Result of the Sunday October 23, 2011 CSL game between Toronto Croatia and York Region Shooters played at Centennial Stadium at 7:00pm. This was a one game semi-final.
Toronto Croatia (blue socks, white shorts and numbers, red shirts)
...........................13 Antonio Ilic
7 Halburto Harris...4 Sven Arapovic...3 Josip Keran...15 Ainsley Deer
22 Daniel Niksic...14 Augustin DeMedina...23 Tonci Pirija (cpt)...8 Hayden Fitzwilliams
..........10 Tihomir Maletic...11 Marin Vucemilovic Grgic
Subs:...1 Sandi Matika (gk)...5 Jonatan Bustamante (mid)...6 Mario Kulis (def)...9 Hugo Herrera (fwd)...18 Bozenko Lesina (fwd)
...19 Niko Pesa (fwd)...21 Nicholas Goddard (def)
team officials:...head coach Velimir Crljan...assistant coach Miodrag Akmadzic...manager Ivan Kulis...assistant manager Perica Arapovic... physio Michael Robinson
York Region Shooters (black socks, shorts and numbers, sky blue shirts)
..............................00 Adam Majer
........77 Desmond Humphrey (cpt)...12 Rick Titus...6 Fitzroy Christey
99 Ryan Dummett...10 Mario Orestano...17 Matthew O'Connor...20 Taylor Lord...9 Jason DeThomasis
...............14 Dino Gardener...7 Goncalo Almeida
Subs:...1 Brian Bowes (gk)...4 Marcelo Capazolo (def)...5 James Mohamed (mid)...8 Chris Turner (def)...13 Aundre Rollins (def)
...15 Jordan Roberts (fwd)...21 Ricky Herron (def)
team officials:...manager John Pacione...message therapist Eric Yuill...director Tony DiThomasis...assistant manager James Mohamed
Game officials:...referee Justin Tasev...referee's assistants Rich Olivera and Matt McCready...fourth official Mike Dogar...(all black uniforms, neon yellow trim)
1st Half:...game starts 7:07pm...TC defend south end.
1 min...TC Harris injured at YRS 35 yards.
6 min...TC Maletic cornerkick from right has TC Keran leap to head ball and wins cornerkick.
7 min...TC Josip Keran GOAL...TC Tonci Pirija takes a short cornerkick from the left that has TC Daniel Niksic at 15 yards near left end line in front of crowd of players in box at 15 yards take shot that YRS goalie Adam Majer blocks but Keran on right kicks in 5 yard rebound into open net.
8 min...TC Maletic on rush with defender stops and takes 20 yarder down middle that goalie catches.
10 min...YRS Gardener 30 yard shot down middle has defender block and can't win hand ball call.
11 min...YRS Humphrey 30 yard freekick from right bounces through left side of box for goalkick.
12 min...YRS YELLOW card...Gardener earns it for dissent at TC 30 yards for argueing freekick call.
15 min...YRS Dummett 40 yard cross from right has goalie catch to left of goal.
17 min...YRS O'Connor chips shot from right 20 yards that goalie catches.
18 min...TC YELLOW card...DeMedina earns it for knock down on YRS Lord who's injured on play.
19 min...YRS DeThomasis 45 yard freekick down middle is chipped and caught by goalie.
20 min...TC Vucemilovic Grgic short cornerkick from left is back to him and his low cross is blocked.
21 min...YRS YELLOW card...Titus earns it for injury on TC Niksic at YRS 43 yards.
22 min...TC Pirija 45 yard freekick from right is bounced wide left in box.
23 min...TC Maletic rush down middle has sliding goalie smother at 15 yards and Maletic jumps over him.
24 min...TC defender high kick in TC box is whistled for freeekick.
25 min...YRS Orestano touch freekick from 15 yards on right and blasts shot well wide left of net.
26 min...YRS DeThomasis 35 yard freekick dwon middle hits bar and deflects out of box.
28 min...YRS player's long throw-in from left bounces to YRS Almeida but he can't get away an 8 yard shot.
29 min...YRS player's shot is into left webbing of net.
30 min...TC Vucemilovic Grgic cornerkick from left has TC player shoot wide through box.
32 min...YRS Almeida rush down left has goalie on left edge of box and 22 yard sliding shot......
34 min...TC Hayden Fitzwilliams GOAL...TC Marin Vucemilovic Grgic cornerkick from left is through box for Fitzwilliams on right to kick 7 yarder into center of net.
35 min...TC Vucemilovic Grgic blasts 30 yard shot down middle that's caught by flying goalie.
37 min...YRS Dummett cornerkick from right has defender head away from box.
38 min...TC goalie picks up headed bouncer from 18 yards.
39 min...YRS Almeida 30 yard cross from left sideline has goalie palm over net.
40 min...YRS Dummett cornerkick from right has YRS Orestano shoot 15 yarder wide right.
40 min...YRS goalie slides out to poke ball away from charging TC Maletic on right edge of box.
43 min...YRS Christey pushes TC Vucemilovic Grgic off ball at 15 yards after TC Maletic tapped him pass.
43 min...TC Fitzwilliams tips pop up kick of cross at on left 18 yards that goalie catches.
44 min...TC Maletic rush up middle but pushes ball too far on left and over end line.
half ends 7:53pm.
2nd Half:...starts 8:08pm.
halftime sub:...YRS Herron replaces Gardener.
45 min...TC Maletic cornerkick from right has YRS defender head away and TC Deer kicks shot wide from 20 yards.
46 min...TC Keran and YRS DeThomasis injured at TC 48 yards in clash of heads. YRS DeThomasis is down longer. There was a 3 minute interruption until the game restarted.
51 min...YRS Humphrey cross from 30 yards on left has YRS Almeida hook ball with foot over end line from 5 yards.
52 min...YRS Christey rush on left and crosses from end line 18 yards behind net.
53 min...YRS Dummett 35 yard low shot from left is through crowd of players and caught by goalie.
55 min...TC Vucemilovic Grgic cuts on run to get to preferred foot and YRS Titus blocks his 15 yard shot for cornerkick.
56 min...TC Maletic cornerkick from right whistled down in box.
60 min...YRS Christey long throw-in from left has defender head ball away in box.
62 min...YRS DeThomasis chips 25 yarder from right after receiving throw-in and YRS player flocks 15 yard header from middle that's cleared on left.
63 min...YRS Christey long throw-in from left has TC player head back for another throw-in.
65 min...TC Maletic at 25 yards rolls pass from right that player TC Fitzwilliams through legs dummied and TC Deer on left kicks low and wide right from 20 yards.
67 min...YRS Humphrey 30 yard shot through crowd from left is wide left.
68 min...TC Deer 22 yard cross from left is over net.
71 min...YRS Christey cross from 22 yards on left endline is into side of net.
73 min...TC Maletic 25 yard freekick from right is caught by goalie in crowd of players behind him on post.
75 min...YRS O'Connor backwards chip from 20 yards caught by goalie.
76 min...TC Fitzwilliams injured on sideline in YRS end. TC Deer injured almost same place on field as soon as play resumes.
79 min...YRS sub...Mohamed replaces Lord.
80 min...YRS YELLOW card...DeThomasis earns it for pull down of TC Fitzwilliams at TC 45 yards.
82 min...YRS Mohamed gets cross even with TC Arapovic pushing on left end line and 15 yarder bounces to goalie.
87 min...YRS Dummett 55 yard freekick from right bounces through box to left for goalie to stop.
89 min...YRS YELLOW card...Orestano earns it for dissent on TC slow goal kick.
90 min...YRS Humphrey gets partial clearance and kicks 28 yarder from right over net.
91 min...YRS Christey is injured on run to middle is into defenders.
93 min...TC Vucemilovic Grgic on 2 on 1 has defender block pass near edge of box.
94 min...YRS Almeida 16 yard shot from right is wide left.
95:06 min...game ends 8:59pm.
Final Score:...........Toronto Croatia...........2............York Region Shooters..........0...........
Attendance was about 175 on this cold night in front of a mainly pro-Croatian crowd.
Toronto Croatia held the balance of play in this game. The second half was scoreless but TC almost scored on a few counterattacks. Their offence was led by strikers Grgic and Tihomir Maletic who also took most of the cornerkicks and freekicks. In perhaps the 'perfect' lineup for tonight's game and opponents, they did not make one substitution in the 90 minutes.
Antonio Ilic earned the shutout for Toronto Croatia tonight making a few key saves and having a very efficient defence of Halburto Harris, Sven Arapovic, Josip Keran, and Ainsley Deer blocking mostly everything into the box.
Shooters didn't have their top scorer/captain in Kadian Lecky who had been Red carded in last week's quarterfinal AFTER he had been subbed out and was sitting on the bench in that game. Although Jason DeThomasis had picked up a Yellow card in each of the quarterfinal series games, they did not prevent him from playing in tonight's game.
Referee Justin Tasev gave a five Yellow cards tonight with four going to the Shooters but two of those were for dissent.
Best non-scoring chances were at 23 minutes when TC Tihomir Maletic rushed down the middle and the sliding goalie smothered the ball at 15 yards and Maletic jumped over him. At 26 minutes YRS Jason DeThomasis took a 35 yard freekick down the middle that hit the bar and deflected out of the box. 35 minutes had TC Grgic blast a 30 yard shot down the middle that was caught by the flying goalie. 39 minutes had YRS Goncalo Almeida take a 30 yard cross from the left sideline that the goalie had to palm over his net. Neither team had any clear cut chances in the second half which suited Croatia just fine with them protecting their lead.
We had heard before this game started that the other finalists this year are Capital City FC who won earlier this afternoon 5-0 against Serbian White Eagles pulling away in the last 15 minutes from an otherwise close game. The game will be held Saturday at 5:00pm at Centennial Stadium and will be carried on Rogers Community channel.
Toronto Croatia starters
YRS player chases ball to sideline.
YRS Ryan Dummett (99) taps over freekick for Mario Orestano (10) and Jason DeThomasis (9).
Their freekick is wide.
YRS player keeps ball in play.
TC Marin Vucemilovic Grgic takes freekick.
TC players celebrate at game end.
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