June 3, 20016 PDL Toronto FC Academy--Toronto FC Academy vs Cincinnati Dutch Lions (from cdlfc.com)


June 4, 2016,  Ric Campbell Uncategorized
Toronto, Canada (June 3, 2016) – The Cincinnati Dutch Lions fought an uphill battle most of the match 
and thought they would end up with at least a point, but a late winner in the 88th minute gave 
Toronto FC Academy a thrilling 3-2 win.  Scott Lamont provided a brace for the visitors, 
but it wasn’t enough.

With a nice day and a 4:00pm kickoff, the Lions were excited to face their hosts after beating 
them 2-0 last week and looking to move up in the standings.  At the same time, they knew that 
a strong effort was going to be needed to garner a victory.

The first leg of this Canadian road trip was played at the Kia training facility in Toronto.  
Both teams started the match aggressively and were fighting hard for every ball.  The high 
pressure pace led to an opening goal for TFC as they took the early lead 1-0.  The Lions were not 
impacted by the goal and continued to pressure the ball and look for their own openings.  A foul 
on the left flank gave CDL FC their first set piece and Martyn Sayer made the best of it. His shot 
cleared the wall and was initially saved by the TFC keeper, but he could not hold onto the ball.  
Scott Lamont was rushing the goal area and was able to get his foot on the rebound and fire 
it home.  The 1-1 scoreline stood through halftime.

“I liked the way the lads responded to the early goal.  They kept playing hard, working for 
each other and created chances.  We had a couple corner kicks and then the set piece was hit 
well by Martyn and Scotty was there to finish it up.  Excellent soccer…,” said 
Head Coach Terry Nicholl.

The second half started similar to the first with both teams putting pressure on the ball 
all over the pitch.  Outside back Nick Merhaut was able to get down the flank and knock 
a cross into a very crowded penalty box.  After a scramble, the ball dropped to the left 
of Jack Clark and he was able to snap off a quick shot for goal.  Unfortunately, the Assistant 
Referee had his flag up and the goal was called off for offside.  This bit of misfortunate 
seemed to impact the Lions as TFC took control of the match with better possession and 
numerous shots on goal.

The pace of the match started to take a bit of the legs from the visitors.  With just 
under 20 minutes to play, the home squad hit pay dirt with a fine goal coming down the 
right side.  The 2-1 lead seemed to be enough as time was winding down.  The Lions seemed 
a bit weary, but some additional magic was in store.  With less than 8 minutes remaining 
a superb goal was created from the roommate Scottish connection of Kurtis Roberts and 
Scott Lamont. Roberts won the ball just inside midfield, took a dribble and hit a perfect 
through ball.   Lamont timed his run and was in free on the keeper.  He lifted his shot 
over the onrushing goalie, it hit the underside of the crossbar and rolled in……2-2 score.

“The pass from Kurtis was exactly where it needed to be, I was able to get a great first 
touch and  was hoping the shot would slide under the bar.  I was really thinking we had 
stolen a point late, but it wasn’t to be.  I liked our teamwork and battling for 90+ minutes.  
It will give us confidence for later in the season.  We need to rebound for Sunday’s match,” 
said Lamont.

The final minutes of the match were enhanced by the final substitutes for the home squad. 
The fresher legs seemed to give them a lift and in the waning moments, TFC got a cracker 
of a finish as a brilliant shot from the edge of the box gave them the 3-2 win and their 
first win of the season.

The Lions travel to K-W United for a Sunday evening affair at Wilfrid Laurier University.  
K-W sit atop the league standings, so another strong outing will be needed to get a result 
from this road trip.   CDL will return home for a Wednesday mid-day 3:00pm kickoff at the 
Mason Multi Purpose stadium.  The will be hosting the Dayton Dutch Lions FC.

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