June 6, 2015 League 1 Ontario--Sigma FC vs Durham United FC (from League 1 Ontario press release)
Sigma F.C. 2 - Durham United F.C. 2 . Sun Jun 7 Written By: Staff, League1 Durham United F.C. came west to Sigma's home ground at Hershey Centre, Mississauga, and went two up courtesy of Bruce Cullen (45') and Justin Gordon (64'), before an unlucky own goal by defender Joe Zupo (72') and a late Sigma tally from Marcus Hanson (90') left the points shared at one apiece. "Our biggest challenge today was staying organized defensively," said Durham head coach Sanford Carabin. "We knew Sigma would try to dictate the play, especially at home, but we needed to stay focused defensively. We struggled to do this in the first half and rode our luck a few times when we got unbalanced, but made adjustments and did much better in the second half. The players are still learning their defensive roles but continue to improve each week." Carabin reserved special praise for goalscorer Bruce Cullen, central midfielder Taylor Lord, and winger Marcus Lees. "Bruce won his 1v1 battles all game and was constantly a threat getting forward in attack. Our first goal was finished off with Bruce making a great late run into the box and finishing from a cutback pass," explained Carabin. "Taylor had to adjust his game as he didn't get on the ball as much as he usually does, and instead focused on his defensive role by protecting our back four all game, breaking up Sigma's central attacks repeatedly," he added. "And Marcus was a gamechanger in attack with his ability to penetrate on the dribble and his free kicks. He set up both goals in the game and caused their back-line trouble all game." Carabin struggled to choose just one opposing player to single-out for an MVP performance, but did reserve special mention for the work of Kwame Awuah on Sigma's left flank. "Sigma typically is a well balanced team, with all their players usually in sync with each other," commented Carabin. "As such it's difficult to single out any one player, however I thought their left winger Kwame [Awuah] caused us problems down that side all game. His pace and 1v1 ability was evident and we were fortunate to minimize his impact in the final third." Sigma returns to action on June 13 at the Hershey Centre, 4 p.m. vs. Pro Stars F.C. Durham United F.C. also heads back to home grounds on the 13th, hosting ANB Futbol at Oshawa Civic Stadium in an 8 p.m. kickoff.
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