Result of the Tuesday October 12, 2010 CSL game between Toronto Croatia and York Region Shooters played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 8:00pm. This was the first game of a two game Quarterfinal.

Toronto Croatia (blue socks, white shorts and numbers, red shirts)

....................12 Antonio Ilic
7 Halburto Harris...6 Ante Zurak...4 Sven Arapovic...15 Ainsley Deer
23 Tonci Pirija...21 Braeden Krampert...20 Alex Arbelo...11 Ivan Zgela (cpt)
...........8 Hayden Fitzwilliams...10 Tihomir Maletic

Subs:...1 Sandi Matika (gk)...3 Robert Fran (def)...5 Jonathan Bustamante (mid)...14 Diego Gonzalez (mid)...19 Niko Pesa (fwd)...25 Lukas Pesa (mid)...30 Tomislav Leko (mid)
team officials:...head coach Alen Vukobrad...managers Perica Arapovic and Ivan Kulis...manager Perica Arapovic...physio Rachel Leroux

York Region Shooters (yellow socks and shirts, blue shorts and numbers)

...................1 Camilo Benzi
13 Aundrae Rollins...4 Marcelo Capazolo...8 Chris Turner...99 Ryan Dummett
11 Kadian Lecky (cpt)...15 Alex Trujillo...17 Mattehw O'Connor...10 Mario Orestano
.............22 Nick Cisternino...9 Jason De Thomasis

Subs:...00 Yusuto Hoshiko (gk)...2 Rick Titus (def)...5 Nicolas Martinez (mid)...6 Fitzroy Christey (def)...7 Cam Medwin (mid)...12 Angelo Palestrone (--)...20 Anscumana Goudiaby (mid)...21 Darryl Gomez (mid)
team officials:...manager Cyndi DeThomasis...head coach Tony De Thomasis...coach Alex Sikov...physio Eric Yuill...club official John Pacione

Game officials:...referee David Barrie...referee's assistants Peter Pendli and Jeff Fernell...fourth official James Bliss...(all black uniforms, neon red trim)

1st Half:...game starts 8:10pm...TC defend south end on this cold night.
4 min...YRS Dummett 55 yard freekick from left has YRS O'Connor pop up 10 yard kick on right behind end line.
5 min...TC player's cross from 20 yards near left end line bends ball behind net.
7 min...TC Zgela and TC Fitzwilliams work out short cornerkick from left and TC Zgela blasts roller wide left from 12 yards on left.
9 min...YRS Rollins long throw-in from right has defender clear ball in box.
11 min...TC Deer low cross from left has defender clear ball in box.
12 min...TC Zgela clipped just inside box but can't draw Penalty kick.
15 min...TC Zgela freekick from 25 yards on left has defender clear from box.
15 min...TC Zgela 25 yard shot from left is well wide right of net.
16 min...YRS Cisternino 30 yard shot down middle is wide left.
18 min...YRS Rollins 45 yard freekick from right has YRS DeThomasis flick 15 yard header that's caught by goalie.
19 min...TC Fitzwilliams at 12 yards with goalie out of net has goalie slide and push ball over end line.
19 min...TC Zgela cornerkick from left has defender clear from left post.
22 min...TC Arbelo 25 yard chip on rush is caught by goalie wide of net.
22 min...TC Zgela from left takes 30 yard freekick and has ball partially cleared and TC Arbelo 25 yard shot up middle is caught by goalie injurying himself.
25 min...YRS Orestano cross from 25 yards is over players in box. YRS players maintain possession but can't cross it into box.
27 min...YRS Rollins throw-in from right has partial clearance and YRS DeThomasis 35 yard shot cleared on edge of box.
28 min...TC Maletic checked off ball on rush just inside left of box.
30 min...TC Zgela 25 yard freekick from left has charging TC Fitzwilliams head ball wide left and high from 10 yards.
32 min...YRS Orestano high cross from left at 25 yards on rush has TC player pop up sending ball out right side of box.
34 min...TC Deer cross from left 25 yards has goalie catch on bounce wide right of net.
35 min...YRS player can't draw Penalty kick.
37 min...YRS DeThomasis 35 yard freekick from left hits left post with all players standing at 15 yards on right.
38 min...TC Harris 50 yard freekick from right is caught by goalie.
39 min...YRS DeThomasis 30 yard blast up middle is wide left of goal.
42 min...TC Fitzwilliams 20 yard shot from right is through 6 yard box wide left of goal.
43 min...YRS Lecky cross from 10 yards near right end line has TC defender head ball behind end line.
43 min...YRS DeThomasis cornerkick from left has YRS Cisternino on right take 15 yards on left pop up skyball. The goalie drops ball but a defender clears.
45 min...TC Zgela cornerkick from left has ball popped up twice and goalie catches.
47 min...TC Arbelo flicks ball through defenders from 25 yards but ball bounces to goalie.
48 min...YRS Cisternino(?) 20 yard shot up middle is wide left of net.
48 min...half ends 9:58pm.

2nd Half:...starts 9:14pm.
halftime sub...YRS Gomez replaces O'Connor.
48 min...Fitzwilliams cross from 20 yards near left end line drops wide right for a goalkick.
49 min...TC goalie charges out of box to boot ball away through-ball pass before YRS Lecky can get to it at 22 yards.
54 min...YRS DeThomasis 30 yard freekick from left has YRS player head ball wide left from 10 yards on left.
55 min...YRS DeThomasis and TC Krampert injured at TC 25 yards when they both kick at ball in middle.
57 min...TC player's 35 yard freekick from left has ball blocked and TC Pirija 30 yard rebound from middle is also blocked. TC Pirija passes off to TC Harris who crosses from 22 yards. TC Maletic 15 yard bicycle kick has goalie save.
58 min...YRS DeThomasis injured at TC 33 yards.
61 min...TC Fitzwilliams ends TC pressure with cross from 12 yards on left through 6 yard box that TC Maletic misses at 3 yards and ball is wide for a throw-in.
63 min...Toronto Croatia Ivan Zgela GOAL...TC Hayden Fitzwilliams steals ball from YRS defender Chris Turner and rushes in from 40 yards, cuts in from right and pushes pass back to 20 yards for Zgela to blast from left to center of net that goalie Camilo Benzi gets a piece of but pushes into left side of net.
64 min...YRS sub...Medwin replaces Trujillo.
65 min...YRS YELLOW card...Capazolo earns it for tackle on TC Pirija at center circle.
67 min...TC Krampert blasts 30 yard shot down middle over net.
67 min...TC sub...Leko replaces Arbelo.
68 min...YRS Lecky 20 yard chip down middle has goalie catch just under bar on right.
70 min...TC Pirija freekick from 30 yards on left sideline has defender head ball away on right.
71 min...TC Harris injured on edge of TC box.
73 min...TC Arapovic injured on edge of TC box.
75 min...TC Maletic gets ball in open and 15 yard low shot is wide left of post.
78 min...YRS Orestano cornerkick from right has defender clear and YRS Medwin blasts 35 yarder through player traffic wide right of net.
79 min...YRS sub...Titus replaces Turner.
80 min...YRS sub...Goudiaby replaces Cisternino.
83 min...TC sub...Bustamante replaces Pirija.
86 min...TC sub...Niko Pesa replaces Fitzwilliams.
88 min...Toronto Croatia Tihomir Maletic GOAL...Maletic cuts in on right from 25 yards and kicks 18 yarder up middle into right corner of net.
89 min...YRS Medwin 20 yard shot is high and wide right of top corner of net.
91 min...TC YELLOW card...Zurak earns it for knock down of YRS Lecky at 35 yards.
93 min...TC YELLOW card...Krampert earns it for time wasting.
94 min...TC player's 30 yard freeekick from left has ball caught by goalie.
95 min...TC YELLOW card...Bustamante earns it for tripping player.
97:08 min...game ends 10:06pm.

Final Score:.....Toronto Croatia.........2........York Region Shooters..........0......

Attendance was about 120 on this cold night.

Since this is a two game series, Croatia's second goal was vitally important and could change any strategy that Shooters were planning on for a second game. Maletic was the leading scorer of the CSL during the regular season with 17 goals.

Croatia was the final qualifier for the playoffs this year and scraped in last week with a tie against Brampton Lions which eliminated that team. Their record since their last win, a 3-0 victory on September 22nd against St Catharines Wolves, was 0-2-2 plus a 2-0 'forfeit' loss of a game never played against London City that reduced their crowded fixture schedule. Before that win against Wolves they had been 0-2-3 stretching back into August.

Shooters finished first during the regular season but are in deep trouble and will have the most difficult time to advance of the three games held last night.

Antonio Ilic earner the shutout for Croatia. He is usually the back up but I heard before the game that first stringer Sandi Matika was still injured.

Best scoring chances besides the goals were at 30 minutes when Ivan Zgela took a 25 yard freekick from the left (he took most of the freekicks and cornerkicks tonight) and Hayden Fitzwilliams charge in and headed the ball high and wide left of the goal. At 37 minutes YRS Jason DeThomasis surprised all the TC players by taking a 35 yard freekick from the left that hit the left post with all the players of both teams except the TC goalie standing at 15 yards on the right side expecting a cross. DeThomasis took a 30 yard freekick from the left at 54 minutes and a YRS player headed the ball wide left from 10 yards. At 75 minutes, TC Tihomir Maletic got the ball in the open and took a 15 yard low shot that was just wide left of the post. Maybe that was just warming him up for his chance 11 minutes later.

Referee David Barrie was given a hard time by the pro-Croatia fans for not awarding a Penalty kick when Ivan Zgela was clipped just inside the Shooters box at 12 minutes but he didn't call equally dubious 'knocks' for the Shooters too. He gave out three Yellow cards to Croatia during the rather generous seven minutes of added time in the second half on meaningless tackles and time wasting the players shouldn't have made. The only person the fans gave a worse time to was Shooters goalie Carmilo Benzi save rather dangerously off his chest rather than make a routine catch somewhat showing up the Croatian team. I didn't agree with the fans wanting the game to end (except for the cold weather) because all the momentum was going TC's way and they had a much more likely chance of scoring another one.

Tonight Centennial Stadium will be used as the 'home' field for TFC Academy against Hamilton Croatia. The game will be held at the rather late hour of 9:00pm. I expect that hour will make it convenient for travelling Hamilton fans to show up in force. Etobicoke is on the western edge of Toronto near the Pearson airport and is well served by expressways almost directly to Hamilton. There will probably be a larger cheering section for Hamilton than TFC who have some supporters who never venture out of downtown Toronto.

Rocket Robin

Toronto Croatia starters

Shooters starters

TC Ivan Zgela lines up freekick.

Shooters rush

play in Shooters end

TC Hayden Fitzwilliams (8) and Tihomir Maletic (10) wait to start second half.

TC player sends in cross

Shooters Jason DeThomasis takes freekick.

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