May 23, 2005 CPSL game results (from CPSL website)


London City prevented what would have been a perfect first night at Windsor Stadium on Saturday, handing Border Stars a 1-0 defeat in front of a large crowd in ideal conditions for the opening game of the Canadian Professional Soccer League season.

In Open Canada Cup action on Sunday, two of the three Ottawa teams entering the Preliminary Round advanced to the second round following slim victories at Cove Road. Ottawa St. Anthony Italia defeated Hearts S.C. 2-1, in the opener, while in an evening game Ottawa Royals defeated London Portuguese by the same 2-1 score.

Saturday night’s encounter was the opening game in the 33rd season in professional soccer for London City since the team’s launch in February of 1973.

By contrast, this was the opening game of season number two for Border Stars following their inaugural 2004 kickoff, a successful debut by winning the Open Canada Cup and a third-place finish (tied for second) in the CPSL’s Western Conference.

London City defender Marco Peeters struck the lone goal to give his side the opening league win, a well-placed header past Border Stars’ goalkeeper Anthony Santilli off a corner kick from midfielder Gentjan Dervishi. The goal came at the 60th minute mark of an end-to-end game in which both teams had sufficient scoring opportunities to win the game.

Haider Al Shaibani gained a shutout in the London goal.

In the Open Canada Cup games, Abraham Osman scored two come-from-behind goals at 36 and 52 minutes to lift Ottawa St. Anthony Italia from a 1-0 deficit when Gil Vanstheen opened the scoring for Hearts at 31 minutes, and in the second game, Dan Cheney, a second half substitute, scored twice for Ottawa Royals to give his side the 2-1 victory over London Portuguese.

Cheney opened the scoring at 47 minutes, Paul Ferreira tied the game for London Portuguese at 61 minutes and Cheney struck the winner at the 78th minute mark.

Ottawa St. Anthony Italia, last year’s Open Canada Cup finalist, having lost to Border Stars on penalty kicks in the final and Ottawa Royals, advance to Round Two.

Capital City Ambassadors is the third Ottawa team in the Preliminary Round—they meet Benfica (Toronto) Monday, while in a second game at Cove Road, London AEK meet Inter-Oshawa.

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