CHESTERVILLE – Engaged in a blow-for-blow race for first place, Rodney MacKilligan’s last second header beat back the lowly Des Collines Lions and kept North Dundas United on top of the OT6 standings.
With only four games remaining on the schedule, the United are flirting with an undefeated season, but had their hands full with a Lions squad that had only one win on the season entering action Fri., Aug. 9.
Missing a large part of the regular midfield, North Dundas found themselves trying to get organized and down early after the Lions scored on a direct kick.
Robin Gowan tied the affair shortly after.
Relentless second half pressure resulted in multiple chances, but no goals.
Awarded a corner kick in the 90th minute, Ed Irvine delivered a beautiful ball to MacKilligan, who scored for the fourth game in a row to keep the undefeated season alive.
The United continue to lead the West Ottawa Shiraz for first place by a single point after defeating them earlier this year 2-1 in their only head-to-head match up.
The Westboro Wolves (5-1-3) are a distant third, 11 points back, making the OT6 championship a two-horse race between the United and Shiraz.
North Dundas’ next opponent is the fifth place Falcons Jaguars (5-0-4) Fri., Aug. 16
Ladies winless in three
The North Dundas United WR3 stopped the losing streak, but could only manage a 3-3 tie Thurs., Aug. 8, dropping six points back of first place North Leeds.
Facing the West Ottawa Benders, Kaitlyn Thurler scored twice and Karlyn Moore had the other as the United once again played without some of their primary offensive weapons.
The defence has been tested in the past few games, allowing 12 goals in three games. In the previous three games, all victories, they never allowed more than two per game and five in total.
The United (7-2-3) sit in second place with 23 points; one ahead of Ottawa TFC and three ahead of the Carleton Place Tornado. Both TFC and the Tornado have games in hand.
If North Dundas has any aspirations of finishing in first place, the match against North Leeds Thurs., Aug. 15 is a must-win situation. The United handed North Leeds their only loss on the season in the first match up, 6-3, at the Chesterville Fairgrounds in June.
Sonics lose pair
The North Dundas Sonics winless slide hit eight games after dropping a pair of decisions in MR3 league play.
The Sonics took on the Lynwood Manic Eleven (7-3-2) Wed., Aug. 7 and lost a close 1-0 affair.
Once again, North Dundas played well against a tough opponent but simply couldn’t connect on offence to get a positive result.
The Sonics then took on Glengarry Mon., Aug. 12, with an equally underwhelming record – their two wins on the season before the match only one less than North Dundas.
Once again the offence was nowhere to be found as North Dundas was shut out for the fifth time this season and Glengarry collected the tidy 3-0 win. The loss locked the two teams in a tie for second worst in the league with the rematch scheduled for tonight (Wed., Aug. 14) 7:30 pm in Mountain.