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London teams to kick it up a level

SOCCER: Later this month, four local sides will compete in the semifinals of their age and gender divisions of the Ontario Cup

 August 10, 2011


It is one of the most difficult competitions to win.

Heading into the Ontario Cup semifinals, four local teams have managed to survive travel, kicks from the penalty spot and tough competition to get that far.

The semifinals of this tournament are the last weekend in August on neutral sites. Taking part will be FC London 98 Elite U13 boys, North London Galaxy U17 girls, North London Galaxy women’s team and AEK London men’s team that plays out of the Western Ontario Soccer League.

FC London team is part of the boys’ FC Academy team that is the boys’ section of North London soccer club.

It was quite a weekend for James Welsh, who is the coach of the U13 team and plays for AEK London. He went from coaching a 1-0 win over Woodbridge on Saturday, advancing to the semifinal, to be part of the AEK team that went to a shootout Sunday to defeat Vaughan Azzurri 4-3 on penalty kicks after they drew 2-2.

“I pretty much spent all weekend in Toronto,” Welsh said.

This is Welsh’s first year with this group of kids. His team earned its way into the semifinal.

“When the season started, I didn’t think we’d get this far,” Welsh said. “Our tournament group to move on in the Ontario Cup has the defending champions for last year and the No. 1-rated Toronto area team in it.

“But we played well and got out of the group and now that we are here. I know we deserve to be here.”

Welsh said even though his team doesn’t have the same kind of size as some other teams, his club plays a very “positive, disciplined style.”

Welsh went from that game to the AEK semifinal and had to survive one of the most nerve-shattering episodes in soccer, kicks from the penalty spot.

AEK is the defending Ontario Cup champion but they’ve had to survive a tough road to get this far. AEK did not get one home draw in Cup play this year.

“We have this beautiful new field and haven’t had a chance to play a Cup game on it,” Welsh said. “Vaughan was a really good team.”

The win on kicks against Vaughan was accomplished without the presence of AEK coach Martin Painter.

Painter considers himself a jinx when it comes to kicks so this time around when the game got to that point, he got in his car and returned to his A-Level coaching certificate course.

“Someone had to call him in his car to tell him we won,” Welsh said. “He just can’t stand watching the kicks. I coach with him at Fanshawe College and he does this to me all the time. When the game goes to kicks he leaves and tells me ‘you pick the shooters.’ ”

The U17 girls’ team is coached by another Painter. Geoff Painter has led a number of women’s and girl’s teams to Ontario Cups and national championships.

His U17 team has made the most of a favourable draw but has also overcome a number of obstacles in its attempt to make it back to the Ontario Cup final for the second year in succession.

“Considering we lost six players from the team that made the final last year, all of them starters, we took advantage of a good draw, Painter said.

Painter and Gus Bazos, the coach of the women’s team, moved five of the players to the senior women while another suffered a long-term injury.

“When you look at that, we’ve done well,” Painter said.

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AEK London 2011

Wednesday September 21st, 2011

AEK London FC were crowned Premier Cup Champions for a 5th time in their respective history.  The Yellow and Blacks came back from an early 1-0 defecit with 5 unanswered goals to defeat London Portuguese Club 1-5 and claim the title at Marconi Stadium. Forza AEK !


Sunday September 11th, 2011

 AEK London FC earned its 3rd consecutive Premier League Championship (5 in the last 6 years) ! The Yellow and Blacks will now look to make it a double for the 2011 campaign as they face Portuguese Club London in a Premier Cup Final at the Marconi Club on Wednesday September 21st for an 8:30 PM Kickoff.  


Sunday August 28th, 2011

AEK London FC's domination of the Ontario Cup ended after losing to Toronto Celtic FC in a penalty shootout 5-4 at Esther Shiner Stadium in North York.  The Yellow and Blacks could not find answers to the well organized Celtic defence and the match went into penalties after 90 minutes at 0-0. This ended AEK's three year run of appearances in the coveted Ontario Cup Final dating back to 2008 with AEK winning in 2008 and 2010. 



Sunday August 7th, 2011 

AEK London FC has done it for a consecutive 4th straight year earning a spot in the Final Four of the Mens Ontario Cup Provincial Tournament. The Yellow and Blacks won in a Penalty Kick Shootout on Sunday August 7th in Vaughn, Ontario defeating the Azzurri.  AEK will now face Toronto Celtic FC in a repeat of last year's 3rd round match.  The Semi Final Match will be played on Sunday August 28th at Esther Shriner Stadium in North York for a Kickoff of 2:00 PM. 

 London Free Press Article - Wednesday August 10th, 2011


Sunday July 31st 2011

Martin Painter has been named AEK London FC's new Head Coach for the remainder of the 2011 season.  Painter was Head Coach for the Yellow and Blacks from 2003 till 2008 and a player from 2009 to 2010 where he led the team to numerous regional and provincial championships. Painter will look to defend AEK's Ontario Cup Championship and bring the team which placed 4th in Canada to the Mens 2011 National Championships in Laval, Quebec. John Dreliozis will continue to work with the coaching staff as an Assistant Coach along with Ugo DeCandido.


Sunday July 10th, 2011

AEK London FC travelled to the nation's capital to play a reapeat of last year's Ontario Cup Final against the Royals of Ottawa at Keith Harris Stadium at Carlton University. The game ended at 0-0 in regulation and AEK advanced by winning 4-2 in Penalty Kicks.  The Yellow and Blacks will now face Vaughn Azzuri SC in the Quarter Finals at McNaughton Field in Vaughn, Ontario on Sunday August 7th.  Kickoff Time is 1:00 PM.