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Result and details of the League 1 Ontario game of Friday May 12, 2017
between Durham United FA and Aurora FC at The Pickering Soccer Centre
in Pickering at 7:30pm.

12 min...DUFA Christian Moncrieffe GOAL...DUFA Cameron Brooks sends
pass from 25 yards and Moncrieffe shoots 10 yard shot on left past sliding
goalie into left side of net.

14 min...DUFA Kashiff De Jonge GOAL...AFC goalie Adam Scanlon blasts
clearance from 6 yards on left post that hits player at 10 yards and falls
to DUFA Jonathan Parolini who touches ball to De Jonge who quickly
takes 12 yarder from left into open net.

30 min...AFC Matthew Caguana GOAL...AFC Dylan Rennie on pass/deflection
from 18 yards on left reaches Caguana who shoots low 12 yarder down
middle into right side of net.

32 min...DUFA Tim Flynn GOAL...DUFA Edward Lay cornerkick from right
is headed across box and AFC defender misses bicycle kick clearance at 12 yards.
Flynn standing beside him recovers ball on left and takes low shot into
right side of net.

58 min...DUFA Christian Moncrieffe GOAL...DUFA Cameron Brooks takes
low 30 yard freekick from right that's into box and players on both teams miss
connecting on edge of 6 yard box. Moncrieffe charging in on left side of box
connects on 10 yarder blasting ball into right side of net.

74 min...AFC Jackson Tooke draws Penalty kick from referee John Vlahos on run
to just inside right side of box.

75 min...AFC Christopher Jacovou blasts Penalty kick low to left post and
diving goalie Ben Cowman gets hand to stop it and defender clears.

Final Score:...Durham United FA........4......Aurora FC........1......

Attendance picked up to about 75 by the time the game ended. The game was
held at Pickering's indoor dome facility. The team scheduled their first two home
games at this facility as Kinsmen Park is usually still drying out from the rains
at this time of year. Next Friday they will play Ottawa South United Force.
After two weekends of attending outdoor games in the unseasonably cold
and wet, this place was a nice break although 'outside' tonight would have
been quite bearable.

This was the home opener for DUFA. It was an important win for any championship
hopes as they've started the season with a tie and a loss to fellow Eastern Conference
powerhouses Vaughan (score 0-0) and Woodbridge (0-1). The team in past years
usually starts out fast then fizzles out when many of the players return
to NCAA schools (although not quite as exaggerated as Sigma FC). This year a team
official assured me they have quite a few players who have finished school and
will stay the entire season. I can see some of these players showcasing their skills
to show off this season and next for an invite/draft to the new CanPL league that
starts in the fall of 2018.

Aurora's record falls to 1 tie and 2 losses in the first three weeks of the season.
The two early goals coming so quickly in succession looked like it rattled the team
and certainly boosted the confidence of DUFA. The DUFA quick response to score
after AFC got their only goal cooled any chances of the momentum shifting
although three AFC chances in the last five minutes of the first half with a missed
shot, a defender clearing, and a stop by goalie Ben Cowman stopped any comeback.

Referee Jon Vlahos gave out no cards in this game. AFC Dylan Rennie was subbed
off at 56 minutes after being injured just inside the AFC box and needed help
limping off. Otherwise there were no major injuries. The DUFA bench kept advising
their players "No foul, no foul" to remind them not to be carded as even if an AFC
player got by a defender, there would always be another to close the play down.

DUFA almost put the game out of reach in the first half with Christian Moncrieffe
hitting the post from 15 yards at 43 minutes. That would have turned his night
into a hat-trick.

Some quirks of this facility were a call for a 'drop' ball when a clearance hit the
ceiling of the bubble. It is much easier for this to happen near the sidelines.
Another (but probably just because it was the first game this season) was the
timekeeper couldn't get the scoreboard to run 'up' in the second half and after
a few resets let the clock count 'down' like the other kind of football. I'm sure
they'll program it right for next week.

Rocket Robin
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Result and details of the League 1 Ontario game of Sunday May 14, 2017
between Sanjaxx Lions and Windsor TFC Stars played at Monarch Park
Stadium in Toronto at 2:00pm.

28 min...Sanjaxx Hiliard Serrao GOAL...SJ Andrew Gordon races down left
wing and sends low cross from 25 yards near end line that has
SJ Antonio Downey dummy a shot at 10 yards on left post and Serrao
at 7 yards even with right post kicks ball over sprawling goalie
Kyle Vizirakis.

31 min...Sanjaxx Antonio Downey GOAL...Downey is fed through ball
by SJ Kemar Rowe and runs up middle from 45 yards and rolls ball past
goalie sliding at 15 yards into right side of net.

33 min...WS Martin Nyul is tripped up on right side of box and
referee Alexis Vaughan calls for a Penalty kick.

34 min...Stars Celso Carapau GOAL...Carapau rolls Penalty kick
to right corner of net as goalie Nuno Goncalves crumples in middle.

49 min...Stars Celso Carapau GOAL...WS Martin Nyal sends low cross
from 18 yards on right that has Carapau between crowd of players
roof 7 yard shot from middle over sprawling goalie.

Final Score:...Sanjaxx Lions........2......Windsor TFC Stars.....2...

Attendance was about 25 on this cool day with the cover altering
between sunny and cloudy about four six during the game. The promotion
of 'Mothers Get In Free' (Mother's Day is today) didn't have
much effect.

Windsor scrambled at the end looking for a winning goal but couldn't
win a Penalty kick call in injury time.

Referee Alexis Vaughan (who was the fourth official at the USL game
at BMO yesterday) gave out three Yellow cards today,
all to Sanjaxx players.  The game never got rough.

The only constant was a continuous gusty wind from the west which
effected the team with the wind at their back. Sanjaxx had that
advantage in the first half. Goalie punts were sailing from the
goalie standing in the west to his opposite number. Freekicks and
passes flew or bounced over the east end line regularly. The wind
today rivaled KIA Training Centre where Toronto FC III play their
home games where I was the last two Sunday afternoons. Only thing
is the weather was a lot warmer today. I put down my highlight
marker on a bench in the stands and it rolled ten feet on its own
before I turned back around. Concrete stands, long wooden planks
for each row attached to them to sit on. Capacity of 5000 with
stands in the south. Any stands in the north would back right into
the high school that Olympic Champion swimmer Penny Oleksiak attends.

Sanjaxx looked much improved over last year with a record of two
ties and one loss in their three games. Today they found
a successful strategy of sending the ball down the middle at least
in the first half which might have been aided with the wind
in their favour.

Lions are again wearing yellow shirts with white numbers which
I can't distinguish without binoculars (even worse for night
games). Thankfully there's distinctive coloured shoes and
hairstyles. Stefan Nikolic equals late 1960s era singer
Art Garfunkel with his 'fro'. Captain Hiliard Serrao equals
shaved head etc.

Windsor signed a partnership agreement with Toronto FC less
than a year ago and have been re-branded as Windsor TFC. They
now wear a modified TFC badge like TFC II with the numerals
bent into a 'W'. At least for this road game they wore a white
and red kit. I thought I recognized the names of about half
the players from last year. I don't expect the changes brought
in by TFC to install an academy system will show much change
in this first year. Some press announcements listing names
of attendees of players to attend TFC's KIA Training Centre
are probably a few years younger than this L1O team. Yikes,
Stephen Ademolu is now 34 and I watched him play for Windsor
back in 2011 when they were in the CSL. Stars record improves
to one win, one loss, and one tie.

A large stretch of the east-west subway was closed yesterday
but not today which got me to come as I hadn't seen either
of these team this season. Sanjaxx is once again playing all
of its home games this season at Monarch Park in the east end
of the old City of Toronto. Most of the housing in the
neighbourhood must be nearing the 100 year mark. The area
is near trendy The Beaches on Lake Ontario and at least for
the day the wind crossed over into this area.

The Lions don't have much time to rest as they are scheduled
for L1O Cup action on Tuesday night against Woodbridge Strikers
who happen to be playing at the same time today as this game
against North Toronto Nitros.

That makes eight games attended, so far for me--twelve teams
out of sixteen seen and the league's only finished
its third week.

Rocket Robin
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