VAUGHAN SHOOTERS, METRO LIONS BOTH WIN WHILE SHORT-HANDED SUNDAY
Vaughan defender Chris Turner (white) challenges Hamilton's Jason Crnic at The Soccer Centre Sunday night. Vaughan Shooters won 1-0 to hold top position in the east.
Vaughan Shooters and Metro Lions both scored wins while short-handed for the entire second half in the two games played in the Canadian Professional Soccer League Sunday.
Lions won their fourth game in succession, a 2-1 defeat of Toronto Croatia in an afternoon game at Memorial Park in Mississauga, while Vaughan Shooters maintained their position at the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a 1-0 victory over Hamilton Thunder at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan Sunday night.
In the only game played on Saturday, Border Stars were held to a scoreless tie by visiting St. Catharines Roma Wolves at Windsor Stadium and there were two games on Friday, when Brampton Hitmen and London City each scored important victories to move both teams up the standings so that these two teams with Border Stars now occupy the top three positions in the CPSL Western Conference.
The Hitmen scored a narrow 2-1 win over Durham Storm at the Civic Stadium in Oshawa and London City scored a come-from-behind 3-2 squeaker at The Cove in London where City forward Paul Munster scored two goals for the second time this season.
Metro Lions' Haitian-born forward Maxim Elie-Dorneval was the hero in his team's win over Toronto Croatia, scoring both goals at 17 and 82 minutes. Croatia's Willy Giammarra scored from the penalty spot at 20 minutes to record his third goal from a set play in three games since June 11.
Metro Lions defender Kevin Ricketts was ejected after 20 minutes, leaving Metro Lions with 10 men for most of the game.
The win improves Metro Lions to a 4-1-1 WLT record and second position with 13 points.
Vaughan Shooters' forward Matthew Palleschi broke clear passed the half-way line to push the ball past Thunder 'keeper Roberto Ferrari to score the only goal at The Soccer Centre in the 1-0 win.
Referee Justin Tasev ejected Vaughan's Danny Sanna one minute to the interval leaving his team with 10 men for the entire second half.
The win gives Shooters a 4-1-2 record for 14 points and top position in the east.
Border Stars had most of the play in the first half at Windsor Stadium on Saturday, but the second half was an end-to-end struggle and the game could have gone either way.
John Roma had the best scoring opportunity when he drilled the ball against the woodwork for the border team in the first half with Wolves' keeper Claudio Perri well beaten.
Perri and Border Stars' goalkeeper Alan Placek were oustanding.
The tie gives Border Stars a 3-1-1 record for 10 points and second spot in the west, while St. Catharines are at 1-2-3 with six points and fourth place.
On Friday night, Kurt Mella gave Brampton a 1-0 lead after 34 minutes for a 1-0 half-time lead but three minutes after the interval Jahmo Welch tied the score for Durham. Brampton Hitmen captain Phil Ionadi struck the winner with a free kick at the 57th minute to put the Hitmen top of the standings.
In the game at London, North York Astros took a 1-0 half-time lead on a goal at the 28th minute by midfielder Gabriel Salguero. Munster tied the game 1-1 at 56 minutes and Phil McDonald put London 2-1 up at the 72nd minute mark. Astros tied the game 2-2 just a minute later on a goal by Daniel Jaroch but Munster scored his second goal to break the 2-2 tie at 78 minutes and the strike held up for a 3-2 London win.
Brampton go to the top of the Western Conference with a 3-1-2 record for 11 points, Border Stars second with 10 and London are at 9 points.
The Astros are now at 0-4-1 while Durham Storm also remain winless with a 0-5-0 record to occupy the foot of the Eastern Conference.