Few thoughts: North Toronto Nitros vs Durham Utd

Not my usual realm but I didn’t have anything on this afternoon so popped on down to Varsity Stadium to watch the Nitros take on Durham and thought I’d share a few points from the games:

  • It took me longer to get on the Gardiner yesterday to get to Mississauga for Sigma than it did to walk to Varsity Stadium. Plus it was a lovely walk through the University campus. So how does the league and the club get spectators to come and watch? There must be a way to persuade a hundred or so locals to watch a free game of soccer on a Sunday afternoon.
  • Game was pretty scrappy with flashes of great skill. There were a number of yellow cards for both sides and possible sending offs for both as well.
  • Durham had the best of the 1st half, two or three tricky players going forward really caused problems for the Nitros and forced the defense into making a number of mistakes on the day, but couldn’t quite capitalize on them. Looked to me like there may have been a foul in the build up to the first Durham goal, but no one on the pitch or crowd really blinked so I’m probably wrong. I’ll watch it back once it’s uploaded.
  • The Nitros equalizer was a great move, an inch perfect dinked ball over the top of the Durham defense and Mirza Custovic nicely controlled the ball and placed it in the far side.
  • Nitro’s came out in the second half and really went at Durham, pushing high up and was rewarded with 2 quick goals early on
  • Durham really struggled to create many chances for the rest of the half, Nitros looked the better team. Durham put on a bit of pressure and won a penalty in the 90th minute. The challenge looked OK from my view but again will need to see it again. The penalty was converted but other than a few balls into the box putting a little pressure on they didn’t create any more chances in the final minutes.
  • All in all was a fun game and the better team won. More importantly the predicted ‘storm’ was just light rain for 5 minutes and the sun shone the rest of the game.
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Dan Baldwin

Dan Baldwin

Dan joins us to finally get involved in doing something about the sport he loves. Born in England he has played and followed the game his whole life. After moving to Toronto in 2014, he immediately began to learn about the local soccer scene and is passionate about the development of the sport in the country. However, he can still found cheering on his beloved West Ham each weekend morning at the Dog and Bear pub.

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