Week 9: Recap

Hello Rush footy players and fans! Hope that you all enjoyed the August long weekend break and are happy to be back playing. I’m sure that you have all tuned in to watch the start of the European leagues seasons and enjoyed the action there. In our league, things have started heating up as we moved into the second half of the season. There are some solid leaders in the divisions and top goal scorers leading the way, but there is still lots of footy left to be play so anything can still happen. Let’s have a look at what happened in week 9 action.

FRIDAY MEN’S

The first match at LCI saw Toronto Eye Care take the top spot in the division with a win over Humble Bees. Their form has been incredible over the last five games, grabbing all 15 points available to them as they made their steady ascendance up the table. In contrast their opponents fell for their sixth loss of the season out of the nine games played, which leaves them one spot above last. Andrew Clark and Aaron Viera were on the score sheet for Eye Care, Omer Abdelgadir scored the consolation, game ended 2-1. In the next match, SKC reminded Ras Tas Tas what they are made of earning their fourth win of the season. It was a back and forth game that saw SKC end up 4-3 winners with goals scored by Carlos Iza (2), Koken Kircalioglu, and Yovany Peraza. Claudio Campanella, Alejandro Holguin and Juan Pablo Gonzalez scored the goals for Ras Tas Tas.

With the mosquitoes out in full force at Cherry Beach, FC Superclasico and TIFC kicked off. TIFC was looking strong in the first half with most of the ball possession. With time running down in the first half, Superclasico went on a quick counter attack and Jonathan Pompeo hit a beautiful strike to the far post and in. Moments later, Anthony Lamanna gave Superclasico the 2-0 lead. In the second half, a foul was committed in the 18 yard box and a PK was awarded to David Pabon of TIFC which put them on the score board. With only 10 minutes left, TIFC created a counter attack of their own and it was David again tying up the game 2-2 which is how it ended as the two teams split the points. Rush FC looks for their first win of the season as they took on FC Doormat. It was a very back and forth game with both teams looking for that lucky bounce in front of the net. It was scoreless at half. As the second half kicked off Doormat was on the scoreboard in moments taking the 1-0 lead. Doormat added two more unanswered goals making it a 3-0 final. Goal scorers were Manuel Reyes, Luke Rozga and Gowtham.

SUNDAY MEN’S

In the Sunday morning match up, Red Star took on FIC. Red Star took an early lead, and then doubled it on a beautiful long distance lob goal over the keeper off a kick off courtesy of Milos Paprica, who finished with a hat trick. FIC got one back in the second half through Miguel to make it 2-1. Red Star responded scoring two more, game ended 4-1. With the win, Red Star is only 1 point behind division leaders Killtrocity.

The first game at LCI on Sunday saw D2S leaders Killtrocity keep a hold of the top spot by a point in their 1-1 draw with FTB. George Pan got his first of the season for Killtrocity while Michael Hutchinson netted for FTB in the opposite end, fair result. Next up was Bay Street Hooligans vs The Lads, Bay Street took over the top spot in D2N in style, routing the former leaders in a heavily one-sided game. Justin Sadaphal scored a brace while teammates Phil Neves and Joe Lubertino also got on the score sheet for Bay Street, Don Burton pulled one back for the lads, game ended 4-1 for Bay Street. In the final game of the night, the other Hooligans of D2N opened up a gap between them and Dynamo in a 1-0 win. Hooligans have been on a steady rise, winning their last 3 games and now find themselves firmly fixed in the top 4. They look like playoff candidates if they can keep this form going, despite the rough start to the season where they lost their first 2 in a row the results are coming together nicely for them now.

Over at Crescent, Hell’s Satans FC gave us quite the show in their game against FC Rush winning with a dominating score of 6-0. Each player put themselves out there on the field demonstrating their best skills. The first half of the game began with 3 goals, followed by another 3 goals in the second half. Andrew Taylor led the way with a brace. Hell’s Satans FC continue to prove themselves worthy against any team out there. For the second game of the night, Toronto Blues didn’t hesitate to show off their skills in their game against Cholo FC. A special shout goes to Rasih Pala for giving his team quite the advantage by scoring 4 goals. Cholo fought back and scored 2 goals, but Toronto Blues wasn’t planning on losing tonight. The game ended with a win for Toronto Blues with a score of 6-2. At the end of the night, Sportingwood dominated in their game against FC Eagles winning 4-2. Illir Rryta wasn’t too impressed with how things were playing out and struck the other team with two goals. But Sportingwood’s Dan Friendland refused to take it from FC Eagles and gave his team the advantage by scoring twice to help his team win.

Sunday night footy at Cherry Beach saw East York City take on 6th Division All-Stars. With both teams looking for three points and the opportunity to move up in the standings, the game had a good intensity and pace to it. With East York looking like they were controlling match, they found the back of the net in first half with a goal from Tyler Nesbitt. 6th Division came out strong in the second half and scored three unanswered goals by Ben Yellowlees, Vincent Kamga and Neil O’Donnell. Despite East York city dominating the game they came up short losing 3-1.

The match up at Monarch Park between D1 front runners and title contenders Barca and Hooligans of Toronto did not live up to all the anticipated hype. Barca do what they do best controlling the game with ball possession, good movement and spacing. When they are on their game which is always, this all-star caliber cast of players are hard to beat. The Hooligans witnessed this first hand losing 4-0. Barca goal scorers were Nigel Fowler, Alex Fando, Peter Christidis and Scott Parr. With the crucial win, Barca takes a strangle hold of the division pulling 4 points ahead of the Hooligans.

SUN/MON CO-ED

Another week saw another win for Arselona as they go 9 in 9 with a win at LCI on Monday night over Brick Squad. This team looks like finishing this season invincible as I can’t see anyone beating them. They’ve swatted aside every opponent this season so far. Hopefully at least one of the teams in the division will figure out how to break them down as they make their way through the return games in the second half of this season to keep things marginally interesting at least. The game ended 4-1. In the last game of the night, Mosaic FC dominated their opponents Popeyes FC. Popeyes fell to their 7th loss this season out of the 9 games played, but miraculously that form hasn’t earned them a place at the bottom of the table as there are two teams with worse records this season. Kurt Gilbride and Sam Snell both netted a brace, Heather Ogilvie and Evan Kadet rounded off the scoring for Mosaic, David Phillips and Jonathan Hewitt scored the consolation goals for Popeyes FC.

The Eagles surely showed the crowd that they could “soar” through their game with their killer skills. The Eagles earned the win with a convincing 2-0 win over Spartans FC as Mike Squizzato and Kristine Sung handled the scoring. With the victory, the Eagles stay only 3 points back of division leaders Arselona. They’ll be hoping they drop points, otherwise it may come down to the regular season finale where the two teams face off for a chance to claim the title.

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