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Late McInnis Goal Gets Darby An Important Three Points Over Alliance

08/19/2018, 11:45am EDT
By Irene Halis

Treyvon McInnis (90' + 1') secured an important three points for Darby FC in their bid for playoff status after a late-game winner over the visitors Alliance United FC.

Both east-end Toronto teams came into the match tied on points in the standings and looking to get ahead of their opponents to secure a playoff spot.

The first half saw both teams sharing possession, getting an equal number of chances on goal - two shots on target and four shots off.

Darby's best chances in the first half came from set-pieces, while Alliance's best chances came from shots from distance.

Alliance's Anthony Sousa almost got one as he went head-to-head against a Darby defender, with his shot just skimming past the left upright.

Darby had a great chance towards the end of the half, when Cameron Brooks took a free-kick from the right side of the pitch just outside the box. His left foot in-swinger was heading towards goal but slightly deflected off target at the last minute by the head of an Alliance defender.

As the second half rolled around, Alliance had an early chance as the substitute Bogdan Poliakhov carried down the line and struck a ball just wide of the left upright.

Tensions ran high this half as both teams searched to break the stalemate, eyeing all three points and movement up the standings.

In the 67th minute of play, Alliance almost got on the scoresheet again, but the shot was ultimately denied by the diving hands of Darby's goalkeeper, Matt Zaikos, who would make three saves this half.

Minutes later, Darby's Vincenzo Sasso made a blazing run down the right side. His cross found Nashon Campbell at the back post and although his bicycle kick was on target, it was comfortably saved by Alliance's goalkeeper, Mark Rogal, who made two saves this half.

In the dying minutes of the game, Darby's Brooks would swing another cross into the box and find Raphael Reynolds at the back post. Reynolds headed the ball across the face of goal to find the substitute, Treyvon McInnis, who made no mistake heading it into the back of the net.

With this win, Darby move ahead of Unionville and Alliance in the standings; Darby now sit in seventh position on 17 points with four matches left to play.

Darby FC will next play Prostars on August 24 (8 p.m.) at Whitby Soccer Centre, Whitby. 

Click here to keep up on all the news, goals, wins and statistics for Darby on their team page.

Alliance United FC will next play Toronto FC III on August 22 (8 p.m.) at Centennial College, Toronto. 

Click here to keep up on all the news, goals, wins and statistics for Alliance on their team page.

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