NORTH DURHAM: The boys and girls in gold and black all had a busy week with games, tournaments, and practice sessions in the heat of late spring.
The younger players played hard and had fun as they prepared for and played in the LTPD (Long Term Player Development) festivals throughout the region. The five North Durham United Football Club squads, playing in the older competitive categories, had a very busy and successful week, going up against some well established clubs, from Cobourg all the way out to Collingwood.
The U13 Girls kept rolling along this season, with a terrific week of results. The team beat Richmond Hill by a lopsided 7-0 count, in league play. Team defense accounted for the shutout. The goals came from six different players, Talia S, Nikki S, Brittany H, Briar G, Maya K and Ashley A; with Ashley finding the back of the net and potting two. The girls also found success in their Cup game, with a 5-0 victory over Peterborough. Nikki S and Brittany H each had a pair of goals, with a fifth provided by Jessica T.
The Cup tournament, is a season long head to head competition, for all teams in each age group, regardless of what level they are competing in. Each match is a one game battle, that goes to penalty shots if tied after regulation, and is like playing a game seven each time out. Winners advance to the next round, losers are out of the tournament.
The U15 G are also still rolling, with a hard fought 1-1 draw against a skilled Cavan team. Emma V found the net, and all of the members of the NDUFC team worked hard, challenging for the ball all game long.
The U16 boys were in Peterborough over the weekend, for a tournament the team uses as a great way to work on things for the rest of the season. Despite playing in a group that had some of the North Durham players playing against opponents that were three years older, the boys acquitted themselves with pride, in conceding just three goals all weekend. Regardless of the heat, and having to go up against the older players, all the boys did a great job and are ready for league play this week.
The Euros are just about finished with the opening round, and the strongest teams look to be Spain, France, and Italy. A club that has yet to play up to their potential, due to injuries and over-enthusiastic fans, are the colourful Croatians. Knockout stage matches begin at the end of the week.
Toronto FC came away with a big 1-0 win over LA last Saturday, in front of over 30,000 fans. In a tough win in the heat and without a couple of key players, TFC look to continue earning points in their upcoming matches in hopes of securing a playoff spot at the end of the season.