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Result of the Saturday August 19, 2006 CSL game between Toronto Croatia and Laval Dynamites played at Memorial Park in Streetsville at 8:00pm.

Toronto Croatia (blue socks, white shorts and numbers, red shirts)

.............................1 George Azcurra
4 Domagoj Sain...6 Mario Kulis...5 Antonijo Zupan...16 Halburto Harris
22 Boris Tomaj...13 Zvjesdan Kresic...11 Velemir Crljen...8 Hayden Fitzwilliams
......................19 Boris Maric...20 Tommy Ples

Subs:...12 Mate Jurkin (gk)...2 Robert Fran (def)...7 Caswain Mason (def)...9 Peter Curic (fwd)...17 Goran Grubesic (mid)...21 Rudy Spajic (fwd)...30 Tom Granic (def)
team officials:...head coach Velemir Crljen...assistant coach Milodrag Akmadzic...goalkeeping coach Kruno Culjak...manager Nedo Radman...sports trainer Nino Sonsini

Laval Dynamites (white socks and shirts, black shorts and numbers)

............................1 Andrew Olivieri
...............26 Berra Mohamed...2 Rachid Lahbabi...7 Sandro Adesso
16 Caesar Castro...5 Baideh Ibrahim...10 Rachid Madkour...11 Mourad Bellari...13 Mohamed Nafe
......................22 Vladimir Edouard...17 Nicholas Knowland

Subs:...20 Ryan Notarangelo (mid)...21 Ilias Calaitzidis (fwd)
team officials:...head coach Jawad Andaloussi

Game officials:...referee Andrew Kravets...referee's assistants Isaac Raymond and David Barrie...fourth official Alex Mariona...(yellow shirts, black shorts and socks)

1st Half:...game starts 8:02pm...TC defend south end on this hot and humid evening with game played on a damp, chopped up field...all times are converted from my wristwatch.
<1 min...TC Fitzwilliams hurt near center line with ankle injury.
2 min...TC player's through ball is too far for charging Maric.
6 min...TC Harris cross from left is chip but ball in box shot wide.
7 min...Toronto Croatia Boris Maric GOAL...TC Velemir Crljen rush on right, slips pass over to Maric who rolls in 7 yarder under goalie Andrew Olivieri into middle of net.
8 min...TC Crljen 35 yard freekick from right has TC Zupan back heel mid air shot over net from 10 yards.
9 min...TC Ples gets to ball up middle and rolls 15 yarder just wide right when pushed off ball.
11 min...TC Crljen cross from right has TC Fitzwilliams and defender LD Mohamed bang heads at 10 yards on left both players are injured.
12 min...TC Kresic cornerkick from left has defender clear.
14 min...TC Kresic 20 yard freekick from left blocked by defender when TC Crljen touches him ball.
18 min...LD players short cornerkick from left deflected by defender blocking shot.
18 min...TC Zupan heads away cornerkick from left.
20 min...TC goalie punches away cross from left. LD Castro low cross from right has LD Knowland drag foot and backheel ball from 8 yards but goalie picks up ball near left post.
21 min...TC Fitzwilliams and LD Castro get into pushing match in TC end.
22 min...LD Bellari long rush on left has shot deflected wide right.
23 min...LD Castro cornerkick from right just over players in box.
24 min...TC Ples gets ball deep but cross from left is already out.
24 min...TC Ples intercepts goalkick but 25 yard cross from left is up played through box.
27 min...TC Harris good run down left and shot deflected wide right. LD Adesso injured.
28 min...TC players cornerkick from right has ball popped up but eventually play whistled down.
30 min...LD Ibrahim cornerkick from right has defender head away.
31 min...LD Edouard given ball up middle and cuts around defender to blast 20 yarder well over net and back fence.
34 min...Toronto Croatia Boris Maric GOAL...TC Zvjesdan Kresic at 30 yard passes forward to Maric whose low 15 yard shot is into center of net.
36 min...TC Ples misses tip-in on slide in box when low cross from right reaches him.
37 min...TC Kulis plays ball bounces off referee up middle and his 22 yard blast is well high and wide right.
40 min...TC player's 30 yard freekick from right has forward head over net but play whistled down.
42 min...TC Sain injured in own box but TC play on. LD players then break up at center and rush in but TC defender boots ball out of bounds.
44 min...TC goalie slides out to grab through ball and LD Edouard falls over him.
45 min...LD Mohamed 35 yard freekick from right is low and wide left.
47 min...TC Zupan 22 yard freekick from left is blasted over net.
48 min...half ends 8:50pm.

2nd Half:...starts 9:04pm...it's now dark with a haze rising off the field.
48 min...TC Zupan hurt in own box.
50 min...Laval Dynamite Vladimir Edouard GOAL...Edouard gets ball from right and his 20 yard shot from left is low and into right corner of net past diving goalie George Azcurra.
51 min...TC Crljen cornerkick from right has defender clear.
52 min...Toronto Croatia Boris Maric GOAL...Maric gets popped pass from right and he chips 15 yarder to left corner of net.
52 min...LD YELLOW card...Madkour for complaining about the goal.
53 min...LD Edouard blast is well over net from 30 yards.
59 min...TC sub... Curic replaces Ples.
61 min...LD Nafe 35 yard freekick on left has TC defender head away on right.
62 min...TC sub...Grubesic replaces Kresic.
..............TC sub...Fran replaces Kulis.
63 min...TC Fitzwilliams 30 yard shot dips and hits cross bar but deflects back into play.
64 min...TC Crljen cornerkick from right has defender head away.
67 min...LD Calaitzidis (when did he come on?) cornerkick from right is over players in box and out for throw-in.
69 min...TC Fran blocks shot and rush on right pushes ball throough to TC Curic but goalie slides out before he can get to it.
72 min...TC sub...Mason replaces TC Fitzwilliams.
73 min...LD Madkour 22 yard shot is well over net.
73 min...TC Maric injured just outside LD box.
74 min...TC sub...Granic replaces Maric (which was planned before the injury).
................LD sub...Notarangelo replaces Madkour.
74 min...TC Tomaj 20 yard low blast hits foot of defender in player wall.
76 min...TC Curic on left on 2 on 1 rush has cross stopped by defender at 10 yards.
78 min...Toronto Croatia Tom Granic GOAL...TC Peter Curic passes to left and Granicís low 15 yard shot is into right side of net. Rachid Madkour picked up a Yellow card from referee Andrew Kravets for complaining that he felt the play should have been flagged offside.
80 min...TC Crljen 22 yard freekick rolled to right for charging TC Curic whose cross is flagged offside.
82 min...TC sub...Spajic replaces Tomaj...TC Tomaj comes off to give TC Spajic shin pads before he comes on.
85 min...LD Spajic 30 yard shot is wide right after LD player's giveaway.
86 min...TC sub...Jurkin replaces Azcurra as goaltender.
90 min...TC Granic in middle gets pass but his 20 yard shot is well wide left.
92 min...LD Notarangelo 15 yard chip over net.
The field is being obscured by fog!
92 min...game ends 9:51pm.

Final Score:..........Toronto Croatia..........4.............Laval Dynamites.....1..........

Attendance was about 100 on this hot humid evening. The field was wet from a light rain earlier in the day. Near the end of the game, fog started to lift from the ground as the weather finally started to cool.

Boris Maric scored a hat trick in the game. I know in a few games earlier in the year, Iíd been critical of his inaccurate shooting but tonight he was great so maybe giving him enough chances to play as a starter has helped him mature. Halburto Harris played a great game in the midfield with many rushes up the middle and along the wings and good work defensively. He was knocked around a lot by Dynamites players. Domagoj Sain and Robert Fran played well in the second half to keep Laval from making the game close.

Dynamites only listed two subs and only made one substitution. Iím sure fresh legs would have helped as the game wore on. Croatia eventually made six subs with even back up goalie Mate Jurkin coming in to play for George Azcurra the last six minutes of the game. Caesar Castro played well for Laval and was always there to stir things up with Croatia players. As usual when Laval comes to Ontario on any weekend, they have to play another game and that will be tomorrow at 3:00pm against Oakville Blue Devils.

This was a big game for Croatia as they had played in London the night before and beat London City 6-0 and with this game now lead the International Division by one point. This situation will start effecting Serbian White Eagles who are one point behind but have four games in hand and I can see the only way they will squeeze their remaining season into the next month is to play quite a few 'two games in two days'. The first ever clash of the two teams will be next Sunday but the venue has been moved to Lamport Stadium from Birchmount Stadium which is still not ready from its year long renovations. Lamport offers an easy way to separate the crowds of the rival teams but the playing surface is like painted concrete.

Rocket Robin
robing@eol.ca


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