TFC Academy vs Oakville: Match Report (September 27, 2015)

Result and details of the Sunday September 27, 2015 League 1 Ontario game between Toronto FC Academy
and Oakville Blue Devils played at KIA Training Ground in Downsview at 1:45pm.

58 min…TFCA Martin Davis GOAL…Davis at OBD 45 yard line in center rolls pass to right for charging
TFCA Richie Ennin at 40 yard line who runs forward to OBD 22 yard line and centers pass through four
defenders along 22 yard line and Davis receives pass in open at OBD 15 yards in middle and he steps
forward and shoots low 10 yarder to right corner of net past sliding goalie Karman Saini at 3 yards
in center.

62 min…TFC Tristan Borges GOAL…Borges gets pass at OBD 45 yard line while running towards right
sideline and he rolls ball forward down sideline to TFCA Steven Furlano at OBD 35 yard line who runs
down sideline until turning back at OBD 25 yard line and tapping pass back to Borges at 35 yard line
who dribbles towards middle and rolls pass towards center but ball hits defender and pops back for
Borges still on run who chests down at OBD 28 yards.  Borges taps centering ball and calls off
TFCA Cyrus Rollocks and takes 12 yard shot down middle over sprawling goalie at 6 yards into top
center of net.

Final Score:…….Toronto FC Academy……….2……..Oakville Blue Devils…..0….

Attendance was about 80 on this warm and sunny day.

Nikita Degtyar earned the shutout for TFCA by making some key saves when called upon.  OBD didn’t
have a lot of time to get away shots as most were from counterattacks as TFCA had the majority
of play.  OBD goalie Karman Saini had some crucial saves to keep the game scoreless in the
first half.

Best non scoring chances were at 8 minutes when TFCA Richie Ennin cut around a defender and
bent a 15 yarder up the middle that the goalie palmed over the net.   The resulting cornerkick
from the left was short and the ball was then crossed over the box and TFCA Nikola Stakic slid
forward on the right post and shot over the net from 5 yards.  21 minutes had TFCA Tristan Borges
roll a pass forward and Ennin rounded the goalie at 12 yards but had pushed the ball too far
and it rolled over the end line.  48 minutes had OBD Anthony Doran cross from 25 yards on the
right send in a cross that the goalie in a crowd of players on the left post punch the ball
away and OBD Tyler Wason recovered at 22 yards and turned and fired a low shot that popped up off
a defender and behind the goalie who dove back and caught the ball at the 2 yard line.

Referee Jose Sanchez gave out two Yellow cards (one to each team) in a game that some close
checks.  Actually Hassan Rifai started as the referee but pulled up with a hamstring injury
at 35 minutes and after some treatment by the TFCA trainer finished out the half.  Sanchez
moved from the line for the second half, with Zac Taylor moving from fourth official to the
line and Rifai took over as fourth wearing a large ice bag below his knee.

TFCA are the hottest team in the league and wins their seventh game in a row.  I asked head
coach Stuart Neely after the game why the team is performing so much better than at the
start of the season and he listed a number of reasons including a change in formation,
better fitness, and playing a faster tempo game now as well as the maturing of the players.
With the splitting of the squads (last year TFCA were unbeaten in league play) into TFC II
and PDL squads, this League 1 team are their Under 17s.

The win improves TFCA’s record to 12 wins, 1 draw, 8 losses for 37 points and moves them
up to sixth place passing Durham United with one game left.

Oakville hangs on to first but their record falls to 16 wins, 2 draws, 3 losses for 50 points.
They’ve only conceded 18 goals in 21 league games. They have to wait a while longer to clinch
the league championship.  League 1 Chairman Dino Rossi Jr and OSA President Ron Smale were
in attendance and the trophy was here for presentation if the Blue Devils had won today.
The trophy will reappear next Saturday for their final game against Pro Stars FC.

Second place Woodbridge Strikers still have a chance.  Their record is 14 wins, 1 draw,
4 losses for 43 points with three games to go.  They have a midweek game away to Durham United
then come to KIA Training Ground next Sunday for a game against TFCA.  (An away game against
Windsor Stars awaits rescheduling).

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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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