June 25, 2016 League 1 Ontario–Sigma FC vs Kingston Clippers

Result and details of the League 1 Ontario game between Sigma FC and Kingston Clippers

 played Saturday June 25, 2016 at The Hershey Centre Field #1 in Mississauga at 4:00pm.


10 min…Sigma Chris Nanco GOAL…Sigma Alex Halis gives short centering pass

 from right to Nanco at 25 yards and and he rolls 20 yard shot into right side

 of net past goalie Chris Withers sliding out.


34 min…Sigma Alex Halis GOAL…Sigma Kwame Awuah flics pass from 20 yards down

 middle that Halis from 10 yards one-touches shot into top right corner of net.


50 min…Sigma Alex Halis wins Penalty kick on check from KC Eric Koskins

 on right side of box.


51 min…Sigma Justin Stoddard rolls Penalty kick that diving goalie blocks

 on left side of net.


76 min…KC Joey Pineo GOAL…KC Brody Warren low cornerkick from right has

 KC player in 6 yard box step over ball in crowd of players and Pineo standing

 just wide left of post shoot in 3 yarder to short left side of net between post

 and goalie Triston Henry.


88 min…Sigma Marcel Zajac GOAL…Sigma Chris Nanco cross from 15 yards

 on far right has Zajac receive ball at 8 yards wide left near end line.

 He stops ball and takes shot that banks off the inside of the right post

 with the goalie guarding left post.


Final Score:……Sigma FC…….3……Kingston Clippers…….1………..


Attendance climbed to about 75 on this very hot and humid day with one water

 break being called in each half.


Sigma started off the game with possession domination but they couldn’t pull

 away and with them not opening a three goal lead at the beginning of the

 second half with their missed Penalty kick and then Kingston scoring

 at 75 minutes, it made the ending tense.


Referee Jason Olinski gave out only two Yellow cards that I counted

 (both to Sigma) in a game that wasn’t too rough. He added eight minutes

 to the first half for the water break plus a long interlude for a hand

 injury to the Clippers goalie.


Best non-scoring chances were at 32 minutes when Sigma Duran Lee ran down

 the left and rolled a pass from 20 yards into the 6 yard box and Sigma

 Leaford Allen booted a 6 yarder on the right post well over the net.

 49 minutes had Sigma Chris Nanco’s low cross from 25 yards on right

 get through box and Allen again missed a clear chance. 54 minutes had

 Faisal Ghaffur chip a pass up the middle that found Allen on the left and

 he deked the goalie at 8 yards but turned back when defenders clogged his

 path to goal and he was checked off the ball. 80 minutes had Sigma

 Kwame Awuah’s shot from 20 yards had the goalie stop at 8 yards then

 Sigma Mark Wadid shot the 10 yard rebound on the left over the open net.


Clippers had some players who could bomb in long throw-ins into the box

 that were as dangerous as the few cornerkicks and freekicks that they earned.


Leaford Allen of Sigma is the league’s leading scorer with 9 goals but

 he couldn’t increase his lead today despite having a few sitters. I remember

 him last year playing for Pro Stars FC and one game in particular when he was

 called offside at least six times and he answered me that he played in the

 Sigma system when he was younger and wanted to play for the best team available.

 (a similar answer to why all the three Mills brothers moved to Vaughan Azzurri

 this year after ANB Futbol decided not to return to the league this season).

 Allen was subbed out at 59 minutes.


Sigma’s record improves to a perfect 9 wins, 0 losses, 0 ties for 27 points

 and first place in the Western Conference. I asked after head coach

 Bobby Smyrniotis after the game how long he can keep this lineup together

 before players start returning to NCAA schools. He said they have their

 lineup together until August 1st. July 30th is the final of the League 1

 Ontario Cup but they were put out of the tournament in the first round

 in Penalty kicks by Master’s FA Saints. They currently hold a six point

 lead in the West but I’d expect a league final in October against the winner

 of the East and by then the team will be using their high schoolers.


Clippers record falls to 4 wins, 2 losses, 3 ties for 15 points and

 fourth place* in the East (*based on me not having today’s other scores yet).


My day wasn’t over as I stayed where I was and watched the North Mississauga

 Panthers vs Vaughan Azzurri game two hours later on the same field.

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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.

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