A two-goal performance by Reshon Phillip and Skylar Thomas’ second goal of the season gave Toronto FC II a 3-2 victory over rivals FC Montreal at the Ontario Soccer Centre on Saturday.
With the win TFC II splits the season series with FC Montreal at two wins apiece and improve their record to 6-14-4.
It was a disastrous start to say the least for TFC II in their final home match of the season.
10 seconds in defender Wesley Charpie made an erroneous back pass that resulted in the opening goal for FC Montreal.
Charpie over hit the back pass to goalkeeper Phil Di Bennardo and all Di Bennardo could do is watch the ball sail over his head and bounce into the back of the net.
TFC II was able to bounced back from the early own goal quickly as they equalized three minutes later.
Reshon Phillip scored his first professional goal for TFC II in his first start for the club since being called up from the Toronto FC Academy on August 27th.
Phillip was in alone and calmly side-footed a low shot past FC Montreal goalkeeper Yann-Alexandre Fillion to level things up.
From then on it was a dominating first half performance by the young Reds, maintaining most of the possession and creating majority of the chances.
In the 23rd minute Mo Babouli was sent in alone by Bubacarr Jobe but Fillion came off his line and made a huge save to keep the match tied.
TFC II took the lead in the 28th minute through Skylar Thomas.
Thomas, wearing the captain’s armband for the match with Chris Mannella absent, towered over the FC Montreal defense and headered home Anthony Osorio’s cross to give his team the lead.
Thomas nearly had his second of the match near the end of the first half but his header off a corner hit the wrong side of the post.
TFC II came out strong in the second half and extended their lead five minutes in.
Phillip’s volley from just inside the box was deflected in by a Montreal defender for TFC II’s third of the match.
FC Montreal pushed the attack towards the end and managed to pull one back in the 87th minute.
Fredric Lajoie-Gravelle was on the receiving end of a through ball into the box and was able to round Di Bennardo before slotting it home.
TFC II managed to hold out for the last few minutes of the match to secure a 3-2 victory.
TFC Academy Call-Ups
Reshon Phillip made his first professional start and scored his first professional goal for TFC II, while also registering his first multi-goal game.
Filippo Di Bennardo made his professional USL debut after being named to the Starting XI.
Andrew Dias made his professional debut for TFC II and the USL when he was subbed on in the 63rd minute.
FCM – Wesley Charpie 1’ (OG)
TFC II – Reshon Phillip 4’ (Anthony Osorio)
TFC II – Skylar Thomas 28’ (Anthony Osorio)
TFC II – Reshon Phillip 50’
FCM – Frederic Lajoie-Gravelle 87’
FCM – Louis Beland-Goyette 11’ (caution)
FCM – Jacque Haman 53’ (caution)
FCM – Novello Yorseke 90’ (caution)
TFC – Mo Babouli 90’ (caution)
Toronto FC II: 6-14-4 22pts.
FC Montreal: 7-15-4 25pts.
Toronto FC II – Filippo Di Bennardo; Wesley Charpie, Skylar Thomas © (Daniel Fabrizi 84’), Emeka Ononye (Robert Boskovic 63’), Mark Anthony Kaye (Andrew Dias 63’); Manuel Aparicio, Anthony Osorio, Raheem Edwards (Massimo Mirabelli 77’), Mo Babouli, Buba Jobe; Reshon Phillip(Malik Johnson 70’)
Substitutes Not Used: Quillan Roberts, Sal Bernal
FC Montreal – Yann-Alexandre Fillion; Janouk Charbonneau, Jonathan Grant, Mele Temguia (Nevello Yoseke 78’), Zachary Sukunda; Marco Dominguez (Fabrice Mbvouvouma 63’), Louis Beland-Goyette (Fabio Morelli 75’), Mastanaeal Kacher (Charles Joly HT); Alessandro Riggi ©, Yacine Ait-Slimane (Frederic Lajoie-Gravelle 34’), Jacque Haman
Substitutes Not Used: Luca Leone, Mitchel Bringolf