June 6, 2016 PDL–Toronto FC Academy vs Derby City Rovers

Result and details of the USL PDL game between TFC Academy and Derby City Rovers

 played Monday June 6, 2016 at The KIA Training Centre in Downsview at 4:00pm.


46 min (1st half)…DCR Aleksi Pahkasalo GOAL…DCR Yudai Tashiro finishes

 DCR pressure with 10 yard shot that hits right post past goalie Darrin MacLeod

 and deflects out to left for Pahkasalo to shoot low 8 yarder to right side

 of empty net.


78 min…TFCA Cyrus Rollocks GOAL…TFCA Ethan Beckford on rush down

 middle to 12 yards and he taps over pass to Rollocks who rolls 10 yarder under

 sliding goalie Stuart Ford at 3 yards to right side of net.


Final Score:…..Toronto FC Academy…….1…..Derby City Rovers……..1……..


Attendance started off slow but picked up to about 35 on this late afternoon game

 with the expected storm holding off until about 30 minutes after the game ended.


Referee Adam Kanji gave out only one Yellow card to each team that I remember

 on a game that had some hard checks.


The cross field wind was a factor in this game with balls drifting out of play

 with about three landing on top of the net and more drifting behind it and had

 crosses die. One TFCA player’s shot was over the net, the back netting fence,

 and landing on the roof of the KIA Training Centre.


Best non-scoring chances were at 17 minutes when TFCA Steven Furlano threaded

 a ball from 60 yards through to a charging TFCA Reshon Phillip who shot a

 20 yarder down the middle that the goalie flew to the left to push wide for

 a cornerkick. 32 minutes had DCR Sam Stockton at 30 yards in middle roll a pass

 between defenders for DCR Aladdin El Fares who shot a 20 yarder just over

 the bar. 35 minutes had DCR have about three close chances with DCR Aleksi

 Pahkasalo shooting an 8 yard shot across the 6 yard box and the goalie then stopped

 a shot on the right post. 58 minutes had TFCA Matt Srbely take a cornerkick

 from the left that had the ball partially cleared and TFCA Richie Ennin blasted

 an 18 yarder through players that the goalie batted forward and Ennin’s rebound

 from 15 yards was blasted well over the net. 89 minutes had DCR Pahkasalo roll

 a 20 yard freekick through the player wall that the diving goalie saved

 on the right post.


DCR had only two subs on the bench but made the first two subs of the game at halftime

 and 60 minutes. I’m somewhat surprised that they did not appear to fade at the

 end of the game and had just as many chance of scoring the winner as TFCA.


TFCA made four subs (eventually bringing in all of their six allowed) at 64 minutes

 including Rollocks and Beckford, the two players who were involved in the play

 14 minutes later for the tying goal. I asked a DCR official whether they’d have

 any more players by Wednesday’s game. He didn’t sound too promising stating the

 team has some internationals that can’t get visas to come into Canada from the USA.

 They also have a game at the end of the week against K-W United (Kitchener, Ontario).

 Of course K-W played with only one sub in the opening game of the season against

 TFCA and won 7-0. Looking at prior linescores on the PDL website, it does not appear

 TFCA has a depleted roster on roadtrips to the USA. Besides today, TFCA played DCR

 in Louisville on May 27th, losing 3-0.  Staying in Ontario until Friday means the DCR

 players miss the memorial/funeral for their most famous citizen, Muhammad Ali.



Derby City Rovers which started in the PDL as River City Rovers in 2011 before the

 name change to Derby City in 2014 play in Louisville Kentucky. An official from the

 team said they are NOT related to Louisville City of the USL (started in 2015, 

 which plays against TFC II). Both teams have a Fleur-de-lis logo but that is the

 emblem of their city’s French monarchy heritage.  ‘Derby City’?  The Kentucky Derby

 horse race!  


TFCA’s record improves to 1 win, 3 losses, 1 tie for 4 points and seventh of eighth

 in the Great Lakes Division. DCR improve to 2 wins, 0 losses, 1 tie for 7 points

 and third place.


TFCA’s next game is Wednesday at 4:00pm at the KIA Centre against Derby City again.

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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.

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