A Sivakumar hat-trick (39', 57', 64') helped Toronto Skillz FC beat Darby FC 4-1 and earn their second win of the season Sunday at a hot and sunny Birchmount Stadium.
Darby FC started the match off in a 4-4-2 formation, while Toronto Skillz FC seemed to alternate between 4-3-3 and a variation of 3-3-4 shape.
Toronto Skillz had more possession in the first half, but they mostly moved the ball around their back-line in order to make the opponent come forward and then get in behind their defence with long passes; they had four players on the front line ready to spring.
Though Darby FC didn't manage any shots on target in the first half, they did have six shots and two of them were narrow misses.
On the other hand, Toronto Skillz FC had only two shots on target, one by Zamir Mohammad from a corner, which was parried by Darby FC keeper Matt Zaikos, and the second was a low drive from inside the box on a counter-attack by Vithunan Sivakumar - the only goal of the half.
Darby FC made two substitutions at the half-time and changed their formation to 4-2-3-1.
Toronto Skillz FC kept playing like the first half, making the opponent play in the way they desired and managed to score three more goals in the space of 15 minutes - all from counter-attacks and presses.