Result and details of the League 1 Ontario game between Woodbridge Strikers
and Durham United FA played Sunday June 12, 2016 at Vaughan Grove
in Woodbridge at 7:30pm.
2 min…DUFA Stefan Lamanna GOAL…DUFA Matt Stowell cornerkick from right
has WS Joshua Portillo head ball away on left side. Lamanna at 15 yards
turns on left and rolls low shot that banks off inside of right post.
8 min…DUFA Stefan Lamanna GOAL…Lamanna beats WS Cameron Brooks on rush
down right side and low cross from 15 yards is stopped by WS Gabriel Sosa.
Lamanna gets rebound and his low shot up middle from 12 yards is into
right side of net beyond diving goalie Matt George.
60 min…WS Joshua Portillo is tripped on left side of box on run into
DUFA box by DUFA Mike Direnzo.
Referee Ben Jacobs issues a Yellow card to Direnzo and awards
a Penalty kick to WS.
61 min…WS Joshua Portillo blasts Penalty kick to left and flying
goalie Ben Cowman bats down ball near left post then gets up to grab
it on left side of box. A pushing match of players on both teams occurs.
WS RED card…WS Oscar Cordon is sent off for head butt on Cowman
splitting his lip. (details provided to me by a DUFA parent). I’m not
sure if the head butt started the pushing match or was during
Final Score:…Woodbridge Strikers….0…..Durham United FA……2…
Attendance was about 50 on this cool evening with an extremely strong
and gusty wind from the north west.
I have been making comments on the crossfield winds for the three PDL
matches I’d seen in the last week at the KIA Training Centre in Downsview
but those were neutral because they were west winds and the field aligned
north-south. Tonight the winds favoured the team defending the north end.
Strikers played against the wind in the first half and were mostly pinned
in their own end until the first two goals. Second half had DUFA facing
the wind although they gained a huge advantage by playing up a man from
just after the one hour mark. Kicks and clearances sent high from the
south just died in the wind. A WS goalie’s punt in the second half
bounced into the DUFA box that the goalie had to jump to catch.
Key moment of the match was the saved Penalty kick and then the Red card
which hampered Woodbridge threats even with the winds at their back.
Referee Ben Jacobs gave out gave out only two Yellow cards (both to DUFA
players) plus the Red to WS and the minute before awarded
WS a Penalty kick.
Ben Cowman earned the shutout for DUFA. Matt George was sharp for WS after
the surprise conceding of two goals (even after tonight’s game they have
only given up five goals in seven games).
Best non-scoring chances were at 6 minutes when DUFA Christian Moncrieffe
took a 35 yard freekick down the middle aided by the wind and the goalie
palmed over the bar. 17 minutes had DUFA Jordan Dover received a high
cross from 20 yards on the left and his one-touch 8 yard shot up the middle
had the goalie make a great foot save. 38 minutes had WS Tristan Watson
in the middle at 25 yards pass right for WS Oscar Cordon and he shot
a low 12 yarder that the sliding goalie saved at 7 yards. The next minute
had DUFA Bruce Cullen take a 20 yard freekick from the right that bent
to the left post and the flying goalie made the save. A minute later
DUFA Moncrieffe rolled a 15 yarder from the left that the diving goalie
saved at 5 yards in the center of the box. 67 minutes had DUFA Dover
take a 30 yard freekick down the middle into the wind that hit the
I arrived just after the League 1 Ontario Women’s game ended. Woodbridge
beat Darby FC 14-0 with Jessica Lisi scoring seven goals! Today’s
WS linescore listed two players from the now defunct W-League Toronto
Lady Lynx and one other W-League player. I just don’t have time to go
to follow the women’s games with me taking in TFC, TFC II, TFC PDL, and
Men’s League 1 Ontario games. Last Saturday I was in the Press box
at BMO Field for the Canadian National women against Brazil. I will try
to attend the women’s L1O Cup final on Saturday July 30th.
Woodbridge suffers their first loss of the year and their record falls
to 5 wins, 1 loss, 1 tie for 16 points.
Durham United’s record climbs to an identical 5 wins, 1 loss, 1 tie
for 16 points although they are listed after Woodbridge in second place
because of Woodbridge’s better goal differential.
Vaughan Azzurri won last night 4-3 against Master’s FA Saints and took
over first place with a 5 win, 0 loss, 2 tie record for 17 points.
These three teams have opened up a gap in the standings and are currently
the only contenders to finish first and play the winner of the West
for the championship at the end of the season.
The Eastern teams are the only contenders left for the League 1 Ontario
Cup because in first round action, the eight Eastern teams beat the
eight Western teams to advance to the quarterfinals.