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Gosse, Wark Help Durham Blank Darby 2-0

06/02/2018, 4:15pm EDT
By Aria Popel

The first League1 Ontario fixture of June ended with a 2-0 victory for Durham United FA over Darby FC at Kinsmen Park.

The hosts had by far majority of opportunities in the first half, and finally broke the deadlock through a Laura Gosse (36') header.

Just a minute later, they doubled their lead through Simone Wark's (37') strike to ensure a healthy advantage heading into the break.

In the second half, Durham were well-organized defensively and retained most of the possession to starve Darby of any real goal-scoring opportunities. 

Hollie Babut had the first chance to score for the hosts after being played through on goal in the 7th minute, but Darby goalkeeper Heather McGregor managed to get a touch on the ball and force the play wide.

From there, Durham United had several opportunities to take the lead; efforts from Gosse, Torchia and Kerr all ended up over the crossbar.

Laura Gosse finally gave the hosts the go-ahead goal in the 36th minute, as she reached the ball first to head home from a corner.

Durham United would score again almost immediately through Simone Wark; her shot from close range had too much power on it and ended up in the net despite a touch from the Darby keeper.

The hosts nearly got another goal three minutes later, Laura Gosse rounded the keeper following a sprint down the right wing, but her shot from a tight angle only found the side-netting.

(Photo: Martin Bazyl Photography)

(Photo: Martin Bazyl Photography)

(Photo: Martin Bazyl Photography)

(Photo: Martin Bazyl Photography)

Milinda Robiero created Darby FC's best chance of the game in the final minute of the first half but, having evaded the Durham goalkeeper, her effort was cleared off the goal-line by a defender.

In the second half, Durham United started just as they had ended the first. Substitute Diarra Simmons nearly scored from distance from what was most likely a cross, but her effort bounced back off the far post and was eventually cleared by Darby.

Durham did well to keep the majority of the game in the opposition's half, and defended all attempts to bring the game closer to their net promptly and diligently.

Left back Kendra Prince was particularly effective in cutting off all of Darby's attacks down the right flank.

The hosts would hold onto their 2-0 lead quite comfortably until the final whistle.

The result means Durham United FA (4-1-0) extend their lead to 9 points over Darby FC (1-2-0) in the League1 Ontario women's table.

Darby will look to bounce back against North Mississauga SC on June 8 at Whitby Soccer Centre (8:00 PM kick-off).

Durham United FA will host Hamilton United Elite on June 8 at Kinsmen Park (8:30 PM kick-off).

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