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Four For Ali Against Aurora Puts Oakville Forward Top Of Golden Boot Race

By Mahdi Ghaffaribarzi, 08/12/18, 7:00PM EDT


Thanks to Mahira Ali, who scored four goals on the day, Oakville Blue Devils registered their seventh consecutive victory with a 6-1 win over Aurora FC.

Both sides started the match off in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

The first half was completely dominated by Oakville, pinning Aurora back into their own half and creating many good chances, though it took 18 minutes for them to find the net.

In the space of nine minutes, Oakville scored three times.

Laura Twidle (18') passed the ball under the Aurora keeper Meaghan Phillips’ arms to put her side ahead. Minutes later, Mahira Ali’s (23') soft shot from a tight angle crossed the line after the Aurora keeper failed to control it.

Another error gifted a third goal to the guest as Carling Goold’s (27') effort from a corner kick led to an own goal.

In the first half, Aurora couldn’t create any outright chances; they conceded two goals because of individual mistakes though they could have suffered more goals.

Oakville came out ready to take the result in the second half. Ali (55') sent the ball into the back of the net from the penalty spot to restart the scoring, and just a minute later completed her hat-trick with a solo effort and precise low shot.

(Photo: Bob Twidle)

(Photo: Bob Twidle)

(Photo: Bob Twidle)

(Photo: Bob Twidle)

Ahead by five goals, Oakville sat back to defend and let Aurora come forward. The host created few chances and finally scored after Jessica Shears (82’) took advantage of a scramble in the Oakville box and placed the ball in the left bottom corner of the net.

Still, Oakville had more in store. Ali (90') stepped up to a second penalty and sent the ball into the right top corner of the net to complete her great day. Now, with 15 goals, she is leading the women's Golden Boot race, having FC London Jade Kovacevic (13 goals) at her back. 

It was Oakville's seventh win in a row, a dramatic turnaround of form after only getting one point from their four first matches. On the other hand, it was Aurora's seventh defeat in their last nine contests.

Aurora FC will next face Durham United FA at Kinsmen Park, Pickering on August 17 (7:30 p.m).

Oakville Blue Devils will next play Woodbridge Strikers on August 19 (5:45 p.m) at Vaughan Grove, Woodbridge.