WIZARDS REGAIN TOP SPOT WITH 5-2 VICTORY
Ottawa Wizards had an easy time in the only game played in the Canadian Professional Soccer League on Saturday, coming away with a 5-2 victory over a struggling Durham Flames to lift the Wizards two points clear of Toronto Supra at the top of the CPSLís Eastern Conference. Supra had held the top position for a 24 hour period following their 3-3 tie with Vaughan Sun Devils Friday night.
Charles Gbeke opened the scoring for Ottawa at the 21st minute mark, Kevin Nelson added a second, his fifth of the season nine minutes later and Gbeke made it 3-0 at the 39th minute mark, the score at half-time.
Durhamís Ryan Dummett cut the lead to 3-1 two minutes after the interval, but Abraham Osman increased the Ottawa lead to 4-1 at 65 minutes. It was Osmanís fourth of the season.
Adam Vickers of Durham scored at 76 minutes for a 4-2 score and midfielder McDonald Yobe rounded out the scoring for Ottawa at the 81st minute mark for a final 5-2 score.
The Wizards remain unbeaten with a winning streak of five league games going back to June 8 and now have a 6-0-1 WLT record for 19 points. The Flames struggle at the foot of the Eastern Conference with a 1-9-0 record and three points.
Toronto Supra maintained its unbeaten streak with a 3-3 tie with Vaughan Sun Devils at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke, one of two games played on Friday night.
In the second game, Brampton Hitmen came back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the score, also 3-3, with London City at The Cove in London.
At Centennial Stadium, Martin Peraza opened the scoring for Supra at the 22nd minute mark and Vaughanís Timothy Carzon tied the score at 41 minutes.
The game turned into a see-saw struggle with Supra taking a 2-1 lead on a goal at the 76th minute mark by Sam Afriyie and Sun Devils made it 2-2 on a strike by Joey Todaro 12 minutes later. Supra took the lead at the 90th minute mark, a goal by Danny Amaral and Jason De Thomasis had the last say in tying the game for Sun Devils just before the final whistle.
The tie raises Supraís unbeaten string in league and cup competition to eight and they now have a 5-0-2 WLT record for 17 points. Vaughan Sun Devils have a 3-1-2 record for 11 points.
London City squandered a 3-1 lead against Brampton Hitmen at Cove Road in London to concede two goals in the second half for a 3-3 tie. City also finished the game with just nine men, two players being ejected.
London took the lead on a goal by Ashley McMillan at the 21st minute and Bramptonís Phil Ionadi made it 1-1 eight minutes later. Eris Tafaj made it 2-1 for London after 45 minutes, the half-time score.
Eris Tafaj struck his second goal for a 3-1 London lead after 64 minutes, but four minutes later Hitmenís Adolfo Mella cut the lead to 3-2.
Ionadi scored the tying goal, his second of the game at the 87th minute mark for a 3-3 final score.
Itís just five days ago that London City were well into the second half with a 3-0 lead against Hamilton Thunder, but Thunder replied for four goals and London went down 4-3.