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Alliance Edge Darby, While Vaughan Second Half Performance Seals Win Over Oakville

By League1 Ontario staff, 05/27/19, 1:00PM EDT


(Photo: Michael Fayehun / Martin Bazyl Photography)

(Photo: Martin Bazyl Photography)

Alliance United get back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Darby FC.

Vaughan Azzurri use strong second half performance to shutout Oakville Blue Devils 3-0.

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

(Photo: Martin Bazyl Photography)

Alliance United secured all three points with a 2-1 home victory over Darby FC, thanks to a calm finish inside the box by Emily Andrus in the second half (59’).

Headers from Alliance’s Brough (17’) and Darby’s Arruda (44’) meant both sides got a taste of goal in the first half, but it was the home side who found the crucial go-ahead goal.

Alliance chose to press high in the early minutes, recognizing the opportunity to punish Darby FC’s attempts to play out of the back.

Andrus had a decent chance in the first five minutes, but it was dealt with well by Darby’s Arruda.

Most of Alliance’s attacks were created down the right flank, with Andrus and Reynolds heavily involved.

The hosts found the breakthrough after just 17 minutes into the game, as Melissa Lamanna put in an excellent corner kick which was converted by Sydney Brough.

Darby managed to gain some composure after the first twenty minutes, aided by Alliance's decision not to press as high up the pitch.

When they were unable to find a penetrative pass through the middle, Darby opted to start putting in crosses. The away side equalized just a minute before the end of the half after Olivia Cooke’s cross from the right wing was met perfectly by Arruda.

Alliance United picked up the tempo again in the second half, still favouring the right side in most of their build-up play.

Darby's Wilson and Arruda were kept particularly busy with their defensive duties. Alliance retook the lead just before the hour mark after Andrus was played through on goal and calmly dispatched her shot into the bottom left corner.

The hosts were not troubled for the remainder of the game, and actually created the greater number of chances in the final half-hour.

Darby FC will play next on May 31 when they host Woodbridge Strikers at Whitby Soccer Centre at 8 p.m.

Alliance United will next play on June 1, when they travel to Stewart Burnett Park on to face Aurora FC at 7 p.m.

Aria Popel

(Photo: Michael Fayehun / Martin Bazyl Photography)

The visiting Vaughan Azzurri handed Oakville Blue Devils their first defeat of the season after putting on a strong performance to remain undefeated in the 2019 season.

The first half saw both teams have various scoring chances with both keepers being forced to make stops to keep the game level.

Vaughan broke the deadlock in the 47th minute when Leah Pais slotted the ball beneath Oakville goalkeeper Rachel Yerxa from 10 yards out.

Oakville had numerous chances to equalize but Vaughan goalkeeper Katrina Haarmann made numerous saves to keep her team in the lead.

Vaughan doubled their lead in the 60th minute through Kiyani Johnson, who scored on a counterattack for the visitors.

The game was put out of Oakville’s reach in the 65th minute by Selena Tansella. The substitute fired a low shot into the bottom corner only five minutes after entering the game to keep the visitors undefeated on the season.

Oakville Blue Devils next game sees them travel to North Mississauga SC at Paramount Fine Foods Centre Friday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Vaughan Azzurri travels to L’Amoreaux to face DeRo United FC on Saturday, June 1 at 4:30 p.m.

Lucas Lucchetta