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Title: CSL 2011--Final


Rocket Robin - October 30, 2011 04:08 AM (GMT)
Result of the Saturday October 29, 2011 CSL game between Toronto Croatia and Capital City FC played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 5:00pm. This was the one game final for the CSL championship.

18 min...TC Hayden Fitzwilliams GOAL...TC Tihomir Maletic 35 yard freekick from right has leaping Fitzwilliams in crowd of players on left head 8 yarder into left side of net beyond flying goalie Clint Irwin.

Final Score:......Toronto Croatia...........1...........Capital City FC............0..............

Attendance was about 1800 on this very cold, overcast early evening. About 200 were fans from Ottawa.

Most of the game, the Croatia defenders of Halburto Harris, Sven Arapovic, Josip Keran, and Ainsley Deer suffocated the Capital City chances. CCFC players were pushing through balls over the end line or having shots blocked right at the spot they were kicked. They had more chances in the second half and a time where momentum shifted for a few minutes.

Sandi Matika was a late write-in as the starting goalie for Toronto Croatia because the initial roster sheet had Antonio Ilic who had played the previous playoffs games. He earned the shutout but had a spell between 76 until 82 minutes when he was shaky but the defence bailed him out.

Toronto Croatia had won the two regular season games between the two teams both on 2-0 scorelines.

David Barrie was the referee for today's game. About two weeks ago, I heard from the CSL Director of Officials Tony Comacho that Sylviu Petrescu was scheduled but I saw him listed as the fourth official for the MLS playoff game between Colorado and Kansas City held later tonight in Denver. Barrie gave out the first few Yellow cards of the night to Croatia players and didn't make a few freekick calls and a Penalty call that infuriated the most of the fans but I thought he had a good game.

I reread my CSL Best/Worst list for 2011 which I compiled before the playoffs began. Season MVP—Tihomir Maletic...best goalkeepers Toronto Croatia pairing of Sandi Matika and Antonio Ilic. Best defender Toronto Croatia's Halburto Harris although I said anyone of them could be listed. Best upcoming team I had as Capital City FC going from not existing to finishing third in their inaugural season. Before entering the stadium, an official of Toronto Croatia asked me who I thought would win...”The home team” I said. Today was my 63rd CSL match of the season. Maybe that's why my predictions before the game came true.

Best non-scoring chances were at 16 minutes when TC Tihomir Maletic took a cornerkick from the right over a crowd of players and TC Josip Keran headed it down from the left and crossed it into the box where TC Daniel Niksic got to a missed clearance shot down the middle and shot from 16 yards wide right. At 19 minutes (right after the goal) CCFC Sullivan Silva barged through the middle eluding a sliding tackle by TC Sven Arapovic and then took a 10 yard shot wide left of the post. 31 minutes had TC Hayden Fitzwilliams rush on the left and get a cross on the end line from 15 yards that the goalie palmed through the box. At 35 minutes CCFC Kenny Caceros took a 40 yard freekick down the middle that had a CCFC player on the left at 10 yards head the ball across the box and a defender headed away but Silva pushed the ball forward from 15 yards and a TC player cleared the ball off a CCFC player that popped up and the TC goalie could make the catch. 41 minutes had TC Fitzwilliams rush on left for the ball and cross from 25 yards along the 12 yard line had a sliding CCFC Casey Cordray tip the ball through the box just a step ahead of the charging TC Tihomir Maletic at 8 yards and give up a cornerkick. The second half started just one minute in with TC Marin Vucemilovic-Grgic on a recrossed cornerkick from the left had TC Sven Arapovic roll the ball just wide right from 8 yards on the left. 58 minutes had a CCFC player take a 45 yard freekick from the right that had CCFC Will Beauge and Joel Bagby and TC Halburto Harris crash together and pop up a 10 yard header that the goalie caught. One minute later had TC Fitzwilliams not able to draw a Penalty kick when CCFC Julien Edwards tripped him in the box after a long rush up the left although the defender did end up with the ball. 61 minutes had CCFC Silva at 10 yards on the right shoot low and the diving goalie blocked the ball at 3 yards; CCFC Andre Manders blasted the rebound from 5 yards into the fallen goalie and the ball popped up for CCFC Bagby surrounded by TC Harris and Niksic able to head from 6 yards that the recovered goalie caught. 76 minutes had the CCFC goalie catch a header and quickly punt the ball upfield and on the bounce that had the TC goalie mess up a catch wide right of the net and give up a cornerkick as CCFC Beauge charged for the ball. After the cleared cornerkick, CCFC Francis LeTourneau blasted a 35 yard shot back into box that the goalie fumbled across the end line for another cornerkick. 77 minutes also had CCFC Manders blast a 10 yard shot on the right into the outside webbing of the net but he won a cornerkick. 88 minutes had CCFC Bagby pass across to his goalie but Clint Irwin cleared the ball off TC Maletic at 12 yards and deflect just wide right of the net for a goalkick. Injury time had CCFC Beauge cross from 40 yards on the right had the TC goalie pick up the ball after a TC defender and a CCFC player leapt for a header at 10 yards.

There were no trophies given out tonight other than the Championship trophy and the gold and silver medals to the players and staff of the two teams. There is supposed to be a banquet in November to give out the individual awards.

Rocket Robin
robing@eol.ca


north york - November 1, 2011 07:43 AM (GMT)
Whenever will this league utilize your detailed reports my friend. Great job all season long.

KenFrom225 - November 2, 2011 03:41 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (north york @ Nov 1 2011, 02:43 AM)
Whenever will this league utilize your detailed reports my friend. Great job all season long.

+1.

one of these times i'd like to sneak out to watch YOU watch a game!

dbailey62 - November 3, 2011 01:44 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (north york @ Nov 1 2011, 03:43 AM)
Whenever will this league utilize your detailed reports my friend. Great job all season long.

Indeed Kris.

The league's website badly needs some commitment. I've just been looking at the first division stats. It's one page of leading scorers ..... from 2010.

:wacko:

north york - November 4, 2011 05:02 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (dbailey62 @ Nov 2 2011, 08:44 PM)
QUOTE (north york @ Nov 1 2011, 03:43 AM)
Whenever will this league utilize your detailed reports my friend. Great job all season long.

Indeed Kris.

The league's website badly needs some commitment. I've just been looking at the first division stats. It's one page of leading scorers ..... from 2010.

:wacko:

As the old guy from Auction Wars would say " YEAAAAAP!"




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