(KINGSTON, ON) – The Windsor Stars completed their extended road trip on a down note after giving up a 3-1 result to the Kingston Clippers in League 1 Ontario play yesterday.
As a severe summer storm threatened the Kingston area, the decision was made to move he match into a dome at the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex. The facility features a full-sized FIFA regulation pitch and four smaller fields.
The two sides kicked off at 2:00 pm yesterday and it didn’t take Kingston long to establish a lead. Jeremy Arnold was put through by Maher Husseini and made no mistake from six yards, in the 8th minute. Windsor quickly countered a minute later as Martin Nyul took advantage of a disoriented Clipper defence and poked the ball in after a cross into the box by Carlos Soares.
Kingston made a second foray into the Windsor zone, but put the ball wide of the far corner. Windsor then had two of their own chances to take the lead, but Kingston keeper Max Materne was equal to the challenge.
Windsor was then awarded a penalty shot when captain Stephen Ademolu was taken down in the area. Materne made the diving stop on the ensuing strike to maintain the tie going into half time.
Less than 10 minutes into the 2nd frame, Kingston’s Toni El-Asmar curled a strike inside the post from 25 yards that eluded Shane Beaton. Ryan McCurdy then clinched the win when he powered a shot past Beaton from 12 yards out in the 87th minute.
Windsor remains in the 7th spot on the League 1 Ontario ladder. However, their 7-point lead of 8th place Kingston was cut to four with the loss. The good news is that the Stars (5-3-5) now return home to McHugh Soccer Complex as they host Sigma FC this Friday at 8:00 pm.