August 12, 2015 League 1 Ontario--Woodbridge Strikers vs Toronto FC Academy (from League 1 Ontario press release)
Woodbridge Strikers 2 - Toronto FC Academy 3 . Fri Aug 14 Written By: Staff, League1 Fresh off the heels of their recent L1 Cup finals victory, a weary Woodbridge Strikers were toppled by a rampant young Toronto FC Academy side, losing 3-2 at Vaughan Grove. "Overall it was a great team performance, with team unity and grit," said TFCA's Stuart Neely. Toronto FC's Richie Ennin (23', 47') was outstanding on the night, opening the scoring mid-way through the first half and completed a double with another strike just after the half-time break. "The man of the match was definitely Richie Ennins, with two goals from his left foot and right foot respectively!" added Neely. "Another great performance came from Matthew Srbely, who was all over the pitch hunting, winning balls, and making his team look that much better going forward as he was relentless! The two central backs Klaidi Cela and Nikola Stakic were solid, boisterous, and gave every bit of their energy to the game! It was great to see!" Woodbridge's Christian Cavallini (33', 87') kept the home side in touch with the match leaders with his first half strike, and took his second of the night just minutes from the end of regular time, but it was a strike for TFCA's Tristan Borges (48') just one minute after Ennin's second goal of the night that would ultimately prove to be the winner. "Another great performance also came from Tristan Borges, who scored on the night after a great run by Kevin Timachie," commented Neely. "The opposition players who stood out for me were number 10 Christian Cavallini, and number 7 Jonathan Parolini. They were both strong fast and skillful!" Woodbridge appeared to be suffering from the exertions of their play in the grueling weekend L1 Cup final with Sigma FC, and head coach Peter Pinizzotto was clear in his disappointment. "A very disappointing result after winning L1 Cup," he confirmed. "I thought today was one the worst game we played as a team, and also not very happy giving up three goals, but this could have been that two of the regular defenders were not playing - Gabe Sosa suspended and Vince Sasso back to school." "The team played with no intensity today, this could have been the result of the cup final Sunday," he added. "Many players looked very tired and could not match the young TFC energy pressuring the Woodbridge team throughout the game, they deserve the win as they were the better team." After seeing his very young charges struggle with the physicality implicit in older teams during the early 2015 League1 season, Neely was clearly proud of how the senior academy players handled Woodbridge on the day. "The biggest challenges in this match were the size of the opponent," he said. "They were big, strong, very fast and played with a lot of confidence and technique. They were well coached, were very chippy, and produced many fouls, which many times were not punished. The players on our team were somewhat intimidated by Woodbridge but they held their ground and produced a fantastic win!" In matchweek 16, Toronto FC will look to build upon this win, while Woodbridge will doubtlessly be intent on regaining the type of form that won them the L1 Cup, and has put them in very good position in the league. Toronto FC Academy will be on the road to Victoria Park Stadium, Brampton, to play Pro Stars FC on Saturday August 15, 7 p.m. Woodbridge Strikers will be home at Vaughan Grove, Woodbridge, hosting another exciting young side in ANB Futbol on Sunday August 16, 7 p.m.
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