By Rocket Robin Soccer In Toronto
Friday May 11, 2012
SCToronto 5 St Catharines RomaWolves 0
Lamport Stadium, Toronto
46 min… SCT Evroy ‘Junior’ Ellis GOAL
W defender Geoff Attard roll pass from right across face of box meant for W TommyHughes but Ellis sees this and charges in to intercept and rolls 10 yarder into net.
71 min… SCT Jarek Whiteman GOAL
SCTDane Roberts sends in cornerkick from right and two SCT players head ball and anothertakes shot that W Geoff Attard saves on the goal line. Rebound comes out to Whiteman at 5yards on right and he rolls shot into left side of net.
77 min… SCT Jarek Whiteman GOAL
SCTBrennan McNicoll rolls pass forward to Whiteman on the right and he runs toward middle,dekes W Geoff Attard and rolls 8 yarder under sprawling goalie Claudio Perri.
78 min… W RED card
Scott MacLennanearns a direct ejection for chop block/flip over of SCT Jarek Whiteman at SCT 40 yards in frontof W bench. (MacLennan had earned a Yellow card at 69 minutes but on this play refereeMichael Anthony Izzo pulled a Red card for this incident rather than second Yellow then Red).
80 min… SCT Carlos Nogueira GOAL
Nogueira blasts 28 yards down middle and ball deflects off defender and pops up and over goaliewho gets hand to it at 5 yards but ball bounces into net.
84 min… SCT Jay Chapman GOAL
Chapmanhas time to freeze defenders and send 12 yard bender from right around flying goalieand into top left corner of net.
Attendance was about 200 on this season opener for both teams. It was a mild evening and the sun was already setting below the wallsof the stadium so the sun didn’t effect either team.
Scott Cliff earned the shutout for SCToronto and had to make a few saves and come out to clear or smother a few through balls but Wolves shooting could have been a lot better. Both teams could have opened the scoring in the first half. SCT Daniel Fabrizi at 9 minutes was alone at 10 yards but tapped the ball instead of blasting it from the right and the ball was cleared.
At 14 minutes W Calvin Rosario receiveda tapped pass after a check on a defender and was in alone at 25 yards and he rolled a shot from22 yards that the goalie smothered at 8 yards.
35 minutes had SCT Jarek Whiteman receive a centering pass at 25 yards and he shot an 18 yarder from the right beyond the diving goalie but wide rightof the post.
38 minutes had SCT Sergio DeLuca take an 18 yard free kick from the right that a leaping SCT Charles Trafford over a crowd of players headed off the top of the bar from 6yards. The SCT goalie dived at 43 minutes to beat W Ross Campbell to a through ball at 8 yards.
I was thinking that SCT defender(although listed as a midfielder) Ilya Orlov was the weak leak on defence for some mistakes in the firsthalf but he made a key stop by chesting down a Wolves pass
on a 2 on 1 rush breaking up the playat 12 yards at 63 minutes when the score was only 1-0.
Referee Michael Anthony Izzo gave outtwo Yellow cards each (besides that Red card) and all in the second half to keep the game undercontrol.
Wolves have only five first teamplayers returning from last year’s team that finished 12thout of 14 teams with only five wins. ManagerArmand Di Fruscio said they have four players moved up from their Reserves team and four orfive from the Hamilton area including some from Hamilton Croatia.
SC Toronto have added Evroy JuniorEllis who last year played for Capital City FC (who did not return to the CSL this year) and JayChapman who last year played with the TFC Academy and is now 18. Coach this year is PatriceGheisar. Last year Carmine Isacco coached the team but split time between them and coaching York University (often on the same day) butthis year his role is more of a technical director. Not listed as ateam official tonight was Marco Reda who is an assistant coach. Heplayed soccer for Toronto Lynx for five years, then European teams, then Toronto FC, then USL teams Charleston Battery and VancouverWhitecaps until 2009, then he told me he got directly into coaching.
This game was ‘recorded’ by RogersCommunity Channel for rebroadcast in the Toronto area at 8:00pm on Sunday evening.
Lamport Stadium has improved its lighting and I have no complaints about the darkness this season. Improvements can be made as there wereno corner flags for tonight’s game.