Results and details of the Sunday July 19, 2015 League 1 Ontario game between Toronto FC Academy
and Vaughan Azzurri played at KIA Training Centre in Downsview at 1:45pm.
29 min…VA Joey Cicchillo GOAL…VA Edward Lay runs up middle to 25 yards and pass eludes
sliding defender and Cicchillo on right bends 18 yarder from right to top left corner of net.
41 min…VA Matthew Arnone GOAL…VA Joey Cicchillo takes low freekick from 20 yards on left
and has Arnone jam ball into short left corner from 3 yards on left past defender and goalie.
48 min…VA player’s shot from 12 yards on right wins Penalty kick call from referee
Hassane Rifai when ball deflects off defender’s arm in box.
49 min…VA Joey Cicchillo GOAL…Cicchillo shoots Penalty kick to top left corner well
out of reach of goalie Nikita Degtyar.
55 min…VA Tyrone Downes GOAL…Downes on rush up left shoulder to shoulder with TFCA
Steven Furlano but gets away shot from 28 yards that bends into top right corner of net.
Final Score:…Toronto FC Academy……0…….Vaughan Azzurri……4…….
Attendance was about 60 on this very hot and humid afternoon but a breeze provided
some relief. Some cloud cover would appear to provide a few minutes relief from
the burning sun.
Andrew D’Souza earned the shutout for the Azzurri by making a few key saves and being
in the right place especially at 74 minutes when TFCA Reshon Phillip was given a long
pass down the right and he crossed low from about 25 yards on the extreme right and
TFCA Kevin Timachy shot an 8 yarder off the underside of the bar. The ball hit the
ground and popped up and D’Souza was able to outjump TFCA Cyrus Rollocks at 3 yards
and hang on as he was bumped coming down to land. At 80 minutes he made a sliding
save at 6 yards to stop TFCA Tristan Borges low 12 yard shot.
Referee Hassane Rifai called two water breaks in the game. Players took on water
at 20 minutes when TFCA Steven Furlano was being treated for an injury but Rifai
called another one two minutes later. When the TFCA bench raised concern “we just
had one”, Rifai replied “well we (officials) need one”. The fourth official
recommended that Vaughan players go back to the dressing room at halftime to rest
and rehydrate so only the subs stayed on to kick the ball around. 69 minutes had
the second half water break and Rifai drew the biggest laugh of the day when
he took a drink and threw the plastic bottle to the sidelines but was at least 7 yards
short. I’ve been to a many games over the years where the officials are always
telling players not to throw their bottles (and falling short where if play restarts
someone could trip on one is one of the reasons) . Rifai gave out no Yellow cards
during the game to either team in a game that wasn’t rough.
Vaughan fielded a considerably older team than usual (most times they are university
age) but today they had 33 or 34 year old Chris Turner come in as a sub. Later
a tweet I read announced that the Vaughan U-21 men’s team today had just won the
Ontario Cup for that age group and then it made sense why the team had few
teenagers playing today.
TFCA had two players who got in as subs in last night’s TFC II (USL Pro) game back
starting in today’s game. Midfielder Nicholas Osorio had subbed in at 79 minutes
last night and played the first 61 minutes today. Forward Kevin Timachy had come
in at 68 minutes yesterday and played the whole 90 minutes of today’s game.
I saw Vaughan’s midfielder/freekick/cornerkick specialist Jonathan Lao on the
bench but as a team official. He answered me after the game that he’d picked
up a knock playing for Canada at the University games in South Korea and didn’t
play today although the team had him carry two Gatorade tubs back to the dressing
room after the game.
The win helps Vaughan keep pace with Oakville Blue Devils who won later that
evening. Vaughan’s record climbs to 7 wins, 5 draws, 0 losses good for second
place with 26 points. Oakville is now 11 wins, 1 draw, 0 losses. TFCA’s record
falls to 3 wins, 1 draw, 7 losses for a share of eighth place with Kingston Clippers
although they have two games in hand on them.