Details of the Friday June 11th, 2004 CPSL game between Toronto Croatia vs Toronto Supra game played at Memorial Park in Streetsville at 8:00pm.
Toronto Croatia (blue socks, white shorts and numbers, red shirts)
..........................1 George Azcurra
.............6 Mario Kulis...5 Antonijo Zupan...14 Joseph Cosentino
8 Hugo Alstitud...20 Tom Granic...10 William Giummarra...3 Halbruto Harris...7 Marko Bedenikovic
................9 Zvjezdan Kresic (?)...11 Leo Laurito
Subs:...12 Stephen Yuricek (gk)...17 Mladen Dikic...22 Sam El-Masri...16 Edin Kalic...15 Joseph Lewe...2 Ante Pavlovic...4 Rudy Spajic
team officials:...coach Aldo Krajcar...manager Theo Krajcic...team officials J Cvitanovic and I Cuvalo
Toronto Supra (all black, white numbers and "Acadia" logo on shoulders)
.......................1 Michael Silva
8 Christian Lombardo...5 Gianni Annisi...4 Rui Sousa...3 Frank Cardona
2 Jarek Radzinski...24 Sebastian Busto...6 Jose Moreira...10 Pedro Dias
...............11 Danny Amaral...9 Michael Diluca
Subs:...12 Martin Buch...14 Frederico Albergaria...26 Michael Sebastino...23 Micahel Pimcintez...17 Leo Savone...18 Federico Araya...25 Adam Pacheco
team officials:...coach Victor Cameira...assistant coach Carlos Santos...trainer Guy Costa...equipment manager Mike Clavero...president Isac Cambas
Game officials:...referee Neil Schofield...referee's assistants Calin Pintea and Sultan Dawood...fourth official Emil Schultz...(yellow shirts, black shorts and socks)
1st Half:...game starts 8:04pm...all times are converted from my wristwatch...TC defend south end on this warm evening with shadows over the field.
2 min...TC Giummarra 30 yard roller through crowd of players to goalie.
4 min...TC Giummarra 30 yard freekick dips just over bar.
7 min...TS player's 40 yard freekick from left, TS player flicks 10 yard header wide right.
8 min...TC Harris freekick from 30 yards on right is headed down by TS Radzinski.
11 min...TS Dias injured in collision near center circle.
12 min...TC Giummarra 40 yard freekick over crowd of players, goalie palms ball over net.
13 min...TC Kresic leaping header on TC player's cornerkick from right is tipped over net for another cornerkick.
14 min...TC Giummarra 25 yard freekick hits head in player wall.
15 min...TS Diluca 20 yard shot from left is palmed up by goalie and he catches it while flat on his back!
17 min...TS Lombardo cross from 35 yards on right is over all players in box.
19 min...TS Busto ends TS pressure with 15 yard roller wide right.
22 min...TS Busto 30 yard cross from right is into box and caught by goalie.
28 min...Supra Danny Amaral GOAL...TS Jarek Radzinski takes short throw-in from right side, TS player flicks with foot ball over his head, TC defender clearance try hits another defender and bounces loose for Amaral to take 5 yard kick near left post into right side of net.
30 min...TS Busto steps into 25 yard shot and boots ball wide right.
31 min...TC Zupan heads up TS cross attempt, TC goalie catches ball in box.
33 min...TS Moreira injured at center line.
35 min...TS Diluca cornerkick from right (when play resumes) crosses high in box but referee whistles TS player for hand ball.
37 min...TS Diluca 30 yard freekick from right is headed away and cleared from edge of box.
40 min...TS goalie catches low cross from right.
42 min...TS Moreira hurt near center line.
44 min...TS Radzinski throw-in from right, TS player crosses over players in box and ball cleared.
45 min...TC Leo Laurito is injured when TS goalie Michael Silva slides out for two foot leg check and trips him. Referee Neil Schofield gives Silva a YELLOW card and awards a Penalty kick.
46 min...TCroatia William Giummarra GOAL...Giummarra rolls penalty kick to left corner of net as goalie slides forward.
46 min...half ends 8:50pm.
2nd Half:...starts 9:05pm.
46 min...TC Cosentino deflects cross from right over own net to prevent tap-in.
50 min...TS Moreira 20 yard header in crowd of players is caught by goalie.
54 min...TC sub...Dikic replaces Kresic.
56 min...TC Dikic blasts 20 yard shot that hits underside of crossbar and deflects back up after hitting ground.
58 min...TC Kulis 45 yard high cross into box from right is caught by goalie.
62 min...TS Moreira injured in face at TC 40 yard line and players take awhile to kick ball out of bounds.
63 min...TS Diluca from 30 yards taps freekick right of player wall and TS player crosses ball into box but TC defender heads away.
65 min...TS defenders blocke about three shots in row on edge of box.
67 min...TS Amaral gets rolled ball from right and while deking goalie George Azcurra while all alone on left just inside box, Azcurra grabs his foot and Amaral tumbles over. Referee gives goalie a Yellow card and awards a Penalty kick.
68 min...Supra Michael Deluca GOAL...Deluca rolls penalty kick to left of net as goalie slumps in middle of net.
70 min...TC Giummarra cornerkick from left has charging TC Granic 3 yard chest shot blocked by goalie.
70 min...TC Girummarra cornerkick from left is headed away.
71 min...TS Diluca rush down left and with defender cutting in on him has 20 yard shot saved low by goalie.
72 min...TC sub...Lewe replaces Bedenikovic.
73 min...TC Giummarra injured in TS end.
74 min...TS Diluca rush up middle and 15 yard shot is blocked by sliding goalie.
75 min...TC Lewe long run down right and crosses into box and TC Laurito just one step behind connecting from 3 yards.
76 min...TS sub...Albergaria replaces Busto.
77 min...TS Diluca gets through ball but defender catches him before he can shoot.
79 min...Supra Michael Deluca GOAL...Supra's Danny Amaral and Deluca end up in all alone on 2 on 0 break when player passes forward and these two charge over center line. Amaral passes over to Deluca when goalie slides out from 20 yards and Deluca rolls in 5 yard shot to short left corner of net. Toronto Croatia were pressing at the time but their defenders were ten yards inside the Supra end leaving two men open for this breakout.
80 min...TC sub...Kalic replaces Granic.
83 min...TC Giummarra crosses 35 yard cross into box wide right.
84 min...TS sub...Sebastino replaces Moreira.
85 min...TS sub...Pacheco replaces Lombardo.
86 min...TC goalie charges out to take header from TS player before he can get to it.
88 min...TC Giummarra freekick from 22 yards on right rolls ball around player wall and goalie dives to left to stop it.
91 min...TS Diluca 20 yard shot is wide left of net.
93 min...TC player's 25 yard shot deflects off defender and goalie smothers ball.
93 min...game ends 9:53pm.
Final Score:.............Toronto Croatia..........1..................Toronto Supra.............3..........
Attendance was about 130 on this warm evening. Some of the VIPs like Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion and the council general didn't make it but Conservative federal election candidate Nina Tangri was allowed to give a short halftime speech and take the ceremonial kick to start off the second half (they delayed the start of the first half as long as possible waiting for the no shows). Speech was dry and dreary. I guess I was expecting more improv like "I'm here to kick those Liberals out of office". She kicked the ball OK. "She's English" said a PA official. Yeah that accent is familiar could have had her cast as the mother in "Bend It Like Beckham". From election signs in that neighbourhood it looks like her main competition is Wajit Khan, car dealer who advertises heavily on The Fan radio station. Car dealer to politician? Is he moving up or down the 'people you trust the most' list of occupations?
Supra had the advantage play but both teams had their chances to win. The small field makes it very easy to turn the momentum around by starting a new rush and they're suddenly at the center line. 2004 team addition William Giummarra took most of the dead ball kicks.
Toronto Croatia players didn't take to kindly to being subbed (well at least the first two). Zvjezdan Kresic swore at the coach, the players on the bench and then booted one of the officials spare gamed balls deep into the woods while he left the field. Marko Bedenikovic did the same except for the ball kicking when he was subbed 18 minutes later. Good to see that they wanted to keep playing but doesn't show much for team disipline.
Supra's forward Ryan Gamble is still injured and hasn't been in a game this year. He asked me which teams looked the best in the league right now. Hmm I said although I've only seen five of the teams so far I thought Toronto Supra looked the best including their game against Boavista and Brampton Hitmen who I've seen in league action and an exhibition game where they beat the A-League Toronto Lynx.
Toronto Croatia captain and defensive mainstay Domagoj Sain is not playing for them this year. He went to Croatia (the country) to take an IT job.
I called out to Supra's Jarek Radzinski as he passed by on his way back to the dressing room. He will be in Kingston this week to watch his brother play for the National team. (Canada vs Belize). Jarek played a strong game on the wing tonight.
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