BORDER STARS TOP THE WEST WITH LAST KICK 2-1 VICTORY OVER DURHAM STORM
Toronto Croatia gained its first win of the new season and Vaughan Shooters suffered its first loss in a 2-1 result in favour of the Mississauga-based Croatia at Memorial Park in Streetsville Friday.
On the other side of the GTA at the Civic Stadium in Oshawa, Border Stars jumped to the top of the Western Conference with a last-kick-of-the-game 2-1 victory over Durham Storm and in a third game in the Canadian Professional Soccer League, Metro Lions squeaked a 2-1 win over home side London City at Cove Road in London.
Halburto Harris opened the scoring at 55 minutes for Toronto Croatia following a hard-fought scoreless first half and 15 minutes later Antonijo Zupan made it 2-0 for the home side.
Vaughan Shooters pressed to get on even terms late in the second half and the effort paid off when Shooters’ Danny Sanna cut the score to 2-1 with a well placed free kick at 85 minutes out of reach of Mate Jurkin in the Croatia nets. Jurkin, stepping in for George Azcurra, played a big part in the Croatia win.
Vaughan Shooters still lead the Eastern Conference with a 3-1-1 WLT record for 10 points, while Toronto Croatia are now at 1-2-1.
The Durham Storm home game with Border Stars was heading for a 1-1 deadlock until Durham midfielder Richard Lissone took a second yellow card just outside the penalty box and in the resulting free kick Border Stars defender Phil Rocca deflected Neil McGill’s free kick into the net for a 2-1 last second victory.
John Roma had put Border Stars one-up after 24 minutes and Domico Coddington, recently arrived from Bermuda, made it 1-1 for Durham at the 49th minute mark.
Border Stars improve to 3-1-0 for nine points, while Durham Storm are without a point at 0-4-0.
Craig Patton opened the scoring after just 3 minutes for Metro Lions at Cove Road in London and Kareem Reynolds made it 2-0 at the 28th minute mark, the score at half time. Paul Munster scored the only goal for London City, a strike at 38 minutes and the 2-1 score held up throughout the second half.
Metro Lions are now at 2-1-1 for seven points, while London City have played just two games at 1-1-0 for three points.