Result of the Friday October 7th, 2005 CPSL game between North York Astros and Toronto Croatia played at Esther Shiner Stadium in North York at 8:00pm. This was the Wild Card game in the CPSL Championship Cup playoffs.
North York Astros (all yellow, navy numbers, white trim)
.....................1 Arthur Zaslavski
2 Boris Krimus...6 Pablo Politi (cpt)...14 Kurt Ramsey...17 Lee O'Connell
8 Daniel Vocino...5 Peter Zorbas...19 Gabriel Salguero...18 Raffy Der Bedrossian
.................13 Adeyinka Tijani...9 Joseph Feijoo
Subs:...3 Lucas Diaz (def)...4 Glajdi Limuci (def)...7 Martin Kazda (mid)...11 Janarthan Sadacharaligam (fwd)...12 Sherwin Ramsey (gk)...15 Jean Tshimpaka (mid)...16 Dawid Antonczyk (mid)
team officials:...general manager Bruno Ierullo...head coach Dejan Gluscevic...field assistants Pavel Zaslavski and Elandro Salvati...team doctor Tomas Fried
Toronto Croatia (blue socks, white shorts and numbers, red shirts)
.........................1 George Azcurra (cpt)
2 Robert Fran...18 Andrija Botica...5 Antonijo Zupan...6 Mario Kulis
7 Caswain Mason...11 Velemir Crljen...14 Miles O'Connor...8 Hayden Fitzwilliams
.................9 Peter Curic...10 Leo Laurito
Subs:...3 Halburto Harris (mid)...4 Domagoj Sain (def)...16 Edin Kalic (fwd)...19 Joseph Cosentino (mid)...20 Leo Marasovic (fwd)...23 Rudy Spajic (fwd)
team officials:...head coach Velemir Crljen...assistant coach Kruno Culjak...team official Michelle Paukovic...trainer Caralann Julien...club official Theo Krajacic
Game officials:...referee Andrew Jasinski...referee's assistants John Oliva and Amato De Luca...fourth official Cosmo Iavazzi...(all black uniform)
1st Half:...game starts 8:25pm...Astros defend west end.
1 min...Botica 37 yard freekick is booted over net.
2 min...Astros Der Bedrossian 40 yard ccross is caught by charging goalie.
6 min...Astros Salguero cornerkick is over players and Astros Kurt Ramsey crosses from 25 yards on right caught by goalie in front of three Astros players.
7 min...TC Curic gets through pass at 35 yards and charges in and 18 yard low shot stopped point blank by goalie at 10 yards.
8 min...TC Fran injured in own end.
14 min...TC Curic 28 yard shot deflected up middle low and wide left. Curic was injured on play.
16 min...TC Mason leaping header from 8 yards over net after cornerkick from left.
17 min...Astros goalie runs right to beat TC Curic to through ball.
19 min...TC Crljen 30 yard freekick from right sideline, ball deflected in box on pop up, Astros defender heads away, O'Connor blasts 35 yard rebound is just over net.
23 min...Astros Politi trips up TC Botica at 31 yards.
24 min...TC Kulis 31 yard freekick hits head in Astros wall and deflects for cornerkick.
25 min...TC Der Bedrossian cornerkick from left is palmed through box from left post for another cornerkick.
26 min...TC Der Bedrossian cornerkick from right palmed through box by goalie for cornerkick.
27 min...Astros goalie saves ball off TC Curic as he can't get away shot.
28 min...TC Curic deflects 20 yard shot but goalie dives and stops at 15 yards.
30 min...TC Crljen 30 yard freekick from right bends in and TC Mason head tips ball wide left from 3 yards even with left post.
35 min...TC Curic blasts 35 yard shot low and into walll.
36 min...TC Mason taps through ball to charging TC Fitzwilliams at 15 yards but goalie slides out for save.
41 min...TC player's cornerkick from left has shot in box blocked.
44 min...Astros Politi 55 yard freekick from right is caught by goalie in crowd.
46 min...half ends 9:11pm.
2nd Half:...starts 9:28pm.
46 min...Astros goalie slides out to break up back heel pass on edge of box from TC Fitzwilliams.
48 min...TC Crljen 45 yard freekick from right is caught by goalie.
49 min...Astros goalie beats TC Laurito to through ball by sliding out.
52 min...TC Fitzwilliams cornerkick from left has TC Curic scissor kick from ground 10 yards is just wide right.
54 min...TC Botica 35 yard shot up middle curls just wide left.
55 min...TC Laurito 25 yard shot up middle and caught by goalie.
56 min...TC player's cross from left is behind TC players charging into box.
57 min...TC Kulis injured at TC 45 yard line.
60 min...TC Botica 30 yard freekick from left is blasted over players wide right.
63 min...Astros Krimus 45 yard freekick from right has Astros Antonczyk (when did he come into the game?) head ball into box.
64 min...Astros sub...Tshimpaka replaces Vocino.
the rain starts falling harder than it was before.
66 min...TC Crljen 35 yard freekick from right has leaping goalie punch ball away.
67 min...TC Crljen blasts 25 yarder that goalie palms over net.
68 min...TC Botica cornerkick from left is over players in box.
70 min...TC goalie bobble ball into box but turns and flops on ball.
71 min...TC Mason crosses from right and TC Curic gets to loose ball in box but powers over goalie and defender and bashes into net but play whistled down.
72 min...Astros YELLOW card...Krimus for pulling down player at Astros 50 yard line.
74 min...TC Curic 7 yard shot from right is rolled wide right.
77 min...TC sub...Sain replaces Botica.
80 min...TC Crljen crosses 35 yard cross from right has TC Curic on back slide in from 8 yards and deflection is wide right.
82 min...TC goalie catches Astros cornerkick from left.
83 min...TC Fitzwilliams cross from left has TC Curic head ball wide from 7 yards.
87 min...Astros Kurt Ramsey injured on sideline but TC play on.
93 min...TC Crljen 30 yard freekick from left and headed away. TC Fran charges in and blasts 30 yarder well over net.
96 min...half ends 10:19pm.
1st Overtime:..(15 minute Golden Goal)...it's now really cold...Astros defend west.
91 min...TC Mason skids 35 yard shot just wide right.
91 min...TC Fitzwilliams 45 yard cross from left has goalie punch ball out.
92 min...TC Crljen 22 yard freekick from right misses top right corner of net on curler.
93 min...TC Mason cross from right has goalie leap forward for catch.
94 min...Astros O'Connell 35 yard freekick from right is caught by goalie.
97 min...An Astros 50 yard freekick has Astros Kurt Ramsey touch ball at 15 yards but he can't control it.
98 min...Astros O'Connell 30 yard freekick from right has TC Zupan head ball away.
100 min...TC Mason can't control freekick in box and ball ball deflects wide left.
101 min...TC O'Connor 12 yard roller hits right post.
102 min...Toronto Croatia Velemir Crljen GOAL...Crljen blasts 28 yard freekick from right that curved just under bar in center of net over goalie Arthur Zaslavski's outstretched arm.
game ends instantly with that goal at 10:36pm.
Final Score:.........North York Astros.........0 (OT)............Toronto Croatia...........1 (OT)..........
Attendance was about 120 on this wet night with rain getting harder in the second half. The temperature really dropped rapidly as the game wore on. The game had started 20 minutes late and there was a rumor that the stadium lights would cut off at 11:00pm. That would have been a close call if the 30 minute overtime had been needed plus penalty kicks. This game ended at 10:36pm.
Player/coach Velemir Crljen blasted a 28 yard freekick from right that curved just under the bar in center of net over goalie Arthur Zaslavski who'd played brilliantly until then. Super fan Harry Gauss (manager of London City) said Crljen caught Zaslavski while he was still lining up his player wall. Hector Marinaro (Brampton Stallions) said Crljen is 40 years old and came to Toronto Croatia in 1985 after playing in the Bundesliga. He had played the entire game.
Toronto Croatia played better in the second half when you'd expect they'd tire after playing a game late last night but they dominated. George Azcurra earned the shutout for Toronto Croatia but wasn't tested for long periods of the game. Astros general manager Bruno Ierullo said the next day that they were playing for the penalty kicks to decide the game when the second half and overtime momentum turned against them.
North York Astros had been undefeated in their last eight games with four wins and four ties. Their last loss was August 14th when they lost 3-1 to....Toronto Croatia! Toronto Croatia now plays Vaughan Shooters at 5:00pm tomorrow as the second semi-final of the afternoon.
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