Second half goals from substitute Malik Johnson and Raheem Edwards gave Toronto FC II a 2-1 victory over bitter rivals FC Montreal at Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
The Young Reds were the stronger side in the first half but not many chances were created for either team.
A huge performance by goalkeeper Alex Bono in the second half kept the game scoreless. His best of the match was a big kick save in close on FC Montreal forward Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla in the 58th minute.
Second half substitute Malik Johnson made it 1-0 shortly after coming on with an unbelievable solo effort that will surely be a USL goal of the week candidate.
Johnson picked up the ball at half and tore through the FC Montreal back line before rounding goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau and slotting it home for the Young Reds.
TFC II would retake the lead via Raheem Edwards in the 84th minute. Edwards beat the FC Montreal defender one-on-one before smashing a left-footed shot into the top left corner past Crépeau.
Edwards’ goal stood up as the game winner as the Young Reds would take home three points and bragging rights in the first meeting between the two rivals this season.
TFC II’s next match is their home opener against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday, April 17 at the Ontario Soccer Centre. Tickets are available at tfc2.ca
TFC II – Malik Johnson 62’
FCM – Ballou Jean Yves Tabla 80’
TFC II – Raheem Edwards 84’
FCM – Louis Béland-Goyette 38’ (caution)
TFC II – Aidan Daniels 61’ (caution)
FCM – Kyle Fisher 73’ (caution)
TFC II – Anthony Osorio 77’ (caution)
FCM – David Choinière 90’ + 3’ (caution)
Toronto FC II: 1-0-1 4pts.
FC Montreal: 0-2-0 0pts.
Toronto FC II – Alexander Bono; Bubacarr Jobe (Malik Johnson 61’), Mitchell Taintor, Skylar Thomas ©, Anthony Osorio; Adam Bouchard, Aidan Daniels (Liam Fraser 66’), Brian James (Robert Boskovic 87’); Shaan Hundal (Martin Davis 71’), Raheem Edwards, Sal Bernal (Wesley Charpie 61’)
Substitutes Not Used: Phil Di Bennardo,
FC Montreal – Maxime Crépeau; Janouk Charbonneau, Kyle Fisher, Thomas Meilleur-Giguère, Aron Mkungilwa (Fabrice Mbvouvouma 87’); Marco Leonel Dominguez-Ramirez (Nevelo Yoseke 82’), Louis Béland-Goyette (Heikel Jarras 68’), Yacine Ait-Slimane (David Choinière 55’), Mastanabal Kacher (Charles Joly 69’), Ballou Jean Yves Tabla; Michael Salazar
Substitutes Not Used: David Paulmin, Simon Lemire