South Stand Report : Toronto v Orlando
It’s a beautiful day for footy. Better than the last 5 matches I’ve been to anyways. Toronto is coming off a confusing sloppy whopping from Boston Minutemen or whatever they’re called. Doesn’t matter.
Orlando somehow beat Columbus over the weekend.
You know what, I don’t care about the before right now. I’m in my seats, it’s shaded, 20C, I’ve had some Mexican, just gimme a passable footy match and I’ll be very content.
Onto the Match!
7′ – Giovinco gets hacked down from behind. Only a yellow for the guilty party.
11′ – PENALTY – Giovinco hauled down on the far left
12′ – GOAL – Giovinco goes far left, out of the reach of Hall
ROBINS 1, PURPS 0
17′ – GOAL – Boden gets the ball 20 yards Center and has a go. Bendik get a palm to it, but can’t get enough of the ball.
ROBINS 1, PURPS 1
20′ – Delgado takes a ball from Osorio and rifles one just wide of the far post
29′ – Jackson floats a ball over the penalty area and Delgado flies in and just misses it. He’s working hard tonight
42′ – Giovinco gets on the end of a wonderfully threaded pass but Hall was out to cut Seba off from doing damage.
56′ – GOAL – Giovinco from 20 yards out goes far side and banks it off the post and in. Hall could do nothing but watch and hope
ROBINS 3, PURPS 1
61′ – Osorio slides a beautiful ball through the penalty area and Warner gets on it and de Guzman’s the shit out of it.
72′ – SUB – Chapman for Findley, and only 71 minutes too late
74′ – YELLOW – Cheyrou got into a weird shoving match.
81′ – GOAL – Cheyrou short corner to Osorio who loses his marker and pokes a laser through the box to Warner who buries it and the south end goes nuts
ROBINS 4, PURPS 1
82′ – SUB – Zavaleta on for Perquis
87′ – SUB – Warner off for Lovitz, who earns a nice round of applause
89′ – GOAL – Giovinco gets a massive long ball to the right side and darts in, draws in a defender and pops the ball over Hall. Hat trick city and a legend.
3 mins of extra time
FULL TIME : TORONTO 4, ORLANDO 1
Man of the Match : Giovinco
Man of the Match Who Isn’t Giovinco : Osorio
Goat of the Game : Findley because Findley
Ref Rating : 4 out of 5, wasn’t perfect but was fair and didn’t fall for much
I’m Not The Gaffer, But… : I would have waived Findley, nevermind playing him.
In Case You PVR’d It : Fun game. You might want to save the whole thing.
Kit-Spotting : Wacker Innsbruck 100 anniversary away. Go ahead. Beat that, crowd (hat tip to the wife who spotted it).
Osorio had a great game. He wasn’t hesitating or taking that extra touch with his ball control before shooting, he’d just fire and forced Orlando to make some desperate tackles to stop him. Solid, creative passing, and beating his marker on the short corner was just nanners. Well done Jonno!… Collin wasn’t nearly as villainous as hoped, but still a pain. Wanted to see him booked, even if it were for sins of the past… As amazing a performance as Giovinco had, it should be said that Orlando’s defense was very brutal. The last goal Giovinco scored had been in the cards for most of the second half – him lurking away from the last defender, wait for the long ball and chase it down. Orlando didn’t learn from the half-dozen attempts BEFORE he scored, so they deserved to be punished… Findley #BringBackDike #WaivedTheWrongOne. I don’t understand how any of the coaching staff has confidence in this guy. His control is suspect, his tactical awareness is absent and lacks any aggression. I suppose if you ignore these traits, he’s a perfect player in all other aspects, which doesn’t leave much… It was a perfect night for football, and a great football match. Was so happy, didn’t even care about the idiots in the GO Train tunnel who smack the aluminum panels as if they’ve never been in public before. Haven’t left the ground feeling like that in years. I want more of it now… Props to the supporters banner supporting District Ultras. I don’t know the details, but I can guess it involves an ownership group wanting too much control over supporters that they believe “are out of control”. Even if I’m wrong, very classy. Well done.
Player Ratings : Bendik 6.5, Morrow 7, Kantari 6.5, Perquis 6 (Zavaleta N/A), Jackson 7, Cheyrou 6.5, Osorio 7.5, Warner 7 (Lovitz N/A), Delgado 6.5, Giovinco 10, Findley 5.5 (Chapman N/A)