September 5, 2019 League 1 Ontario--Alliance United FC vs North Mississauga Panthers SC (game report by Rocket Robin)

Result and details of the Thursday September 5, 2019 League 1 Ontario game between Alliance United FC 
and North Mississauga Panthers SC played at Centennial College in Scarborough at 8:45pm.  

10 min...Alliance United Christopher Donoso GOAL...AU Atchuthan Sivananthan at 30 yard 
line on right crosses between players and finds Donoso who chests ball down 
and fires 15 yarder forward into right side of net beyond flying goalie Jared Maloney.  

87 min...AU RED card...Terrell Roberts earns a direct ejection for a sliding tackle 
from behind on an NMP player at AU 45 yard line.  

Post game...NMP RED card...Rahim Thorpe is shown a Red when he goes over to referee 
Brian Butler to make a few comments on his officiating.  

Final Score:...Alliance United......1.......North Mississauga Panthers........0........
(Alliance wins the two game quarterfinal 4-1 on aggregate)  

Attendance was about 70 people on this cool night with the game starting after it was already dark.  
The field wasn't available any early as the college's women's team was holding a practice.  

This game was the continuation of the quarterfinal series two weekends ago (no games last week over 
the holiday weekend) with Alliance holding a 3-1 lead from a huge away game result.  NMP head coach 
told his players as a final pep talk before the game that one goal for AU won't matter because 
“We still need three!”  Well a 3-1 reversal would result in a tie and extra time and/or Penalty kicks. 
Still it was a point that NMP would be going all out for a goal early.  

First surprise for me was AU had their all-star midfielder/captain Nikola Stakic's name actually 
scratched off the game sheet I was given.  I asked an AU official and he said Stakic hadn't 
recovered from a knock he took.  After the game was over I talked to Stakic's father and he said 
his son was being rested.  When I got home I looked up and saw he was on a Yellow card from 
the first game and so not playing him meant there was no risk of him missing the next round.  

I noticed as the game went on that AU subbed out the maximum starters and that began with three 
at halftime.  David Colelli was the only other AU player on a Yellow card from the last game 
and he played the full 90 at the tough central defender role without a problem.  NMP had no players 
on Yellow cards. 

The game did get rough with four of the six Yellow cards being given out in the first half by referee 
Brian Butler.  AU picked up all theirs in the first half which was a bit of a worry as the game could 
become a hackfest in the second half as time ran out for NMP and maybe AU would hold back on their 
checking to avoid drawing another.  AU swapped their goalies at halftime and Nicolas Osorio, 
the star of the first game was also taken off at halftime.  

Praveen Ahilan and Denys Rylskyi shared the shutout with each playing one half—Ahilan starting 
the game.  Both had a few stops to make with Rylskyi having tougher chances as NMP went all-out 
near the end.  They were both aided by their tough defence of Alp Kurtkapan, Kenny Lioutas, 
David Colelli,  and tonight's captain Nirun Sivananthan.  Jacob Maurutto-Robinson subbed 
in for Lioutas at 55 minutes and fit in well.  

Tough checks by both teams but nothing rating a Penalty kick which NMP coaching staff were pleading 
for especially in the second half.  A few freekicks and corners were whistled down in the box 
for pushing incidents but always against the attacking team.  I'll believe the league stat tweets 
(as it's a bit too much for me to count) but NMP led in cornerkicks by 10-2 but AU led in shots 
on target at 5-3.  

Not to really stall the game were AU defenders in the second half booting the ball out of play—safety 
first (!) which upset the AU game staff almost as much as the NMP coaches.  The low fence 
on the east side borders on a nature area.  The ball boys had almost run out of balls but AU staff 
were retrieving them with flashlights to keep the game going.  I was there early enough to retreat 
to the parking lot to get some mosquito spray from my car but after that I was fine with the forest 
at my back.     

Best non-scoring chances were 10 minutes (right before the goal) by NMP Lee-Victor Massunda 
who cut in from the right to the middle and shot a 20 yarder caught under the bar by the goalie.  
19 minutes had AU Nirun Sivannanthan take a cornerkick from the right sent in low that a defender 
deflected back to him and he sent in a high recross that the goalie charged forward to catch 
at 10 yards in the middle knocking into an AU player.  47 minutes had AU Christopher Donoso take 
a low 12 yard shot after receiving a pass from the right that the goalie slid to clear.  Next minute 
had the NMP goalie smother a cornerkick from the right on the left post when the ball was headed down.  
53 minutes had NMP Massunda send in a long cross from the 45 yard line over to Abi Madaraka charging 
on the right but a 20 yard first touch was directly to the goalie (now Rylskyi).  60 minutes had 
the AU goalie palm down a 20 yard shot from the right but gave up a big rebound and NMP Rahim Thorpe 
shot a 15 yarder off the bar.  63 minutes had Artem Tesker dribble along the 22 yard line from 
the right and cut a shot down the middle that the goalie dove left to save on the post.  75 minutes 
and NMP Adel Rahman take a 25 yard freekick from the slight left that bent left and high over 
the net and the low back fence.  85 minutes had NMP Rahim Thorpe take a low 15 yard shot that had 
the goalie slide to make a point blank save at 12 yards.  93 minutes had AU Koosha Nazemi run down 
the middle and blast a 25 yarder down the middle that the goalie flew left to push wide 
of the top corner.  Since Nazemi was knocked over as he got away the shot AU was awarded a freekick.  
Nirun Sivananthan bent the 22 yard freekick just wide right of the post.  

NMP midfield Rahman brothers Adel started and Navid came in at 56 minutes.  Alliance countered with 
both their Sivananthan brothers starting. (I wasn't sure those AU players were related until 
I heard tonight). 

I couldn't see the camcorder-on-a-pole guy filming this game but on my way out I saw the operator 
packing up his equipment outside the gate.  He had filmed the game from outside the grounds and had 
his tripod set up in the parking lot as the short fence surrounding the field on the west side 
is too close to the sideline and it could have been dangerous for players and equipment.  (A concern 
about the L1O Women's League Final has come true.  The game was shown on OneSoccer television—professional 
quality but is not on the L1O league web page except for a 56 second clip of the only goal).  I expect 
the Men's Final will be the same so enjoy the rest of the playoff games while they last!  

Alliance is the first team to book a spot in the two game semi-final series.  All their players get 
through unscathed except Terrell Roberts (1999) with his Red card...he only came on at 79 minutes 
and the tackle was so unnecessary as it was not even near the goal area with the NMP not even facing 
the AU net.  

Three more teams will be decided on Sunday with the winners of the series between Masters FA vs Sigma FC, 
Oakville Blue Devils vs Woodbridge Strikers, and Vaughan Azzurri vs FC London (home team listed first) 
joining them.  

Rocket Robin
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