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July 19, 2010 PDL--Toronto Lynx vs Dayton Dutch Lions

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Result of the Sunday July 11, 2010 PDL game between Toronto Lynx and Dayton Dutch Lions played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 12:00pm.

27 min...Lynx Jean Tshimpaka GOAL...Tshimpaka takes ball off DLL Evan Schwartz at 35 yards and on 2 on 1 rush shoots 20 yarder over sprawling goalie Oscar Moens at 10 yards into center of net.

82 min...Lynx Jean Tshimpaka GOAL...Lynx Jonathan Costa makes great sliding play to keep the ball in play on the left end line and while laying down, hooks ball around defender standing beside him back to Tshimpaka at 15 yards on left who shoots ball into far right side of net.

85 min...DLL RED card...Andrew Gillombardo is ejected for a crunching tackle on Lynx Gregg Lewand at DLL 53 yards. Gillombardo had earned a Yellow card at 61 yards but the ref reached directly for the Red card on this play.

Final Score:........Toronto Lynx........2............Dayton Dutch Lions..........0..............

Attendance was about 50 on this hot and humid day with a blinding bright sun in the south. Every injury brought a stampede of players to the sideline for a water break. The crowd was no smaller than normal and the game was over 45 minutes before the World Cup final game kicked off between Spain and Netherlands.

The Lions dominated the game but time and again had final shots off target or saved by one of two Lynx goalies or missed passes and hit a goalpost.

The shutout was earned by Matthew Silva who played the first half and Greg Brooks who I'd never seen before but came in to play the second half. Both were brilliant making some point blank saves and charging out to the edge of the box to dive on through balls. Also defenders were good at heading away cornerkicks and freekicks.

Jean Tshimpaka scored only the Lynx's fourth and fifth goal of the season so far in 11 games. It's the Lynx third win of the season against eight losses and their first win at home. Tshimpaka has missed a few games because of his work schedule. He's one of the team's most experienced players at the age of 23. The Lynx had only about five shots towards goal this game so a high success rate for their few chances.

Lynx head coach Duncan Wilde was away with the Academy team this weekend and the bench coach today was Kamran Derayeh who is a coach in their U-20 program. He coached well with keeping the Lynx from lapsing and losing the lead.

Referee Afsar Alikhan was in control and repeatedly ignored the complaints of the Dutch Lions coach. He didn't look like Sonny Silooy, a short haired guy in the media guide, but had shoulder length hair and joined the players on the field to complain about a call and was lucky he wasn't sent off right there but there was no fourth official to keep him under control.

Wow to list all the Lions chances? That will be tough. The absolute best: At 37 minutes, DLL Julius Wille's cornerkick from the left had the ball land in the box and DLL Hans van de Haar head a ball from 6 yards that goalie Matthew Silva palmed off the left post for a cornerkick. Just a minute later, van de Haar speared a 15 yard shot from the left that Silva dived to save on his left. At 42 minutes Ivar van Dinteren blasted a 25 yard shot up the middle that caused another diving save. At 48 minutes van Dinteren headed an 8 yarder from the left on a cross that new goalie Greg Brooks caught on the left post. At 54 minutes, Julius Wille took a 25 yard freekick after the first player faked a shot and hit the outside of the right post. At 57 minutes Wille took a cornerkick from the left that had the goalie try to catch the ball but he was bumped over. A player blasted a shot into the top of the net but the referee had called the play back. At 63 minutes Johan Wigger blasted a 30 yard shot up the middle and the goalie dive and push wide left. At 77 minutes Jeff Popella blasted a 20 yard shot that the goalie palmed over the net. Even at 90 minutes, Steven McCarthy passed back to van de Haar

whose 12 yard low shot was stopped point blank by the goalie. At 93 minutes George Davis passed the ball forward to McCarthy whose low 20 yard shot was blocked by the goalie who then smothered it.

Dayton Dutch Lions (from Ohio) are a new team in the PDL league this year. They are affiliated with Twente FC of the Dutch League and wear orange shirts. I had to look at their roster on their web page to find that about 50% of the players are Dutch and 50% are American. The team had a record of 6 wins, 2 losses, and 5 ties until today's game. They had lost Friday night against Forest City London and with a day off in between couldn't complain about being overworked this weekend in the usual killer PDL travel schedule.

Rocket Robin


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