Result and details of the Wednesday September 30, 2015 League 1 Ontario game between Durham United FC
and Woodbridge Strikers played at the Pickering Soccer Centre at 9:00pm.
2 min…WS Jesse Andoh GOAL…WS Victor Munoz cornerkick from right has leaping Andoh even with left post
in crowd of players head 7 yarder into right side of net.
29 min…WS Christian Cavallini rushes into box on right and is pulled down
by DUFC Bruce Cullen. Referee Ben Jacobs gives Cullen a Yellow card and awards
WS a Penalty kick.
30 min…WS Victor Munoz GOAL…Munoz takes low Penalty kick to left that’s stopped by sprawling
goalie Eugene Alves and ball pops up and Munoz unchallenged heads rebound from 8 yards over flying
goalie into right side of net.
66 min…DUFC RED card…Matt Stowell earns his second Yellow card (his first was at 22 minutes
for kicking out at a player) for slashing at WS Adrian Gallo injurying him at center line.
Stowell seeing that he drew the card then charged back at Gallo which started a dust up between
both teams that took all the game officials to break up.
Final Score:…..Durham United FC……..0……..Woodbridge Strikers……..2……
Attendance was about 40 on this game that had been rescheduled from Friday August 7th so Woodbridge
could play in the Cup Final on Sunday of that weekend. The game was moved and the time was changed
again just today. I kept up on it by checking their Twitter account but it was supposed to be
at 8:00pm at Kinsmen Park in Pickering but the Pickering Soccer Centre was better for me as it
was an indoor facility. Glad as it’s getting very cold outside.
Matt George earned the shutout for Woodbridge with a few routine shots. While both teams could
have used some more accurate shooting, Strikers defenders made quite a few blocks in their box
to make sure many shots never reached the goalie. Darian Bygrave, Jesse Andoh, Cameron Brooks,
and Kyle Watson built this defensive wall. The team has allowed only 14 goals in 20 league games
to be the stingiest team in the league.
Best DUFC chance was at 39 minutes when a cornerkick was sent in from the right that
DUFC Hameez Farrell on the left headed the ball back across the box and DUFC Kristian Lee-him sent
a 10 yard header that the goalie sprawled to catch.
Referee Ben Jacobs gave out four Yellow cards–(three to DUFC including two to Matt Stowell)
in a game that was rough in parts but never out of hand. He had to put up with player calls
of “Hand ball” on everything above the knees. Best response was DUFC Bruce Cullen drawing the
Yellow and Penalty kick and yelling out “I didn’t touch him” and an official on his own bench
yelling back “You grabbed his shirt”. Best officials using teamwork was when WS Darian Bygrave
made a long diagonal run from 60 yards on the right and he rolled a pass forward
to WS Nicholas Chiarot who had a 15 yard shot saved point blank by the goalie. Chiarot got up
and the whistle was blown for a Penalty kick but the referee’s assistant signalled to consult
that he’d seen a handball on Chiarot when he was down and the call was overturned into
a DUFC freekick.
Strikers Christian Cavallini was injured at 36 minutes and continued another four minutes
before leaving for good.
DUFC continued to threaten even after going down a man. It could be said they practiced
during their last game in Windsor by only taking nine players and still earning a 1-1 tie.
Woodbridge stays on course to win the League Championship with two games to go. Their record
improves to 15 wins, 1 draw, and 4 losses for 46 points. They have a game on Sunday afternoon
at KIA Training Ground against the hot Toronto FC Academy who have been 7-0-0 in their last games
and a still to be scheduled date away in Windsor.
Oakville Blue Devils are still in first with a record of 16 wins, 2 draws, and 3 losses
for 50 points with one game to go—on Saturday evening away to Pro Stars FC. Oakville could
have wrapped up the title last Sunday but they were beaten by Toronto FC Academy.
Durham United FC finished their season tonight with a record of 11 wins, 3 draws, and 8 losses
for 36 points and seventh place.
Announced at the 14 minute mark of this game was that the Durham United FC Women’s team had
beaten ANB Futbol 4-0 and wrapped up the League 1 Ontario Women’s Championship. At the end
of the game three of their team had driven from King City with the trophy to show the fans
at tonight’s men’s game. Ahh. I feel slightly guilty by attending 44 League 1 Ontario men’s
games and only 1 women’s game.