Result and details of the Saturday September 23, 2017 League 1 Ontario game between North Mississauga Panthers vs Toronto FC III played
at Hershey Centre #2 at 8:30pm.
22 min…TFC Luca Petrasso GOAL…TFC Daniel DaSilva rushes pass by sliding goalie Adam Majer at 10 yards on right. He rescues ball near the end line and centers to Petrasso who shoots 12 yarder in the center between defenders into the left corner of the net about 5 feet high.
43 min…NMP Jonathan Jebbison GOAL…Jebbison recovers ball and eludes goalie Gianluca Catalano and slots shot between two defenders from 12 yards into right side of net.
64 min…TFC Luca Petrasso GOAL…TFC Zakaria Abdi on right crosses to Petrasso who taps in 6 yarder to open net. The NMP defenders were
playing for an offside call that never came.
80 min…TFC Luca Petrasso GOAL…Petrasso gets to loose ball on left at 25 yards for tight angle low shot from far left into right corner
84 min…TFC Luca Petrasso GOAL…TFC Riley Ferrazzo run on left and centers cross for TFC Zakaria Abdi to blast 12 yards up middle is stopped
by sprawling goalie and Petrasso blasts 7 yarder from right post over fallen goalie into open net.
89 min…TFC Zakaria Abdi GOAL…TFC Dante Campbell centers pass to Abdi who threads 20 yard shot into right corner of net from left.
Final Score:..North Mississauga Panthers…1…Toronto FC III…5..
Attendance was about 80 on this very hot and humid night. It was a relief from the midday sun as it was dark already.
Referee Lukasz Kowalewski gave out four Yellow cards (three to NMP players). Sliding tackle, tripping (TFC got that one), clipping,
sliding tackle, then the roughest from NMP Agustin De Medina-Fernandez for his tackle on Dante Campbell that required a trainer at 70 minutes.
Kowalewski used that opportunity and Petrasso’s first goal at 22 minutes to call a water break so no momentum was lost.
The game was quite even in the first half with chances for both teams except I’d say Petrasso’s first goal was the first shot actually
on goal. The full time training of TFC proved decisive, as it does in most games, with them pulling away. OK last Sunday’s game against
first place Oakville was a rare exception with them not able to hold onto a two goal lead.
Toronto FC II of the USL did not play this weekend…they will on Wednesday night. Midfielder Dante Campbell ‘moved down’ to play
with TFC III for at least this game. He was a III regular earlier this season. Even newer pro signings–defenders Rocco Romeo ‘down’
for this game and Noble Okello (who’s never moved up to have a II game yet) were here tonight. Three II players ‘moved up’ to the MLS
team in New England tonight. Forwards Jordan Hamilton and Ben Spencer and midfielder Tsubasa Endoh were all on the bench. Hamilton was the
only of the three used when he came in at 68 minutes.
Four goals for Luca Petrasso was pretty impressive. Hmm I wonder if he’ll get a pro contract soon? I watched his brother
Michael Petrasso play through the TFC Academy in 2011 and saw him on the Canadian National team at BMO Field earlier this month
against Jamaica. I mentioned this to TFC III coach Danny Dichio after tonight’s game. I said it was a good thing that TFC didn’t
burn any bridges with the family as look how well Luca is doing (although it was a different group running the team back then)
for how Michael left the team. Dichio said he gets along fine with the family and still is in contact with Michael because
he went to his old team, Queens Park Rangers!
I could have gone to the Pro Stars FC vs Windsor TFC Stars game that started nearby one hour earlier but thought Windsor would
come the five hours to the GTA with a short roster as they have for the last few games. I looked at my phone and found Pro Stars
won 1-0 for their first win of the season in their twentieth game of the season. Oh they scored at 90 +3 minutes! Oh, Oh, Windsor
played with ten men the entire game! Nope the game I chose was the better entertainment.
The result drops North Mississauga’s record to 9 wins, 10 losses, 2 ties for 29 points. They stay in fifth place in the eight
team Western Conference.
The win improves TFC III’s record to 12 wins, 4 losses, and 3 ties for 39 points. They are in third place in the West.
Their 67 goals scored is the best in the league (by Saturday night).