June 4, 2004 CPSL London City vs Durham Storm (from CPSL web site)

Jun 5, 2004 Author: CPSL


London City controlled the play throughout for a 4-1 win over new team Durham Storm at Cove Road, London in the only game played in the Canadian Professional Soccer League Friday.

In other news from the CPSL Friday night, a second game has been postponed at the Brian Timmis Stadium in Hamilton when the Hamilton Thunder vs. Toronto Supra encounter due to be played Saturday, June 5 at 8.00 p.m.was called off due to the poor playing surface following recent heavy rains.

This means just one game will be played on Saturday, the Border Stars home opener against Toronto Croatia is scheduled for Windsor Stadium with a 7.05 p.m. kickoff.

Midfielders Atila Salamon (21 and 50 minutes) and Gentjan Dervishi (34 and 89 minutes) each scored twice to lead London City to victory in the season home opener over Durham Storm, the second heavy defeat for the team just east of Toronto following a 5-0 loss to Vaughan Shooters on May 30.

The Durham goal was scored by striker Jahmo Welch who is quick off the mark again this season following an impressive 2003 when he struck 13 times and ended the season fourth in the goalscoring standings.

The postponement of Saturday's Hamilton Thunder vs. Toronto Supra game follows the cancellation of the Hamilton Thunder vs. Border Stars clash on Thursday evening and this is all due to an unusual amount of rain during the past 10 days affecting a resurfacing of the ground. New sod has been laid in an attempt to render the playing surface at the Hamilton venue even better for the new season, but the unusual amount of rain was not anticipated.

Both games will be rescheduled during the next week.

Border Stars are expecting a large crowd for the return of professional soccer to the border city.

Jeff Hodgson is the principal person behind the formation of a new pro soccer group from both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, together with J.J. Dowhan, an assistant coach at the University of Windsor and Gary Maccagnone of Michigan, who owns a trucking business.

Pat Hilton, a midfielder with Blackburn Rovers in the English League and a licensed UEFA and FA coach is the Border Stars’ head coach.

Tough opposition is expected in the opener from Toronto Croatia, a team that finished third in the Western Conference last season and with a long history of achievement in Canadian soccer.

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