Toronto FC II fell to the Harrisburg City Islanders 1-0 in their return to the Ontario Soccer Centre on Sunday night.
The best chance of the first half for the Young Reds came when Shaan Hundal was able to get behind the Harrisburg backline. However, a sliding Keasel Broome stopped Hundal’s shot.
Harrisburg thought they had struck first off a corner kick. The ball found the foot of defender Bobby Warshaw who direct his shot towards the vacated goal. However, a perfectly positioned Bubacarr Jobe was able to clear the ball right off of the line.
Keeper Angelo Cavalluzzo continued his recent strong run of form making a couple of acrobatic stops to keep the score tied into halftime.
Early in the second half, Hundal was able to find some space in the box, however his shot was sent just over the bar.
Harrisburg would eventually find their breakthrough. Jose Barril buried a USL goal of the year candidate when he sent a long-range shot off the crossbar and just over an outstretched Cavalluzzo.
Harrisburg City FC was able to fight off the opportunities the Young Reds had for an equalizer.
Sunday's match saw the return of Mo Babouli to the Young Reds' starting XI. "I thought Mo was solid, you know he was quite dangerous, technically you can see the skills that he has. " commented coach Jason Bent. The match also saw the return of Daniel Lovitz, who came on as a second half substitute. Lovitz has been out of action since May 28th.
TFCII are back in action Wednesday August 24, when they play host to the New York Red Bulls II at 5PM.
HCI – Jose Barril 68’ (Josh Hughes)
HCI – Josh Hughes 66’ (caution)
TFC – Brian James 87’ (caution)
Toronto FC II: 6-14-5 23pts.
Harrisburg City Islanders: 7-14-4 25pts.
Toronto FC II – Angelo Cavalluzzo; Mitchell Taintor, Skylar Thomas ©, Marko Maletic (Malik Johnson 53’), Anthony Osorio (Daniel Lovitz 59’); Liam Fraser (Chris Mannella 86’), Aidan Daniels (Brian James 73’), Mo Babouli, Buba Jobe; Raheem Edwards, Shaan Hundal (Ethan Beckford 65’)
Substitutes Not Used: Nathan Ingham; Luca Uccello;
Harrisburg City Islanders – Keasel Broome; Jamie Thomas, Bobby Warshaw ©, Dante Leverock, Shawn McLaws; Cam Vickers, Josh Hughes, Mouhamed Dabo, Matt Bolduc (Shane Campbell 88’); Jose Barril (Paul Wilson 75’), Craig Foster (Garret Pettis 71’)
Substitutes Not Used: Nick Noble; Yousett Naciri, Danny Diprima; Brett Jankouskas,