Result of the Sunday September 5th, 2004 CPSL Canada Open Cup Semi-Final game between Ottawa St Anthony Italia and Metro Lions played at Cove Road Stadium in London at 8:38pm.
Ottawa St Anthony Italia SC (white socks and sleeves, powder blue shorts and shirts, black numbers)
..........................1 Angus Wong
.............6 Marc Labrom...7 Christian Hoefler...5 Alessandro Battisti
14 Russel Shaw...23 Huffman Tabe...17 Urbain Some (cpt)...8 Njima Alain...2 Richard Furano
....................9 Abrham Osman...20 Allan Popazzi
Subs:...4 David Giameradino (def)...10 Jonny Schieda (fwd)...12 Egar Soigo (fwd)...13 Jimmy Zito (mid)...16 Claudio Venegas (mid)...18 Nicola Schieda (mid)...21 Jason Frederick (fwd)
team officials:...manager Rick Giamberardino...triner Mike Circelli...manager John Mattolli...coach Aldo Popazzi
Metro Lions SC (black socks, navy shorts and shirts, white numbers)
..........................1 Amandeep Saini
............14 Kevin Ricketts...4 Marco Jankovic...18 Billy Ninopoulos
22 Marko Janjicek...7 Caswain Mason...13 Kareem Reynolds...10 Hayden Fitzwilliams...5 Gregory Messam
....................20 Maxim Dorneval...11 Pop Gabriel Salustius
Subs:...21 Chris Handsor (def)...3 Owen Mitchel (def)...12 Mishel Levkov (mid)...2 Omar Samuels (mid)...6 Florin Stirbulescu (fwd)
team officials:...general manager/head coach Goran Miscevic...coach Blagoja Bratic...equipment manager Ken Mollineau
Game officials:...referee Mike Lambert...referee's assistants Joe Fletcher and Nathan Walsh...fourth official Tamara Reisma...(red shirts, black shorts and socks)
1st Half:...game starts 8:41pm...Lions defend north end.
4 min...OSAI Some 40 yard freekick from right is blocked on edge of box.
5 min...ML player's cross from left has stutter stip shot from 7 yards by ML Salustius deflected for cornerkick.
6 min...ML player's cornerkick from left has ML player leaping header wide left from 7 yards on left.
8 min...ML Mason 30 yard freekick to left is headed away.
10 min...ML Salustius cross through box from right after good run has ML Fitzwilliams bounce header from 7 yards just wide left.
11 min...OSAI player's cornerkick from right is headed away by leaping ML Fitzwilliams.
11 min...ML goalie leaps to catch 25 yard cross from right.
12 min...OSAI goalie catches 5 yard popped up header.
14 min...OSAI Some 30 yard freekick from right is caught by goalie in crowd of players.
16 min...ML goalie races out to beat OSAI Osman to through ball.
17 min...ML Dorneval cross from right has ML player fake and ML Reynolds 20 yard shot blocked by sliding defender.
19 min...ML defender gets back to knock ball away from OSAI Osman on left.
20 min...OSAI Tabe cornerkick from left is whistled down in box.
22 min...ML Fitzwilliams rusn on left has 10 yard shot blocked point blank by goalie.
27 min...ML Reynolds 30 yard freekick rolls through to goalie to stop on bounce.
28 min...OSAI Tabe cornerkick from left worked out short and OSAI Tabe crosses in goalie fumbles than pounces to right to stop it.
31 min...ML YELLOW card...Ricketts for kick of OSAI Furano on sideline missing ball.
32 min...OSAI goalie covers shot from extreme right that's wide right.
33 min...ML sub...Levkov replaces Messam.
34 min...ML Janjicek twists weak header from 15 yards to goalie.
38 min...ML Salustius blasts ball off target that's been worked across box from left when he charges to it.
39 min...OSAI YELLOW card...Battisti for grabbing ML Salustius.
39 min...ML Mason freekick from 25 yards on right is whistled down in box.
40 min...OSAI Allan Popazzi GOAL...Popazzi in middle takes low blast from 20 yards that's into right corner of net with goalie Amandeep Saini frozen in place in center of net. It was a screen shot but the goalie didn't move!
42 min...ML Salustius cuts through box but dives in OSAI box but doesn't get call.
43 min...ML Mason 30 yard freekick from right is caught by goalie over head of leaping player.
44 min...ML goalie almost messes up clearance.
45 min...ML Fitzwilliams 30 yard freekick from right is whistled down for ML hand ball in box.
46 min...ML Dorneval 15 yard ball is deflected wide by defender.
47 min...ML Dorneval cornerkick from right is headed away by defender.
47 min...half ends 9:28pm.
2nd Half:...starts 9:33pm.
47 min...OSAI Popazzi pops up 30 yard ball from left has goalie catch and drifts outside box.
48 min...OSAI Some 20 yard freekick after tap is lobbed over net.
50 min...ML Ricketts gets foot in from behind to prevent OSAI Osman through ball from getting shot on edge of box.
51 min...ML Salustius ball from right, centered and ML Reynolds blasts 20 yarder high over back fence.
54 min...ML Dorneval quick freekicdk from left sideline has ball into middle but ML player overruns it inside box and defender clears.
56 min...OSAI Shaw gets pass in middle and short pass right has OSAI Osman 20 yard shot wide right.
58 min...ML Janjicek 30 yard freekick from right is over players in box.
59 min...ML goalie steps out of box to beat OSAI Popazzi to ball and clear away.
60 min...OSAI Alain injured at ML 30 yard line when he crashed heads jumping for ball. He has to leave the game.
64 min...OSAI sub...Soigo replaces injured Alain.
65 min...OSAI Osman 30 yard blast well over back fence.
66 min...ML player's 25 yard shot from right is high and left of goal.
67 min...ML Fitzwilliams up middle 25 yard low shot blocked by sliding goalie.
69 min...OSAI Huffman Tabe GOAL...Tabe in middle has ball and has shot past goalie and two defenders that miss clearing ball.
71 min...OSAI sub...Giameradino replaces Battisti who'd just been injured in ML box.
72 min...Lions Kareem Reynolds GOAL...Lions cornerkick from right, Reynolds heads ball under bar from left side of net over defender with goalie Angus Wong guarding right side of net. (the goal scorer was announced as Marc Jankovic but the referee's assistant and 4th official both through it was Reynolds).
74 min...ML Ninopoulos long throw-in from left has ball knocked back to him and he pops up ball.
75 min...OSAI Tabe 30 yard shot from left has flying goalie catch 10 yards out.
76 min...OSAI sub...Frederick replaces Popazzi.
76 min...OSAI Frederick 30 yard shot is well over net from right.
77 min...OSAI Tabe 25 yard shot is well over net.
78 min...OSAI Tabe 25 yard shot is well wide left.
81 min...OSAI Frederick rolls ball across box and OSAI Tabe while sliding shoots wide.
82 min...OSAI YELLOW card...Some for complaining freekick call.
83 min...ML player's freekick through crowd of player's in box on deflection but play is whistled offside.
83 min...OSAI player's 65 yard freekick bounces through players to goalie.
84 min...ML Levkov cross from left is headed away by leaping defender.
84 min...OSAI goalie palms freekick ball from right through box for cornerkick as he falls backwards.
85 min...ML Levkov cronerkick from left has ML Jankovic head ball just over net.
85 min...OSAI Osman 25 yard shot palmed wide right by flying goalie for cornerkick.
86 min...OSAI Abraham Osman GOAL...OSAI player's cornerkick from right has Osman push ball in from 5 yards on left on short kick.
87 min...OSAI sub...Schieda replaces Osman.
88 min...ML Mason 30 yard shot from left is over net.
89 min...ML Dorneval 40 yard freekick has play whistled down offside.
90 min...ML Jankovic 60 yard freekick up middle headed back to goalie.
91 min...OSAI Schieda 25 yard shot up middle has goalie make stop.
92 min...ML Mason blasts 25 yarder over crowd of players wide well right of net.
93 min...game ends 10:31pm.
Final Score:......Ottawa St Anthony Italia......3........Metro Lions......1....
Attendance was about 75 on this humid evening and that included about 20 players and officials from the Capital City Ambassadors cheering for the other Ottawa team.
St Anthony goalkeeper Angus Wong had to be sharp on making a few key saves. Lions troubles were they couldn't use their regular goalie Gregory Drakes because he was red carded late in Friday's wildcard game against London City. The goalie Amandeep Saini looked weak and shaky. That was really St Anthony's first good chance on goal when they scored. Saini was lucky not to be red carded when at the beginning of the second half he drifted just outside the box to catch a high 30 yard pop up by Allan Popazzi. Referee Mike Lambert only called a freekick. The referee had a good game in a very rough hard tackling ninety minutes.
The St Anthony team had many former CPSL club Ottawa Wizards players on their roster. Abraham Osman, Russel Shaw, Urbain Some, Allan Popazzi were alumni. Ambassadors goalie Sabrahima Traore was also a Wizards starter. Nice to see that Osman and Shaw would say 'hello' to me even though they aren't in the CPSL anymore so they must follow this Voyageurs board.
I asked CPSL president Vince Ursini if with two Ottawa teams making it to the semi-final whether they had any interest in joining the league but he rubbed his fingers in the 'money' gesture and saying that's what's keeping those teams away. These two teams and the in-limbo Montreal Dynamites and a few other Montreal teams could compose their own division.
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