Sunday June 23rd 2002.
Free Press: London City, Hitmen Forge Tie
London City, Hitmen forge a tie
By Paul Vanderhoeven -- London Free Press
London City blew a late lead but held onto to tie the Brampton Hitmen 2-2 last night in a Spectator Cup match at Exeter Community Field.
General manager Harry Gauss said the team, missing several key starters, would have liked to come home with the win. But after taking a beating from the Hitmen at Cove Road earlier this season, he's happy with a tie.
"In the end, we take we get," Gauss said. "We thought we should have won, but the last time we played these guys they beat us 4-0."
Gauss said the heat and humidity took its toll on City's shortened bench, but keeper Anthony Camacho kept London in the game.
The veteran goaltender made a huge save midway through the second half, stopping a bullet from Kurt Mella from about 11 yards out.
City opened the scoring in the 43rd minute when Sandro Costantin of Wallaceburg scored his second goal of the season.
on great finish off a head ball from Eris Tasaj.
The Hitmen tied the game three minutes into the second half when Joe Drajavic beat Camacho from six yards out.
City recaptured the lead briefly when rookie Haidar Al-Shaibani, who was a keeper for Laurier secondary school last season, scored on a head ball off a 35-yard cross from Steven Flatt at 79 minutes. Brampton tied the game just five minutes later on a free kick from Roberto Bruni.
City's next Canadian Professional Soccer League game is Friday in Mississauga, but the team will play host to the Canadian under-20 team at Cove Road field on July 5.
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