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OSU Force Grab A Commanding Win Over Alliance, While Durham, Woodbridge Settle For A Draw

By League1 Ontario staff, 05/20/19, 12:45PM EDT


(Photo: C2C Media / Anthony Gallo)

(Photo: Martin Bazyl Photography)

(Photo: Martin Bazyl Photography)

A rematch of the 2018 League1 Ontario Women's Championship between Durham United FA and Woodbridge Strikers resulted in a 10-woman Durham side hold their opponents to a 0-0 draw.

First-year club OSU Force kept their stellar run of form going with a commanding 4-1 win over fellow newcomer Alliance United.

Find match briefs, full match video and a selection of high-res photography from Sunday's match action below!  

(Photo: Martin Bazyl Photography)

Danitza Indacochea made two key saves to keep the game scoreless as 10-woman Durham United FA split the points with Woodbridge Strikers at the Pickering Soccer Centre on Sunday.

The goalkeeper tipped a dipping shot into the crossbar in the 68th minute and dove to poke a shot away 10 minutes later after Durham's defence was under siege from the Woodbridge attack.

The home team were at a disadvantage in the 2018 Championship Final rematch after Maddie Iozzi received a red card in the 27th minute. A Woodbridge shot rang off the post causing a mad scramble in the Durham box.

A follow up on the rebound was blocked by Iozzi's arm. The referee called for a penalty and the Durham midfielder was sent off.

The Strikers stepped up to take the spot kick, but their attempt to take the lead went wide and the score remained level.

Woodbridge tried to capitalize on the player advantage throughout the rest of the game, but they couldn't finish the final ball after getting caught offside five times and missing eight of their shots.

Neither team were able to build too much momentum as the game was littered with fouls, 16 for Durham and 18 for Woodbridge. The teams held onto the draw to end the day.

The Strikers continue their road trip to Ron Joyce Stadium, Hamilton, as they take on Hamilton United Elite on Friday May 24, 8 p.m

There will be little rest for Durham as they're set for a Wednesday clash at Paramount Fine Foods Centre 2, Mississauga, against North Mississauga SC on May 22, 8 p.m.

Jonathan Cheng

(Photo: C2C Media / Anthony Gallo)

OSU Force defeats Alliance FC 4-1 to continue their early season winning streak they are on.

The first half was almost balanced and Alliance looked like they had the edge over OSU with more goal scoring opportunities.

OSU keeper Anna Demarbre made a key diving save in the 32nd minute to keep Alliance off the scoreboard.

Just before halftime OSU’s Amelia Carlini (45+ 1’) provided a powerful header from a corner kick to open the scoring.

A few minutes into the second half, a lovely through ball played to OSU’s Marion Taiwon (55’) doubled the lead with a left-footed power shot.

Finding themselves down by two, hosts Alliance pressed vigorously to find a goal.

Their hard work paid off, thanks to a free-kick from Vanessa Pasqualitto (63’) who’s curved shot found the left side of the net put her side only down by one.

After pulling one goal back, Alliance continued their hard pressing style looking for the equalizer, which at moments were threatening the OSU goal.

OSU’s Katherine Chadwick (76’) put a dent in their opponents come back.

Chadwick took a long-range attempt at the net which the keeper initially got a hand to it but the ball deflected into goal.

Second-half substitute Madeleine Albright (90+2’) sent the ball into the back of the net to seal three points for her side to take back to Ottawa.

Alliance finished with ten shots taken and six on target.

Meanwhile, OSU had eight shot attempts and five on target. The visitors were efficient with their chances on goal.

OSU Force will host their next game against FC London on Saturday May 25 1:30 p.m at Quinns Point.

Alliance United will also host next Sunday May 26th, 4 p.m against Darby FC as they will look to bounce back from this match.

Analia Sordi