(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor TFC let one slip away Friday evening as visiting FC London escaped town with a 2-0 victory. It wasn’t for a lack of chances for Windsor as the side pressured London throughout the match without result.
The home side pressed forward from the opening kickoff and created a number of scoring opportunities. The first chance came from a Celso Carapau cross into the box and header by Tyler McFarland. London keeper Andrew Sokalaski did well to tip the ball over the crossbar.
Later, midfield boss Danny Dragoi struck a shot wide from the 6 yard box in an uncharacteristic miss from close range.
Before the half, FC London was awarded a penalty when Windsor keeper Kyle Vizirakis was caught off the line while chasing an opposing striker. Elvir Gigollaj made no mistake on the ensuing shot.
As time wound down in the 2nd half, Windsor started to push forward more to gain the equalizer, but the tactic did not work.
“I tried something a little different to see if we could get a little bit of a spark,” said Windsor head coach Dave Rimbart. “That probably backfired a little bit. Sometimes you try things and they don’t work. This was definitely one of those days.”
The movement forward allowed London to create multiple chances at goal. Vizirakis was equal to the challenges, at one point stopping five point blank shots from London players.
“We attacked a lot but we couldn’t get the goal to tie it up. And then they got a break when we had everyone forward,” said Windsor defender Akbal Gill.
Gigollaj notched his second of the match when he beat Vizirakis on the short side during stoppage time.
“Playing on this pitch you have to change your style a little bit and that’s we did in the second half,” said London head coach Mario Despotovic. “I was unhappy with how many chances Windsor produced. We created an overload in the middle. We played more defensively because we had the 1-0. It was not a beautiful game to watch, but it was a good game.”
The loss drops Windsor to 9-9-1 on the season with three games remaining. They will be on the road for meetings against ProStars FC and North Mississauga before closing the season at home on September 30 with Sanjaxx.