KEM CEHAJIC Special to The Standard
Many of the North Durham United Football Club teams have been enjoying successful seasons in league play, with the U13 boys leading the way.
The team hosted Ajax this past week, and the game proved to be another example of free flowing soccer, with the home team coming away with a 5-4 victory.
Mathew Gordon led the way, by finding the back of the net on four separate occasions, with Owen Ferraro providing the other NDUFC goal. Mathew is now tied with fellow team member Ethan Cannon for second in league scoring, as he upped his total to nine of the season. The three points vault the boys into the next to top spot in the standings, just one point behind the leaders and with one game in hand.
The always hard working U17 boys team went to North Scarborough severely short-handed, with only twelve players available for duty. The team overcame a tough first half, to outscore their opponents 2-1 in the second, despite losing a man to injury.
This meant Coach Cole didn't have any subs to make any changes, but despite the heat and lack of numbers, the squad gutted out an impressive performance. Epsom's Jordan Brown was solid in goal in the first half, then played out in the field for the second, and slotted a ball in for his first goal of the regular season.
Utica's Liam Wilks took on five defenders on a solo rush, and managed to get by them all before picking the corner of the net, for his fifth in league play and eight of the season. Young Liam is now the second highest goal getter in the league.
Canada went out of the Gold Cup tournament with a 2-1 loss to Jamaica last week. The men in red were the better team overall, but just fell short, as a very successful run bodes well for the team, as they prepare to begin a new chapter for the National Men's program. One of the highlights, of the four games, the team played was the scoring prowess of 16 year old Alphonso Davies, who scored three goals in three games. With continued success, with the Whitecaps in Major League Soccer play, Davies will most likely be offered a spot on a top team from Europe, in the next few years.
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