DurhamRegion: Flames Cup Runneth Over

Flames' Cup runneth over

Brian Mcnair/Staff Writer
Jul 24, 2002

OSHAWA - The Durham Flames have posted their biggest win since Steve Hamill took over the coaching reins at the start of this season.

Geron Duporte headed home a cross in the 74th minute to give the Flames a 1-0 victory over the Metro Lions Sunday at Civic Stadium and advance them to the next round of Canadian Professional Soccer League Cup play.

The two teams split the home-and-home series, with the Lions winning 3-2 on their home turf. But the Flames moved on because goals scored on the road are worth twice those scored at home for tie-breaking purposes.

"We've changed the defence around a bit," says coach Hamill, whose club has allowed 21 goals in eight regular season games. "We've got some big guys playing in the back now... and the midfield is playing extremely well. I'm very pleased."

The Flames had a glorious chance to take a lead much earlier in Sunday's game, but Jamal Jupiter missed a penalty kick.

Goalkeeper Serge Desbien and the strong team defence kept the Lions off the board, allowing Duporte's goal to settle matters.

The Flames will likely face the Brampton Hitmen in the next stage of Cup play. Those two squads also square off for a regular season encounter Friday at 8 p.m. at the Civic.

Brampton is 2-5-2 and Durham 1-5-2 in regular season play this season.

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