June 13, 2015 League 1 Ontario--Master's FA Saints vs Toronto FC Academy (from League 1 Ontario press release)
Master's FA Saints 1 - Toronto FC Academy 4 . Mon Jun 15 Written By: Staff, League1 2014 League1 Ontario champions Toronto FC Academy have taken some time to regain their incredible form of last year, but Saturday's 4-1 win over Master's Saints - their third win in a row - moved the Junior Reds within two points of the top three after Matchweek Seven final standings. The Saints will have thought they were off to a good start when Ruben Dos Santos potted an early marker (5') for the east-end academy, but within ten minutes TFCA striker Malik Johnson had replied (8'), and by half-time the Junior Reds would add two more courtesy of Cyrus Rollocks (21') and Roshon Phillip (35'). Reds could have had four by the half, were it not for a late half penalty save by Master's netminder, Mark Kamstra, but Kevin Timachy made sure the Reds would ultimately leave with four; Timachy added his contribution to the score-sheet in the fifty-eighth minute. Master's Kamden Holder ended any realistic chance of a late comeback after receiving his second caution, and subsequently a dismissal, in the seventy-fourth. "Our goalkeeper (#99 Mark Kamstra) had a very good game for a second week in a row," said Master's head coach Junior Groves. "His cat-like reflexes and solid positioning was evident throughout the game. After we scored early we had the game and could have scored again, but we gave it up with a poor back pass that caused a goal and gave TFC Academy some belief." "Following a missed PK and other chances, the phase of training for this young team will be to find a better finishing touch in front of goal," said TFCA head coach Stuart Neely. "The key moment in the match was when Masters opened the scoring. Following that TFC came to their senses and began to control the match." "We started out great again scoring early, but we had to inject four players in the line up due to starters who had to pull out on game day due to work and health issues," explained Groves. "We have just had a tough time getting the squad we prepared for the game on the field for game day, due to illness, work issues and personal family reasons. Thank God we have an academy, and could use this opportunity to call up and expose some of our younger players. This is the reality of football here." Both coaches were eager to extract the performance of certain individuals for special praise, including Master's striker Alex Dimitriu. "He [Alex] started off slow, but did impose himself during the match," commented Neely, while Groves added that "...Dimitriu had an outstanding game, with some superb ball handling - setting up the first goal and almost scoring off a free kick that rocketed off the bar." Neely highlighted the work of his #9, goalscorer Malik Johnson, as worthy of an MVP designation, while Groves felt that TFCA's Stephen Furlano "had a solid game, as his technical execution and work rate was outstanding." Both TFCA and Masters are back in action next Sunday June 21, as the Junior Reds host Durham United F.C. at Kia Training Ground in a 2:45 p.m. kickoff, and Master's are away to league leaders Oakville at Sheridan College with a 4 p.m. start.
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