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London City recovered from an early 1-0 deficit to score three second half goals in a well-earned 4-2 upset over the St. Catharines Wolves at Club Roma in St. Catharines, the only game played in the Canadian Professional Soccer League Wednesday.

Frank Zumpano put the home side 1-0 up after just six minutes of play, but a goal in each half by London forward Paul Munster (36 and 76 minutes), and two goals in two minutes at 48 and 49 minutes by forward Kadian Leckey, proved too much for St. Catharines.

Tony Carbonaro struck the second St. Catharines goal.

The win vaults London City from the foot of the Western Conference to third of six teams with a 2-1-0 WLT record and six points, one over third place St. Catharines Wolves with 5 points and a 1-2-2 record.

The two teams met three times last season, to split the two games in regular league play while one cup game went to St. Catharines by a 2-1 score.

Kadian Leckey was prominent with North York Astros last season and was recently transferred to London City on a loan agreement with the Toronto team.

Wolves defender Danny Gallagher and City forward Erik Elmauer tangled with five minutes remaining in tonight's game and were both ejected by referee Calin Pintea.

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Results of the Thursday June 24, 2004 CPSL game between Metro Lions and Vaughan Shooters played at Birchmount Stadium at 7:00pm.

12 min...Lions Craig Patton GOAL...Patton gets pass on right and runs 20 yards down wing and takes 20 yard low shot that's into left corner of net on sharp angle from right beyond goalie Rob Scala.

16 min...Lions Craig Patton GOAL...Patton gets pass up middle from left wing and chests ball down and in clear boots 18 yard shot into top center of net.

Final Score:...............Metro Lions............ppd...........Vaughan Shooters...........ppd.....

Game will have to be replayed on a later date starting from a 0-0 score.

Attendance was about 30 on this warm overcast evening with a steady rain starting from just before the 20 minute mark. The skies really opened up at halftime and with lightning in the distance the second half was delayed. There was no further lightning but the rain continued to pour down. After a 30 minute delay the stadium maintenance guys from the Parks and Recreation department of the city ordered the game halted. Even CPSL president Vince Ursini in attendance doesn't have the power to overrule the city. The fans didn't seem to mind the rain as with a crowd that small we could cower under the shelter of the entranceways and the 'boxes' erected in the last rows of the stadium where the U of T sets up their VIPs and journalists.

Craig Patton hit a post at 42 minutes five minutes after teammate Billy Ninopoulos did the same thing. Both team defenses were shredded but the the Shooters couldn't get their forwards to connect with through balls. They also had two freekick tries that were blasted into the Lions player wall. Lions goalie Greg Drakes earned the shutout and looked really sharp on a 24 minute stand up leg save on an in-clear Mathew Palleschi.

I suppose Craig Patton loses his goals from the record book and the yellow card given to Lions Justin Phillips doesn't count either.

Rocket Robin


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Craig Patton scored twice for Metro Lions before a severe thunderstorm washed out the game with Vaughan Shooters at Birchmount Stadium.

Toronto Supra forward Michael Diluca led his team with two goals to a well-earned 3-1 victory over Toronto Croatia at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke Thursday and in one other game scheduled in the Canadian Professional Soccer League, Metro Lions led Vaughan Shooters 2-0 at half-time when the game was abandoned due to a severe thunderstorm in Scarborough where the game was being played at Birchmount Stadium.

Diluca scored his third and fourth of the season, the first coming at 28 minutes for a 1-0 half-time score and his second at 61 minutes to put Supra ahead, 2-0.

Supra went 3-0 in front on a goal at 63 minutes by midfielder Sebastian Busto, before Willy Giammarra scored for Toronto Croatia on a free kick at 85 minutes, a 3-1 final score

The game was almost a carbon copy of Toronto Supra’s 3-1 win over Toronto Croatia on June 11 when Michael Diluca also found the net twice in that game and Willy Giammarra scored Croatia’s lone goal from a penalty kick.

As a result of the win, Supra improve to 2-0-2 WLT for 8 points and third position in the Eastern Conference, while Toronto Croatia are still at the foot of the Western Conference with a 1-3-1 record for 4 points.

Metro Lions took a 2-0 first-half lead at Birchmount Stadium on goals by Craig Patton, but his effort was of no avail when monsoon-like weather struck the southern part of Scarborough where a deluge of rain caused the game to be abandoned.

The game is considered incomplete and will be rescheduled to be played at a later date.

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Actually I have no idea of what happens. I've never known the rule about this in any league. If Pele had scored his 1000th goal and then the game was rained out would it count on the records? Could a goalie on a long shutout streak let in three goals and then have the game erased and continue on with his record? I think I'll post that question over to the general discussion group as some people don't read the local team board.

An NFL player (Mercury Morris, Miami Dolphins) passed the 1000 yard rushing record for a season on the last game of the year but then he got a handoff a few plays later and lost about eight yards, then the game ended but he got to keep his record.

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Result of the Friday June 25th, 2004 CPSL game between Durham Storm and Brampton Hitmen played at Civic Stadium in Oshawa at 8:30pm.

36 min...Hitmen Kurt Mella GOAL...BH Jusif Yawando crosses from right from 20 yards, Mella one touch midair shot from 10 yards on left post is into top left corner of net beyond goalie Zane Hendrickson.

49 min...Storm Jahmo Welch GOAL...DS Rashid Koriya runs on left and low cross into box is behind charging forward however Welch is on right of box and takes low 10 yard shot into right side of net past goalie Roy Blanche.

57 min...Hitmen Phil Ionadi GOAL...Ionadi's 30 yard freekick freekick in center is low around wall and into low right corner of net on one bounce beyond sprawling goalie.

Final Score:...........Durham Storm.........1............Brampton Hitmen..........2.........

Attendance was about 150 on this warm evening.

Durham Storm record falls to 0-5-0 with another loss but the team looked good again this week and could have earned a tie or won. They're comparable with the A-League Puerto Rico Islanders in that they are getting better and each opponent don't want them to get their first points against them. The Hitmen raise their record to 3 wins, 1 loss, 2 ties. It was the first game of the season with owner/coach Steve Nijjar behind the bench after serving a suspension that stretched back to last year. Phil Ionadi was a halftime sub and immediately starting taking the dead ball kicks.

The game was really entertaining with lots of upfield rushes. The goals looked similar to some of the Euro 2004 Cup goals scored in the last two weeks. Both teams need to work on their cornerkicks and out of box crosses because these chances usually drifted over everybody's heads waiting in the box.

Rocket Robin


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Result of the Sunday June 27, 2004 CPSL game between Toronto Croatia and Metro Lions played at Memorial Park in Streetsville at 4:00pm.

16 min...Lions Maxim Dorneval GOAL...Lions Justin Phillips races through TC Halburto Harris at center injuring him, passes left to Dorneval whose 20 yard shot is into net beyond goalie George Azcurra.

19 min...Lions Kevin Ricketts RED card...TC Edin Kalic rushes into Lions box but stalls on break and goalie Gregory Drakes blocks him, TC Halburto Harris overruns shot, TC followup shot hits hand of Ricketts. Referee Isaac Raymond calls for a Penalty kick and gives Ricketts the Red card.

20 min...Toronto Croatia William Giummarra GOAL...Giummarra rolls Penalty kick to right corner as goalie slumps to left.

83 min...Lions Maxim Dorneval GOAL...Lions Justin Phillips long throw-in from near center line is up line on left and has Dorneval in alone and from 20 yards on left takes bank shot in off right post.

Final Score:..............Toronto Croatia.........1.................Metro Lions..............2......

Attendance was about 70 on this warm sunny day.

Lions played the last 70 minutes of the game shorthanded. They later had to substitute goalie Gregory Drakes with usual outfield player Ainsley Romany as Drakes was hurt when he blocked a shot out of his box near the end of the first half and he was limping for the first ten minutes of the second half until the bench officials decided to substitute him.

Toronto Croatia couldn't get a good shot on Romany as the Lions defenders blocked them and the Croatian timing was off leading to a continuation of offside passes and delays in shooting that had continued the whole game.

Star of the game was the tall defender Justin Phillips who was the big man with timely headers to break up Toronto Croatia crosses and to set up Lions plays. The quick throw-in to an unmarked Dorneval for the winning goal was smart soccer but outlined the 30 yard throw-ins that he could throw into the box the whole game. Lions Gabriel Salustius was a frequent target of knocks including an elbow to the back in the centre circle.

Craig Patton who had his two goals from Thursday wiped out when the Lions lead on Vaughan Shooters was cancelled when the game was called at halftime because of a distant thunderstorm was a forward in this game too. The Lions look like one of the best teams in the league at the moment.

Wow. That was exciting. Ten men not only hanging on but beating an eleven man team! I'll probably not see that again this season.

Rocket Robin


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Result of the Sunday June 27th, 2004 CPSL game between Vaughan Shooters and Hamilton Thunder played at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan at 7:30pm.

41 min...Vaughan RED card...Danny Sanna earns it for a kick on the thigh of HT Stalin Cardenas in the center circle as a ball bounced past and both were jumping for it. Cardenas needed to be helped from the field and was replaced by Matthew O'Connor. Sanna needed to be helped from the field too as he looked like he hurt his foot from the impact of that kick. Referee Justin Tasev didn't have much choice on making that call because it was badly mistimed check attempt.

65 min...Shooters Mathew Palleschi GOAL...Palleschi is threaded ball up middle and from 30 yards chips into center of net over sliding goalie Roberto Ferrari who had charged out of net to try to prevent shot.

Final Score:..............Vaughan Shooters............1................Hamilton Thunder..............0..........

Attendance was about 150 on this warm evening with a blinding bright sun in the north west until the second half.

Shooters goalie Robert Scala earned the shutout and had to be sharp as the Thunder put many crosses into the box for the entire second half led by Jason Crnic and Miles O'Connor. Forwards for the Thunder were Sasa Milaimovic and Kevin Nelson. Thunder owner Italo Ferreira told me that he has former CPSL Ottawa Wizard player Kevin Nelson signed up to a two year contract.

Well this was a case of the Shooters hanging on but they did score on a counterattack to earn the victory. Joey Todaro was the Shooters lone forward in the second half. My second game today and one of the rare opportunities to see a ten man team beat an eleven man team. Twice in a day! Now I'm pretty sure that won't happen again.

Rocket Robin


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