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Durham Men Stay Undefeated In East Division After 4-1 Win Over TSkillz

05/21/2016, 1:00pm EDT
By League1 Ontario staff

Durham United FA maintained their undefeated run to start the 2016 season, opening up home ground of Kinsmen Park with a 4-1 win over Toronto Skillz.

Christian Moncrieffe (27') was most influential on the day for the hosts, dispatching the first goal of the match via penalty, before setting up Lamanna for Durham's second, and earning the penalty finished by Joshua Parades to get the fourth.

Toronto Skillz's Mahmoud Mirsadeghi (32') got his second in as many matches, finishing off the rebound of a TSkillz free early in the game to keep the first half level, but the visitors couldn't find the necessary ingredients in the second half to contest the result.

"I think we are not able to put together the full ninety minute performance just now," Toronto Skillz head coach, Leslie "Tiger" Fitzpatrick. 

"We spoke about it before the game and at half. We got to half in a favourable position playing away as it was 1-1. We could see what we needed to do, but couldn't execute, and to give away two soft penalties away from home makes it very hard to come back." 

Second half sub Steven Lamanna (52') made an impact shortly after entering the match, drilling the finish low to the bottom left after sublime through ball from Moncrieffe.

Edward Lay (67') added a third goal to his season's tally, following an opening weekend brace, and insurance to the scoreline. Lay's goal was the product of another well-weighted assist, this time from Kashiff De Jonge.

Joshua Parades (71') finished off Durham's run of four on the night after Moncrieffe's presence drew the foul from TSkillz defenders in the box. Parades slotted his left-footed penalty low to the keeper's right.

"We made some tactical switches to add a bit of pace on the right and up top," said Durham head coach, Sanford Carabin. "We wanted our front three players in behind as much as possible, and we asked our mids to play a little more direct."

"Once we got our second goal, we settled down a bit and hten they had to come out and push forward, which made more space for us. The key personnel change in the second half, bringing in Lamanna and moving Kashiff up top, really helped." 

The result brings Durham to three wins and one draw in their first four matches, while Toronto Skillz are still looking for a win despite some excellent performances in their first four matches.

"We've been in all of these matches until forty-five, fifty minutes, and I think it's just instilling in the youth the understanding of how turn these performances into three points," concluded Fitzpatrick. 

"We spoke about how to translate performances into three points before the game, and we'll keep grinding away at that. We have a lot of individual talent, maybe a little cohesion missing, but it is a new and young group and we'll head back to the drawing board with it."

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