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Ontario U16 Boys Finish Tour With 2-0 Win Over Espanyol FC

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BARCELONA, Spain — Team Ontario’s final match was an intense affair with Espanyol — FC Barcelona’s cross town rival — on a tight pitch on the north side of Barcelona’s downtown core.

The Ontario Boys took an early lead in the 4th minute from a corner before either team had time to settle.

Dominic Szyszka floated the ball to the back post for Luca Gasparotto to knock it down & Stephen Almeida toe-poked it home.

The small pitch made for a tight contest with both teams playing a pressing game.

Ontario did well playing through and around the Espanyol pressure to play their best passing game of the tour and create several chances.

A broken set-play presented Gasparotto a chance that he smashed off the back post, Hamilton rose for a cross but sent his header over the bar, and Szyszka forced the keeper into a neat save at the front post.

The game changed in the 2nd half with Ontario making a tactical adjustment forcing Espanyol to play long from the back.

The Ontario Boys were dominating in the middle and were rewarded with a 2nd goal, Szyszka delivering the perfect cross for Jordan Hamilton to power in after a good sweeping move down the right with Adam Hamati.

Overall, this was Ontario’s best performance and it came against the strongest opponent of the tour.

Final Score
Team Ontario 2 v 0 Espanyol FC

Lineup
Silva, Almeida, Gasparotto, John, Flores (Ford), Jodah (Akoa), Szyszka, Pereira (Hamati), Awuah, Hamilton, Allen (Wadid)

Tour Summary
4 games, 3 wins, 1 loss, 3 clean sheets, 9 goals for, 3 goals against

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Reported by Ian Skitch (Coach)
Photo by Davide DeDonato

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