U16 Boys - 2013 OSA Indoor Cup Champions


When Coach Phil D’Elia told the boys that playing this winter in the year older division would prepare them for the 2013 season, he didn’t realize how early in the year the team would reap the rewards.  The Ontario Indoor Cup preliminary round was played just 3 days into the new year pitting the 97 boys against Erin Mills, Brampton and  Mt Hamilton with only the winner of the division moving forward. Adapting quickly to the surprising six a side format the boys prevailed easily over Erin Mills and Brampton 4-1 and 5-0 respectively before dismissing a plucky Mt Hamilton squad 2-1 to move onto the next round.    Finding themselves in the tougher division they played a stellar all round game against London Marconi winning handily 4-0 on two goals from Alex Rasiga and one each by Brady Reil and Duncan Allen.  The stingers failed to find the back of the net in their next game against Brampton East losing a close one nothing game. In their final round robin match they needed nothing less than a win to advance against an unbeaten Nepean Hotspurs Team.  Nepean held to their solid defensive style of play, thwarting attack after attack by the Stingers possession style game.  Missing two open nets it seemed that it was game over for the Stingers when Duncan Allen found himself behind the defense with the ball at his feet and only minutes left on the clock.  A deft pass to a wide open Brady Reil and a technical finish meant the boys were off to the Semi Finals the following day with a 1-0 win and control of their division.  The Semi Finals saw the boys face the “Giant Killers” Mississauga Falcons who had knocked out two OYSL teams in their preliminary round. Clearly outmatched the stingers were up 2-0 on goals by Brady Reil and Alex Rasiga before giving up an unfortunate own goal late in the game.  The Finals found the Stingers matching up against the defensive  Neapean Hotspurs once again.  Nepean’s counter attack style found them with a couple of glorious chances against the run of play only to be matched by some outstanding goal tending by Stefano Mercuri in the first half.  Confidence continued to rise with the Stingers dominant ball control in the second half.  Set up by a clinical overlapping run and pass by Jeremy Iu, Brady Reil once again found the back of the net.  Not finished there, Jeremy Iu scored a “cracker” of a goal off a free kick a few minutes later as the boys celebrated as PROVINCIAL INDOOR CHAMPIONS. 

Congratulations Stingers!!