Sept 9, 2016 – Durham United FA vs Woodbridge Strikers

Result and details of the Friday September 9, 2016 League 1 Ontario game between Durham United FA
and Woodbridge Strikers played at Oshawa Civic Stadium #5 in Oshawa at 8:00pm.

27 min…DUFA RED card…DUFA Tristan Espirit earns a direct ejection on play when WS Christian Cavallini
blasted a low rebound up the middle with the goalie down on the left and the ball hits the arm of the fallen
Espirit at 3 yards deflecting the ball wide right of the post. Referee Vladimir Makarov also awards
WS a Penalty kick.

28 min…WS Matthew Rios GOAL…Rio shoots Penalty kick low to right side as goalie Eugene Alves
slides to left.

71 min…WS Damion Graham GOAL…WS Kareem Samuels rushes on left and crosses from 15 yards
through box. Graham stops ball and shoots 8 yarder from right into middle of net.

79 min…WS Christian Cavallini GOAL…WS Kareem Samuels rolls short centering pass from
DUFA 45 yard line to Cavallini who eludes sliding defender at 35 yards and rushes in and
rolls 15 yarder into left corner of net.

95 min…WS Eric Soares GOAL…Soares is given pass on quick freekick from 28 yards on right
and shoots 15 yarder on left into right side of net past sliding goalie.

96 min…game ends

Final Score:……Durham United…….0…….Woodbridge Strikers………4……

Attendance was about 75 on this mild night.

The game changed from the time DUFA went down a man and the resulting Penalty
kick at only the 29 minute mark. Woodbridge has the best goals against in the league
allowing only 15 in now 18 league games. It would have been tough to score on them
even at full strength.

DUFA made many unforced errors. It’s like they weren’t used to the artificial turf
at Oshawa Civic Field with them playing many balls too far forward or passing out
of bounds. Most of their games are played on the natural grass of Kinsmen Park
in Pickering and some at the indoor Pickering Soccer Centre which is a different
texture of artificial turf.

Referee Vladimir Makarov gave out five cards in total that I counted—three Yellows to Strikers.
He wasn’t popular with the pro DUFA fans with them making sarcastic heckling and
calls for hand ball on almost every play. The assistants called back an offside goal
on each team in the second half.

Matt George and Nicholas Maffeo earned the shutout for Woodbridge with a few
key saves. Maffeo entered the game at 85 minutes a few minutes after George was
bumped by a DUFA player on the edge of the box and cries that a punch was thrown
by each player.

Strikers Kareem Samuels was a defender but took some long runs upfield and made
some great crosses. He had two assists but could have doubled that if Strikers forwards
could have finished more of their chances.

Best non-scoring chances were at 36 minutes when WS Dylan Carreiro poked the ball
away from a defender at 20 yards and a quick blast from the left had the sprawling
goalie push wide right of the post from 5 yards. 68 minutes had Carreiro blast
a 22 yard shot between players that the jumping goalie in the center of the net
palmed the ball over the bar. Second half injury time had DUFA Jordan Dover take
a 25 yard freekick from the right that deflected off a defender in the player wall and
flew just wide right of the post.

The loss drops Durham’s record to 10 wins, 6 losses and 2 ties for 32 points. They are
third place in the eight team Eastern Conference.

The win improves the record of Woodbridge to 12 wins, 4 losses, 2 ties for 38 points
and second place in the East. They are the closest team to catching first place
Vaughan Azzurri who have 43 points in 18 games. All teams play 22 league games
and the first place teams in each conference meet for the league championship.

Last week I was fooled into not recognizing Jonathan Osorio watching one of this brothers play a TFC II
game because he was wearing a pair of sunglasses and had a new haircut. Tonight I took a chance and
recognized Jens Kraemer (same hair style as his playing days in the late 1980s with North York Rockets
of the Canadian Soccer League). We had a good chat about his career and my pre-internet days
watching games.

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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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