GAMES WORTH MENTIONING IN 2014……and Why
Marin Vucemilovic Grgic scored his first goal of the season for London City on May 24 in a 4-1 loss to Niagara United. The goal kicked off a prolific season for the Croatian-born striker who went on to find the net 19 more times to lead the First Division in scoring and win the goalscoring title for the second time in three years.
Sunday May 25 – Forward Leaford Allen marked the opening weekend of the season with a hat-trick when his Brampton City Utd defeated new CSL champions Waterloo on May 25. On the same day, York Region Shooters embarked upon a 21-game unbeaten streak with a 3-2 victory over Kingston FC.
Saturday, June 14 – Serbian White Eagles’ striker Milos Scepanovic, a former Canada youth player, led his team with three goals to a 6-0 rout of Burlington SC in the only game played this day.
Sunday, June 15 – A match ending in a 4-4 tie played this day between Kingston FC and SC Waterloo had everything, according to photographer Les Jones. A chippy affair, the game had many bookings, a goalkeeper – Imad Hakura of Waterloo – was taken off injured in the second half, there were eight goals including two in the last two minutes, and one player, Drazen Vukovic of Waterloo, scored a hat-trick. With the score at 2-2, Vukovic put Waterloo ahead 3-2 at 83 minutes, Surot of Kingston scored from the penalty spot to tie the game 3-3 at 85 minutes, Vukovic completed his hat-trick to make it 4-3 at 94 minutes and Ryan McCurdy saved the game for home side Kingston, scoring at 95 minutes just before the final whistle.
Saturday, June 28 – It took a month for CSL current champions SC Waterloo to register their first victory of the new season this day, a 2-1 win over Serbian White Eagles at Lamport Stadium in Toronto.
Sunday, June 29 – A 5-0 triumph by North York Astros on this day in 2014 confirmed observations that this was a new Astros, the result topped previous notable away victories when the Astros defeated Portugal FC 4-0 at Brockton Stadium on August 2, 2009 and a 4-1 result over London City at Cove Road a month later. The North York team has experienced lean times of late and may now be on the upturn.
Sunday, June 29 – This day was memorable in the Second Division when SC Waterloo reserves ran riot over Serbian White Eagles second squad at Eglinton Flats in Toronto, a 16-0 rout in which Nikola Miokovic led the way with six. On the same day, Kingston FC reserves blitzed Burlington SC reserves 9-1 when Mademba Ba, son of a former member of the foreign diplomatic corps in Ottawa, put diplomacy to one side to score seven goals.
Sunday, July 27 – York Region Shooters were creating excitement when on this day half way through the season, after seven wins and two ties, the team from just north of Toronto was still unbeaten. Their game this day, played at the St. Joan of Arc ground at Maple, ended 1-0 for the Shooters after being abandoned at 55 minutes due to lightning. The result stood and York Region were on top of the First Division table with 23 points, seven points in front of Burlington SC in second place.
Sunday, July 27 – SC Waterloo moved up from the bottom position in the First Division standings with a 1-0 away win at Brampton. The Southwestern Ontario side raised eyebrows with its poor early season performance after winning the CSL Championship at the end of the 2013 season.
Sunday, August 3 – Jorge Collazo returned as head coach to the North York Astros bench, his first game since the 2011 season and marked the occasion with a 2-1 victory at Kingston FC. The Astros 4-3-3 record again signalled a transformation, with even better things ahead.
Sunday August 24 – York Region Shooters became the first team to secure a playoff spot in the CSL First Division with a 2-0 home victory over SC Waterloo this day, and the win put the still unbeaten Shooters nine points ahead of a chasing Toronto Croatia in second place.
Sunday, September 21 – York Region Shooters win the First Division title with a 1-1 with North York Astros to reach an impressive 12 wins and 4 draws in the 16 games played so far in the season.
Saturday, October 4 – Serbian White Eagles clinch the last of eight playoffs spots available for the CSL Championship with a 5-1 victory over London City.
Sunday, October 26 – York Region Shooters won the CSL Championship with a 5-4 penalty kicks victory over Toronto Croatia following a 1-1 tie at the end of regular time and 30 minutes of overtime at Esther Shiner Stadium, Toronto. In winning the overall title, the Shooters completed a 21-game season unbeaten, a performance not seen in the CSL or its forerunner leagues in recent times. The final game with the always impressive Toronto Croatia – a club holding four CSL titles in the past 10 years – was a thriller, and certainly the most exciting encounter of the season to go down as one of the best games played in the CSL for many years. Kingston won the Second Division Championship earlier in the day, a 2-0 victory over SC Waterloo reserves to complete a memorable day in the CSL.