Durham United vs Windsor Stars: Match Report (July 10, 2015)

Results and details of the Friday July 10, 2015 League 1 Ontario game between
Durham United FC and Windsor Stars played at Oshawa Civic Centre in Oshawa
at 8:00pm.

90 seconds…DUFC Kristian Lee-him GOAL…Lee-him takes 20 yard blast up middle
between players low and into left side of net with goalie Kyle Vizirakis not moving.

32 min…WS RED card…Brendan Woodfull earns a direct ejection from referee
Geoff Gamble for pulling down DUFC Zackariae Mahrady just inside the box who
was waiting for short chipped forward pass even with last defenders.
The referee also awards DUFC a Penatly kick.

33 min…DUFC Kristian Lee-him blasts Penalty kick that diving goalie blocks
in center of net. The ball rebounds for Lee-him to head from 12 yards and his
attempt is caught by goalie who has gotten back up to make an easy catch.

42 min…WS Noah Pio GOAL…Noah Pio bursts through defenders at 25 yards to get
to ball sent up middle by WS Stephen Ademolu and takes low 15 yard shot that’s
blocked by sliding goalie Ben Cowman but the ball backspins through his hands
and past him into left corner of net.

79 min…WS Michael Pio GOAL…WS Luis Cortes at 28 yard line on left rolls pass
forward to Michael Pio at 20 yards on left and he shoots low 12 yarder between
sprawling goalie and short side of post.

Final Score:…Durham United FC……1…….Windsor Stars……2…….

Attendance eventually climbed to about 40 in this stadium as DUFC still hasn’t
gotten to play at Kinsmen Park in Pickering because of field conditions.
Expect the next DUFC game next Friday to be played at the Pickering Soccer
Centre indoor facility. A DUFC official said that it’s their mandate to spread
the games throughout the Durham region. I was at a game at the Oshawa Civic Centre
earlier this year but it a fenced off field with a few rows of portable aluminum
stands (Civic Field #5). I hadn’t been to this concrete stadium in a few years.
They’ve moved the scoreboard from the north side to the east side but it’s still
a football scoreboard with a count-downward clock. It has a capacity of 2000
so looked cavernous with tonight’s crowd.

This result was a complete surprise to me. Windsor looked like they would have
no bench strength. After the game a team official said they’d set off at 1:00pm and
were still getting here at 7:10pm. Oshawa is about 50 kms east of the center
of Toronto. Windsor is west of Toronto and across the river from Detroit.
Windsor to Oshawa distance–415 km. The players came separately so couldn’t make
use of the HOV minimum-three-person-in-a-vehicle lanes that have been set up for
the Pan Am games. It may take them half that time to get back after the game
as the rush hour is over.

It looked like there were four players on the bench. Put a shorthanded team
in a situation where they had to play a man down including injury time for over
an hour, 1-0 down after only 90 seconds and this was a character building game.
I thought they would tire in the second half with DUFC swapping in four substitutes
in the second half but stood up to the DUFC pressure.

Stars had a very strong defence with goalie Kyle Vizirakis making some key saves
and defenders Derrick Amankwa, Jamar Kelley, and Stefan Zastavnikovic (other defender
Breadan Woodfull was sent off) always back to make clearances or tackles to prevent
all but rushed shots. Very appropriate that the final kick of the game at 95 minutes
had Amankwa stop a 20 yard shot sent up the middle through a maze of players that
beat the goalie but had Amankwa standing just inside the left post to ensure Windsor
took home all the points.

The Pio brothers, Noah and Michael, scored the goals for Windsor.

Referee Geoff Gamble gave out three Yellow cards—two to Windsor (along with the Red)
in a game that wasn’t rough. I was surprised to see Gamble here as he’s refereed
MLS games but he said this year he’s on a sabbatical from MLS and enjoying the time
with his family and running his business.

The win moves Windsor into a tie for fourth place with a record of 5 wins, 2 draws,
4 losses for 17 points. That record is exactly equal to Durham United. ANB Futbol,
the other fourth place team has two games in hand on both these teams.

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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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