Result of the Monday October 11th, 2004 CPSL game between Vaughan Shooters and Toronto Croatia played at Victoria Park in Brampton at 3:00pm. This was the Rogers Cup final.
Vaughan Shooters (blue socks and shirts, white shorts and numbers)
.........................1 Brian Bowes
.............17 Raj Takhar...2 Angelo Pollastrone (cpt)...4 Jorge Molina
7 Cameron Medwin...11 Branco Majstorovic...10 Joey Todaro...8 Chris Turner...21 Marco Casilinuovo
.....................13 Mathew Palleschi...9 Jason DeThomasis
Subs:...00 Roberto Scala (gk)...22 Ricardo Forno...12 Fitzroy Powell...15 Fitzroy Christey...19 Jose Anikewe...20 Steve Said...6 Tony Marshall
team officials:...head coach Tony DeThomasis...assistant coach Phil Bento...team manager Elio Scarcello...team therapist Scott Howitt...official Enzo Bruzzesse
Toronto Croatia (blue socks, white shorts and numbers, red shirts)
.......................1 George Azcurra
.............6 Mario Kulis...5 Antonijo Zupan...3 Halburto Harris
22 Danny Draganic...9 Zvjezdan Kresic...8 Hugo Alstitud...11 Velemir Crljen...21 Marko Milicevic
.....................16 Edin Kalic...10 Leo Laurito
Subs:...12 Vinko Kozina (gk)...2 Ante Pavlovic (def)...4 Rudy Spajic (mid)...7 Andrew Saulez (---)...20 Leo Marasovic (fwd)...23 John Sola (mid)...[14 Joseph Cosentino (def) was a late scratch]
team officials:...manager Theo Krajacic...head coach Josip Cvitarovic...assistant coach Ivan Cuvalo...official Mladen Vugrinecek
Game officials:...referee Amato DeLuca...referee's assistants Sylviu Petrescu and Yakov Keimakh...fourth official Alex William (yellow shirts, black shorts and socks)...match observer Hugh Elliott
1st Half:...game starts 3:17pm...Shooters defend north end on this cool afternoon with a bright sun in the south.
1 min...TC Crljen gets pass back and takes 22 yard blast that's well high and wide left of net.
3 min...TC Laurito leaps to tip ball into box on header that bounces to goalie.
5 min...VS Todaro and VS Medwin work in 25 yard freekick from right side and Todaro blasts ball just wide left of top corner from right.
7 min...TC Kresic 45 yard cross from right is caught by goalie.
8 min...TC Draganic 30 yard roller from right is picked up by goalie.
10 min...VS Todaro pass up middle has VS DeThomasis blast low 22 yarder that goalie sprawls to stop and rebound is cleared.
11 min...VS Todaro rush to ball on left has last defender knock ball away for cornerkick on sliding tackle.
13 min...TC Alstitud cornerkick from left has charging TC Zupan head 5 yarder from left post over net.
14 min...TC Kalic gets 20 yard blast from right saved by goalie near right post after intercepting goalkick.
14 min...VS Casilinuovo is injured near center line sideline with ball kicked at his head.
16 min...TC Draganic cross from right is headed behind line by VS defender.
17 min...TC YELLOW card...Alstitud for sliding tackle on VS player at TC 40 yard line.
...........VS YELLOW card...Casilinuovo for pushing TC player.
18 min...VS DeThomasis misses from 10 yards on left connecting sliding to cross from 40 yard freekick.
19 min...VS DeThomasis injured when clipped on ankle near center line. VS play short.
21 min...TC Milicevic flubs 20 yard shot wide left ending TC pressure.
22 min...VS DeThomasis returns to game.
23 min...TC Crljen 30 yard freekick from near right sideline has defender beat leaping TC Kalic to header on left post and gives up cornerkick.
25 min...TC Alstitud rushes on right and beats VS Turner on end line chip back to TC Crljen who chips pop up that's caught by leaping goalie.
26 min...VS YELLOW card...Palleschi for tackle near TC end right corner flag.
28 min...VS YELLOW card...Majstorovic for tripping TC Crljen rushing in at VS 25 yards on left.
29 min...TC Zupan chips 25 yard freekick from left is well over net.
30 min...TC Laurito slips pass through from left to TC Kalic who's low 20 yard shot from left is saved low by goalie.
32 min...TC Draganic cross from right is headed away by defender in box.
33 min...TC goalie blocks 7 yarder from right pushing ball behind end line.
34 min...VS Turner heads 7 yarder from left over net when he receives cornerkick from right.
36 min...VS Palleschi draws freekick on left edge of box when TC Harris pulls him down.
36 min...VS Todaro blasts touched freekick from 15 yard shot blocked by defender.
38 min...TC Crljen 25 freekick from right is cleared by first defender on right.
39 min...VS Todaro rush on right to keep possession of ball and rolls cross through box that charging VS DeThomasis can't direct in from 4 yards.
41 min...TC players 35 yard freekick from left is into box flagged offside.
42 min...TC Kalic cross from right over defenders from 20 yards and TC Laurito handball on left post when he falls back to get to ball.
45 min...VS Palleschi rush through middle but last defender blocks his 20 yard shot.
46 min...half ends 4:03pm.
2nd Half:...half starts 4:21pm.
halftime subs:...TC Marasovic replaces Laurito.
...............VS Christey replaces Casilinuovo.
47 min...TC Alstitud walks ball into center and passes forward to TC Kalic for rush shot wide left on deflection off defender.
48 min...TC goalie makes huge sliding save from 10 yards.
48 min...VS Pollastrone 30 yard shot through crowd is caught by goalie.
49 min...Toronto Croatia Leo Marasovic GOAL...Toronto Croatia Edin Kalic on left from 45 yards crosses through middle to find Marasovic on rush on right and his run from 25 yards eludes sliding defender Jorge Molina ane he rolls a 12 yarder from right into left corner of empty net.
50 min...VS Turner 25 yard shot deflected wide left for cornerkick.
54 min...VS player's long throw-in from left is headed away by defender.
57 min...VS Palleschi rush with ball to left with TC Harris after him and he cuts 15 yard shot is just wide right beyond diving goalie. TC Kulis is injured on play.
59 min...TC sub...Saulez replaces Alstitud.
60 min...Toronto Croatia Leo Marasovic GOAL...Shooters defender Angelo Pollastrone ignores the calls from his goalie Brian Bowes to let the ball roll inside the box so he could pick it up and instead clears only 12 yards where ball is intercepted by Marasovic who lofts 25 yarder into right side of empty net.
61 min...VS sub...Powell replaces Medwin.
62 min...VS sub...Marshall replaces Majstorovic.
63 min...VS DeThomasis 35 yard roller wide left.
63 min...TC Harris runs down right wing and finally takes 20 yard cross that's caught by goalie on right post on bounce.
66 min...VS Molina injured on crash with TC Marasovic at center line.
68 min...VS DeThomasis long throw-in from right has VS Marshall flick 10 yard header that's caught by goalie.
69 min...TC Kresic 30 yard shot and flying goalie pushes ball wide right.
70 min...TC Crljen cornerkick from right is caught in crowd by goalie.
72 min...TC Milicevic long run down left wing but cross is behind net.
75 min...VS sub...Anikewe replaces Marshall.
75 min...VS Todaro 27 yard freekick up middle hits man in TC player wall.
76 min...VS goalie outleaps TC Marasovic for ball 30 yards off line and VS goalie injured.
..............TC YELLOW card...Marasovic for his part in collision with goalie.
77 min...VS DeThomasis chips 27 yard freekick from left that VS player heads down on right post but ball is cleared.
80 min...TC sub...Sola replaces Kalic.
80 min...VS Takhar 35 yard freekick on right has defender head ball away.
83 min...TC Milicevic rush down left after pass from TC Marasovic, low cross from left has VS Takhar slide and knock 5 yard ball off right post and TC Marasovic overruns ball.
84 min...VS DeThomasis long throw-in from right has VS Anikewe pop 10 yard header from right over net.
85 min...Shooters RED card...Jason DeThomasis gets it for tackle from behind on TC Zvjezdan Kresic injuring him near center line.
85 min...Toronto Croatia RED card...goalie George Azcurra for forearming face of Jason DeThomasis in retaliation. He'd come 45 yards out of his net when players started to push each other. De Thomasis went down like a ton of bricks. Referee Amato De Luca wasn't left with much choice.
87 min...TC sub...back up goalie Vinko Kozina was brought in to replace the injured Kresic so the team would have a goaltender.
...........VS sub...Forno replaces Takhar.
88 min...TC Crljen cornerkick from right is over all players in box.
(five minutes of injury time is signalled).
90 min...Toronto Croatia Marko Milicevic GOAL...TC Leo Marasovic rush on right on 2 on 1 has ball and passes to Milicevic who kicks in 5 yarder to right side of net.
91 min...TC goalie has point blank save on VS Powell sliding to ball centered across from 10 yards.
92 min...VS Christey heads 12 yarder over net on freekick.
94 min...Toronto Croatia Antonijo Zupan GOAL...TC Leo Marasovic breaks in on right eluding slide tackle from side by Angelo Pollastrone and cuts in across edge of box avoiding leg check of goalie and cuts ball that deflects off sliding defender VS Jorge Molina and momentum carries ball towards left post where Zupan kicks the ball in from one yard although it may have rolled in anyway.
95 min...game ends 5:10pm.
Final Score:..............Vaughan Shooters.........0...........Toronto Croatia...........4............
Attendance was about 300 on this cool sunny day. The wind was not a factor in today's game. The field was soft so some mud was flying on a few kicks.
The game was closer than the score indicated with the Shooters having about three good chances to score in the first half although Toronto Croatia had more just as many if not more. Leo Marasovic replaced Leo Laurito at halftime and his fresh legs gave them more speed after the break. Shooters were caught short at the back during the last few minutes of the game with even goalie Brian Bowes playing 40 yards off his line at times to keep the pressure in the Toronto Croatia end.
Referee Amato DeLuca gave out quite a few Yellow cards too but that was to keep control of the game.
George Azcurra was allowed back on the field to hoist the Rogers Cup trophy after the game was over and be in the team pictures. The bench was shocked that he'd take the initiative or be baited into swinging at Jason DeThomasis. DeThomasis had been Red carded for a kick from behind near the end of the Shooters vs Metro Lions quarter-final match in which he injured the player he checked so he missed the Shooters vs Toronto Supra semi-final under suspension.
A VIP room was set up for after the game. I wasn't going to attend but stayed a few minutes. London City coach/owner Harry Gauss was still talking about Paul Munster. The loyalty and what a good player he was. Munster could have left during the Labour Day weekend for an English team in the Northern premier league (non-divisional) and be paid for playing but elected to stay with London City for their Open Canada Cup run. He had no commitment with City but stayed around to complete the season. He also scored his goals usually one at a time or four when the team really needed them but he didn't pad his totals by rolling them in once the games were blowouts. He should have been signed for a two year contract in the Czech league but the new manager hadn't taken over yet so the old manager has him there on a three week trial. Gauss called Munster "The Real Deal".
I didn't hang around in the VIP room for long after the game so I could home in time for Thanksgiving dinner with my family. This was my 54th CPSL game of the season! There were probably a lot of more stories in that room but it was finally time to end my season.
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