Lynx One Step Closer
First playoff spot in three years on the horizon.
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The Toronto Lynx came one step closer to securing their first post season play-off birth in three years with a hard fought 2 nil victory over the U.S. Pro-40 Selects in front of 2,545 at Varsity Stadium.

The Lynx came out with purpose and Brian Ashton put the home side on the board in only the 5th minute of play.  Francisco Dos Santos made a break down the right side and sent a dangerous cross into the box.  Colombian Juan
Arango knocked it down to Ashton who fired it a home with the outside of his right foot.

The US Pro-40's came very close to tieing the match in the 24th minute when Kyle Beckerman found himself all alone in front of Lynx keeper Carmine Isacco but his shot went inches wide of the right post.

Toronto came close to doubling their lead near the end of the first half but Joe Mattacchione headed Juan Arango's pass just outside the right post.

The second half featured few scoring opportunities but much tension culminating with a second yellow card to the Pro-40's Micah Cooks who pulled down Lloyd Barker in the 63rd minute.

The Lynx took quick advantage of the manpower disparity and made it 2 nil in the 71st minute.  Defender Mauricio Vincello incisively cut through the confused Pro-40's defence and sent a short pass to Francisco Dos Santos who
made no mistake putting the ball over and onrushing Matt Napoleon.

Bad feelings again arose in the 74th minute when Pro-40's striker Marvin Quijano maliciously drove his studs into the calf of Vincello.  Adrian Serious came to the aid of his teammate shoving Quijano to the turf only to get himself a yellow card. 

Evidently, referee Manuel Orlano did not see the initial action of Quijano as the Pro-40 received no punishment from the official on a foul that was violent and an obvious red card.

In their drive to score a third goal and pick up the all important bonus point, the Lynx attacked continuously over the final ten minute but David Diplacido, Chris Pozniak and Nebojsa Vignjevic all missed golden opportunities.

Francisco Dos Santos was also close to scoring the third match on a spectacular effort that may have been the play of the game.  With time fast running out, the Brazilian striker took possession of the ball on the edge of the Pro-40's box.  He held the ball freezing the US defenders before sending a magnificently curling ball to the far post.  The ball drifted past
the outstretched arms of keeper Napoleon only to bounce off the woodwork.
With the four points garnered tonight, the Lynx magic number now stands at five over the Montreal Impact.  Toronto now leads the Impact by six points with two games in hand. 

The Lynx next home game is this Sunday vs. Dwayne DeRosario's Richmond Kickers.  Kick-off is 7:30pm.

Notes:  Tonight was "Swing 50+ Night" at Varsity.  Country Hoedown / Hee Haw legend Gordie Tapp provided the pre-game entertainment with a very amusing monologue and also performed Oh Canada ..... The Star Spangled Banner was performed by the equally legendary Tommy Lovegrove who made his name in the U.K. on the BBC and fronting Big Bands.  His rendition of the US anthem was
probably the most tasteful version heard at Varsity in many a year. Lovegrove recently appeared at Roy Thomson Hall as part of the "Royal Bank Jubilee Show"  ..... Both Lyndon Hooper and Milan Kojic missed the match due to injury ..... Lynx regular starting keeper Theo Zagar was riding the pines after a nightmare vs. Vancouver last Sunday.  Carmine Isacco was strong in the Lynx net and may have earned himself a start on Sunday vs. Richmond ..... The US Pro-40's are having a rough season with a record that now
stands at 7 wins, 17 losses and 1 draw good for 5th place in the A-League's Central Division ..... the Lynx Lloyd Barker has been playing magnificent soccer and while it man not show on the scoresheet, he has been looking confident, energetic and dangerous whenever in possession of the ball...... the ceremonial kick-off was performed by Hector Marinaro Sr. currently of the NPSL's Toronto Thunderhawks.

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