Result of the Friday June 1, 2007 CSL game between Serbian White Eagles and Canadian Lions played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 8:00pm.

Serbian White Eagles (all white, blue names and numbers)

......................23 Dusan Belic
...........5 Milan Kojic...20 Milan Janosevic...15 Milos Scepanovic
16 Joshua Gordon...10 Alex Braletic...13 Nikola Budalic...8 Nenad Stojcic...12 Hosni Neto
...............11 Gabriel Pop...9 Sasa Viciknez (cpt)

Subs:...01 Danilo Sarcevic (gk)...7 Dragan Radovic (fwd)...14 Milan Janikic (mid)...17 Ibrahimohlu Yakta (fwd)...18 Noel Ellerton (fwd)...19 Ratomir Boroja (def)
team officials:...head coach Dusan Belic...assistant coach Sinisa Ninkovic...manager Dragisa Latinic...trainer/physio Dean Stambolic

Canadian Lions (navy socks and shorts, blue shirts, white numbers and trim)

..................1 Matthew Willis
16 Jamaal Smith...3 Tony Marshall...10 Dejan Sakovic...18 Alen Keri
17 Dmytro Romanovskyy...5 Eric Asanin...7 Joe Rini...4 Ryan Reece
.............19 Gus Kouzmanis...9 Evan Milward

Subs:...20 Serhiy Marchaic (mid)...21 Jelani Smith (fwd)...11 Lexton Hurlock (fwd)...12 Jonathan Westmaas (mid)...14 Adam Peros (def)...15 Matthew Ross (mid)...8 Nordo Gooden (fwd)
team officials:...head coach Goran Miscevic...assistant coach Blagoje Bratic...manager Goran Rapaic...trainer/physio Brad Mir and Predrag Miliovic

Game officials:...referee Manual Orellano...referee's assistants Vladan Djordjevic and Grace Iafrate...fourth official Hassane Rifai...(red shirts, black shorts and socks)

1st Half:...game starts 8:06pm...SWE defend south end on this hot and humid evening with the sky overcast and hazy.
1:50 min...SWE Pop pushes ball from left through to SWE Neto and his 15 yard shot is over net.
4 min...Lions Milward run on right and rolls cross into SWE box that defender clears.
5 min...SWE goalie beats Lions Milward to through ball up middle.
8 min…SWE Sasa Viciknez GOAL…SWE player passes bouncer up middle past defender and Viciknez takes quick 18 yard shot to right corner of net over flying goalie Matthew Willis.
9 min...SWE Neto cornerkick from left recrossed by him and SWE Janosevic can't quite turn 5 yard header wide right from center.
11 min...SWE Neto cornerkick from left is low and goalie pushes ball away. SWE player pushes ball over to another SWE player who turns and kicks 5 yarder off right goalpost.
14 min...SWE Viciknez rush up left and low cross to SWE Stojcic who knees ball wide wide right from 10 yards.
15 min...Lions Asanin 35 yard shot up middle over crowd of players and well over net.
18 min...SWE Pop 20 yard shot from right has flying goalie catch.
19 min...Lions Asanin or Reece is touched back ball and his 20 yard shot from left is over net.
20 min…Lions Evan Milward GOAL…SWE goalie Dusan Belic flubs clearance and gives ball to Milward alone at 22 yards, Milward rounds goalie and pushes ball in from 15 yards into open net.
21 min...Lions Milward causes SWE defenders to concede cornerkick when they can't clear his 1 on 4 rush into box.
22 min...Lions Sakovic 20 yard chip over players is caught by goalie.
23 min...Lions Keri cross from 30 yards on left is caught by goalie on right in front of two lions players waiting near post.
27 min...Lions Milward chips ball in from 30 yards. Lions Reece stops it and spins 15 yard kick that flying goalie pushes wide left of net.
27 min...Lions Reece cornerkick from left has defender head ball away.
28 min...SWE Pop rush on right crosses back to SWE Stojcic follwing up who shanks 20 yard shot up middle well wide and high right of net.
29 min...Lions sub...Gooden replaces Romanovskyy.
31 min...Lions Kouzmanis slides and rolls 20 yarder from left into box that defender clears.
32 min...SWE Neto 35 yard freekick from right has defender head ball wide left for cornerkick.
32 min...SWE Neto cornerkick from left has charging SWE Janosevic on short side head ball wide left from 7 yards.
37 min...SWE Pop ruled offside when shot from 20 yards is blocked but fumbled by goalie and SWE Pop blasts ball into net from 5 yards under bar.
38 min...Lions Gooden knocks ball hard enough, Lions player cross from left side of box and goalie stops and starts SWE fast break.
40 min...SWE Viciknez 25 yard shot from right is caught by goalie.
41 min...SWE Scepanovic cross from left is caught on bounce by charging goalie.
43 min...Lions Kouzmanis gets to ball that defedner headed back towards goalie and blasts 20 yard shot from right wide right of net.
44 min...Lions Milward races on right, cuts in along edge of box and cuts 20 yards shot low that rolls to goalie.
45 min...Lions Marshall rolled back-pass and blasts 25 yard shot from left that's wide right of net.
48 min...end 8:54pm.

2nd Half:...starts 9:07pm.
halftime sub:...SWE Radovic replaces Scepanovic.
46 min...SWE Radovic on right sends low 15 yard shot on rush that deflects off defender and rolls to goalie on right post.
47 min...SWE Neto 35 yard cross from left is caught by goalie right of net with no pressure.
52 min...Lions Keri cross from 35 yards on left has Lions Sakovic head from 18 yards that's caught by goalie under bar.
53 min...SWE Braletic cross from left of box has ball knocked around but goalie smother.
56 min...Lions Keri 35 yard freekick from left has charging goalie catch at 10 yards in front of 1 on 1. Goalie's jostled on player but hangs on.
61 min...Lions Milward charges to bounced through ball and one-touch kick from 20 yards is well over net.
62 min...SWE Neto cornerkick from left is short and he recrosses ball. SWE Pop 15 yard mid-air shot from right is well wide left and high over net.
63 min...Lions player's cornerkick from left has sliding defender pushes ball out of box.
64 min...Lions sub...Jelani Smith replaces Kouzmanis.
65 min...Lions Lions Asanin cornerkick from right is through box. SWE Vickinez gets pass to break out and pass to SWE Neto in clear has defender concede cornerkick.
66 min...SWE Neto cornerkick from left has SWE player pop header over box from 12 yards.
68 min...SWE Braletic cross from left is cleared by defenders.
69 min...SWE Neto 22 yard freekick fronm left is over wall and caught by goalie.
70 min...SWE Viciknez rush into box on right but goalie slides out to make partial clearance. SWE Stojcic gets to ball and chips 30 yard shot over retreating goalie and defender but ball lands on top of net.
70 min...SWE sub...Ellerton replaces Pop.
72 min...SWE goalie slides out to grab loose ball into box.
73 min...SWE Neto cornerkick from right has defender head away.
74 min...SWE Stojcic gets pass in middle and beats sprawling goalie but rolls 9 yard shot wide right of post.
75 min...Lions Milward run on left, rolls cross through SWE box that Lions Gooden shoots but defender blocks.
77 min...Lions sub...Marchaic replaces Gooden.
80 min…SWE Dragan Radovic GOAL…SWE Sasa Viciknez rush on right eludes defender who falls and he cuts towards goal and passes to center for Radovic whose 10 yard shot has Lions Jamaal Smith get foot to it and redirect away from goalie into own net from 5 yards.
81 min...SWE sub...Boroja replaces Neto.
82 min...SWE Ellerton rush down left has 18 yard shot batted down by goalie.
83 min...SWE Stojcic 30 yard shot is wide left of net.
88 min...Lions Milward 30 yard freekick is low and smothered by diving goalie who gives no rebound as he's swarmed.
89 min...Lions player's 25 yard freekick from right edge of box is blocked.
89 min...SWE player has break on left and chips 25 yard shot over net.
92 min...game ends 9:54pm.

Final Score:……Serbian White Eagles………2……………Canadian Lions……….1……….

Attendance was over 1000 on this hot humid night. There weren’t quite enough people to hold all the cut-out cards red, blue and white which when held up would like a Serbian flag. Referee Manual Orellana gave out no cards in this game which wasn’t rough at all.

I was impressed by the Lions who although they haven’t won this season, they have either tied or lost by one goal. This is one of the two ‘development’ teams in the league (London City is the other) that is amateur with a roster mainly made up of under-23s (somewhat like the PDL Toronto Lynx). They have no one I can recall from the Oakville Blue Devils/Metro Lions of last year except the coaching staff with Goran Miscevic as head coach.

Jamaal Smith plays defence and will be remembered as the only player who won an invitation with Toronto FC after the tryouts which drew over 1000 prospects back in December. With this team he plays with his 17 year old brother Jelani Smith.

I was surprised to see as a starter Gus Kouzmanis who still holds the CPSL record for most goals in one year from the Toronto Olympians days. He has played in the Open Canada Cup that this league administers for his regular team GS United. He was playing for this team part time and said he will miss the Lions next game on Sunday because GS United also plays that day.

Best player tonight was Evan Milward who was speedy and at one point almost recovered a ball alone in the White Eagles box against four players and won a cornerkick one minute after he scored his goal. He also got some great crosses in. At 27 minutes, he chipped a ball in from 30 yards that Ryan Reece stopped and spun 15 yard kick that the flying goalie pushed wide left of net. At 44 minutes he raced along the right and cut in along edge of box and cuts 20 yard low shot that rolls to goalie. At 61 minutes he charged to a bounced through ball and one-touch kicked 20 yard shot well over net. 75 minutes found in run on the left and he rolled a cross through box that a defender blocked from getting to Lions Nordo Gooden. Last try was at 88 minutes when his 30 yard freekick was low and through crowd in the box and smothered by diving goalie who gave no rebound as he was swarmed.

The White Eagles rise to 3-0 in the standings of the International Conference. Tonight their passing and shooting were somewhat off but given enough chances as they took over in the second half, it wasn’t surprising that they scored the winner. They almost settled the game ten minutes earlier at 70 minutes when Sasa Viciknez rushed into the box on right bug the goalie slid out to make partial clearance; Nenad Stojcic got to the ball and chipped a 30 yard shot over the retreating goalie and a defender but the ball landed on the top of the net. This was one of about four chances that Stojcic was off-target tonight.

Rocket Robin

White Eagles starters

Lions starters

There were more fans that showed up later but still not quite enough to hold up every sign supplied.

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