June 7, 2015 League 1 Ontario--Vaughan Azzurri vs ANB Futbol (from League 1 Ontario press relase)
Vaughan Azzurri 2 - ANB Futbol 2 . Mon Jun 8 Written By: Staff, League1 Two of the top sides in League1 Ontario men's division, Vaughan Azzurri and ANB Futbol, met in league action on Sunday at McNaughton Park in Maple. Despite ninety minutes of exciting, back and forth action, these two quality teams were forced to split the points, settling on a 2-2 draw. ANB drew first blood on this day, courtesy of a classy Jahsua Mills bending free kick from 20 yards that found the back of the Vaughan goal. Despite some near misses in the opening forty five minutes by Vaughan's Dayonn Harris, ANB would hang on to their slim lead going into the half-time break. However, Vaughan evened the score quickly in the second half, as veteran midfielder Matt Stinson scored in the 46th minute, getting his head to a ball whipped in from a corner kick that evaded ANB goalkeeper Praveen Ahilan. The experience and depth of the Azzurri side began to emerge in the second half. Imposing striker, Dena Iezady, who entered the game after the break, had a positive impact, helping to settle the team down and improve the overall tempo. in the 59th minute, and somewhat against the run of play, ANB's 15 year old phenom Adonijah Reid displayed control and poise well beyond his years, poking home his third goal of this young season through a maze of bodies to put his side back in the lead, and it started to look like the King City side was on their way to an important early-season win. However, Stinson burst the visitor's bubble, sticking home a penalty in the 69th to square the score at two apiece. Iezady nearly put the home side ahead in the 73rd minute, directing a shot agonizingly wide of the ANB goal from in close. In the dying minutes, both teams exchanged scoring chances in an attempt to pull out a victory but when the final whistle blew, they were forced to settle for a tense stalemate. "Jahsua Mills played strong on the wing – chasing balls, defending, and attacking players from the left that caused some problems for Vaughan’s back line," said ANB General Manager and Men's Team Assistant Coach, Marcelo Almeida. "He worked hard throughout the match and was almost rewarded with a goal near the end of the game." "Matt Stinson was the MVP for Vaughan," said Almeida. "He led the team, located open team-mates, and scored two goals." "After conceding five goals in the mid-week Cup match, defensive responsibilities were key," said Almeida. "To a certain extent, we defended well, only conceding goals from set-plays." ANB Futbol plays away to Durham United F.C. on Saturday June 13 at Oshawa Civic Stadium, 8 p.m. kickoff. Vaughan plays at Esther Shiner Stadium on Sunday June 14 at 7 p.m. vs. Sanjaxx Lions.
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