(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor stemmed a 2-game losing streak by dispatching the visiting North Toronto Nitros Friday evening 4-1 at the McHugh Soccer Complex. Though pleased with the 3 points, the team recognizes that more needs to be done when TFC Academy comes to town on August 19.
Play was even to begin the match with both keepers being equal to the challenge. Windsor then gained the advantage when Danny Dragoi pushed the into the middle to Mike Pio who found Ciprian Codea on the wing. Codea sent a right-footed shot toward goal that curled around the keeper and found the upper right corner.
Jumbo Iyowuna doubled Windsor’s lead in the 32nd minute when he hit the back of the net from inside the 6 yard box. His strike was followed by Dragoi, who made the score 3-nil just five minutes later.
“Danny is or guy and he’s been here for the last three years,” said Windsor’s interim coach, Vancho Cirovski. “It’s always great to see him come on in August as we lose some of those kids, and he is a terrific player. He sees the game, he’s a veteran, he’s technically skilled, and he makes everybody around him much better.”
Before the 1st half had a chance to run down, Celso Carapau netted his 6th tally of the season to put the match all but out of reach for the visitors.
However, the 4-goal lead allowed WTFC to ease back on the throttle and slow their attack. That, in turn, provided North Toronto with the opportunity to push forward and the Nitros took advantage in the 55th minute. Kilian Elkinson notched his 10th goal, giving North Toronto hope for a comeback.
“The only thing I can say is when you look at how we performed in the first half compared to how we performed in the second half you can see how detrimental the four hour trip down here was,” said North Toronto head coach, Hermann Kingue. “The difference between the two halves was just day and night.”
Windsor keeper Kyle Vizirakis was constantly tested over the remaining half hour, but managed to turn back the Nitros attack, preserving the win.
“I didn’t like the fact that we actually lost the second half, but I didn’t want to change what we had done tactically in the first half,” said Cirovski. “That was a mistake. What we should have done was gone to a stronger defensive posture, just knowing that they were going to come at us. We didn’t have to stay the same way. That was a coaching error so I’ll take that.”
With TFC Academy coming to town, Cirovski believes the team needs tighten up to meet the challenge.
“It felt good to have some horses in there today, but you know what we need to be better next weekend against TFC Academy,” said Cirovski. “That is not only a young, talented team, but they’re going to be fit as hell and they’re going to go for ninety minutes. We can’t have this kind of performance today, we need to be high for the whole time.”
The win leaves Windsor tied for third on the League 1 Ontario West Division ladder with 25 points after 17 games. They are 2 points clear of TFC Academy, which has played two fewer matches.
Game time Friday is at 7:30pm.