Result of the Sunday August 2, 2015 League 1 Ontario game between Oakville Blue Devils and
Vaughan Azzurri played at Sheridan College in Oakville at 4:00pm.
49 min…Vaughan Mario Kovacevic GOAL…VA Joey Cicchillo takes 30 yard freekick from right that
drops and hits the bar and is cleared from box by defender’s header on left. VA Kamal Miller
recovers ball at 30 yards on left and rolls ball from 25 yards to Kovacevic waiting even with
defenders at 15 yards in line with left post. He rolls shot forward into left corner of net past
diving goalie Daniel Voci.
Final Score:…….Oakville Blue Devils……..0………Vaughan Azzurri……..1……
Attendance was about 120 on this hot and sunny day that changed to overcast and blustery by the
time the game ended with a thunderstorm closing in from the north. There was no worry for fans
because all but the first ten rows of the stands are covered and I’m sure those in the first
rows would have just moved back. There are no stadium lights though and it was strange to see
the north end with a huge dark cloud over it and the south clear. The contrast made it practically
dark with Vaughan defending their lead the last few minutes.
I usually don’t drive this far for League 1 games but this was the only game on the schedule
and it gave me a chance to see the two best teams.
Dayne St Clair earned the shutout for Vaughan with a few good saves but it was their defence
that held the Blue Devils back with last man checks everywhere including most importantly,
in the box. Daniel Gogarty, Matthew Arnone, Edward Lay, and Joseph Amato were a virtual wall.
I counted Arnone with at least four clearing headers to stop Blue Devils chances.
Referee Ben Jacobs waited until 74 minutes before giving out the only Yellow card of the
day—to OBD Taylor McNamara on a sliding tackle. The game was close checking though and both
teams were annoyed by the number of whistles rather than ‘play on’ calls. They were trying
to get away quick freekicks before their opponent was ready. This reached its extreme
at 69 minutes with OBD taking a quick freekick while their own captain Taylor McNamara was
down injured and the referee had already signalled for the trainer. That play was obviously
Best non-scoring chances were at 17 minutes when VA Joey Cicchione took a cornerkick from the
left that VA Benjamin Futoriansky headed an 8 yarder up the middle that the goalie smothered
on the right post. Two minutes later VA Joseph Amato chipped a 40 yard kick and
VA Mario Kovacevic headed a 10 yarder that the goalie palmed over the bar. 32 minutes had
VA Dayonne Harris cross from 18 yards along the right end line and Kovacevic scissor kicked
from 15 yards a shot that when over the net. 61 minutes had VA Cicchillo take a 35 yard
freekick that VA Kamal Miller with his back to net held off defenders at 8 yards, turned and fired
a shot from 8 yards just wide left of the post. 67 minute had OBD Taylor McNamara take
a cornerkick from the left that an OBD player headed down at 8 yards and the goalie stepped
forward to grab at 6 yards and hold on as he was bashed by another OBD player. Injury time
had McNamara take a cornerkick from the right that had OBD Adrian Butters head the ball down
at 7 yards then fire the ball over the net. Last play was OBD Brandon Duarte shooting low
from 15 yards from the far left that the sprawling goalie stopped on the left post popping
it away from OBD Filipe Vilela at 2 yards then Vilela kicking the ball up at 5 yards near
the left end line and McNamara shooting a low 8 yarder that the goalie caught on his knees
on the left post.
Oakville loses for only the second time this year. Their previous loss was just last Sunday
when Woodbridge Strikers came to town and won 1-0 with a goal at 48 minutes—deja-vu? That game
featured two Blue Devil players being ejected in injury time—Max Hathoway and Eric Crawford
so they couldn’t play this game.
Oakville’s record falls to 11 wins, 1 tie, 2 losses for 34 points and still in first place
while Vaughan improves to 8 wins, 6 ties, 0 losses for 30 points. Both teams have
played 14 games but the Azzurri fall behind by tieing too often. I made sure to welcome
back Joey Cicchione (the league’s leading scorer going into this weekend with 13 goals) who
was sorely missed when last Sunday I watched Vaughan tie a twelve man Windsor team (that was
their full bench). Some of his cornerkicks and freekicks might have won them that game.