OTTAWA ITALIA ELIMINATE TORONTO SUPRA IN OPEN CANADA CUP SUNDAY
Four CPSL teams, Border Stars, North York Astros, London City and Metro Lions, together with three amateur teams, AEK London, Ottawa Capital City Ambassadors and Ottawa St. Anthony Italia, are through to the Third Round of the Open Canada Cup following wins during the Canada Day long weekend.
Two teams, CPSL pro team Vaughan Shooters and G.S. United, an amateur team in Toronto, due to meet in one other Open Canada Cup game, are also still involved after their Round Two game was postponed due to a waterlogged ground at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan on Sunday.
In the two games, both played at Cove Road, London on Sunday, Ottawa St. Anthony Italia shocked Toronto Supra 3-2 to eliminate the CPSL team in a game ended by a Golden Goal overtime winner by Italia�s Johnny Schieda and Metro Lions eked out a 2-1 win on a goal four minutes from time by Lions� forward Hayden Fitzwilliams, the Trinidad and Tobago standout who re-signed for Metro Lions recently on his return from playing in that country.
In the Ottawa St. Anthony Italia 3-2 win over Toronto Supra on Sunday, Huffman Tabe opened the scoring for the capital city team at 23 minutes, Michael Diluca replied twice for Supra, at 76 (a penalty) and 84 minutes, Urbaine Some tied the score 2-2 for Italia at 93 minutes before Johnny Schieda struck the overtime winner.
Rob Black opened the scoring for Real Vaughan at the 6th minute mark and Metro Lions tied the game when Aaron Benjamin scored the equalizer at 59 minutes before the winner by Hayden Fitzwilliams four minutes from time.
Ottawa St. Anthony Italia advanced to Round Two and the game with Toronto Supra on Sunday following their 3-2 Golden Goal victory over London Portuguese, and earlier in the day in a Round Two encounter, Ottawa Capital City Ambassadors edged 777 Soccer Club of Toronto 2-1, both games played at Cove Road in London.
The two Ottawa wins follow defending Open Canada Cup champions London City defeating Hamilton Thunder 1-0 in one of two Open Canada Cup games played at Cove Road in London on Friday.
In the other Second Round game played Friday, North York Astros advanced with a 2-1 win over Brampton Hitmen.
In Open Canada Cup play on Canada Day, two amateur teams, 777 Soccer Club of Toronto and AEK London, together with Border Stars of the Canadian Professional Soccer League, all won their games.
777 Soccer Club defeated Peniche S.C., another Toronto area amateur team, by a 3-2 score in Preliminary Round play to qualify for their game against Capital City Ambassadors of Ottawa, while AEK London defeated Durham Storm of the CPSL to advance to Round Three. Border Stars also advanced to Round Three following their Goldon Goal victory over St. Catharines Roma Wolves at Club Roma in St. Catharines.
There were nine Open Canada Cup games played and one postponed from Canada Day, July 1 to Sunday, July 4, in a competition that continues each long holiday weekend through to the final game on Labour Day, September 6.
MORE GAME DETAILS:
Hjima Alain struck the Golden Goal at 114 minutes for Ottawa St. Anthony Italia in the 3-2 win over London Portuguese on Saturday night, his second goal of the game after putting the Ottawa team in the lead after just 6 minutes.
Urbaine Some struck the other goal for Ottawa Italia at 82 minutes, while former London City player Erald Pope scored the two London Portuguese goals at 56 and 74 minutes.
Mili Ombasic (21 minutes) and Twmde Temidire (44 minutes) scored the Ottawa Ambassadors' goals, while Alex Lopez struck the lone Toronto 777 goal at 70 minutes.
In the first game on Friday, Boris Krimus opened the scoring for the Astros after seven minutes and the goal held up until 62 minutes when Brampton forward Kurt Mella struck an equalizer.
The game could have gone either way during the remainder of the second half, but it was former Woodbridge Soccer Club forward Alex Braletic who scored his first goal for the Astros. He broke through the Hitmen defence on the left wing to beat goalkeeper Roy Blanche for the game winner and put the north Toronto team into the next round.
Astros meet Ottawa St. Anthony Italia or Toronto Supra in Round Three.
The London City vs. Hamilton Thunder was a ding-dong struggle for 90 minutes and the official time was actually 93 minutes when with seconds remaining Gentjan Dervishi sent a blistering shot off the woodwork for Erik Elmauer to pick-up and set the stage for Paul Munster to score his sixth and most important goal of the season.
London City will now meet Border Stars in Round Three.
Sergio Rivardeneira at 28 minutes, Kyle Jones at 44 minutes and Alex Lopez at 82 minutes were the goalscorers for 777 Soccer Club in the 3-2 victory at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan on Canada Day, while Des Mpenza (56 minutes) and Tony Tavares (94 minutes) scored for Peniche.
Mike Vonella scored the Golden Goal for Border Stars four minutes into the second overtime period for the 1-0 victory over St. Catharines Wolves and the team from the Canada-U.S. border will now meet London City in Round Three.
AEK London eliminated CPSL team Durham Storm from the Open Canada Cup on goals by Martin Painter (26 minutes) and Kim Balatouka at 88 minutes. Storm goalkeeper Devon Spiers suffered an injury at 25 minutes in that game and was replaced by Zane Hendrickson.
Results and remaining games:
Thurs. July 1 777 Soccer Club 3, Peniche S. C. 2
Sat. July 3 Ottawa St. Anthony Italia 3, London Portuguese 2
Thurs. July 1 St. Catharines Wolves 0, Border Stars 1
Thurs. July 1 Durham Storm 0, AEK London 2
Friday July 2 Brampton Hitmen 1, North York Astros 2
Friday July 2 London City 1, Hamilton Thunder 0
Saturday July 3 Capital City Ambassadors 2, 777 S.C. 1
Sunday July 4 Toronto Supra 2 Ottawa St. Anthony Italia 3
Sunday July 4 Vaughan Shooters vs. G. S. United POSTPONED
Sunday July 4 Real Vaughan 1, Metro Lions 2