TENACIOUS NORTH YORK ASTROS FIGHT FOR FIRST VICTORY
North York Astros were tenacious in their first victory of the season, a 3-2 cliffhanger over Durham Storm at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan, the only game played in the Canadian Professional Soccer League Tuesday.
The Astros took the lead on a strike by forward Daniel Jaroch after 34 minutes at a time when Durham Storm missed several opportunities, particularly an open goal miscue by midfielder Andrew Vickers.
Following the 1-0 half-time deficit, Durham tied the game on a goal by Richard Gale just two minutes after the interval.
It was an attractive end-to-end struggle by both teams with constant pressure by the Astros until Israeli-born Boris Krimus and Jaroch with his second broke the game wide open at 54 and 61 minutes respectively.
Storm midfielder Ryan Dummett cut the lead to 3-2 at the 80th minute mark to continue the back and forth play, but Astros held on to their lead and first win of the season.
The Astros win gives the north Toronto team a 1-4-1 WLT record for four points, while Durham Storm are still searching for the first victory in their inaugural CPSL season.
Both teams enter Open Canada Cup competition during the next few days, Durham Storm take on a tough AEK London at Cove Road in London on Canada Day, an 8.38 p.m. kickoff, while the Astros can also expect tough opposition from the defending CPSL champs Brampton Hitmen at Cove Road on Friday, a 5 p.m. start.