September 3, 2006 CSL London City vs Ottawa St Anthony Italia Open Canada Cup Wildcard (from CSL website)

Sunday - September 3, 2006
Ottawa Italia advance

Ottawa St. Anthony Italia of the Ottawa Carleton Soccer League got a first half jump and never looked back in defeating the CSL's London City 3-1 in a wild card game of the Open Canada Cup played at the Cove Road ground in London Sunday night.

The win moves the capital city team to the second semi-final and a date with another CSL side, Brampton Stallions on Labour Day Monday at Cove Road, a 4.08 pm kickoff.

The winner of Monday's semi-final will meet the USL's Toronto Lynx following that team's 1-0 win over London AEK on Friday night. The Ottawa Italia vs. London City wild game played Sunday was originally scheduled for Saturday but rain washed out that game to put the weekend program behind 24 hours. The second semi-final goes on Monday and the Open Canada Cup Final will be delayed for several days and will be announced during the coming week.

Ottawa's Urbaine Some opened the scoring on a penalty kick at the 11th minute mark after London midfielder Johan Wikman brought down Italia's Souleymane Gagou inside the 18 yard line. Gagou scored the second Ottawa goal at the 28th minute mark for a 2-0 score at the interval.

London City fought to get on even terms in the second half, but could only match an Ottawa Italia second half goal by Christian Hoefler with a 79 minute strike by defender Marco Peeters and the 3-1 score held to the final whistle.

London City manager Harry Gauss was visibly disappointed with the loss. "The turning point was early in the game, the penalty put us behind and we never really recovered," he said.

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