Evan James stars as Sigma blow out ANB Futbul

Results and details of the Wednesday June 3, 2015 League 1 Ontario game between ANB Futbol and Sigma FC
played at The Country Day School in King City at 7:00pm. This was considered a Cup game.

4 min…Sigma Richmond Laryea GOAL…Laryea had been pushed over in the box but couldn’t draw
a Penalty kick, he got back up and a pass was sent in to him by Sigma Christian Samaniego
from the right and Laryea shot a low 12 yarder to the left corner of the net.

11 min…Sigma Kwame Awuah GOAL…Sigma Manny Morgado rolls ball along right end line into box
and Awuah gets ball with back turned and turns in middle and fires low 8 yarder into left —
side of net.

20 min…Sigma Evan James GOAL…Sigma Kwame Awuah rush on left and low cross from 20 yards near
end line has charging James tap in 6 yarder into middle of net past goalie Adam Hewitt.

38 min…Sigma Evan James GOAL…Sigma Aidan D’Mello passes ball from 30 yards on right that
James gets away shot from 8 yards into left side of goal even with ANB Lucas Gesualdi
pulling him down.

42 min…ANB Belrum Vartanian GOAL…Vartanian rushes on right and shoots low 18 yarder
past sliding goalie into left corner of net.

59 min…Sigma Evan James GOAL…Sigma Kwame Awuah rushes down left and from 35 yards
he centers pass to James who charges forward and 8 yard shot is into middle of net.

62 min…Sigma YELLOW card…Christian Samaniego earns it for trip from behind just outside
Sigma box.
…………..ANB Jason Mills RED card…team captain Mills earns his second Yellow card
for pushing Sigma players in retaliation after whistle (he wasn’t the player who had
just been tripped).

89 min…Sigma Duran Lee pulls down ANB Jahsua Mills when Mills cuts across box from right.
Referee Armando Pereira awards ANB a Penalty kick.

90 min…ANB Blake Jones GOAL…Jones blasts Penalty kick low and into right corner
of net past flying goalie Triston Henry.

93 min…game ends.

Final Score:……ANB Futbol…….2……..Sigma FC……5…….

Attendance was about 45 on this mild evening with the game ending just after 9:00pm
and it still wasn’t dark yet. There were three (real grass) fields beside this one
(field turf) that were being used by ANB boys and girls for practices. That would
have been another 75 kids out there. One group of about 25 came over during the
second half to watch and cheer for awhile—so there was a peak of 70 fans at one time.

Evan James scored three goals tonight! He’s listed on the game sheet as Sigma’s
oldest player (25 next month). That name looked familiar and Wikipedia lists him
as playing for PDL K-W United in 2013 and being on the MLS Montreal Impact roster
in 2012. I can add searching my own website that he played for PDL Hamilton Rage
in 2011 (actually that team moved to Kitchener-Waterloo to become K-W United) and
Astros Vasas FC of the CSL in 2013.

ANB had one chance to turn this game around and that was one minute after their first
goal when Jason Mills burst up the middle and rolled a 12 yard shot just wide right
of the post. Closing to 3-2 just before halftime with that momentum may have carried
them through. This is the first game ANB had lost this season and they are still
undefeated in League play.

I’d seen ANB as suspect at the back a few weeks ago to lowly Sanjaxx Lions and it was
only the awful off-target shooting of Lions players that gave ANB the victory.
Tonight Sigma repeatedly ran up the wings and crossed into the box while a player
ran up the middle for two of their tap-in goals.

This game was at times rough with referee Armando Pereira giving out five yellow cards
(three to Sigma) besides the red card and the penalty shot. A few ANB players lashed
out when the score got out of hand. A few players of both teams needed to come off the
field to be treated for injuries. Most unusual was Sigma’s Nolan Holdridge who had
to have his shoe taped when it split open.

This was a League 1 Ontario Cup game. I needed some instructions on the structure.
I knew there are four groups with three teams in each group. When I saw only six fixtures
listed I figured it was because they just hadn’t been able to schedule all the games
in the middle of the week because of field availability. Nope! There are only two games
for each team—one home and one away. Winner and second place team advance to the
quarterfinals. Hmm actually there’d have to be twelve games eventually played so I was
partially right about scheduling.

This Group B is definitely the ‘Group of Death’. Oakville Blue Devils are the third
team in this group. The three teams currently sit first, third, and fifth in regular
season play in this twelve team league. It probably looked good at the time of choosing
if any seeding was done because Sigma had a great season last year, ANB were middle
of the pack and Blue Devils are an expansion team. (actually remnants of the PDL
Toronto Lynx). Oakville is the league’s first place team. Oakville beat Sigma 2-1
in Cup play last week. ANB visits Oakville in two weeks to wrap up the group.
A win for ANB moves all teams to 1-1 and then goal difference comes into play.

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Robin Glover

Robin Glover

Robin has been writing about soccer in the Toronto area for message boards and his own website since the early 1990s in the days of 2400 baud modems to USENET sites. In the 2014 season he attended 76 games in various leagues that played in the GTA area. Follow Robin on Twitter and on his website

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