kennedy Posted July 22, 2005 Share Posted July 22, 2005 Taken from "thunder" forum, Hamilton 2 : Brampton 2 Posted on Friday, July 22 @ 00:11:42 EDT by steelers The first game after the pasting of last Sunday, the Hamilton Thunder have a great deal to prove. Can they bounce back from a 5-1 trouncing? Will the new acquisitions improve the team? Tonight, the Brampton Hitmen seemed to do absolutely everything to delay the progress of the game, including being late for the opening lineups. The opening lineups had us busting in a fit of laughter when we heard that Brampton had a player named "Julius Caesar". We were introduced to three new players : Matt DiGuglielmo, Cosmo Barbero and Lecky Kadian. Kadian arrived only a few hours before game time. Cosmo and Matt didn't get any game time, but in due time. Brampton opened the scoring in the 14th minute when their #10 potted one after the refs blew and offside that should've called the play dead, but only proceeded to result in a goal for the Hitmen. Bennett responded two minutes later by catching the defenders off guard, streaking down the right hand side and slotting home a low ball into the left side of the net. An outstanding response and an offensive manouvre. A 20th minute free kick taken by Dzepina looped into the box and a napping Brampton defence let Kitizawa get free to pot the go-ahead goal. Kadian's debut had the Thunder offence behaving like they should, menacing. Kadian was a thorn in the Brampton backfield all night long, but the theatrics from Brampton keeper Roy Blanche was the beginning of the exhibition that was the "Hitmen School of Diving". In the 35th, Kadian broke through on the right side with a loose ball headed towards goal, bringing Blanche off his line. Losing the foot race and the ball, Blanche collapsed to the ground after looking around to where the ball went. Five minutes later, the game resumed. Four minutes after that, Blanche hit the ground again from some mystery injury again. Another 3 minute lapse, he got up. The reserve keeper was warming up, but that was for display. After a two minute injury time, we came upon half time. A plea to the audience to bring pots and pans for next Thursday's game against the dreaded London City for "Everything Including The Kitchen Sink Night 2". BHTC_Mike did a demonstration. Steelers worked the microphone. An U-12 team liked the noise we were making. Just before the start of the half, the BHTC's numbers swelled past 30 when the U-12 side joined the shenanigans. The second half had more than its fair share of blown calls going both ways. It was definitely more exciting than usual. Our midfield was playing outstanding and we had a great deal of the last-third of the field play. Bennett was making some solid runs, Real was seeing his role of centre-forward actually be valid since we now have a proper striker to play infront of him. This Hamilton was unlike any other Hamilton squad we've seen all season. More back and forth play, exciting charges, and attempts on net that were actually threatening (even if Blanche didn't stop much). In the 82nd minute, Brampton bagged the equalizer after Ferrari stopped the first attempt, but didn't get the handle on it. The rebound landed on the feet of a Hitmen forward and put it past a sprawling goalie, 2-2 game. The ref seemed to get worse, allowing Brampton to use every delay tactic possible. Walking off the field in a substitution, slow setup to a free kick or goal kick. It worked as Hamilton were getting frustrated, not able to get the possession and positioning to try to pull the win out. In the embarassingly short 4 minutes of extra time, Brampton appeared to have got the game winner, only to be called back. Thursday July 28, Hamilton v. London City. Bring noise. Att: 452 (attendance sponsored by the Toronto Lynx school of attendance inflation) Goals: Bennett 16', Kitizawa 20' Cards: umm... one or two Man of the Match: Playing a great game and a standout as a midfield general, Danijel Milojevic gets the nod. A few votes were cast in favour of Kadian for running his butt off. Thumbs up: A better brand of soccer by the Thunder. Alot of excitement on the field with the back and forth play. The U-12 team for coming over and joining us for the second half. The Thunder for letting us do some public announcing. Thumbs down: Roy Blanche and his diving. Canada really missed him at the world aquatic championships in Montreal. The referee for being awful. Late game frustrations by the Thunder and not keeping their heads, but that was minor. Extra Credit: people who stood up because they hate London City. --------------- Steelers u must have forgot then the Hitmen are gone..its the Stallions now. What do you think the real attendance was? 250 ish? Great report. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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