(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor TFC returned home from an extended road trip to host Durham United at Alumni Field Sunday afternoon. After a pregame deluge from the skies, Windsor proceeded with a risky 2-1 win over the visitors.
The two sides commenced with a tentative style for the opening 20 minutes before Windsor was awarded a corner kick to the right of the Durham goal. Captain Stephen Ademolu took the short kick and sent the ball across the front of the net to a waiting Mike Pio.
The forward, appearing in his first homematch of the season, then volleyed the ball back to Ademolu, show had run into open space inside the 6 yard box. He made no mistake one-timing the ball to the back of the net in the 20th minute.
For the next hour the teams battled back and forth with the majority of chances in Windsor’s favour. Noah Pio was unlucky in finishing, or the score could have gotten out of hand.
Durham was unfortunate when former Windsor player Jumbo Iyowuna failed to control a loose ball in front of keeper Kyle Vizirakis, who watched the ball skirt just shy of the corner of his goal.
With chippy play throughout the match, it came to a head when Durham’s Bruce Cullen was awarded two cautions within the space of 5 minutes. Down a man, however, United continued to push forward and were rewarded when Edward Lay drew the teams level in the 80th minute.
Windsor and Durham each pressed for the go ahead , but as the extra time was being announced, Ademolu again found the target from close in after being set up by the younger Pio brother. The teams then played out the remaining 3 minutes until Windsor was credited with their 5th victory of the season.
Windsor TFC is now 5-5-4 for 19 points and 5th place in the Western Division. The game marked a stretch where they have gone 3-1-0 in their last four with an 11 to 5 margin in goals.They will now break for the mid-season hiatus until August 13 when an away match at Toronto Skillz is scheduled in Scarborough.
In the interim, Windsor has two friendlies scheduled across the river.
On August 2, Windsor TFC will travel to Hamtramck’s Keyworth Stadium to appear in the annual derby with Detroit City FC. Game time is 7:30pm and discounted tickets are available online to Windsor supporters wishing to attend the match.
On the Saturday following the match with DCFC, Windsor will meet, for the first time ever, Oakland County FC at Royal Oak High School starting also at 7:30pm.