Result and details of the League 1 Ontario game between Woodbridge Strikers
and North Mississauga Panthers played Sunday July 3, 2016 at Vaughan Grove
in Vaughan at 7:00pm.
27 min…NMP Jose De Sousa GOAL…NMP De Sousa gets to loose ball up middle
and shoots low 20 yarder into left corner of net beyond diving goalie
Matt George with NMP Jose Melo acting as a distraction while on his back
clutching his leg and yelling in pain at 18 yards after being tackled.
83 min…NMP Johnson Amoo GOAL…NMP Samuel Paul receives long pass up right
at 20 yards and sends low cross into box. Amoo shoots 10 yarder from middle
into right side of net beyond sprawling goalie.
Final Score:….Woodbridge Strikers….0….North Mississauga Panthers……2….
Attendance was about 100 on this hot evening with a bright sun in the
north west. It still wasn’t dark by the time the game ended. The Strikers
Women’s team had just finished beating FC London 2-0 in League 1 Ontario
action one hour before this game started.
Referee Fabrizio Stasolla gave out five Yellow cards (three to the Panthers)
although most–for both teams–were for professional fouls like pulling a man
down outside the box so he wouldn’t get away or time wasting.
Daniel Gosciniak earned the shutout for NMP. He had a few key saves to make but
if there was ever a clean sheet given out to all the defenders, this was
the night. There were all kinds of blocked shots, clean sliding tackles
to strip the ball, and multi defenders swarming to prevent Strikers players
getting away shots. Tom Wrobel, Austin Bryan, Kevin Dhillon, and Antoine Paul
were the starting defenders and played all played the entire 90 minutes.
Strikers were frustrated and this was concluded with an injury time chest
high cross that found Nicholas Chiarot with an open space in the NMP box.
He twisted to get the ball and it hit him on the arm. He didn’t protest the
referee’s whistle and the crowd let out a groan as it was one of those
nights. They’d given up on the homer shouts of “call it both ways ref”
and cries for freekicks as time ran down.
Best non-scoring chances were at 3 minutes when WS Darian Bygrave crossed
through the NMP box from the right and WS Dylan Carreiro blasted a 10 yard
shot from the far left well over the net. 24 minutes had NMP Jose Melo’s
freekick tapped to NMP Jose De Sousa whose 20 yard shot pinballed off
a few defenders and himself and his 15 yard rebound shot was low and wide
right. 42 minutes had WS Stephen Almeida make a long run on the right and
crossed into the NMP box and WS Gabriel Sosa leaned in for a header at 10 yards
but it appeared to hit the back of his head and deflected out of the box.
84 minutes had WS Ignazio Muccilli take a low 10 yard shot from the right
that forced the goalie to make a point blank save at 7 yards. Two minutes
later WS Mikateko Zwane was just a step behind connecting on a cross
at 4 yards which he tried to chest in and fell over the goalie.
87 minutes had WS Muccilli take a cornerkick from the left which
the goalie made an overhead catch then survive a bump at 1 yard although
he won a freekick from the referee. 88 minutes had NMP Melo blast a WS
clearance ball from 28 yards down the middle that the goalie palmed upward
and caught on the way down ahead of a charging NMP player.
Woodbridge Strikers record drops to 8 wins, 2 losses, 1 tie for 25 points
but hold on to first place in the East by one point over Vaughan Azzurri
who won against Western Conference first place team Sigma FC earlier today.
Azzurri have a game in hand on Strikers.
North Mississauga Panthers record improves to 4 wins, 3 ties, 4 losses
for 16 points and a tie for fourth with Windsor Stars who lost this afternoon.
Panthers have had a very good week with a 1-1 tie last week against Vaughan
Azzurri although I was a little reluctant with my praise because they played
a man up for most of the second half. They won their Wednesday night game
against Toronto Skillz 3-0. I commented to Panthers head coach Rick Titus
that they are getting better and he agreed that it’s just taken some time.
Since you must win the conference to make the playoffs, Panthers have a long
way to go to catch Sigma FC at 27 points although that team lost their second
game in a row to fall to 9-2-0. All eight of the West Conference teams were
knocked out of the League Cup in the first round so this is all they have
left to play for.