August 19, 2007 CSL summary of weekend games (from CSL media release)
THE WEEKEND WRAP-UP
Sunday - August 19, 2007
Portuguese Supra, under new coach Jorges Armua, gained their first win since July 15 with a 2-1 victory over North York Astros at Centennial Stadium, the only game in the Canadian Soccer League Sunday night.
It was veteran defender Carlos Ceballos who struck the winner at the 87th minute mark after Selmir Sehic gave the Portuguse team a 1-0 lead at 50 minutes and Alex Bancheri of North York tied the game at 75 minutes following a scoreless first half.
Paul Astorga of North York missed a penalty kick at the 21st minute mark.
Portuguse Supra improve to a 3-8-3 WLT record for 12 points but remain at the foot of the International Division, while the Astros also have a 3-8-3 record for 12 points for fourth position in the National Division.
There were two scoreless ties on Saturday night and both games were crowd-pleasers as divisional leaders Trois-Rivieres Attak and Italia Shooters put on an excellent display in their 0-0 result before 1,541 fans at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres, while at Windsor Stadium, Matthew Willis, the goal keeper for Canadian Lions, was spectacular in maintaining his teamís 0-0 final score with Windsor Border Stars.
With both the Attak and Italia Shooters leading their respective division for most of the CSL season, Trois-Rivieres in the National Conference and Italia Shooters in the International Division, the meeting has been much anticipated. The Attak are still on top of their division with a 6-3-6 WLT record for 24 points, one point in front of St. Catharines Wolves, while Italia Shooters are six points ahead of their nearest rivals, Serbian While Eagles.
Willis saved several point blank shots from Windsor attacks in the home sideís attempt to break the scoreless deadlock but the visiting Toronto team held on for the tie and a successful swing through southern Ontario which included an impressive 3-0 result over the City at London on Friday night.
Windsor midfielder Tati Errelade made several attempts to break through on his return to the border teamís line-up, but the Lions held on for the tie.
Windsor Border Stars now have a 4-8-3 record for 15 points in the National Conference, while Canadian Lions improve to 2-6-7 for 13 points in the International Division.
There were three games in the CSL on Friday night when it took just one goal at the 10 minute mark to give Toronto Croatia a victory over Portuguese Supra to continue a remarkable unbeaten run going back to May 13, while St. Catharines Wolves, driven by a Carlo Arghittu hat-trick, won 3-1 over Serbian White Eagles. At the Cove Road ground in London, the visiting Canadian Lions blanked London City 3-0.
It was forward Tihomir Maletic who struck the all important goal for Croatia at The Hershey Centre to lift the Mississauga-based team to a 6-0-6 WLT record for 24 points and third position in a tight race with Italia Shooters and Serbia in the competitive International Division.
Veteran St. Catharinesí striker Carlo Arghittu found the net at 6, 56 and 88 minutes for his hat-trick at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke, for the Garden City teamís second victory in 72 hours after gaining an important 1-0 home victory over Italia Shooters at Club Roma on Wednesday. Gabriel Pop interrupted the hat-trick with the Serbian goal at the 55th minute mark.
St. Catharines are elevated to be tied for the top spot with Trois-Rivieres Attak in the National Division. The Wolves have a 6-4-5 record for 23 points, while Serbian White Eagles stalled in their bid for the International Division title with a 8-3-1 record but still hold second position with 25 points.
It went all wrong for London City in their game with Canadian Lions, the home side being reduced to 10 men at the 75th minute mark and failing on a penalty kick at 83 minutes. The Lions won the game 3-0 on goals by midfielder Lexton Hurlock at 11 minutes, followed by a picture goal from almost 40 yards Ė a drive by Mikola Miodrag at 29 minutes and a third Lionsí goal by Marko Jalijicik at the 87th minute mark. The City remain at the foot of the National Conference with a 3-8-2 record for 11 points.
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