National Premier Soccer League
Saturday’s scrimmage saw Club Italia of the Ontario Soccer League come to town to take on City at All-High Stadium. From the opening whistle it was apparent that Queen City were the better side, with Steve Butcher ringing one off the crossbar soon into the first of three 30 minute sessions. City kept up the pressure for the majority of the first half but failed to put one into the back of the net. Guest referee Dennis Behrens called a tight first session until substituted out with a round of applause from the fans.
The second session saw more Queen City pressure, which finally resulted in a goal from Al Franjoine. Franjoine made room for himself on the right side of the box and slotted the ball into the far side of the net, past a diving Italia keeper. Italia were a bit more lively, playing several longballs over the top of the City defense, but they were controlled and put out of danger.
In the third session, Al Franjoine netted his second on the day to seal the victory for Queen City FC. The City keepers were not called upon often during the match and most of their action was seen clearing balls upfield or coming off their line to field a deep ball into the box.
Welcome to the The Offside-NPSL.
I’ll be back tomorrow to post the first official ‘blog’ on the National Premier Soccer League. The reason for starting this blog was mostly to promote my side, Queen City FC, to which I am Director of Media Relations. But, it can’t hurt to promote the league in general.
As I said before, I’ll be back with more tomorrow! Cheers!