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Result of the Saturday August 12th, 2006 CSL game between Caribbean Selects and Italia Shooters played at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan at 8:00pm. Although the game was originally scheduled at the beginning of the season to be played at Birchmount Stadium in Etobicoke, the game was moved here because Birchmount is still not ready.

Caribbean Selects (black socks, blue shorts and shirts, red numbers, white trim)

..................................1 Ramon McIntosh
14 Greg McKenzie...8 Julius Caesar...7 George Salesman...18 Corcel Blair
26 Douglas Sereti...13 David Palmer...5 Kevon Chambers...4 Quincy Cooper
.......................23 Dwayne Osbourne...22 John Lewis

Subs:...6 Ajani Stapleton...20 Maxine Dornaval...29 Gamal Mude...10 Osman Samula...11 Simon Mair...21 James Lewis...28 Kevin Turnbull
team official:...official Neil Palmer

Italia Shooters (all white, blue numbers, WEGS emblem on chest)

..........................1 Joshua Lemos
...............2 Angelo Pollastrone...6 Franco Ruscetta...4 Jorge Molina
15 Alvaro Yaques...13 Frank Bruno...19 Desi Humphrey...5 Stalin Cardenas...25 Sean Myers
...................22 Kurt Mella...16 Evan Milward

Subs:...7 Kadien Leckie (fwd)...9 Jason DeThomasis (fwd)...11 Fitzroy Christey (mid)...14 Joe Rini (mid)...18 Bill Androutsos (fwd)...20 Rob Black (fwd)...23 Aundre Rollins (fwd)
team officials:...head coach Carmine Isacco...assistant coach John Pacione...doctor Scott Howitt SPC...trainer Tony DeThomasis...manager Elio Scarcello...assistant manager Hieu Quach...official Ruben Toro

Game officials:...referee Jacques Tjonasan...referee's assistants Paul Bottos and David Barrie...fourth officials Leo Monaco....(red shirts, black shorts and socks)

1st Half:...game starts 8:03pm...CS defend north end with a bright sun in the north west.
2 min...CS goalie charges out to punch ball away.
2 min...IS defender clears cross from right end line into box.
4 min...CS Chambers low shot from 15 yards smothered by goalie after CS Palmer's 55 yard freekick from right.
6 min...CS goalie catches 25 yard shot from right.
8 min...IS Mella pushes ball up to IS Milward whose 15 yard shot from left that's blocked point blank by sliding goalie.
9 min...IS Molina 22 yard freekick from wide left is headed over net by IS player as bunch of players jump for ball 3 yards from right post.
13 min...CS Osbourne cornerkick from right has CS Cooper shot blocked by defender.
15 min...IS Cardenas has shot on edge of box blocked after give and go.
19 min...CS Osbourne dekes two defenders up middle but shot wide left from 12 yards.
22 min...IS goalie beats CS John Lewis to through ball.
23 min...CS players weak 20 yard roller to goalie.
24 min...IS Milward low 20 yard blast from right is rolled wide left.
24 min...CS Chambers charges to right end line and cross is caught by goalie.
27 min...IS Myers gets pass up middle, turns and fires low roller wide left.
28 min...IS Humphrey cornerkick from left has IS player head ball from 5 yards and goalis palms ball over net.
29 min...IS player's cornerkick from left has IS player scissor kick well over net and back fence from 10 yards.
33 min...CS Chambers injured in center circle.
38 min...CS goalie outjumps IS Mella to grab ball bouncing into box.
39 min...IS Pollastrone slides to break up and deflect away CS Sereti's shot when CS Osbourne feeds him shot. Pollastrone is injured.
40 min...Selects Dwayne Osbourne GOAL...Osbourne scores on flick header from 6 yards when he receives a cornerkick from the left and the shot beats goalie Joshua Lemos. Osbourne then earns a Yellow card for pulling off his shirt and wave around to celebrate his goal.
42 min...IS player's freekick near right flag has defender head ball away.
43 min...IS Ruscetta steps into blast from 20 yards on left well wide right when cross through box from right missed by other players.
44 min...IS Milward weak flick header from 12 yards caught by goalie.
45 min...IS Myers 35 yard bender from left is caught by goalie.
47 min...IS Cardenas 30 yard freekick from left has defender pop up header and second one headed away.
47 min...half ends 8:50pm.

2nd Half:...starts 9:04pm.
halftime subs:...CS Dornaval replaces McKenzie.
..................CS Stapleton replaces Palmer.
..................IS Black replaces Mellla.
..................IS Leckie replaces Myers.
..................IS Rollins replaces Cardenas.
46 min...IS Milward rush and cuts in low roller from 15 yards and rolls to goalie.
49 min...IS Milward gets low cross from right and low 12 yard shot is saved by diving goalie.
50 min...IS Bruno 25 yard freekick from right is over head of two forwards on left post.
53 min...CS YELLOW card...Chambers for cleats-up tackle at center line.
54 min...IS Ruscetta header from 10 yards is caught by charging goalie.
56 min...IS sub...DeThomasis replaces Milward.
57 min...IS Black rushes through on left side and slips when he tries to cut in on end line.
60 min...IS Leckie checked off ball when he crashes with defender on edge of CS box.
62 min...IS DeThomasis shot from 12 yards on left has IS Black point blank shot from 3 yards stopped by goalie.
63 min...IS Pollastrone 25 yard shot from right is wide left beyond diving goalie.
64 min...CS sub...Samula replaces Caesar.
66 min...CS sub...James Lewis replaces Chambers who had been injured in center circle before play resumed after 64 minute.
68 min...CS goalie dives to stop low cross from 20 yards on right.
70 min...CS goalie charges to edge of box to cover through ball for IS DeThomasis.
71 min...CS player crosses after run down right is over other CS players in IS box.
71 min...IS sub...Androutsos replaces Yaques.
72 min...IS Humphrey shot up middle from 25 yards has diving goalie block. IS Black rebound cross from left is headed away by defender.
73 min...IS Humphrey rush down left and low cross is through two IS players who miss ball.
75 min...IS Molina 28 yard low shot through players in CS box and smothered by diving goalie.
75 min...IS players shot from 22 yards is deflected wide right by IS player.
80 min...CS Stapleton 60 yard freekick from right is caught by goalie.
82 min...IS sub...Christey replaces Molina.
83 min...CS defender heads back to own goalie to prevent break-in.
85 min...CS sub...Mude replaces Blair.
86 min...CS Stapleton heads ball off line when goalie slides ball out to block shot but gives up huge rebound.
87 min...IS Black header from 8 yards caught by goalie.
89 min...IS Humphrey 28 yard freekick from left has charging IS Black head ball wide left.
91 min...IS Androutsos chips 35 yarder up middle but no one runs for it.
92 min...IS DeThomasis 18 yard freekick from left is curled but wide right of post. Not quite enough bend on this kick!
93 min...CS player's 40 yard shot is wide right.
94 min...Shooters Frank Bruno GOAL...Bruno rolls 20 yard shot through crowd of players in Selects box to left side of net beyond diving goalie Ramon McIntosh.
95 min...game ends 9:55pm.

Final Score:......Caribbean Selects........1.........Italia Shooters..........1..........

Attendance was about 50 people on this warm evening with a bright sun in the North West for the first half that would be in the eyes of the Shooters goalie. This game was moved with about two weeks notice but Selects would be considered the home team.

The Selects missed out by about 15 seconds from earning only their second league win of the year as they didnít quite survive five minutes of added time by referee Jacques Tjonasan. They looked better than how Iíve seen them play in months. They had Ken Dawson as an assistant coach who was calling out commands to cover open players that in previous games had always been able to spring loose on rushes. He must be new because he had to keep asking who the players were.

The times Iíve watched the Shooters play, they need quite a few scoring chances before they capitalise. This time it was for the last seven minutes of the game when they poured on the pressure.

Selects goal scorer Dwayne Osbourne is nicknamed ďBlinkyĒ by his team-mates. He wore a padded eye patch over his left eye. This is not a temporary situation as he told me he was blinded back in 1999 at his job in Jamaica when a bottle exploded.

Steven Craig is no longer with the Selects and it turned out it was him I saw last night playing for Toronto Supra Portuguese after being transferred. Last year he played for Laval Dynamites. Often injured Joey Todaro is no longer with the Shooters I found out last week. He was their dead ball specialist but was let go when he failed to show up for their June 9th game against Toronto Croatia. The game was played for 7:00pm but he was away celebrating Italyís World Cup victory.

Tonightís game and last nightís Supra holding a lead on undefeated Serbian White Eagles until 64 minutes shows this year in the CSL that on any given night, any team can be competitive with the best.

Rocket Robin
robing@eol.ca


Italia Shooters starters (there were no formal introductions of either team)


Caribbean Selects starters

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