Duluth FC vs. Joy Athletic
Saint Louis Park High School Stadium | Saint Louis Park, MN
June 26th, 2021 | Game #8
Current 2021 Records (W-L-T):
Duluth: 3-0-0; 3-2-0 at home/on the road
Joy: 2-2-1; 1-3-0 at home/on the road
Starting XI: Brendan Dally, Jake Starling, Scott Wilson, Martin Grzywa, Liam Condone, Jacob Daffern, Aidan Hill, Ryan Lewis, Caleb Tammi, Sidney Warden, Keegan Chastey
Substitutes Used: Gabriel Campora, Eric Watson, Danny Torres, Ross Murphy, Micheal Devlin, Gloire Luwara
12’ – Sidney Warden (DFC)
25’ – Aidan Hill (DFC)
45’ – Dennis Mensah (JOY)
70’ – Sidney Warden (DFC)
77’ – Gabriel Campora (DFC)
81’ – Eric Watson (DFC)
Duluth remained on the road this weekend as they traveled to the Twin Cities to face Joy Athletic for the second time this regular season. It’s been about a month since Duluth opened their season against Joy Athletic, a match which saw James Westfield return to the score sheet for Duluth for the first time since 2019 before Sidney Warden and Dylan Sumner added their share of the eventual 4-3 scoreline. Joy’s goals that day came from Emanuel Iwe, Phillip Capudo, and an own goal.
It proved an eventful match as Duluth got to scoring right away when Sidney Warden earned and scored a penalty kick in the 12th minute, before club veteran Aidan Hill scored a long range screamer in the 25th. It was Hill’s second goal for the club in his third season with the club and proved well worth the wait for the BlueGreens veteran, who managed to rocket the ball into the near corner of the net from the edge of the box while falling.
Joy would pull one back before half time through smart play from Emanuel Iwe and Dennis Mensah but Duluth would still lead at the half time whistle. Joy, it should be noted, would impressively score on their only shot on target in the first half. Duluth had six shots on target in the opening half, and thirteen shots in total.
The second half would bring a storm of Duluth goals after just over twenty minutes of back and forth play as Sidney Warden beat the keeper with a chipped goal to make it twelve goals this year for the Englishman, making him the club’s second to top all time goal scorer since joining the NPSL ahead of club legend Joe Watt and follow forward James Westfield, both on eleven goals. Warden is also just seven goals off of Kyle Farrar’s all time club record of 19 goals across regular season, playoff, and U.S. Open Cup matches.
Gabriel Campora and Eric Watson would both earn their second goals of the season off the bench over the next 15 minutes as Duluth secured one of the biggest wins of the season thus far and reached the 18 point mark to stay tied with Med City.Campora’s goal would prove as impressive as his winner over Med City on June 16th, as he fired in a rocket from a tight angle on the right edge of the 18 yard box, while Watson outsmarted the keeper before slotting the ball into an empty net.
Aidan Hill would be named Man of the Match for a wonderful performance, both in terms of his goal and his general play in the midfield upon being handed a rare start this season.
The result leaves Duluth with eleven goals scored in their last three matches, with just three conceded along the way. The BlueGreens are truly on a run as the regular season heads to a close. Duluth will next play at home against Minneapolis City on June 30th.