By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – Kicking off the 2nd half of the League 1 Ontario season, Windsor TFC moved into the grass field at McHugh Soccer Complex Friday evening with a match against the visiting Vaughan Azzurri. With five starters missing from the Windsor lineup, Vaughan edged out the home side in a closely contested 2-0 win.
Azzurri, the recently crowned Cup Champions, benefitted from a brace of goals by Jashua Mills. The Vaughan forward scored early in the 7th minute to stake the visitors to a 1-nil margin. Azzurri maintained the lead despite continued pressure by Windsor throughout the contest.
“They finished on their two chances, while we got in the box but we didn’t play to score,” said Windsor’s interim coach, Vancho Cirovski. “We’ve got to work on that part of the game. We’ve got to remain patient near the box and get really good shots, test the keeper. I don’t think the keeper was tested.”
A breakdown on defense led to Mills’ second strike as he was left alone with the ball and found the back of the net in the 67th minute.
Vaughan’s keeper, Andrew D’Souza, was credited with the clean sheet.
During theLeague 1 Ontario match between Windsor TFC and Vaughan Azzurri at McHugh Soccer Complex in Windsor, Ontario, on 5 August 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.
“I think we were a little worse for wear, but we did what we had to do to win today,” said Vaughan head coach, Carmine Isacco. “It wasn’t pleasant, but we managed to tempo the game and I thought it’s a good win. It’s a good three points for us. It’s not easy here.”
Windsor was without five regular starters for a variety of reasons.
“I think that this was a fairly even match, with two teams that were depleted somewhat because of the change in personnel that happens at this time of year,” said Cirovski. “But, regardless, it was a good contest, good game, well-played soccer.”
Windsor remains in 4th place on the West Division ladder with 22 points. They are back in action this Friday evening as the North Toronto Nitros visit McHugh. Game time is 7:30pm.