Result and details of the Tuesday August 23, 2016 League 1 Ontario game between TFC Academy and Oakville Blue Devils
played at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan at 8:00pm.
6 min…OBD Khody Ellis given long pass upfield at 20 yards and TFCA goalie Brogan Engbers who was out
to 15 yards bumps him over on left side of box. Referee John Valhos gave Engbers a Yellow card and awarded
OBD a Penalty kick.
7 min…OBD Judah Hernandez GOAL…Hernandez blasts Penalty kick to left as goalie crumples in center of net.
34 min…OBD Tarik Roberts GOAL…With OBD Taylor McNamara acting as a decoy, Roberts lofts 20 yard freekick
down middle into top left corner of net out of the reach of the goalie.
69 min…TFCA Richie Ennin GOAL…Ennin dribbles in from right side of box between defenders and past goalie
Karman Saini to roll 8 yard shot into left side of net.
81 min…TFCA Richie Ennin GOAL…TFCA Afram Gorgees gives Ennin short pass on right and he rushes between
defenders and his 10 yard shot is into the left side of the net.
84 min…OBD Blake Jones GOAL…OBD Tarik Roberts on rush from 30 yards on left passes ball to Jones in open
who blasts 15 yard shot down middle over goalie and just under bar in center of net.
Final Score:……..TFC Academy………2………Oakville Blue Devils………3…..
Attendance eventually climbed to about 90 by the end of the first half on this mild evening cooling enough
for fans to retreat to their cars to unpack sweatshirts and windbreakers at halftime.
Referee John Vlahos gave out six Yellow cards that I counted (three to each team) in a game that was mostly
wide open. Both teams were frustrated with the number of offside calls against them.
This is the Oakville team I remember last year when they won the L1O league championship while this year
they are languishing with a slightly less than 50/50 record. I’m sure there have been times this year when they’d
have settled for a 2-2 tie when TFCA scored late but tonight they to went back upfield and scored the winner
three minutes later.
Richie Ennin looked good for TFCA scoring both their goals on very similar plays with a lot of individual dribbling
between defenders that made them happen. This was Ennin’s fifth game for their L1O side. The USL website
lists him as appearing in four games although they add up to 90 minutes of playing time. The PDL site shows him
playing 13 games out of the 14 game schedule for their team (that’s where I remember seeing him the most).
I caught TFC II coach Jason Bent at halftime who was watching from the stands. He answered me that NONE
of tonight’s players would be playing in tomorrow night’s USL game against New York Red Bulls II. I suspect
that’s one reason they only had five subs listed.
Best non-scoring chances were at 23 minutes when OBD Khody Ellis got to a pass up the middle and rolled
a 20 yarder under the diving goalie and the ball hit the outside of the right post for a cornerkick. 47 minutes
had TFCA Cyrus Rollocks roll a cross unplayed along the 6 yard line from the left that no one on either
team found. 52 minutes had Rollocks rush to a pass at 7 yards on the left and his low shot was stopped
by the goalie doing the splits on the left post. Rollocks’ 7 yard rebound had the goalie block as well. 54 minutes
had OBD Khody Ellis receive a pass and his 12 yard shot on the left was saved by the sprawling goalie.
OBD Anthony Doran shot the 15 yard rebound from the right over the open net. 90 minutes had
TFCA Glen Muenkat take a 20 yard freekick from the far left that missed the top right corner of the net.
This was the first TFCA home game I’ve seen this year. Most games are held early Sunday afternoons which
I can’t get to at the KIA Training Centre in Downsview. This game was rescheduled from the preliminary listing
I saw as Sunday May 29th. TFCA assistant coach Phil Boerger said OBD wanted to play
a night game because a lot of their players are older (working I suspect). They could not play at KIA because
there are no lights. Boerger speculated it was because they are so close to the Downsview Airport which
is still used for freight flights. Hmm after getting home I realized I’ve seen night games at
Downsview Park—just outside the airport runways—which have stadium lights. One CSL game in 2012 had
TFCA play the Montreal Academy (while the KIA facility was under construction) and the game had to be
rescheduled because they couldn’t find anyone from the city with the key to open the power box.
Sheridan College where OBD play their home games doesn’t have stadium lights either so their games
are Sunday afternoons.
TFCA’s record falls to 7 wins, 8 losses, 2 ties for 23 points which places them fifth in the eight team
OBD’s record improves to 6 wins, 7 losses, 4 ties for 22 points in sixth position in the West.