(AMHERSTBURG, ON) – A deluge of rain, at near record levels, necessitated the move of the Windsor Stars home match against Kingston to the Libro Centre in Amherstburg. With the skies still threatening to unleash, Windsor survived a persistent Clippers squad for a 3-2 win.
The start of the game was just as wild as the weather. Brett Holmberg made no mistake on a cross from Michael Pio and headed the ball to the back of the Kingston goal. However, less than a minute later, Kingston equalized on an own-goal that deflected off a Windsor defender and eluded net minder Kyle Vizirakis.
After the opening jitters, both teams settled down to a tightly marked half with a few chances on goal. In the 20th minute Vizirakis parried away a rocket aimed on net. Then Clippers keeper Navi Sidhu turned away a Holmberg strike followed by an equally impressive save on a Pio shot close in.
The teams went to the dressing rooms after 45 minutes to seek shelter from the light rain and to shake off the cold. After returning, Ciprian Codea had a chance from nineteen yards but Sidhu was equal to the task.
In the 68th minute Stephen Ademolu put a through pass ahead for Pio, who ran on and directed a low shot to the Kingston goal. It caught the corner putting Windsor up 2-1. The Stars didn’t enjoy the lead for long when, three minutes later, Pat Vanderholst found himself clear inside the eighteen and fired a low shot that passed Vizirakis on the way to the netting.
The Windsor captain then went to work, controlling the midfield and directing the play forward. Again Ademolu sent the ball through, this time for Holmberg who made no mistake. The Windsor strikers potted his second of the game and put the Stars ahead to stay.
With three minutes added on for stoppage, there was some drama as the Clippers were awarded a free kick from just outside the box. With six Stars forming a wall, the shot sailed wide and Kingston couldn’t fashion another comeback to even the score.
Windsor now has seven points on the season as they draw within one of Kingston, and into seventh place on the ladder.
The next league match will be on the road as Windsor travel to Brampton for a June 6 tilt against Pro Stars FC. Windsor will return to McHugh Stadium on June 12 to face the Oakville Blue Devils at 7:00 pm.