METRO LIONS BOUNCE BACK 2-1 OVER HAMILTON
Vaughan Shooters (blue) were decisive 3-1 winners over North York Astros at The Soccer Centre Tuesday night.
Metro Lions bounced back from a surprise 3-1 defeat in the hands of Durham Storm on Monday night, to edge Western Conference leaders Hamilton Thunder by a 2-1 score at Birchmount Stadium Wednesday, the only game played in the Canadian Professional Soccer League.
It was the third game in just four days for Metro Lions including a 1-0 victory over Portmore United of the Jamaican Premier Division on Sunday.
One game was played on Tuesday night, when Vaughan Shooters were decisive 3-1 winners over North York Astros at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan.
Vaughan led 2-0 at half-time and 3-0 near the end of regulation time until the Astros reduced the lead with a goal in the dying seconds of added time for the 3-1 final score.
Hamilton Thunder went ahead on a goal by Blazenko Bekavac from the penalty spot after seven minutes on Wednesday night, the penalty awarded following a foul in the 18 yard box by Lions' Marco Jankovic.
Metro Lions' forward Darryl Gomez, Toronto-born
who has represented Trinidad & Tobago and St. Kitts in the Carribean, leveled the score for Metro Lions at the 31st minute mark--also a penalty, and Hayden Fitzwilliams struck the winner from a rebound off the crossbar at the 55 minute mark, a 2-1 score that held up to the final whistle.
Metro Lions improve to a 10-3-5 WLT record for 35 points, two behind Vaughan Shooters and five points behind league-leading Toronto Supra.
Lions have two games remaining, vs North York Astros on September 28 and a final regular season league game against Toronto Supra on September 30.
Hamilton Thunder are at 9-4-6 for 33 points on top of the Western Conference with one regular season game remaining, against St. Catharines Wolves on September 29.
Forward Eke Chibueze opened the scoring for the Shooters at the 22nd minute mark and Raj Takkar increased the lead to 2-0 just before half-time.
Vaughan midfielder Fitzroy Powell made it 3-0 at 68 minutes and in the dying seconds of the game Alex Braletic struck the Astros’goal for a 3-1 final.
Vaughan Shooters improve their record to 11-4-4 WLT for 37 points with just one regular league game remaining, at home to Windsor Border Stars on September 26.
Shooters will commence their playoff campaign early October in pursuit of the CPSL Championship, while North York Astros with a 3-11-4 record for 13 points and two games remaining will finish in fourth position in the Eastern Conference.
The three top teams from each conference qualify for a berth in the playoffs, but if Brampton Hitmen, as host of the weekend championship finals October 8 – 11 finish out of the first three in the Western Conference, they will be provided with a wild card second opportunity to be included.