Result of Sunday July 10, 2005 CPSL game between North York Astros and Hamilton Thunder played at Esther Shiner Stadium in North York at 5:30pm.
North York Astros (all yellow, navy numbers)
.........................12 Sherwin Ramsey
15 Glajdi Limuci...6 Pablo Politi (cpt)...14 Kurt Ramsey...2 Boris Krimus
...............19 Gabriel Salguero...5 Peter Zorbas...18 Raffy Der Bedrossian
...............8 Daniel Vocino...11 Joseph Feijoo...7 Ali Dadikhuda
Subs:...1 Arthur Zaslavski (gk)...3 Lucas Alzate (def)...4 Lucas Diaz (def)...10 Sergio Gutierrez (mid)...16 Martin Kazda (mid)...17 Ernest Asante (mid)
team officials:...general manager Bruno Ierullo...head coach Dejan Gluscevic...assistant coach Boris Krimus...physio Elandro Salvati...team doctor Joe Ghorayeb
Hamilton Thunder (all navy, white numbers and trim)
........................83 Roberto Ferrari
...............17 Fuseini Dauda (cpt)...4 Giovanni Annisi...18 Zeljko Dukic
3 Ricardo Marquez...10 Adrian Ramos...6 Danijel Milojevic...19 Lazo Dzepina
...............20 Ian Bennett...13 Kiminori Kitazawa...15 Juan Cruz Real
Subs:...5 Sean Holmes (def/mid)...11 Lee O'Connell (mid)...16 Christopher Rowe (mid/fwd)...7 Gerrard Stewart (mid)...8 Murat Sukru (def)...12 Niki Miodrag (fwd)
team officials:...manager Paul Ferguson...head coach Jorge Armua...assistant coach Bosko Borjan
Game officials:...referee Silvia Petrescu...referee's assistant Herminio Lopes and Michael Izzo...fourth official Leif Maitland...(all black uniforms)
1st Half:...game starts 5:54pm...Astros defend east goal on this hot humid late afternoon with bright sun in the west.
1 min...Astros Salguero boots 15 yarder well over net after cornerkick from left.
3 min...HT Bennett rolls 20 yarder from right just wide right.
4 min...Astros player's 30 yard freekick bounces wide right.
5 min...HT Dukic 45 yard freekick from left is caught by goalie.
6 min...HT Dzepina 30 yard roller picked up by Astros goalie.
8 min...HT Bennett 30 yard roller through bodies on right that's picked up by goalie.
10 min...HT Ramos 35 yard freekick down center is chipped to left but wasted when ball headed back away from goal.
11 min...Astros Feijoo can't turn leaping header from 15 yards on cross from right.
12 min...Astros Kurt Ramsey 35 yard blast is well over net.
15 min...HT Bennett cross after rush down right is headed out of box.
18 min...HT Dzepina cornerkick from left has leaping HT Real head ball over net from 5 yards when he steps forward.
20 min...HT Kitazawa rolls weak 30 yarder up middle to goalie.
20 min...Astros Limuci freekick from near right flag is short and Astros Krimus blasts shot off defender from cornerkick.
21 min...Astros Dadikhuda cornerkick from right has HT defender head away.
23 min...Astros Salguero rush rush on right and 20 yard shot has leaping goalie punch ball away.
26 min...HT YELLOW card...Annisi for tackle in center circle.
26 min...Astros goalie catches 25 yard shot from left.
30 min...Astros Feijoo diving header from cross from right is over net from 5 yards.
32 min...Astros goalie catches 35 yard shot from left.
33 min...Astros player's 30 yard shot is wide right from right.
34 min...HT Ramos has ball passed ball back to him and blasts 35 yard shot well over net. HT goalie says he won't chase ball behind the net. There is about 35 yards from the end line to the back fence and no ball boys.
38 min...HT Bennett low roller from 20 yards has goalie dive to stop ball on left post.
40 min...HT Dukic 40 yard shot from left over crowd of paleyrs and wide right of top corner of net.
43 min...Astros player's 45 yard freekick from right is headed away.
44 min...Astros goalie outside box stops ball and turns back towards own goal and clears but play looked dangerous.
46 min...Astros Feijoo backs in to HT box to flick kick from 15 yards but defender stops at 10 yards.
46 min...half ends 6:40pm.
2nd Half:...starts 7:00pm.
46 min...Astros Dadikhuda 25 yard is low shot saved by goalie.
49 min...HT Bennett steps around two Astros defenders but 10yard shot from left is wide left.
51 min...Astros Zorbas 30 yard shot up middle is over net.
52 min...HT Dzepina low cross from left end line has defender block.
52 min...HT Sukru (when did he come into game?) HT Bennett 20 yard shot just wide right.
53 min...HT Milojevic injured on tackle at center.
54 min...Thunder Ian Bennett GOAL...HT Fuseini Dauda 40 yard free kick from left has Bennett boot in 12 yarder on one touch to left of net.
55 min...Thunder Kiminori Kitazawa GOAL...Kitazawa heads in 10 yard ball to center of net over Astros goalie Sherwin Ramsey.
56 min...HT YELLOW card...Ramos for kicking away ball.
58 min...HT Milojevic blasts 30 yard freekick off football uprights.
59 min...HT Dzepina cornerkick from right is over players in box and HT Bennett can't turn in 5 yard header on left.
61 min...HT Kitazawa can't draw penalty kick on dive in Astros box.
62 min...HT Dzepina 30 yard shot from left caught by goalie.
63 min...HT Sukru cross from left has goalie dive forward for catch.
64 min...Astros Peter Zorbas GOAL...Zorbas is touched a pass back and his 30 yard blast is through crowd of players and into left side of net beyond flying goalie Roberto Ferrari.
65 min...HT Ramos 30 yard freekick around goal and caught by flying goalie.
70 min...Thunder Ian Bennett GOAL...Bennett open for 15 yard shot after cross from HT Kitazawa and puts blast into net.
70 min...HT sub...Rowe replaces Dzepina.
72 min...HT Rowe blast from 20 yards after getting cross from right is into outside left mesh of net.
73 min...Astros goalie slides out to stop through ball into box.
74 min...HT Real flicks header wide right from 7 yards after cross from right.
76 min...Astros Zorbas blasts 22 yarder after long throw--in is deflected wide by defender.
77 min...Thunder Christopher Rowe GOAL...Ian Bennett cross from left has Rowe from 20 yards tee up shot to left side of net.
79 min...HT Rowe cornerkick from left has goalie leap to catch in corwd of players.
80 min...HT sub...Miodrag replaces Real.
81 min...Astros Bedrossian freekick from left has ball headed around in HT box but cleared.
83 min...HT Rowe mistimes 18 yard blast on cross and sends ball wide.
84 min...Astros Salguero 30 yard shot from right is over crowd of players and net.
85 min...Astros Zorbas 30 yard blast deflects off defender and diving goalie saves ball on left.
86 min...Astros Salguero 30 yard freekick from right has goalie charge out and make leaping catch.
87 min...HT Bennett rolls 20 yard shot wide left of net.
87 min...HT sub...Holmes replaces Kitawzawa.
89 min...Astros Limuci 40 yard freekick has defender head away ball on edge of box.
90 min...Thunder Adrian Ramos GOAL...HT Christopher Rowe runs up left and rolls to Ramos in middle who squeezes between two defender and he pushes in 8 yarder to center of net.
91 min...Astros player's shot is over net from 25 yards.
91 min...game ends 7:46pm.
Final Score:..............North York Astros...........1..............Hamilton Thunder................5..............
Attendance was about 80 on this hot humid day with a bright sun in the west. Actually attendance had tripled by the end of the game as people arrived to see the Finals of the Somali Week local league that plays in Toronto. There are 19 teams in this league. Astros move to 7:00pm kickoffs after this week.
Thunder had a tough time getting shots on target in the first half. With a lead they could set up passes and blast away. I didn't catch the Astros making any subs today although they had five extra players listed. Thunder worked in three of their five subs into the game.
There were no ball boys behind the goals and the goalies had to run sometimes 35 yards to pick up the ball from the end wall. Sherwin Ramsey would wait for the referee to order a new ball from the sideline and later Roberto Ferrari caught on. The goal the Astros scored was the first one conceded in a league game this year by Ferrari. Astros had no chance for any rebounds as the Thunder defense is one of the best in the league.
As the regular PA guy Ennio called in sick on short notice, I hustled around and got team rosters for both teams and read the lineups and the DJ played the national anthem and ran the scoreboard for a game that went about as smooth as normal. Two photographers stopped me to take a picture of the Thunder lineup as I ran the roster back to the referee's room at halftime. Ian Bennett was listed by a different number but I cued in to who he was by the traveling Thunder supporters. There numbers more than doubled at halftime as a carload of them were caught in a traffic jam. They kept their chants going the whole game although they had more against London City than this Astros team. They weren't perfect as they kept taunting "Robertson" as the name for Astros defender Boris Krimus.
The Thunder picked it up in the second half but looked slower than last year's team without speedy David Simpson (now playing on the USL Toronto Lynx) and Kevin Nelson (who somehow has not come back after traveling with the Trinidad national team). On the way out of my house this afternoon I found the local Mirror newspaper which announced that Esther Shiner Stadium had been chosen as the site of the Roger's Cup finals in October. Looks like Astros will be the wildcard team because I can't see them finishing in the top three of their conference this year. The DeThomasis' could tell me that their Vaughan Shooters had beaten Laval Dynamites 2-0 earlier this afternoon in Montreal.
* I'm going to take some of those comments back about the game and can see why some players may have been tired. It turns out five members of the Thunder were playing last night on the CPSL All Stars against Glasgow Rangers (Scotland) in a hastily arranged friendly game. (four defenders and the goalie). Joseph Feijoo was the lone Astros rep on the team.
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