’s favour.
Toronto FC Academy U-13 (2005) kicked off the tournament against Sigma FC. Kyrese Lynch-Bailey opened the scoring for TFC in the 19th minute, finishing with a right footed shot inside the box.
The Young Reds kept controlled the game in the second half, showing patience and creating good chances. Tyler Londono scored for TFC on a volley inside the box in the 59th minute for the final 2-0 margin as the Young Reds took full points.
BMO Champions Cup resumes today as both the U-13 and U-15 division continue to play their tournaments. It all gets underway at 1:30 PM.