Goals galore as Durham United sink Sanjaxx Lions

Results and details of the Friday May 8, 2015 League 1 Ontario game between Durham United FC and Sanjaxx Lions
played at The Pickering Soccer Centre in Pickering at 8:00pm.

21 min…DUFC Marcus Lees GOAL…DUFC Kyle Laborde rolls pass from right at 20 yards and Lees shoots
low 12 yard shot up middle under sprawling goalie Danny Grant at 5 yards into center of net.

49 min…DUFC Martinho Dumevski GOAL…DUFC Marcus Lees low cross from 25 yards on left has Dumevski
blast 10 yard shot up middle into net.

54 min…DUFC Marcus Lees GOAL…Lees receives ball from player on chip pass from 70 yards at 55 yards
and he races in on left and rounds goalie on edge of box and rolls ball into empty net.

55 min…DUFC Marinho Dumevski GOAL…Dumevski gets to pass from DUFC Le Rohne Young at 28 yards on left
side and rushes forward and shoots to open right corner of net.

Final Score:……Durham United FC……..4……Sanjaxx Lions…….0…….

Attendance was about 70 on this game moved on a week’s notice from Kinsmen’s Park as that field is in bad
shape recovering from the long, cold winter (according to a team official).  Tonight’s venue, Pickering
Soccer Centre, is an indoor facility last used  by the league for the deciding game of the Interprovincial
Cup between Toronto FC Academy and Quebec’s CS Longueuil.  Fans were ‘protected’ from stray balls on the
sidelines by long fish nets draped from the roof.  This made photography difficult and watching the game
like staring through a birdcage although I’d staked out an opening near the player exit near the
center line.

Referee Alexis Vaughan gave out four Yellow cards during the game (three to Sanjaxx) in a game that
never got rough.

DUFC goalie Ben Cowman earned the shutout without having much to do as the defence of Jacob Sooklal,
Joseph Zupo, Le Shaun Young, and Bruce Cullen  kept most of the Sanjaxx shot takers well away from the
box and worked the offside trap effectively.  Deep midfielder Taylor Lord distributed the ball
effectively and got in some long bombs that needed to be saved.

Lions used Danny Grant in their goal as Matthew Zaikos had been red carded in their opener last weekend
against Oakville Blue Devils.  Grant kept them in the game in the first half with some key saves.  They
brought in another goalie at 80 minutes with Tayjon Campbell whose first action was to catch a cornerkick
and be flattened by charging DUFC players bumping him.

DUFC had just four subs listed which I found unusual for the second game of the year and a home game too
but wasn’t given a real answer from team officials when I asked.  The team improves to a 2-0-0 record.

Lions’ record falls to 0-2-0 previously losing 5-0 against Oakville although three goals were scored after
they went down to ten men with 15 minutes to go.  This game was similarly blown open with three goals
in six minutes. They are a new team this year.  I don’t recognize any players except lone forward
Nordo Gooden who played for a few CPSL teams in past years.   What I didn’t like about their team
as a whole was their uniforms which had white numbers on yellow shirts which were about impossible
to see and no numbers on their navy shorts to help me even with my binoculars.  I had to piece together
their yellow cards after the game by asking the referee.

Lions play their first home game this Sunday night against Windsor Stars at Esther Shiner Stadium
in North York.  They will have Canadian national team player Dwayne DeRosario do the ceremonial kickoff.
I’ll be at the BMO Stadium reopening downtown that night watching DeRosario’s old team (in two stints!)
Toronto FC of MLS play their home opener.

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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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