March 7, 2009 Charleston Battery vs Toronto FC (from Toronto FC Media Relations)

03/07/2009 9:54PM
Reds beat Charleston in Carolina opener

De Rosario and Ricketts score for TFC in victory over hosts
Toronto FC Media Relations

Toronto FC got off to a winning start in the Carolina Challenge Cup at Blackbaud Stadium on Saturday night with a 2-1 win over the hosts Charleston Battery of the USL. Dwayne De Rosario and Rohan Ricketts got the goals for the Reds who played the second half with 10 men after Adrian Serioux was sent off.

John Carver's team got off to a flying start with De Rosario scoring inside the first two minutes. He was played through on goal and chipped the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper to give TFC the lead.

The game was tied in the 15th minute from the penalty spot. Former Toronto FC midfielder Tyler Hemming stepped up to score past Stefan Frei after Adrian Serioux had fouled Kenji Treshuk.

Toronto had chances to retake the lead before half time with De Rosario looking lively going forward and Ricketts flashing a shot across goal, but the Reds were reduced to ten men in stoppage time at the end of the half. Adrian Serioux had recieved a yellow card earlier in the half, and he was shown a second yellow for another foul on Treshuk.

Despite being a man down, TFC had plenty of posession in the second half and with eight minutes remaining Rohan Ricketts curled in a shot from the edge of the penalty area to seal a victory.

TFC line-up: Frei, Wynne, Serioux, Harmse, Brennan, Cronin, Guevara, Robinson, Ricketts, De Rosario, Barrett (Ibrahim 72) Scoring summary:
TFC: De Rosario 2, Ricketts 82
Charleston Battery: Hemming 15 (pen)

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