SHOOTERS DEFEAT CROATIA 3-1, HITMEN EDGE ASTROS 2-1 SUNDAY
PAUL MUNSTER - Scored lone London goal in 4-1 loss to Hamilton Thunder to maintain a runaway lead with 17 goals for the individual goalscoring title.
Vaughan Shooters defeated Toronto Croatia 3-1 at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan Sunday to record 10 points from the last four games and close the gap even more with Toronto Supra and Metro Lions in the Eastern Conference title race and
in a second Sunday night encounter, Brampton Hitmen edged North York Astros by a 2-1 score, a win that puts the Hitmen into a 3-way tie for second spot in the Western Conference.
On Saturday night, Metro Lions ran into a buzz saw at Windsor Stadium Saturday to have their unbeaten streak on 14 games going back to June 6 snapped 5-3 by a lively Border Stars team determined to strengthen their top position in the Western Conference standings.
The defeat of Metro Lions was just their second of the season following their only previous loss in the hands of Brampton Hitmen.
On Friday night, Hamilton Thunder closed the gap in the Western Conference standings with a 4-1 victory over London City at Cove Road, London while east of Toronto at the Civic Stadium in Oshawa, Toronto Supra romped to a 7-2 win over floundering Durham Storm.
London City forward Paul Munster continued on Friday to be the most productive striker in the CPSL when he hit his 17th goal of the campaign in the loss to Hamilton Thunder.
The Northern Ireland-born standout is now nine goals in front of his nearest rival for the CPSL scoring title.
Jose Aniekwe opened the scoring at the 22nd minute mark for Vaughan Shooters on Sunday and Raj Takkar made it 2-0 for the half-time score.
Matt Palleschi increased the Shootersí lead to 3-0 at 59 minutes and just when it appeared to be the final score, Leo Laurito scored from the penalty spot for Toronto Croatia on being awarded the penalty by referee Manuel Orellana following a hand ball infringement at 92 minutes
The win lifts Shooters to a 8-3-4 WLT record for 28 points, one point behind second-place Metro Lions in the east, while Toronto Croatia has a 4-6-3 record for 15 points, good for fifth position in the west.
At Victoria Park in Brampton on Sunday, Astrosí forward Daniel Jaroch openened the scoring at 51 minutes following a hard-fought scoreless first half, but the lead evaporated with two goals from the Hitmen, the first by Paul Daccobert at 63 minutes and want turned out to be the winner for Brampton, a goal by Bayette Smith at 67 minutes, a 2-1 final score.
Brampton Hitmen now move into a 3-way tie with 20 points from a 5-5-5 record in the Western Conference, to join Hamilton Thunder and London City, all trailing Border Stars by four points.
Border Starsí forward Dan Kolic struck early against Metro Lions on Saturday night, a goal just two minutes after the start and Steve Wonsh made it 2-0 eight minutes later.
Almost immediately afterwards, Craig Patton struck for Metro Lions to make it 2-1 and Wonsch scored his second at 27 minutes to increase the Border Starsí lead to 3-1.
Kareem Reynolds struck for Metro Lions at the 31st minute and Caswain Mason tied the score 3-3 at 44 minutes.
Midfielder John Roma broke the deadlock at 55 minutes for the Windsor-based team and Tati Errelade put the game out of reach for Border Stars, a 5-3 final.
Border Stars now go four points clear at the top of the Western Conference with a 7-4-3 WLT record for 24 points, four points clear of London City, Hamilton Thunder and Brampton Hitmen, each with 20.
Metro Lions now have an 8-2-5 record for 29 points and the Scarborough-based team trails Toronto Supra by two points in the Eastern Conference standings.
Hamilton Thunder pressed to get in equal terms following Munsterís early goal and were rewarded with two in succession from forward Sasa Milaimovic at 38 minutes and Miles OíConnor two minutes later for a 2-1 Thunder lead at half-time.
Toronto Supra disposed of Durham Storm by a 7-2 score in the game at the Civic Stadium and the game was never in doubt following Domagoj Sainís opening goal after two minutes. Adam Pacheco increased the lead to 2-0 at 25 minutes and Pedro Dias made it 3-0 for Supra at 32 minutes, the half-time score.
Danny Amaral struck his fifth goal of the season for Supra to make it 4-0 three minutes into the second half, before Jahmo Welch found the net for Durham to make it 4-1 at the 54th minute mark.
Just one minute later, the Toronto team increased the lead to 5-1 on a goal by Frank Cardona at 55 minutes and Cardona scored again at the 85th minute mark to make it 6-1
In a player shuffle, Durham goalkeeper Zane Henderickson was moved into an attacking role and scored Stormís second goal at 87 minutes and Supraís Fabio Silva closed the scoring 90 minutes for a 7-2 score at the final whistle.
The win moves Toronto Supra on top of the Eastern Conference with a 9-1-4 record for 31 points, two in front of Metro Lions, while Durham Storm remains without a point in 12 games played.