REAL, AEK LONDON THROUGH
Real Vaughan, a team from Richmond Hill just north of Toronto in the OSL Regional League, made amends for their quick early exit in the 2003 Open Canada Cup when Friday night they defeated Ottawa Royals by a 2-1 overtime score to advance to Round Two and a big game against the CPSL’s Metro Lions the beginning of July.
The Real win was one of two Open Canada Cup games played Friday, the other to the west of the GTA where in London the AEK London locals scored a convincing 3-0 shutout over Woodbridge Sora.
Friday’s games launched the 2004 CPSL season with eight Open Canada Cup games scheduled this Victoria Day holiday weekend, together with one regular season league game and a showdown that brings together CPSL champs Brampton Hitmen and last year’s Open Canada Cup victors London City.
Real opened the scoring at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan on a goal after 39 minutes by Rag Assamd, but Dan Cheney leveled the score for Ottawa on penalty kick after 63 minutes.
With the game tied 1-1 after 90 minutes and the game in overtime, Jeff Gonselves scored the golden goal winner after 104 minutes of play, just before the overtime interval.
In last year’s Open Canada Cup, Real were eliminated by a 2-1 score by Benfica of Toronto in the Preliminary Round.
AEK London looked strong yet again with their 3-0 shutout and will meet Durham Storm, the CPSL’s newest entry, in Round Two at the beginning of July.
Last year the London side romped 6-0 over Woodbridge Azzurri and surprised the CPSL’s Mississauga Olympians, 2-1, before losing to Durham Flames, 3-0, in Round Three.
Terry Peak (11 minutes), Martin Painter (70 minutes) and Selam Kaddory (89 minutes) struck for AEK in tonight’s win.