From Canada Kicks.
The Olympians, who have a star studded lineup including Canadian international Eddie Berdusco, scoring machine Gus Kousmanis and a host of other "known" players, could not penetrate the strong defence of the home town Wolves last night at Roma Park in St. Catharines.
Player coach Dino Perry led the way in goal last night stopping the high powered Olympian offense, but it was the work of the midfield and wingers that had the Toronto team scrambling, particularly in the second half.
Veteran tough guy Ian Cardey was extremely lucky not to be sent off after a blatant two-handed hand ball incident that resulted in a lecture from head ref Gord Arrowsmith. Cardey was beat badly on the play and stopped a near break by grabbing the ball out of the air with both hands. No cards were shown incensing the near capacity crowd at Roma Park.
The Olympians have struggled in St.Catharines this year, the only team to trouble them thru-out the campaign and their home field of Birchmount Stadium should provide them with an upper hand when the second leg goes Friday September 25th.
Both the teams had quality chances to score in this 0-0 encounter but no ball could penetrate the net thanks to some timely defensive plays and the work of both keepers.
The key for the Wolves was to contain league leading scorer Gus Kousmanis and they did just that. Kousmanis usually gets up to 10 quality chances a game, but on this night he lacked service and support from the wingers and resulted in a frustrating night for the little dynamo, making the return leg on the 25th an encounter worth watching.
Of course Direct Kicks will be there, and be sure to watch our show on Saturday at 3:30 on the New VR for CPSL stats and on the 26th of September for all these hilites. As well our last show of the outdoor season (broadcast on Oct. 3rd) will be based around the CPSL league cup final at Birchmount so be sure to tune in for all the excitement.
Direct Kicks New Time
Direct Kicks the Soccer Show, Canadas only grass roots Soccer show is changing times in the Ottawa Valley. CHRO now known as "TheNew RO" which broadcasts in the Ottawa/Hull area will air the last 3 outdoor shows at 3:30 pm instead of 1:30 p.m.
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