From CPSL site June 1st, 2000.
Toronto Croatia open their season on a positive note, with a 3-2 victory over Glen Shields Sun Devils.
Toronto Croatia started quickly and could have gone up 1-0 at the 2 minute mark. Paul Moore an ex Sun Devil, made an excellent run down the left flank and sent a perfect pass over to Leo Marasovic only to see his shot go over the crossbar.
Glen Shields opened the scoring at the 17th minute mark, with a free kick from approximately 30 yards out. David McDonald made a nice pass onto the foot of Fitzroy Powell who was just inside the penalty area, Powell turned quickly upon receiving the ball and scored the opener with a well placed shot.
Marasovic scored his first goal of the evening when he intercepted a pass back to the goalkeeper from Patrick Sullivan and slotted into the net from just outside the penalty area. Score was tied 1-1 at half time.
Glen Shields again took the lead at the 70th minute mark on a defensive error by Croatia and Marco Antonucci tapped the ball into an open net. Toronto Croatia equalized 4 minutes later with Marasovic receiving an excellent through ball from Domogoj Shain who was 15 yards inside his own half, the long ball went over the heads of the Glen Shields defence. Marasovic showed great speed and rocketed a world class goal from 22 yards out into the top right hand corner of the net. With 8 minutes remaining, Marasovic scored his third goal of the evening outpacing the Devils defender, and once again took a thundering shot from just inside the penalty area which Adam Morandini had no chance of stopping.
Toronto Croatia's new coach Velemir Crljen was pleased with his teams performance and stated "We were very disappointed that last Wednesday's home opener against the Olympians was cancelled and we look forward to our game against them on June 18th at Birchmount Stadium. Tonights game was a good test for our team and it's always nice to open up the season with 3 points."
Toronto Croatia travels to Esther Shiner Stadium on Sunday to play against the North York Astro's. Glen Shields Sun Devils also play on Sunday at home (Dufferin Clark Stadium) where they host the Oshawa Flames.
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