October 27, 2012 CSL Final--Toronto Croatia vs Montreal Impact Academy (from CSL website)
TORONTO CROATIA WINS CSL CHAMPIONSHIP..... SC Toronto Second Division Champions A goal at 83 minutes by midfielder Marin Vulemilovic-Grgic was enough to give Toronto Croatia the victory and the Canadian Soccer League championship over Montreal Impact Academy at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke Saturday and the earlier game of the double header, SC Toronto Reserves won the CSL Second Division title with a 3-1 win over Brampton City Utd. Vulemilovic-Grgic took a pass from Hayden Fitzwilliams to drive in the winner from 16 yards, a hard shot that caught the top corner of the net out of reach of Montreal goalkeeper Jason Beaulieu. The younger Montreal Impact Academy – with four players selected for Canada’s under 20 national team - had an edge in the first half with missed chances by midfielder Dominique Morin and defender Kai Morton, but the more experienced Toronto Croatia team fielding seven players having played in the European leagues, looked stronger as the game progressed. Tihomir Maletic missed narrowly and Vulemilovic-Grgic was a constant threat on the academy’s goal. “They were speedy and played well early, but following the interval we kept up our attacking style and that paid off with the goal for our second championship in two years,” said Velimir Crljen, head coach of Toronto Croatia after the final whistle. Toronto Croatia defeated Capital City of Ottawa to win the CSL Championship in 2011. The CSL wrapped up its five-month long season with the double header including an earlier game when SC Toronto B won the Second Division title with a 3-1 win over Brampton City Utd B, Sahsa Ricciuti (43 minutes), Jordan Kalk (45 minutes) and Adrian Perez (79 minutes) scored for the winners, while Nathaniel Ennis (21 minutes) scored the lone goal for Brampton. Brampton earned full marks for their 1-0 lead through to late in the second half, but were rocked by the two goals in the space of three minutes from the Toronto team just before the interval. The game looked uncertain until a free kick from 30 yards by midfielder Adrian Perez late in the second half changed the complexion of the game and SC Toronto held on to the 3-1 lead to the final whistle.
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