HAMILTON, VORKUTA 1-1 DRAW AT CENTENNIAL OPENER
PICTURE: Mykola Temniuk scored in the second half for a 1-1 draw to save the day for FC Vorkuta, an attractive hard-fought encounter with Hamilton City that could have gone either way.
Hamilton City and FC Vorkuta played to a 1-1 draw at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke Tuesday night, a well-played, hard fought encounter in doubt to the final whistle.
It was the first game of the season at Centennial Stadium following opening games of an abbreviated Canadian Soccer League campaign which kicked off at the Esther Shiner ground on August 15.
Hamilton forced the play in the early going and went ahead at the 29th minute when Lucas Raposo took a cross to drive the ball into the net from 20 yards. It was end to end for the remainder of the first half with Hamilton leading 1-0 at the break.
Vorkuta pressed following the interval and came close to an equalizer when Oleksandr Voichkov headed over the bar at 49 minutes and just two minutes later a sharp cross from Vorkuta’s Vadym Gostiev on the right wing was headed in for the tying goal from close range by forward Mykola Temniuk,
Both sides came close to taking the lead, including a header just over the corner of the upright by Raposo who came even closer to the winner with an attempt off the post with minutes remaining.
It was 1-1 at the final whistle.
There are three games remaining this week when Scarborough, with two wins in as many games, meet a Brantford Galaxy side searching for its first win of the season, on Wednesday. The Galaxy also faces tough competition in its following game against FC Vorkuta at the weekend.
Also on Saturday, Serbian White Eagles are coming off a decisive 4-0 victory to meet Hamilton City with a win, one defeat and tonight’s draw from three games played.
Wed Sep 2 Centennial Stadium 7:15 pm Scarborough vs Brantford Galaxy
Sat Sep 5 Centennial Stadium 5 pm Brantford Galaxy vs FC Vorkuta
Sat Sep 5 Centennial Stadium 7 pm Serbian White Eagles vs Hamilton City