Oakville Blue Devils had an eight game winning streak broken by Durham United FA on Matchweek Ten as Jumbo Iyowuna (60'), Tyrell Rayne (73') and Hayden Clarke (88') combined a clean sheet with keeper Benjamin Cowman to secure a 3-0 result in Oakville.
"I felt like everyone was mentally very strong versus our last game when we gave up a goal going into the 95th minute and lost because we just switched off," said Durham head coach, Sanford Carabin.
"I think this game we were motivated all game long and that was the difference for us especially in the second half."
Jumbo Iyowuna (Photo: Martin Bazyl)
Both sides ground out a first half performance that was characterized by physical play and riddled with fouls.
"It's a physical game and there are a few veterans on the field and when the official started to make a few calls early I thought it would be a stop start game all game long," said Carabin.
"But we settled down near the end of the first half and it was sort of a little bit back and forth and no team really had good chances. But we knew that going into this game, that it would be more physical than anything. I think both teams players struggled with the heat a little bit."
"But we just told them at the half, be patient put yourself in a good position, this is a tough place to play away so you put yourself in a good position to be patient for that one opportunity. So when we get it, we can then react."
Tyrell Rayne (Photo: Martin Bazyl)
Oakville had been in dominant form for their eight game winning streak, scoring a total of 21 goals and only conceding six. Oakville head coach Duncan Wilde pointed to missed opportunities in the second half against Durham, and a late surge that left the hosts vulnerable at the back, for the loss.
"Our game plan was to make them work hard and press high, turn the ball over and create, and we didn’t really do that until the second," he said.
"Then in the second I thought we were as good as we’ve been all season."
"I think we must’ve created conservatively six high quality chances to score within the six-yard box and didn’t get any. So now I have a very disappointed locker room because that’s usually our best aspect and we are disappointed. Hitting cross bars, clearing off the line."
"But, at the end of the day, if you don’t score goals, you don’t win games. I think Durham would agree that they were quite fortunate today. We threw everything forward and left ourselves open. I don’t think in anyway it was a 3-0 difference between the two teams, but respecting that Durham came, worked hard and deserved the points."
Durham United FA will next play Sanjaxx Lions on July 8 at Kinsmen Park, Pickering.
Oakville Blue Devils will next play Toronto Skillz on July 9 at L'Amoreux, Scarborough.