Results and details from the Sunday July 26, 2015 League 1 Ontario game between Sanjaxx Lions
and Durham United FC played at Esther Shiner Stadium in North York at 9:00pm.
57 min…DUFC Joe Zupo GOAL…DUFC Bruce Cullen 30 yard freekick from right is low and a DUFC player o
jumps over it as a decoy at 10 yards and the ball deflects off a defender and to the left and Zupo
blasts an 8 yard shot into the right side of the net past goalie Matthew Zaikos.
Final score:……..Sanjaxx Lions……..0………Durham United FC……..1……..
Attendance was about 50 on this very hot and humid evening but at least by this time of the night,
the sun was down.
Ben Cowman earned the shutout for DUFC by making a few good saves. Matthew Zaikos for Lions had
much more to do to keep the game close.
Referee Scott Decker gave out two Yellow cards that I counted (both to Lions) in a game that never
Best non-scoring chances were at 11 minutes when Lions Stefan Nikolic was given a pass to the left
and his 20 yard blast had the goalie push the ball wide left of the post. 27 minutes had DUFC Bruce Cullen
send in a cornerkick from the right and DUFC Kashiff De Jonge jumped and headed a 6 yarder wide left
of the post. 39 minutes had Cullen cross from 20 yards on the left and DUFC Jordan Roberts head
an 8 yarder that the goalie palmed over the net. 51 minutes had Nikolic take a 28 yard freekick from
the left that had Lions Zef Kraja head an 8 yarder from left over the bar. Three minutes later DUFC De Jonge
continued on a run after a deflection and passes to DUFC Kristian Lee-him who shot a 7 yarder that the goalie
dove to block and also saved a 4 yard shot on the right post by Lee-him while still on the ground. 65 minutes
had DUFC Le Rohne Young make a short pass from the left and eluding a check on the sideline and found Cullen
who blasted an 18 yard shot from the left that the goalie palmed over the net. 73 minutes had
DUFC Christian Moncrieffe take a 28 yard freekick near the right cornerflag and DUFC Joe Zupo headed
an 8 yarder just over the bar. 85 minutes had Lions Fabio Vilaca shoot from 20 yards up the middle that
the goalie went down but bobbled the ball and Vilaca got the 7 yard rebound while holding off a defender but
it was saved and another defender dribbled it away to clear the danger.
Injury time had Lions Lael Daniel cross from 35 yards on the left and Lions Vilaca in the open blasted
a 15 yard kick high and wide left of the goal. That play sums up the Sanjaxx season so far. They have
only scored 5 goals in 14 league games and 1 goal in two Cup games. They’ve tightened up their defence
(there last home game was only a 2-0 loss to the then undefeated Oakville Blue Devils.) but their lack
of scoring is still a major problem. Their forwards would often be caught offside by not waiting the
split second before rushing for a through ball pass and their accuracy was lacking. An example was
at 16 minutes when David Tavares put Stefan Nikolic offside with a chip pass over the defenders
at 20 yards rather than taking a clear shot between those defenders a few yards away.
Matt Stowell whom I watched last year on the League champions Toronto FC Academy team is this year playing
for Durham United FC after recovering from a long injury. He is from the Durham region so travelling
is certainly easier. He will be trying out for some English teams in a few months. He’s of English parentage.
The loss drops Sanjaxx to a record of 1 win, 0 ties, 13 losses for 3 points. They are tied for eleventh
place with Master’s FA who earned a tie last night to crawl their way from being alone in the basement.
Durham improves to 7 wins, 2 ties, 4 losses and are in fifth place. Durham’s next game is a League Cup
semi-final game on Wednesday.