May 9, 2017 League 1 Ontario Match Recap: Woodbridge Strikers vs Durham United FA (from League 1 Ontario website)
Match Recap: Woodbridge Strikers 1 - 0 Durham United FA 05/09/2017, 10:45pm EDT By League1 Ontario staff Another chapter of the Woodbridge Strikers versus Durham United FA rivalry went into the books in Matchweek Two with the Strikers wheeling out of their home at Vaughan Grove as deserved 1-0 winners following a Dylan Carriero (45') highlight reel free-kick just on the stroke of half-time. Woodbridge head coach Peter Pinizzotto singled out Carriero for special mention after the game, as well as a variety of other players that helped secure the result "Dylan has played very well in preseason and our first two games," he said. "He has done very well in the midfield and scored a beautiful goal from the free kick." "We had quite a few players tonight that played very well. On defence we have a couple new players in the lineup with Josh [Parades-Procter] and Michael [Fayehune] at the back. Quillan [Roberts] our keeper as well. We were able to keep it clean at the back and get a shutout, which I think is key." "Joel [Anderson] played very well in the middle, solid defensively and broke a lot of plays. Won a lot of balls as well. It's very encouraging to see a player like that in our team." Durham head coach Sanford Carabin was understandably not pleased with the outcome, but was even more bothered by the manner of the performance. "We never showed up today," he said. "Sometimes you think you're going to go through a season and they'll be one game where you don't show up, nobody has energy, and everything goes against you." "Unfortunately we got it in the second game of the year. It's not excuses, we just didn't come to play today." "Credit to Woodbridge. It's their home opener and they came to play. They did a few things that we didn't anticipate but we made adjustments after weathering the first thirty minutes. I can say the second half was marginally better but to a man we just didn't come to play today." Aside from the Carriero goal off a 25 yard free, Durham's defence stood tall and will provided some positives to the performance for the visitors. Carabin was happy with this foundation, but felt the team was uncharacteristically toothless in attack. "We have a few new players that we are integrating into our attack and some of them are still figuring out how we want to play, and refining their movements off the ball," he said. "It's going to take a little bit of time. We didn't have the longest pre-season so we're going to need a little time to work that through." But, and I was saying this to the other coaches as well, I think it has been a year and a half, and I don't recall a game where we never threatened to score," he concluded. "Today was one of them so we need to get better." Woodbridge next plays North Toronto Nitros on Sunday May 14 at Varsity Stadium, Toronto. Durham next plays Aurora FC on Friday May 12 at Pickering Soccer Centre, Pickering.
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