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Result of the Friday July 28th, 2006 CSL game between Toronto Croatia and Toronto Supra Portuguese played at Memorial Park in Streetsville at 8:00pm.

Toronto Croatia (all blue, white numbers and trim)

.......................1 George Azcurra (cpt)
..............6 Mario Kulis...4 Domagoj Sain...16 Halburto Harris
5 Antonijo Zupan...22 Boris Tomac...8 Hayden Fitzwilliams...7 Caswain Mason...11 Velemir Crljen
.............19 Boris Maric...9 Peter Curic

Subs:...2 Robert Fran (def)...12 Mate Jurkin (mid)...13 Zvjezdan Kresic (mid)...15 Jure Pavic (def)...17 Goran Grubesic (mid)...20 Tommy Ples (fwd)...21 Rudy Spajic (fwd)
team officials:...head coach Velemir Crljen...assistant coach Milodrag Akmadzic...assistant coach Kruno Culjak...special trainer Nino Sonsini...equipment manager Nedo Radman

Toronto Supra Portuguese (all maroon, yellow numbers)

.......................1 Michael Silva
............5 Giovani Annisi...4 Carlos Zebalios...2 Eric Tse
12 Glajdi Limuci...14 Lucas Dias...16 Uarlem Castro...9 Micheal DiLuca (cpt)...15 Fabio Silva
.....................7 Selmir Sehic...10 Adolfo Mella

Subs:...00 Pedro Vieira...6 Peyvand Mossavat...8 Jose Moreira...11 Alex Rafael...17 John Cardosa...18 Andrew Silva...22 Garvin Houston
team officials:...head coach Paulo Almas...physio Marc Robson

Game officials:...referee Michael Roecken...referee's assistants Emil Schultz and Jacque Tjonason...fourth official Michael Izzo...(yellow shirts, black shorts and socks)

1st Half:...game starts 8:08pm...TC defend south end on this hot, humid evening played on a wet field...all times are converted from my wristwatch.
2 min...TC Curic shot from 12 yards on right deflected for cornerkick. TC Fitzwilliams was injured just wide right of box.
3 min...TC player's cornerkick from right is over players in box.
4 min...TSP goalie charges out to clear away through ball.
7 min...TC Curic blast from 8 yards after cross from right is stopped point blank by flying goalie. TC Fitzwilliams 6 yard rebound is blasted wide left.
11 min...Toronto Croatia Peter Curic GOAL...TC Velemir Crljen 25 yard freekick from near right sideline has Curic leap to head 8 yarder from center to right side of net under bar. (Good to be so much taller than the defenders!).
12 min...TSP YELLOW card...Mella for smash check on TC Crljen on left sideline at TC 40 yard line. Crljen is injured on the play.
18 min...TSP DiLuca 25 yard freekick from left is well wide right of net.
20 min...TC YELLOW card...Crljen for pushing over TSP Mella in center circle.
21 min...TC YELLOW card...Mason for pushing player on left sideline.
22 min...TSP 30 yard freekick from left has play whistled down for pushing in the TC box.
23 min...TC goalie charges out and jumps to swat ball away preventing header.
23 min...TC Crljen cornerkick from right is caught by leaping goalie.
25 min...TC Fitzwilliams almost intercepts headed backpass but goalie grabs it.
26 min...TSP Castro blasts low 20 yard shot that diviing goalie pushes wide left.
27 min...TSP palyer's cornerkick from left is over goalie but TC Sain on right post pops up header.
29 min...TSP Castro injured in center circle.
30 min...Toronto Croatia RED card...Caswain Mason earns his second Yellow card for sliding tackle on TSP Adolfo Mella in center circle. Referee Michael Roecken gave him his first 9 minutes earlier for pushing a player over.
32 min...TSP YELLOW card...Fabio Silva earns it for a fake dive after check by TC Crljen.
33 min...TC Crljen 35 yard freekick up middle rolled to TC Fitzwilliams but his shot is tipped wide left for cornerkick by defender's block.
34 min...TC Maric cornerkick from left is through players in box.
36 min...TC Crljen 45 yard freekick from right has play in box whistled down.
38 min...Toronto Supra Portuguese RED card...Fabio Silva earns his second Yellow card for hip check on TC Peter Curic near center circle.
39 min...TC player's off-balance header from 5 yards on left is caught by TSP goalie.
42 min...TC Maric gets pass up middle and turns and fires 15 yard shot low and wide left.
46 min...TSP DiLuca gets cross to middle and 18 yard shot is lifted over net.
47 min...half ends 8:55pm.

2nd Half:..starts 9:11pm with the field now very chopped up.
Halftime sub:...Rafael replaces Limuci.
46 min...TC Tomac 20 yard roller up middle saved on left post.
46 min...TC Crljen sliding tackle from behind prevents TSP shot.
47 min...Toronto Croatia Boris Tomac GOAL...Tomac runs up middle and his 22 yard shot rings off inside left post beyond flying goalie Michael Silva.
49 min...TC Maric 35 yard freekick up middle is well over net and back fence too!
50 min...TC goalie slides out to edge of box to prevent through ball.
52 min...TC Sain injured on sliding tackle on edge of TC box. TC goalie slides out for save.
57 min...TC sub...Ples replaces Maric.
58 min...TC Sain makes block on TSP Sehic in TC box.
58 min...TSP Sehic blast from 12 yards is over crowd of players in box and well over net.
60 min...Toronto Croatia Tommy Ples GOAL...TC Boris Tomac rush on right and cross into box where diving Ples from middle nods 5 yard header into left side of net.
60 min...TSP sub...Houston replaces Dias.
61 min...TC sub...Grubesic replaces Fitzwilliams.
62 min...TSP Castro blasts 45 yard freekick is low and through players and wide right.
63 min...TC sub...Kresic replaces Kulis.
65 min...TC Tommy Ples earns a Penalty kick when heís knocked over in box although the cross from the right was well over his head.
66 min...Toronto Croatia Antonijo Zupan GOAL...Zupanís penalty kick is low and just inside left post as the goalie crumples on right side.
66 min...TSP sub...Andrew Silva replaces Mella.
...............TSP sub...Cardosa replaces DiLuca.
67 min...TC sub...Fran replaces Crljen.
.................TC sub...Pavic replaces Curic.
68 min...TC Pavic blasts 12 yard shot over net.
70 min...TC Kresic 22 yard freekick up middle is blasted into player wall.
72 min...TC Crljen intercepts clearance on left, pushes ball to middle where TC Tomac quick and low 20 yard shot rolls to goalie.
73 min...TC Tomac 25 yard low deflected shot is bounced to goalie.
75 min...TC sub...Spajic replaces Zupan.
76 min...TC Kresic 25 yard from right is headed away on left.
77 min...TSP Andrew Silva rush down middle and pushes ball too far ahead when pressured wide right.
78 min...TC Grubesic 25 yard shot through crowd from right is caught by goalie.
80 min...TSP Castro 35 yard blast just over net.
82 min...TC goalie drifts wide left to catch cross from right.
83 min...TC Spajic on rush into box results in multi-player crash. TC Pavic has a knee injury and needs to be carried from the field and TC plays short the rest of the game.
87 min...Toronto Croatia Tommy Ples GOAL...TC Goran Grubesic chips ball from 25 yards up the middle and Ples pops 12 yard header over goalie into open center of net.
89 min...Toronto Supra Portuguese Andrew Silva GOAL...Silva gets short cross pass in box and his low 6 yard shot to left corner of net beyond goalie George Azcurra.
90 min...game ends 9:56pm.

Final Score:.......Toronto Croatia.....5.........Toronto Supra Portuguese.....1........

Attendance was about 100 on this very hot and humid evening. The field got pretty choppy by the start of the second half with the players stomping through the wet grass after this morningís rain.

The game started off rough with a number of cards given out. TSP Adolfo Mella infuriated the Croatia players by baiting them into Yellow cards and they say, by diving. With Croatia down to ten men, TSP Fabio Silva earned a Yellow card for diving when he ran up to TC Velemir Crljen who already had a Yellow card and fell over as if Crljen had smashed him. Referee Michael Roecken saw through that. It seemed like justice when Silva earned another Yellow just six minutes later and it evened the teams. Playing one man down or even ten aside doesnít make much difference on the tiny Memorial Park field.

Supra only looked good in that brief time when they were a man up. Toronto Croatia otherwise controlled the play and right from the beginning and goalie George Azcurra didnít have much to do except slide out a few times to gather up through balls before TSP players could get to them and an important save at 26 minutes when he dove to the left to push TSP Uarlem Castroís low 20 yard blast wide of the net.

Toronto Croatia starting forwards Peter Curic and Boris Maric had better games than the two I saw them in last weekend against Caribbean Selects when they missed some real sitters. The win was costly for Toronto Croatia in that at 83 minutes, a TC rush into the TSP box resulted in a multi-man collision with Jure Pavic being badly hurt with a leg injury. He had to be carried off the field to the sidelines for treatment and after the game was over, he had to be carried off the field to the dressing room.

Toronto Croatia with the win stays one point ahead of Serbian White Eagles in the International Division who also won tonight. White Eagles have a few games in hand. Supra remain the only team that hasnít won this year although theyíve had five ties from early in the season. Toronto Croatia has a special exhibition game on Wednesday August 2nd at Memorial Park at 8:00pm against Santa Clara of the Portuguese Second Division. From what I heard, Brampton Stallions beat Santa Clara 2-1 earlier in the week in front of an all-Santa Clara crowd in Brampton. Santa Clara was over here this May and played two CSL teams on that tour.

Rocket Robin
robing@eol.ca


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