By Rocket Robin Soccer In Toronto
Sunday October 9, 2011
Brampton City United 0 Serbian White Eagles 2
32 min … BCU RED card
Goalie Roy Blanche given a direct ejection by referee Yusri Rudolph for crashing into SWE Salvin Lammie at 28 yards on the right well outside of the box. Lammie was injured on the play. Blanche was replaced by Kodzo Awitor and outfield player Jose Moreira left the field so the change in net could be made.
41 min … SWE Alex Braletic GOAL
A BCU player cleared the ball back to the goalie and he blasted a ball from 20 yards that deflected off Braletic at 28 yards, over the goalie’s head and bounced into the open net. (I asked Alex after the game and he said the ball hit him on the left leg just above the knee).
88 min … SWE Milos Scepanovic GOAL
SWE Sasa Viciknez on left rolls ball into box from 20 yards and Scepanovic charges through crowd of players and kicks in 3 yarder.
Attendance was about 300 on this mild night with about 100 Serbian fans in the crowd. Ennio Perrusa made the PA announcements tonight as Pat the regular DJ at this field was celebrating his 25 wedding anniversary. Ennio really is ‘the voice of the CSL’ as this year he must have announced games for every GTA team except Serbian White Eagles and Mississauga Eagles.
Tonight’s game was rough like the playoff game earlier in the day. SWE defender Mirko Medic was injured at 58 minutes and had to be subbed off in a collision with BCU Andy Garcia for which Garcia was shown a Yellow card. Medic was limping after the game with a tension bandage on his knee. I also saw SWE sub Milan Jarosevic limping off the field after the game.
This is not the first time this year that I’ve seen Roy Blanche ejected from a game. He does come out of his net often to play almost as a sweeper. I can’t remember seeing Salvin Lammie of SWE for months. He certainly stirred things up.
At 11 minutes BCU Andy Garcia was injured when knocked from behind by Lammie at SWE 40 yards.
At 18 minutes SWE Milos Scepanovic rushed on the left and crossed into the box which Blanche palmed away but Lammie charged into the net injurying himself. He had BCU defender Giovanni Annisi draw a Yellow card at 29 minutes for a sliding tackle at 35 yards. He played until 63 minutes when subbed by Sasa Viciknez.
BCU brought in forwards Judah Hernandez and Richard West both at 67 minutes to stir up the offence. West tied for the scoring lead at 17 goals but was injured the last few games. The change seemed to work as they got more second half chances despite playing a man down.
Milos Djurkovic earned the shutout for the White Eagles making a few key saves. BCU Kodzo Awitor made one more mistake besides the clearance goal when at 52 minutes he was called for picking up BCU Cameron Medwin’s backpass just inside the box and the referee called a freekick. SWE Milos Scepanovic blasted the tapped back freekick that was blocked by a charging BCU player because the team took too long to get the shot away. 71 minutes had Richard West take an 18 yard shot that was stopped by the sprawling goalie and Kevin Omokhua had a 3 yard rebound but was called offside. One minute later BCU Denny Velastegui crossed from the left had West stop in the middle, spin, and take a 15 yard shot that was stopped by the goalie.
Both teams had trouble with offside calls with the Serbs being bothered the most. In the second half they were stopping before the last defender so they wouldn’t get called and lost some good chances for rushes. Scepanovic ended up drawing a Yellow card at 83 minutes after throwing the ball away after being called offside.
Best non-scoring chances were at 9 minutes when SWE Kirie Dimitrov crossed from the left end line had the goalie swat the ball through the box. I think Dimitrov had three offside calls against him in the first 20 minutes. First half injury time had SWE Mirko Medic get a freekick rolled forward for him and he took a 12 yard shot on the right that the goalie caught.
The second leg of this Quarterfinal takes place at Centennial Stadium on Saturday night at 8:00 pm BCU must win by any score to tie the series and result in a 30 minute mini game.
By Rocket Robin Soccer In Toronto
Sunday October 9, 2011
York Region Shooters 1 SC Toronto 0
St Joan of Arc CHS, Maple
4 min … YRS Dino Gardener GOAL
YRS Fitzroy Christey rushed up the left side and eludes the sliding SCT Andrea Lombardo at 25 yards and rolls cross through 6 yard box for Gardener in middle to blast 6 yarder just under bar beyond goalie Scott Cliff.
Attendance was about 100 on this unseasonably warm and sunny afternoon. Support was divided about equal between the two teams.
When the first goal was scored so soon I was thinking we might get a 3-3 game before the first half ended but that turned out to be the only goal of the game. This was a very rough game with referee Manuel Orellano holding off giving out any cards until the 44th minute. A referee assessor (not on official duty) said because he let an early foul go with just a freekick early in the game, the players figured they could do anything up to that seriousness without drawing a card. The animosity carried over as the players left the field at the end of the first half and were walking the narrow corridor behind the stands to the doorway of the school where the change rooms are. The fans ran to the top row of the stands to take a look down at what was going on but it was soon broken up.
Adam Majer earned the shutout for the Shooters making a few key saves although he really didn’t have much work to do in the second half when it could be said SCT was pressing. The mature/experienced backline of Desmond Humphrey, Chris Turner, Rick Titus, and Fitzroy Christey kept the ball mostly outside their box.
Best non-scoring chances after the goal started at 10 minutes had SCT Branko Majstorovic cross from 40 yards on the right that had SCT Alexandros Halis flick a 12 yard header up the middle just wide right of the post.
19 minutes had YRS Ryan Dummett cross from the right end line and YRS Kadian Lecky head the ball from 8 yards on the left wide left of the post.
At 45 minutes SCT David Guzman was rolled a centering pass and rolled an 18 yard shot that the diving goalie pushed wide left of the post.
59 minutes had SCT Massimo Mirabelli pass to Halis who shot a 15 yarder off the bar and an SCT player kicked in the 6 yard rebound but the offside flag was up.
77 minutes had Mirabelli cross a pass from the left that SCT Dane Roberts headed from 8 yards from the right that the flying goalie punched away and SCT Jarek Whiteman blasted the rebound over the net from 8 yards. Halis was knocked over at 48 minutes and 89 minutes but couldn’t draw a Penalty kick.
I didn’t notice SC Toronto’s head coach Carmine Isacco until the 70 minute mark. From a look at the York University website, the team beat Brock Badgers 5-1 in university play. That game was scheduled for a 3:15pm start so it would have been impossible to get here from St Catharines at anytime in the game. Now if he left before that game was over he could have made it before this game ended. SCT were missing York U players Casey D’mello, Carlos Nogueira, Alan Badat, Adrian Pena, and backup goalie Sotiri Varlokostas. SCT listed only two defenders in their starting lineup but had forward Andrea Lombardo and midfielder Dominic Roberts in the back to keep the formation 4-4-2.
This was the first game of the Quarterfinal. The win is good for three points. SC Toronto must win by any score on Friday to equal that total. That will result in a 30 minute overtime period. Shooters finished eighth in the standings to grab the last playoff spot although they had clinched a spot a month ago and their play in the last month had them tail off a bit.
Their last game of the regular season fielding a sub filled team where a win would have jumped them up to sixth place finish and dates with Capital City of Ottawa will soon be forgotten if they can finish off upsetting the regular season champions while they have commitments for school play. The Shooters finished first last year then were upset in the first round by eighth seeded Toronto Croatia.
This should be the last CSL League game at St Joan of Arc this season because if YRS advances to the semi-finals they will play on the road against one of the higher seeds.
The second leg is on Friday night. (York U’s schedule next week has them away on Wednesday night at UOIT then home on Saturday afternoon against Windsor, then away on Sunday afternoon against Guelph). This game will be broadcast by Rogers Community channel. None of the games played in the GTA were broadcast this weekend. Rogers had an open spot on Friday night and in fact re-ran the SC Toronto vs Brampton City United game from two weeks ago that was an SCT 5-2 come-from-behind victory. This was a ‘good’ copy–the first time they didn’t cut the broadcast (and repeat showing Saturday night) off at 85 minutes because of technical problems.