In front of a large home crowd, Milltown FC took to Bishop Reding Field in Milton on Sunday afternoon, looking to improve upon a very successful home record and to keep alive the goal of finishing atop the Canadian Soccer League table.
Milltown’s opponent for their home field finale was St. Catharines Wolves. The visitors have struggled this season, occupying last place in the CSL standings. The last time these two teams met, Milltown defeated St. Catharines by a 5-0 scoreline at Club Roma.
On this day, MFC would once again have its scoring boots on. In the 16th minute, Milltown’s midfield ace, Martijn Kuijpers, collected a ball on the right side of the pitch and, seeing that he had time and space, dribbled to the edge of the 18 yard box before blasting a low, hard shot past Wolves keeper Ryan Whiteley.
Three minutes later, a Kuijpers corner kick from the right was headed into the net by Milltown’s star center back, Thierry Mangwa-Batomen, to make the score 2-0. It was the Frenchman’s 4th goal of the season.
On 27 minutes, Martin Artale extended the lead to 3-0. A long cross into the St. Catharines 18 yard box eluded the reach of the young Wolves keeper and Artale was on the doorstep to tap it into the wide open net.
The second half was relatively uneventful until the 76th minute when a corner kick was swung from the left toward the visitors’ far post. Mangwa-Batomen headed it across to Cordell Benjamin who dove to get his head on the ball and direct it into the Wolves’ goal. Benjamin’s 7th goal of the season made it 4-0.
With the win, Milltown FC kept their chances of a first place finish alive. MFC currently sits in third place overall with 43 points from 23 games. A combination of a Milltown FC win in their final match of the season and a tie or loss by York Region Shooters in their season finale will put Milltown FC at the top of the table.
The win also ensures that Milltown FC will finish no worse than fourth overall and thus they will play their first ever home playoff match on the weekend of October 16th – 17th. The exact date will be announced later this week.
Bishop Reding Field proved to be quite a fortress for the 1st year Milton club. They finished their regular season home schedule with an impressive record of 8 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat.
Milltown FC plays its final match of the 2010 regular season on Tuesday, October 5th as they head down the QEW to take on FC Hamilton Croatia. Hamilton currently sits in 4th place in the CSL table, 2 points behind MFC. Kickoff is 9pm.
From Milltown FC