Kingston FC Reserves Fall Short to Toronto Croatia ‘B’

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Reserves suffer first loss in CSL Second Division campaign

Mississauga, Ont. Saturday, May 25th – Kingston FC’s reserve squad fell 2-1 to the Toronto Croatia reserves in gusty winds at Hershey Field, with just under 100 fans in attendance. Two defensive slip-ups proved costly, undermining an otherwise impressive performance by Kingston’s reserves.

The match began with Kingston FC in control of possession, despite facing the wind in the first half. With minimal quality scoring chances in the opening quarter frame for either side, Toronto capitalized with their first shot on target at the 27 minute mark. Toronto striker Bohdan Sulypka intercepted a pass from goalkeeper Andrew Murphy intended for centre back Evan Singer, burying a low shot for the 1-0 lead.

Kingston’s best chance to equalize came in the 41st minute, when Matthew Mountford hit a cross to fellow striker Mademba Ba down the left flank. Kingston FC’s 2012 team scoring leader, Ba one-timed a shot that missed the bottom right corner by inches.

The second half gave Kingston FC the wind advantage, but Toronto doubled their lead off the get-go. Winger Josip Stanic took advantage of another Kingston FC defensive miscue, pouncing on a loose ball halfway in between Murphy and Kingston’s back four.

In the 62nd minute, two minutes after replacing left back Andrew Beattie, centre back Joe Zupo buried his first ever goal in a Kingston FC uniform. The Queen’s University captain connected on a Bruno Mota cross from a free kick, heading the ball past goalkeeper Ivan Skoko. Kingston FC kept up the pressure until the final whistle – including a goal at the 89 minute mark by Kihara Waiganjo disallowed on a foul call – but the score ended 2-1 for Toronto Croatia.

Kingston head coach Colm Muldoon addressed a lack of communication as the source of both defensive breakdowns leading to Toronto goals.

“It was communication, lack of responsibility, commanding your own area,” Muldoon said. “I think we lost some of the good football we played, and at the end of the day you can’t be handing out goals like that.”

With the loss Kingston FC reserves are now 1-1 on the season, following their 3-2 home-opening victory over Brampton City United’s reserve team.

Their next match in the CSL second division is Saturday, June 1st at Queen’s West Campus Field.

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