LONDON—Thursday, July 26, 2001

Yesterday's Action in the CPSL
Goals spell the difference
For a while it looked as though the best in the CPSL might take the lead in a tough well-played encounter with Portuguese First Division side Maritimo at London's Cove Road last night, but it was spectacular goals by the visitors that spelled the difference in the end. A good first half effort by Toronto Olympians' standout John Matas almost put the All Stars one up, but that and other near misses by the All Stars soon dissipated and Maritimo took over with two picture goals in the first half and another two after the interval.

"But I feel OK about the game," said CPSL coach Tony La Ferrara (North York Astros) following the final whistle. "They scored the goals and that is what counts, but our team put up a real fight and gave them a rough ride. I was very pleased with our performance."

Maritimo's Eric Gaucho score an opening goal with a low shot from 15 yards to the right of the CPSL's Dino Perri (St. Catharines' goalkeeper) and Bruno Fernandes made it 2-0 with a spectacular free kick into the roof of the net right on half time. Richardson Dos Santos increased the Maritimo lead at the 50th minute mark with an excellent strike from 25 yards and Joachim Ferraz, sealed the win after 74 minutes.

Maritimo will play a Portuguese-Canadian select side at Brockton Stadium in Toronto's west-end on Friday night at 7, then the Portuguese First Division side takes a trip to Foxboro Stadium near Boston for a game on Sunday against a Cape Verde (Islands off the African coast) national team, also on a North American tour.

Maritimo will return to their Nottawasaga Inn base just north of Toronto before returning to Portugal on Monday. The team's first challenge on return is a UEFA Cup game against Sarajevo on August 9 and their league competition begins just three days later.

A Glen Shields Sun Devils 2-1 win over Brampton Hitmen in an OZ Optics League Cup qualifier at Victoria Park last night means the winner of Group B is still undecided. The Hitmen cannot now advance to the semifinals, but it is still possible for the Sun Devils to catch the so far unbeaten St. Catharines Roma Wolves who are sitting on top with nine points from three games. Timo Garzon and Gus Kouzmanis scored for Glen Shields while Kurt Mella scored the lone Brampton marker.

Ottawa Wizards (Group A) and Toronto Olympians (Group D) are assured of a spot in the semi-finals, with Groups B and C yet to be decided.


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