North York Astros extended their unbeaten streak to seven games with a resounding 4-0 victory over Burlington Soccer Club, Toronto Croatia defeated Niagara United, 3-1, and Serbian White Eagles came from a 1-0 deficit to score an equalizer in the second half for a 1-1 tie with Brampton City United in three games in the CSL Saturday (Aug. 16).
The in-form Astros continued to impress with two quick goals shortly after kickoff at Downsview Park in North York, a relocation from their home ground Esther Shiner which is under repair following recent water damage to the playing surface.
Midfielder Jose Melo struck at the eight minute mark, heading in from a right wing cross and this was followed by a second goal for the home side just two minutes later, scored by Igor Pisanjuk. It was 2-0 at half time.
North York defender Antoine Paul increased the lead to 3-0 at 49 minutes, taking the ball up the left side to beat Burlington goalkeeper Vladimir Vujasinovic and Melo scored a second goal at 79 minutes to complete the rout.
The goals were Melo’s seventh and eighth of the season and the Astros’ win completed a double for the Toronto team following a 3-0 victory over Burlington at Nelson Stadium on Tuesday.
The Astros take over third place in the First Division standings with a 5-3-3 win-loss-tie record for 18 points behind York Region Shooters and Toronto Croatia, while Burlington slip to fourth with a 5-6-1 record for 16 points.
Toronto Croatia is also gaining strength following a shaky start to the season and it was Pero Menalo who opened the scoring against Niagara United at the eight minutes at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. This was followed by a goal from defender Josip Keran who scored from the penalty spot at 23 minutes and it was 2-0 at the break.
Menalo scored again, beating Niagara goalkeeper Matthew Greco at 57 minutes for a 3-0 lead in favour of the home side, but Niagara struck back with a goal by Sandro Rajkovic for a 3-1 final score.
Toronto Croatia improve to 6-3-2 for 20 points, six points behind the league leaders York Region Shooters.
Midfielder Jhon Fatoki put Brampton City United into the lead with an opening goal at 36 minutes against Serbian White Eagles at Lamport Stadium in Toronto’s west-end for a 1-0 score at half-time.
It was a close encounter into the second half, but Serbian Eagles tied the game five minutes after the interval on a goal by midfielder Timotej Zakrajsek who collected a cross from the left to drive the ball into the net from 16 yards for a 1-1 tie.
Brampton played the last 25 minutes shorthanded after midfielder Francisco Javier Juarez was ejected after receiving a second yellow card.
Brampton City United has a 4-5-3 record for 15 points in sixth position in the standings, while Serbian White Eagles have a 4-4-2 record for 14 points in seventh position.
There were two games in the CSL Second Division Saturday: SC Waterloo B and York Region Shooters B played to a one goal draw, while Toronto Croatia B defeated Niagara United B, 4-3.