August 22, 2015 League 1 Ontario--Kingston Clippers vs Oakville Blue Devils (from League 1 Ontario press release)
Kingston Clippers 3 - Oakville Blue Devils 4 . Sun Aug 23 Written By: Staff, League1 Clippers took the early lead in Kingston during their battle with league leader's Oakville Blue Devils, but at the end of ninety minutes it would be 4-3 to the visitors after an entertaining back-and-forth matchweek 17 contest. Stalwarts Filepe Vilela (50') and Anthony Doran (18') chipped in to ensure the Devils sustained their regular goal-scoring record, but it was perhaps the contributions of youngsters Brandon Duarte (87') and Roman Young (20') that were most welcome to the Devils' technical staff. "Our priority for this match was to prepare the young academy call up players that we required to cover for the numerous seniors unavailable for selection," said Oakville head coach, Duncan Wilde. "It would appear we got that right as both Brandon Duarte and Roman Young scored vital goals during our 4-3 win at Queens University campus." Kingston technical staff were also impressed with new additions to their squad, after key members have departed for university and college. "After calling up from the local leagues, this match proved that Kingston has some great talent!" said Clippers technical director, Chris Eveleigh. "Myself and [head coach] Christian Hoefler will sit down and discuss how we can keep the local talent playing, not only for this season but into next year." Despite Kingston opening the scoring in the sixth minute through Toni El-Asmar, Oakville added three in a row by the 50 minute mark, and it appeared the contest was out of reach of the home side. But Kingston was not done, and Joey Pineo (59') and Joey Nelson (85') ensured the Clippers equalized and prepared to push on for the win in the final ten minutes - with the aid of a "secret weapon." "We started quite brightly and had good possession in the early minutes," explained Wilde. "We then lost our central shape, allowing Kingston space and time for the first real chance of the game, and they took it with an excellent long range effort into our bottom corner." "We responded well and created several good opportunities to equalize, before the quick thinking Doran opened our scoring from a free kick at the edge of the box when Kingston had no time to reset. Roman Young gave us the lead following great work down the left flank by Tyler Wasson to give him his first goal in League1 on his debut game." "A quickly taken set play into the feet of Filipe Vilela saw him turn and finish with a low drive to give us a 3-1 lead and his 14th goal of the season, but then Kingston then hit us with their special weapon," he added. "I have not seen such a powerful long throw since Adrian Serioux did the same for us back in USL Pro, and then went on to do it in the MLS. The boy throws the ball like a bullet and with great effect. We simply could not handle it and twice conceded from the same situation to see the game tied with a couple of minutes to go." Oakville stretched the width of the pitch in the latter minutes, pressing for the valuable final goal that would keep them top fo the table. Debutante Brandon Duarte found the net for the visitors, and Blue Devils were finally able to breathe with relief. "It was a very competitive battle with a determined Kingston team in their final home game of their season," concluded Wilde. "And we are extremely happy to gain all three points considering Kingston's late rally to tie the game." Kingston Clippers get a week off before going on the road on Sunday September 6 to play Woodbridge Strikers at Vaughan Grove, Woodbridge - 7 p.m. kickoff. Oakville Blue Devils head home to Sheridan College, Oakville, on Sunday August 30 to play Windsor Stars - 4 p.m. kickoff.
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