Durham United vs Sigma: Match Report (August 21, 2015)

Result and details of the Friday August 21, 2015 League 1 Ontario game between Durham United FC
and Sigma FC played at Kinsmen Park in Pickering at 8:00pm.

39 min…Sigma Nico Correa raises his arm while he’s running towards own net in Sigma box as a DUFC
forward pushes ball past him.  The ball strikes his arm as he and the team and Sigma officials claim
he was being pushed into it.  Referee Pierre Acouri signals a DUFC Penalty kick.

40 min…DUFC Christian Moncrieffe GOAL…Moncrieffe shoots Penalty kick low to right side as goalie
Corey Marques dives to center.

51 min…DUFC Joe Zupo GOAL…DUFC Matt Stowell cornerkick from left has defender deflect ball back
towards goalie.  DUFC Taejon Mikle-Ryan heads ball in box back to Zupo who taps in 5 yarder.
Sigma captain Nolan Holdridge earns a Yellow card for complaining that Zupo was offside.

91 min…Sigma Nico Correa is pulled down in box and referee awards a Penalty kick.

92 min…Sigma Marcel Zajac GOAL…Zajac Penalty kick is low to right post past diving goalie
Peter Katasaras.

94 min…game ends.

Final Score:…..Durham United FC……..2……..Sigma FC…….1…….

Attendance was about 80 on this mild night.

DUFC dominated the opening 15 minutes of the game then Sigma took over for the next 10 and after
that both teams had chances for the rest of the half.  The second half was even with Sigma
pressing to catch up and DUFC waiting for counterattack opportunities.

Referee Pierre Acouri gave out five Yellow cards that I counted (three to Sigma).

Best non-scoring chances were at 13 minutes when DUFC Joseph Roccasalva sent a short pass
from 15 yards on right that DUFC Christian Moncrieffe blasted a 12 yard screened shot that
the goalie flew to push the ball wide left of the post.  19 minutes had Sigma Marcel Zajac
elude two defenders to get to the left end line and he comes back out from the left to the
center and has his 7 yard shot blocked by the goalie.  A minute later Zajac blasted a 15 yarder
from the left that the goalie pushed into the outside left webbing of the net.  24 minutes
had DUFC Moncrieffe blast a 28 yarder up the middle that the goalie had to fly to the left
to push wide of the post and was injured on the play.  34 minutes had Sigma Zajac rush
on the left and taking on three defenders pass over to Sigma Patricio Espin whose 20 yard
shot up the middle hit the upper part of the bar.  80 minutes had Kristian Lee-him charge
for the ball up left and the Sigma goalie dived on but couldn’t corral it and Lee-him
rescued the loose ball on the left end line and crossed through the six yard box but no one
was there to tap it in.  84 minutes had DUFC Justin Gordon receive a quickly taken chipped
freekick and his low 22 yard shot from the left was stopped by the sliding goalie on the
left post at 5 yards and Gordon then rolled the 15 yard rebound wide left of the post.

This was the first game this season I’ve seen Durham play at Kinsmen Park.  I’d seen them
play four other ‘home’ games but they were at Oshawa Civic Stadium and the Pickering Soccer
Centre (an indoor facility).  This was partially because this park wasn’t ready because
of spring flooding and also that the ‘United’ in the team name means they wanted to rotate
games around Durham County.  The wait was worth it as this year there’s no huge bald patch
in the center circle, no football lines (some fans say there’s no gridiron football played
here this year).

The win improves DUFC’s record to 10 wins, 2 draws, 4 losses for 32 points.  They move
up to fourth place passing ANB Futbol by two points.  This was about the time last year
where they finished their season losing most of their last ten games as players left the
team to go back to colleges.  Sigma’s record falls to 10 wins, 3 draws, 3 losses for
33 points and are still tied for second place with Vaughan Azzurri but have lost their
game in hand.

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Robin Glover

Robin Glover

Robin has been writing about soccer in the Toronto area for message boards and his own website since the early 1990s in the days of 2400 baud modems to USENET sites. In the 2014 season he attended 76 games in various leagues that played in the GTA area. Follow Robin on Twitter and on his website

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