Sept 22, 2016 – Sanjaxx Lions vs Oakville Blue Devils

Result and details of the Thursday September 22, 2016 League 1 Ontario game between Sanjaxx Lions and Oakville Blue Devils played at Monarch Park in Toronto at 9:00pm.

80 min…OBD Gurjot Uppal GOAL…OBD Shamar Wright takes a long throw-in from the left and Uppal heads an 8 yarder in the middle of the box to top right corner of net with goalie Tayjon Campbell guarding the center of the net in a crowd of players.

Final Score:……Sanjaxx Lions……….0……….Oakville Blue Devils……..1…….

Attendance was about 35 on this mild and humid night. This was the last home game for Sanjaxx this season. They finish the schedule with three games on the road. They spoiled Oakville’s last home game of the season on Sunday with a 2-1 win. It is unusual for the league to schedule a back to back game but this game was postponed from the last weekend in July so all the fans would concentrate on the League Cup Final that weekend even through these two teams weren’t involved. I expect the rescheduling to midweek and such a late start cut into the attendance.

Referee Hassane Rifai gave out only two Yellow cards tonight—both to Oakville in a game that was wide open but it did get rough in places. Two OBD players had to be subbed off through injury. Rahim Thorpe was injured in the OBD box at 37 minutes and Macca Wilde flipped over the Sanjaxx goalie at 59 minutes in a collision. OBD Khody Ellis and Lions Nicholas Charles bumped heads at 15 minutes in a collision and both needed a trainer. Those two players (both wearing #16) were shadowing each other all night.

OBD’s leading scorer Filipe Velila was serving a suspension for this game for Yellow card accumulation. His 13 goals were certainly missed. Second leading scorer is Khody Ellis with 5 goals. Chris Mitchell was sitting in the crowd as he was Red carded in their last game against FC London.

OBD had a lot of chances in the first half but there was always a last defender to block or poke away the ball.

Mike Constanzo earned the shutout for Oakville with a few key saves.

Best non-scoring chances were at 27 minutes when OBD Macca Wilde at 40 yards in the middle intercepts a poor backpass and pushes the ball over to Khody Ellis and he runs forward and his 18 yard shot was saved by the sprawling goalie. 33 minutes had OBD Hitesh Joshi blasts a 20 yarder from the left that the goalie sprawled to save at 5 yards. OBD Rahim Thorpe charged forward and shot the rebound from 12 yards down the middle but over the net. 65 minutes had OBD Shamar Wright took a long throw-in from the left and a defender at the last second on the right post headed away for a cornerkick. (Wright would be more successful 15 minutes later!).

This was only the third time this season I’d seen each of these teams. If I can get to the Master’s FA game I’ll have seen all of the men’s teams three times minimum. It’s the second time this season I’ve been to Monarch Park. The stadium is part of Monarch Park Collegiate Institute. First time was at the end of May but now the school is suddenly famous for being home to Canadian swimmer Penny Oleksiak who won four medals, including a gold, in August at the Olympic games in Brazil at the age of 16!

The loss drops Sanjaxx to a record of 4 wins, 14 losses, 1 tie for 13 points. That leaves them in seventh place in the eight team Western Conference.

Oakville’s win improves their record to 8 wins, 9 losses, 4 ties for 28 points. That’s puts them in a tie with Windsor Stars for fifth place in the West. Last year they were the league champs finishing first in the single conference of twelve teams.

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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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