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BOAVISTA A BRIDGE TOO FAR WITH 6-2 WIN
Toronto Supra goalkeeper Michael Silva is down during first half exhibition action at Centennial Stadium, but survives one of many attempts by visiting Boavista to score.

It was bridge too far for Toronto Supra in their determined and gallant effort to match Portuguese First Division side Boavista F.C. at Etobicoke’s Centennial Stadium in west-end Toronto Sunday night, an exhibition game in which the visitors took complete control in the second half for a 6-2 victory, their second win of the 3-game North American tour that started at Elizabeth N.J. last Wednesday.

There were also two regular league games in the Canadian Professional Soccer League Sunday. Vaughan Shooters welcomed new team Durham Storm to the CPSL with a 5-0 thumping at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan, while to the northwest of Toronto, Brampton Hitmen and St. Catharines Wolves battled to a scoreless but well-played tie at Victoria Park.

Boavista, the Portuguse champions in the 2000 – 2001 season and UEFA Cup semi-finalists last year, lost the first game to NY/NJ MetroStars by a 3-1 score on May 26, but the team from Porto entered Canada for a 3-0 win over the CPSL Locust Selects at London last Friday, ending the tour with tonight’s emphatic victory over Supra.

Michael Diluca opened the scoring for Toronto Supra at the 9th minute mark, but Boavista tied it 1-1 four minutes later on a penalty by Portuguese national team forward Ricardo Sousa, his third goal in each of the three-game tour.

Boavista made it 2-1 after 39 minutes on a strike from Hugo Montero, who earlier just missed while hitting the woodwork.

Following a 2-1 half time score, Jose Pedro made it 3-1 for Boavista when he tapped in on a pass from Diogo Valente, it was Valenti who scored to make it 4-1 and Paolo Gomes made it 5-1 before Jose Moreira pulled one back for Toronto Supra to make it 5-2 at 90 minutes.

Jose Pedro scored his second goal in injury time for Boavista, for a 6-2 final score

Mathew Palleschi led Vaughan Shooters with two goals (17 and 57 minutes), after Sean Myers had opened the scoring at the 9 minute mark to put the Shooters on the road to their 5-0 victory over a Durham Storm side finding its feet in CPSL competition. Fabian Pagani also scored for Vaughan, at the 51st minute mark and Joey Todaro rounded out the scoring at 5-0 to give the team from York Region four points from two games. It was Todaro’s third goal in just two games.

Goalkeepers Roy Blanche of Brampton Hitmen and Dino Perri of St. Catharines Roma Wolves were the heroes in the opener for both sides that ended in a 0-0 tie at Victoria Park.

The Hitmen are the defending CPSL champions following their Rogers Cup win over Vaughan Shooters last October 5.


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