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Result of the Saturday October 27, 2012 CSL game between

Toronto Croatia and Montreal Impact Academy played at

Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 3:00pm. This was

the Final of the CSL Chamionship.

83 min...Toronto Croatia Marin Vulemilovic Grgic GOAL...

TC goalie Antonio Ilic takes a wind aided goalkick that's

over players at center line and defender pops up header at

MIA 50 yards. TC Tihomir Maletic [edit] shoulders ball up and takes

over head kick from 45 yards forward for TC Hayden

Fitzwilliams charging down middle. Fitzwilliams heads ball

down and to right at 25 yards for Vucemilovic Grgic who was

just two steps behind but gets between defenders Karl Ouimette

and Amine Meftouh and blasts 15 yard shot to top right

corner of net over goalie Jason Beaulieu standing at 6 yards.

Final Score:.....Toronto Croatia........1........

Montreal Impact Academy........0........

Attendance was about 200 people on this cold and rainy

afternoon. It had rained all last night and this morning

and was still raining hard at game time and right until

after the game. The fans who did show up wore parkas

and brought umbrellas or sought the shelter under the

press box.

The game was carried live on Rogers Community channel

in at least the Toronto area and it played out to a

2 1/2 hour time slot with a pregame show including

panelists Dick Howard and TFC Academy coach Danny Dichio

and an after-game medals and trophy presentation.

(Individual awards will be given out at a banquet

in a few weeks). This game is scheduled

to be rebroadcast on Sunday evening at 8:00pm.

Toronto Croatia becomes a repeat champion for winning

both the 2011 and 2012 season. MIA will hopefully

break the pattern of the losing finalist leaving the league

before the next season. Hamilton Croatia only played

one season (2010) and Capital City only played one

season (2011). At least MIA has been in the league

longer than one year.

MIA had brought some fans. There were supposedly 12

relatives of defender Karl Ouimette (who was the first

graduate of the MIA Academy to make the MLS club in

their first year of existance) who dropped back down to

play this game. Other fans had taken a special bus

even though the MLS team was playing a home game to

finish their season this afternoon.

Antonio Ilic earned the shutout for TC aided by his

defenders (today's starters Halburto Harris, Sven Arapovic,

Josip Keran, and Ainsley Deer). TC only gave up

13 goals in 25 league and playoff games. Jason Beaulieu

played well for MIA. Both goalies actually fumbled some

chances with the wet ball.

Referee Yusri Rudolph was in charge of this game and

gave out four Yellows in the first half (three to

TC) and two in the second (one to each) that I counted.

With weather conditions what they were, there were

a lot of offsides from balls caught in the wind

besides players overanxious to make runs at goal.

The momentum of the game changed as the two teams

changed ends at the half. It just seemed like

Toronto Croatia would eventually score on at least

one of them.

Best non-scoring chances were at 10 minutes when MIA

Maxim Tissot took a cornerkick from the right that

had MIA Kai Morton head an 8 yarder off the outside

of the left post. 49 minutes had TC Tihomir Maletic

recover his blocked shot off Morton at 22 yards and

push the ball to TC Hayden Fitzwilliams at 20 yards

on the left and his shot had the flying goalie push

the ball wide right of the post. 54 minutes had

TC Tihomir Maletic survive a sliding tackle by Morton

(all leg-no ball) on the left side of the box and

roll an off-balance 12 yard shot just wide right

of the post. (If he'd have fallen he would probably

have drawn a Penalty kick and had Morton receive

his second Yellow). 55 minutes had TC Hayden Fitzwilliams

cut towards goal from 30 yards on the left and roll a

12 yarder across the box but the goalie dived forward

to push the ball forward and break up Maletic waiting

on the right for a shot. The same minutes TC Andelo

Srzentic took a low 30 yard shot from the right that

the goalie fumbled twice but held on crawling on the ground

to prevent shots by Maletic then Marin Vulemilovic Grgic.

63 minutes had MIA Wandrille Lefevre take a 45 yard low

blast up the middle that the goalie ducked to catch but

fumbled wide left for a cornerkick. 93 minutes had

Lefevre take a 45 yard freekick from the right that

fell in the box where MIA Yacine Ait Slimane tried

to shove Srzentic in the 6 yard box to get at the ball

but Sven Arapovic made the clearance.

This was the last game in the league for TC captain

Tonci Pirija who will play in Asia starting next month.

This was my 50th CSL game this year. That is actually

less than last year because each team only had 22 league

games and a reduced playoff schedule.

Rocket Robin


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