CPSL Weekend Roundup
Durham Flames impressive in weekend sweep of London City
EL-BEHAIRY THE HERO
Durham Flames won their fourth league game in succession since the opening day home loss to St. Catharines Roma Wolves at the Civic Stadium on May 27 and the Oshawa-based team looked impressive with back-to-back wins against London City over the weekend. Flames' forward Omar El-Behairy stole the limelight with a three-goal weekend, opening the scoring at Cove Road in London as Durham cruised to a 3-1 win over London City on Friday night and with his team running a 2-1 deficit in the home game at Civic Stadium on Sunday, he scored the equalizer, then the winner in a span of seven minutes in the second half.
Durham jumps to third position in the standings, tied with Toronto Olympians for the runner-up position, 12 points apiece. These teams trail St. Catharines Roma Wolves on top with 14 points.
YOUNGEST PLAYER FINDS
London City's 16 year old Tyler Hemming, the youngest player in the CPSL, scored his first goal in professional soccer when he put the City 2-1 ahead early in the second half before going down to defeat. London's other goal was scored by Semir Mesanovic.
HITMEN'S GIBBONS BREAKS
Toronto Croatia handed Toronto Olympians their second loss of the season, a 1-0 score on a goal by Wojciech Cwik at Memorial Park in Mississauga on Friday, but the Olympians made amends with a 3-0 shutout of Brampton Hitmen at Birchmount Stadium on Sunday to keep the Toronto team close to the top of the standings. Paul Moore, Bavette Smith and Courtney Dennis, his third of the season, were the scorers. The game was marred by a double fracture of the right leg to Brampton's Jason Gibbons. Gibbons will be out for the season.
Toronto Supra scored their third win of the season, nipping York Region Shooters, 1-0, on a goal by Samuel Afriyie, his sixth of the season. Afriyie is sitting
on top of the goalscoring leaders with a hat-trick, a pair, and this important single to give his team a big three points.
North York Astros and Glen Shields Sun Devils fought to a scoreless tie on Sunday, it was the first point of the season for the struggling Sun Devils. Glen Shields defender Timothy Garzon was red-carded with seven minutes remaining.
VAUGHAN, Ontario—Monday, June
OZ Optics League Cup Update: Ottawa Wizards unbeaten in Preliminary Games
LEAD GROUP 'A' AFTER 4-0 TRIUMPH
The Ottawa Wizards laid claim to a spot in the semi-final of the OZ Optics League Cup with a resounding 4-0 defeat of Montreal Dynamites in the Preliminary Games of the competition yesterday.
Abraham Osman and Kevin Nelson each scored a pair for Ottawa, all goals were scored in the first half. Wizards' goalkeeper Richard Goddard kept Montreal off the scoresheet for the shutout. Ottawa previously tied 2-2 with Durham Flames, while Montreal has a 3-2 win against Durham from June 17, for the only three games played in OZ Optics League Cup play so far this year.
All 12 CPSL teams take part in the popular competition, three in each group A, B, C, D, for a total of 24 qualifying games. The winner of each group from these qualifying games (teams play each other twice) advance to the last four, leading to the OZ Optics Cup Final to be played on September 30.
WILD CARD WIZARDS THE
Ottawa Wizards are the host team this year and as such and in keeping with the rules, they have two chances to advance to the semi-final. Winning Group 'A' will assure the National Capital Region club of a berth in the last four, but if they fail to clinch the top Group A position, they have a second chance to play a decider with the winner of the group with the lowest number of points. The winner of this game will clinch the last semi-final berth.
Glen Shields Sun Devils
St. Catharines Roma Wolves
North York Astros
York Region Shooters
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