Result of the Sunday July 13th, 2008 CSL game between Toronto Croatia and Serbian White Eagles played at Lamport Stadium at 4:00pm.
Toronto Croatia (blue socks, white shorts and numbers, red shirts)
.........................1 Roy Blanche
3 Ante Brkic...6 Mario Kulis (cpt)...16 Halberto Harris...2 Sven Arapovic
19 David Kodoic...11 Mario Pupic...7 Tonci Pirija...8 Hayden Fitzwilliam
..............9 Hugo Herrera...10 Tihomir Maletic
Subs:...12 Marko Culjak (gk)...5 Jonatan Bustamante...22 Daniel Grbac...18 Mario Beljo...15 Dailbove Duspara...17 Nikiac Pavic...30 Joseph Pillip
team officials:...head coach Miroslav Buljan...assistant coach Kruno Culjak...manager Tom Granic...club officials Ivan Kulis, Rachel Leroux and Pino Jasbee
Serbian White Eagles (all blue, shite numbers and trim)
........................23 Dan Pelc
18 Goran Vlaski...12 Marko Ivantic...6 Mirko Medic...4 Mark Jankovic
20 Milan Janosevic...5 Nikola Budalic (cpt)...10 Alex Braletic...15 Milos Scepanovic
.................11 Dragan Radovic...9 Sasa Viciknez
Subs:...27 George Trikkas (gk)...7 Milos Vucinic (mid)...8 Nenad Stojicic (mid)...14 Uros Stamatovic (mid)...16 Alekasandar Janjic (def)...19 Darrly Gomez (mid)...21 Aleksandar Radovanovic (mid)
team officials:...head coach Milan Cancarevic...manager Dragisa Latinic...physio Dean Stambolic...trainer Milenko Matic
Game officials:...referee Isaac Raymond...referee's assistants Vito Curalli and Mike Lambert...fourth official David Barrie...(neon green shirts, black shorts and socks)
1st Half:...game starts 4:08pm...TC defends south end. As there is no working scoreboard, all times are converted from my wristwatch.
5 min...TC Maletic long throw-in from right has SWE Ivantic heads ball behind own goal.
6 min...TC Maletic works out short cornerkick and his 8 yard shot along end line is whistled down.
7 min...SWE Viciknez cornerkick from right has defender head ball away. SWE Scepanovic heads 22 yarder that goalie catches.
8 min...TC Maletic 30 yard freekick from right sideline has goalie catch on right post.
12 min...SWE Radovic cornerkick from left is low and charging TC Kulis boots ball away.
13 min...SWE Radovic cornerkick from left has SWE Jankovic pop up header. SWE Viciknez beats offside trap, spins and hits 6 yard shot from right that hits scoreboard well behind the net.
15 min...SWE Braletic cross from near left cornerflag has SWE Viciknez on right boot 5 yarder wide right of net.
17 min...TC Herrera 15 yard shot on left is just over bar but play is whitled down as SWE Medic head been chopped down and injured by TC Herrera.
19 min...SWE Radovic 35 yard shot up middle bounces wide right.
20 min...SWE Braletic cornerkick from left has closest defender knock ball away.
22 min...TC Kodoic run on right wing, crosses into crowded SWE box and TC Herrera scissor kick from 12 yards is over bar.
24 min...TC Fitzwilliam is fed ball on left but can't control it and rolls ball over end line.
25 min...SWE Viciknez rolls ball from 20 yards past defender but no SWE players run for it so ball rolls for a goalkick.
27 min...TC Fitzwilliams gets pass on left over fallen defender at 25 yards and 10 yard shot on left has goalie partially block.
28 min...TC Pupic cornerkick from left has goalie palm ball over players in box. TC Harris eventually gets clear low 20 yard shot from right that's smothered by goalie.
29 min...TC Maletic on left rolls 30 yard pass from left and TC Herrera and TC Fitzwilliam get touch to it but can't get away shot.
30 min...TC Arapovic cornerkick from left is cleared over end line for goalkick when TC Herrera misses 3 yard bicycle kick attempt.
31 min...SWE goalie beats TC Maletic to through ball on right.
33 min...SWE Radovic on rush on left has two TC defenders check him at 15 yards.
36 min...TC Kodoic 28 yard shot up middle through crowd hits right goalpost. TC Fitzwilliams gets rebound try with 12 yard blast through box and ball clerared.
37 min…Serbian White Eagles Sasa Viciknez GOAL…SWE Dragan Radovic cross on right from 20 yards along end line has Viciknez head ball in from 5 yards on left into top left side of net beyond flying goalie Roy Blanche.
40 min...SWE Braletic rolls 20 yarder from left is through box and wide right of post.
43 min...TC Arapovic injured with kick to face by SWE Radovic.
46 min...half ends 4:54pm.
2nd Half:...starts 5:09pm.
46 min...SWE Budalic low 30 yard shot is blocked by goalie.
47 min...TC Harris 25 yard blast from right is through box and wide left for goalkick.
49 min...TC Fitzwilliam lofts 15 yard shot from left that bounces wide right of net.
50 min...SWE Viciknez rush down left on good pass and cross over box has SWE Radovic scissor kick on 10 yard attempt pop wide left of net.
51 min...SWE Radovic gets bouncer through defenders and he can't get away 4 yard shot on left post and ball bounces wide left for goalkick.
52 min...SWE Viciknez cornerkick from right bends over net for goalkick.
54 min...TC Viciknez stops and starts run up right but ends with him stopping 7 yards from goal and letting ball roll over end line.
55 min...TC Fitzwilliam 35 yard cross from left end line has goalie catch wide right of post.
56 min...TC Fitzwilliam rush on left crosses to TC Maletic who shoots wide left from 12 yards.
57 min...SWE YELLOW card...some player picks this up for knocking over TC Kulis at center line.
58 min...TC Harris crosses high from near right end line and has defender clear ball.
59 min...SWE Scepanovic 30 yard cross from left has TC Brkic concede cornerkick on miskick.
59 min...SWE Scepanovic cornerkick from left has ball partially cleared and SWE player's 30 yard blast injures TC Fitzwilliam and deflect for another cornerkick.
60 min...SWE Scepanovic cornerkick from left has SWE player's 8 yard shot tip off defender for another cornerkick.
61 min...SWE Viciknez from right has play whistled down in box.
62 min...TC sub...Bustamante replaces Herrera.
63 min...TC Pirija headerr from 10 yards on cross from right is caught by goalie.
65 min...TC Harris cross from right after beating defender has defender closer to goal kick ball away.
68 min...SWE Budalic 30 yard blast down middle has diving goalie save ball on right post.
70 min...SWE Viciknez stops and turns after rush on right and shoots 22 yard shot from right that just misses top left corner of net.
73 min…Serbian White Eagles Dragan Radovic GOAL…Radovic leaps over sliding defender at 18 yards and keeps his balance and pushes 10 yard shot under diving goalie into right side of net.
74 min...TC sub...Duspara replaces Kodoic.
75 min...TC Pirija 35 yard shot from right is caught by goalie in front of TC players waiting on left post.
75 min...SWE goalie catches 30 yard cross from left.
76 min...SWE sub...Gomez replaces Radovic.
77 min...TC sub...Grback replaces someone.
78 min...SWE Viciknez cornerkick from right is over players in box and wide left for goalkick.
79 min...SWE sub...Vucinic replaces Janosevic.
83 min...TC Budalic 35 yard freekick from right is cleared by defender. TC Pupic stops ball and 20 yard shot is through crowd of players and stopped by flying goalie on right.
86 min...TC Grbac crosses bouncer through box from right from 20 yards and ball bounces out left side of box.
87 min...SWE sub...Stojicic replaces Viciknez.
89 min...SWE Stojicic beats TC Brkic on breakaway and all alone he shoots weak 25 yard roller as he falls over when he could have run much closer.
91 min...TC Grbac 40 yard low blast from right bends well wide left of goal.
92 min...SWE Stojicic rolls pass from right and SWE Braletic blasts 30 yard shot well high and wide left of goal.
93 min...TC Grbac 25 yard blast from right deflects off defender and is caught by goalie.
94 min...game ends 5:58pm.
Final Score:………Toronto Croatia………0…………..Serbian White Eagles…………..2……….
Attendance was about 450 people with 150 in the East stands staring into the sun. These were the Serbian fans. About 300 fans in the Western stands cheered for Croatia. Toronto Croatia was considered the ‘Home’ team for this game. Lamport Stadium is the home ground of both Portugal FC and TFC Academy. Toronto Croatia usually plays at The Hershey Centre in Mississauga and Serbian White Eagles play home games at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke. This stadium was chosen before the season began because it is the only stadium in the league in the Toronto area that has stands on both sides of the field and therefore easy to separate fans. I asked league official Stan Adamson and he said there were about 30 security. I don’t know if that included the Toronto police as well. They just watched the people from the front like any Toronto FC game. The search was more thorough than TFC games though. They kept announcing that anyone found with flares would be ejected. The sun was so bright I don’t think we could have seen one if anyone lit one anyway. No security incidents as far as I was aware. The fans on both sides sang and swore at each other. I didn’t know what they were saying so it didn’t bother me. No fans were allowed to sit in the first row as the next row is a passage way and that’s where security was standing. An announcement was made that no racist signs could be hung up but I didn’t see any. I thought this was triple the average Croatia crowd but the Serbians with only 150 was only about one third of what they bring to a game. The Croatia supporters were delayed (as planned) after the game to let the Serbian fans out first even though they were on the other side of the field.
About the game itself, Toronto Croatia got off to a good start in the first 10 minutes but then play evened out. Croatia missed a lot of chances with bad passes and finishing. Dan Pelc earned the shutout for White Eagles. He had to catch a lot of crosses and long shots but was up to the task. Good to be tall!
Referee Isaac Raymond gave out only one card and kept the game on the field under control.
White Eagles brought in much traveled around the CSL Darryl Gomez as a 76 minute sub.
I was in the west stands so I’d be sure to see a copy of the game rosters. The Croatian fans jeered the White Eagle players missing scoring opportunities like bicycle and scissor kicks. One incident at 89 minutes, Nenad Stojocic had only come into the game two minutes earlier beat defender Ante Brkic to a ball at 35 yards and getting a clear breakaway shot much too soon and from 25 yards flubbed a shot as he fell wide left. I wouldn’t be laughing I thought as it just showed how the Croatia defense could be beaten. I heard the Croatian defense arguing amongst themselves for a few times in the last half of the game.
White Eagles starters
Hayden Fitzwilliams controls ball.
Croatia players try to organize rush on right wing.
White Eagle player will try to change direction and continue rush to goal.
White Eagles Milos Scepanovic leads rush on left.
White Eagles salute their fans after the game.
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