May 16, 2010 CSL Review of Saturday's games (from CSL website)

FC HAMILTON CROATIA WIN OPENER........2-1 victory over TFC Academy while Montreal Impact Academy and Milltown FC play to 0-0 tie

FC Hamilton Croatia win opener in Toronto

FC Hamilton Croatia made its initial venture into professional soccer a winning one with a 2-1 victory over highly regarded TFC Academy Saturday night, while a few hours earlier new teams Milltown FC and Montreal Impact Academy played to a scoreless tie in Montreal.

The quick-paced entertaining encounter at Lamport Stadium in Toronto's west-end brought the visibly more experienced Hamilton team against a younger but skillful senior academy squad from Toronto FC.

The visiting team had a distinct edge in the early going and that brought results with an opening goal after 25 minutes when Hamilton's Jason Shannon collected the ball from Antonio Zupan's failed attempt to push the ball from 15 yards under the advancing TFC 'keeper Garrett Cyprus.

TFC Academy came close to equalizing late in the first half, but the Croatia side held a 1-0 lead at the interval and went ahead at 65 minutes when Aidan O'Keefe struck a volley into the net from 25 yards.

The academy side fought back and closed the gap when Nicholas Lindsay scored at the 78th minute mark to make it 2-1 and that score held to the final whistle.

Milltown FC ventured to Montreal for their first CSL encounter, a meeting with the USL's Montreal Impact reserve team at the Saputo Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Montreal Impact Academy created most of the scoring chances in a game that could have gone either way, but in the final analysis it was strong midfield play and sound goalkeeping by the academy’s Andrei Badescu and Milltown's Scott Cliff that kept the game scoreless.

"While we should have done better in front of goal, which is an area we need to improve, the Milltown team played very well and will be very competitive in the CSL", said Academy head coach Philippe Eullaffroy.

There are four games in the CSL Sunday in a busy full slate of weekend games that sees 12 of the 13 teams in action. Only Serbian White Eagles are not in the weekend schedule as they ready for a season opener against St. Catharines Wolves at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke next Friday, May 21.

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