Result of the Wednesday October 5th, 2005 CPSL game between Oakville Blue Devils and Windsor Border Stars played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 9:00pm. This was the semi-final game of the Western Conference.
Oakville Blue Devils (white socks and shirts, navy shorts and numbers)
.........................1 Sa Brahima Traore
.............6 Aaron Steele...2 Jamie Fairweather...14 Dragisi Klisara
4 Lovemore Ncube...8 Sergio De Luca...18 Shawn Faria...13 Philip Ionadi (cpt)...10 Igor Prostran
.....................17 Jeremy Sheppard...11 Gabriel Pop
Subs:...00 Chris Baker (gk)...3 Nicholas Poku (def)...7 Ommar Samuels (mid)...9 Daccobert Paul (fwd)...16 Ryan Gamble (fwd)...10 Maxime Dorneval
team officials:...head coach Duncan Wilde...assistant coach Billy Steele...equipment manager Jim Healy
Windsor Border Stars (all black, white numbers)
.....................1 Anthony Santilli
38 Justin Marshall...4 Filip Rocca...5 Scott Patriquin...2 Jason Hamilton
8 Marcus Chorvat...12 David Dwaihy...7 Jeff Hodgson...3 Mike Sesar
.................9 Aaron Byrd...16 Radek Papiez
Subs:...14 JJ Dowhan (def)...17 Albert Nabousal (mid)...18 Kevin McLellan (mid)...19 Hussain Sabra (---)
team officials:...none listed
1st Half:...game starts 9:02pm on this warm humid night with the field (Centennial Stadium) in good shape. OBD defend sourth end. All times are converted from my wristwatch because no-one ran the scoreboard.
3 min...OBD Ncube 50 yard shot from right bounces to goalie well ahead of OBD forwards.
4 min...WBS Sesar 30 yard shot from left through crowd is wide left.
7 min...WBS Marshall crosses through box from right, no one touches it and WBS Sesar 20 yard shot from partial clearance is low and caught by goalie.
8 min...WBS goalie beats charging OBD Pop for through ball up middle of field.
9 min...OBD Pop in WBS box is caught by sliding tackle behing upending him, no call is made.
10 min...WBS Sesar bounces through box and WBS Papiez 10 yard shot is wide left.
11 min...WBS Chorvat 25 yard shot from left is over net.
16 min...OBD Ionadi 30 yard freekick up middle is low and blasted into player wall.
21 min...OBD Ianadi tapped over freekick from 30 yards has shot blasted over net.
24 min...OBD goalie slides to left to grab ball before WBS Byrd can get to it.
25 min...OBD Faria gets rebound 25 yard shot is saved by defender and WBS had made flying save on shot from right.
27 min...OBD Fairweather long throw-in from left has WBS Hodgson pop up header out of box.
30 min...OBD Prostran cross from 30 yards on left curls to goalie.
31 min...OBD Sheppard 30 yard blast up middle hits left goalpost.
35 min...WBS Dwaihy dekes three players running across from right to center but flubs 15 yard shot while falling over.
36 min...OBD YELLOW card...Klisara for tackle at center line.
37 min...OBD Pop 10 yard shot has shot blocked by goalie.
40 min...WBS Chorvat 40 yard freekick has WBS Hamilton get in flying header from 10 yards on right post that has diving goalie push ball from left corner over net.
42 min...Blue Devils Shawn Faria GOAL...OBW Igor Prostran cornerkick from right is high and Faria on leaping header from 8 yards pounds ball into left side of net beyond goalie Anthony Santilli.
46 min...half ends 9:48pm.
2nd Half:...starts 10:00pm.
46 min...OBD De Luca in on left when OBD Ncube blockes clearance attempt on right and he he rushes in and crosses through box but missed by De Luca.
47 min...WBS Sesar cornerkick from right has goalie knock ball down and WBS player's rebound shot is blocked in box.
49 min...OBD Steele heads away shot into OBD box.
53 min...Blue Devils Aaron Steele GOAL...OBW Steele 22 yard freekick up the middle is low and into low right corner of net.
55 min...OBD Ncube blocks two point blank shot in box.
57 min...WBS Hamilton 40 yard cross from left has WBS Papiez not able to control ball.
58 min...WBS Byrd cornerkick from left is over players in box.
59 min...WBS Papiez nods backward header on target from 5 yards on cross from left.
60 min...OBD Steele 25 yard freekick from right is cleared by defender starting WBS fast break.
60 min...OBD YELLOW card...Pop for something that I missed.
61 min...WBS Marshall on 2 on 1 shootw 25 yarder from right that sliding goalie blocks 15 yards out.
62 min...WBS Chorvat 20 yard shot blocked by flying goalie.
63 min...WBS Dwaihy 20 yard shgot tipped wide by defenders.
64 min...WBS player's cornerkick from right has WBS player head ball into box but it's cleared.
65 min...OBD sub...Poku replaces Pop.
66 min...WBS Papiez cross from 35 yards from left has goalie fly forward to stop WBS Byrd waiting to tee up ball on right post just 5 yards out.
69 min...OBD Ncube 25 yards on right has goalie watch ball go wide left.
70 min...OBD Sheppard 15 yard shot as he's falling on left is rolled wide left.
72 min...WBS Byrd gets by two players on left and his 25 yard shot is blocked by goalie.
75 min...WBS Marshall 40 yard cross from right has WBS Rocca leap and his header is popped up but play is whistled down at OBD 15 yard line.
77 min...OBD sub...Gamble replaces Prostran.
78 min...Border Stars Filip Rocca GOAL...WBS player centers pass into box from right that has OBD defender slip and Rocca boot ball from 10 yards into low center of net beyond goalie Sa Brahima Traore.
78 min...WBS sub...Dowhan replaces Sesar.
80 min...WBS Byrd run up middle and OBD Fairweather pulls his arm knocking him over but no call given.
82 min...WBS YELLOW card...Santilli (goalie) for sliding and OBD Sheppard ties to dike him and it hits Santilli's arm at WBS 25 yard line.
83 min...OBD Ionadi freekick from 25 yards is blasted into players' wall.
84 min...OBD De Luca charge on right crosses over players in box. OBD Sheppard charging in and crashes into net partly injuring himself.
84 min...WBS sub...McLellan replaces Patriquin.
86 min...OBD Gamble 25 yard shot from extreme left is blocked by goalie.
87 min...OBD Poku 10 yard shot from right is wide right.
88 min...WBS players knock ball around in OBD box but goalie doesn't end up needing to make save.
89 min...OBD YELLOW card...Ionadi for kicking ball away at center line after whistle blown.
90 min...Blue Devils Sergio De Luca GOAL...De Luca put away loose on pass and falls but gets away shot from right that sliding goalie gets a piece of the ball at 15 yards at point blank range but the ball tips past him and rolls into left corner of net. OBD Phil Ionadi was injured at the center line on the play.
91 min...WBS Red card...Kevin McLelllan earns this card directly by elbowing OBD player before play resumed. The referee's assistant noticed this infraction and pointed it out to referee Alex William. The WBS players were infuriated that goalscorer Sergio De Luca turned back around and did the Locomotion, taunting the goalie who'd gone to pick the ball out of the net.
Final Score:.............Oakville Blue Devils...........3.................Windsor Border Stars............1...........
Attendance was about 30 on this warm humid night. Centennial Stadium's field was in really good shape. I had to telephone the CPSL offices during the day and was initially told there would be no games today.
My biggest surprise was learning where the game would be played on a few hours notice and that Oakville Blue Devils would be one of the teams to play. The standings a day earlier had them winning the Conference and therefore earning a bye into the next round meaning Hamilton Thunder would be the opponents. This was changed because Oakville was deducted three points and Hamilton were given two for the Oakville team using an illegal player in their last regular season game which was against Hamilton Thunder and had ended 0-0. I asked Blue Devils coach Duncan Wilde before the game what had happened and he said it was using Kevin Ricketts who had accumulated three Yellow cards and the misunderstanding that he had to sit out one game or three.
Blue Devils goalie Sa Brahima Traore was brilliant in the Oakville net turning away four possible goals within five minutes in the second half. Just two minutes before the Blue Devils first goal, WBS Marcus Chorvat's 40 yard freekick that WBS Jason Hamilton had connected on a flying header from 10 yards on right post and diving Traore got a hand to on the left corner of net and pushed it over his net. That could have turned the game around right there.
Except for the Red card, the game wasn't really rough or choppy and there'd only been two Yellow cards during the night and one of them was for time wasting.
Only 30 fans but that included owners Italo Ferrari (Hamilton Thunder, which was understandable as he'd be scouting his next round opponent) but also Harry Gauss and his wife (from the non-playoff bound London City) and John O'Neill (from the disgraced Durham Storm, currently suspended by the league).
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