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FC London Snaps Durham United FA Unbeaten Streak With 2-0 Win

06/25/2016, 11:15pm EDT
By League1 Ontario staff

Jade Kovacevic (14') snagged her twelfth goal in seven matches before teammate Nicole Neilsen (17') added FC London's second en route to a 2-0 league win over a previously unbeaten Durham United FA. 

"It felt really good," said FC London head coach, Mike Marcoccia. "We worked extremely hard this week, and knew that for a match like this we needed our preparation to be very good."

"Durham is a very good team and they had their chances as well. We knew this would be far, far from a walk in the park, and we needed to capitalize on our chances or else this game would have got away from us."

Emily Gillet claimed the clean sheet for FC London on a gala night at Oshawa Civic Centre when Durham could not find a way to crack the visitors defence. Despite the young age of the London side, the players displayed an admirable sense of composure on the ball and grit off of it. 

"I think our composure comes from the maturity of our players," said Marcoccia. 

"On our back-line tonight, we had three eighteen year olds and a seventeen year old. We were far from experienced, but these are really mature players that were very capable of sustaining the pressure and that was key to our success."

Durham hit the woodwork on several occasions, with a second half effort from substitute Taylor Potts a notable effort that crashed against the upper left joiner.

"I felt that we had a lot of possession in the first half, and second half we had some subs that I think changed the game for us," said Durham head coach, Ron Clarke.

"We did a great job in the second half and I think we have something to build on here. The good news is we get to play them again and hopefully we've learned from this in terms of what we need to do." 

With her goal, Kovacevic put greater distance between herself and those chasing her at the top of the goalscoring race. With the win, FC London moved a full six points ahead of Woodbridge Strikers at the top of the table. 

FC London hosts Kingston Clippers on July 2 (4:30 p.m.) at German Canadian FC Stadium "The Cove." 

Durham United FA is currently in third position on fourteen points and will play second place Woodbridge Strikers on July 10 (7:30 p.m.) at Vaughan Grove, Woodbridge. 

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