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Match Recap: Sigma FC 3 - 2 Masters FA Saints

06/18/2017, 9:30pm EDT
By League1 Ontario staff

Sigma FC remains the only undefeated side in League1 men's play after a 3-2 home result over Masters FA, but it was tough going for the hosts after Jose De Sousa (2') opened the scoring for Masters within minutes of kickoff. 

"We wanted to be aggressive from the start and obviously that mentality changed a bit because they scored in the second minute," said Sigma head coach, Bobby Smyrniotis. 

"The good thing is the guys responded well and stuck to a game plan that we had, so it wasn't anymore than a 5-15 minute shock that sometimes you have from an early goal," he added. 

"I am very happy with the guys in that respect and what I told them is you really have to put your foot to the pedal from the beginning because this team Masters have been playing good soccer in the last few weeks."

"But they are also a team that if  you can put them on their backfoot, you can score and score often."

Masters FA Saints (Photo: Martin Bazyl)

Sigma hit back quickly and did score often after the early set-back, the first and third goals coming from Marcel Zajac (6', 38') before team goal-scoring leader Kadell Thomas (42') added an insurance marker just before the interval. 

"The only thing I can say is we didn't really play up to out potential for the full ninety minutes," said Masters head coach, Rick Titus. 

"And I'm a little disappointed in our overall play as a team," he added. 

"When we play to our potential we are actually very dangerous and we look like a good team. But we tend to do that in spells. We do it for ten minutes and we take our foot off the pedal for fifteen minutes. Its not a consistent effort."

"Something else I found that the flow of the game today was very poor," he added.  "A very, very, poor flowing game."

"Because of that its very difficult to maintain a rhythm and I'm sure people watching in the crowd were probably pretty bored by watching it because it was a lot of stop and starts and not enough creative flow in the game."

Marcel Zajac (Photo: Martin Bazyl)

Jose Melo (55') hit back for the Panthers with a well-taken penalty just before the hour mark, but it would be too little too late for the visitors at the final whistle.

"We got called on a penalty, they scored it  and made it 3-2, and its how you handle that mentally and I don't think we did a good job of that in the last twenty minutes," said Sigma's Smyrniotis. 

"The guys have to do a better job of getting through that and not sitting back but rather maintaining pressure," he added. 

"That is not our mentality, so based on those circumstances and not playing very well in those last twenty minutes we are still happy with those three points."

Kadell Thomas (Photo: Martin Bazyl)

Sigma FC will next play Toronto Skillz on June 25 at Birchmount Stadium, Scarborough.

Masters FA Saints will next play Sanjaxx Lions on June 24 at L'Amoreaux, Scarborough.

Marcel Zajac (Photo: Martin Bazyl)

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