Toronto gets first win at the expense of Hamilton

A Toronto corner kick in the final minute of stoppage time was headed into the net as the Lynx upset Hamilton FC in a 2-1 Premier Development League victory.

Hamilton had a flurry of good chances in the opening half including several shots that just missed their mark in the United Soccer Leagues contest. Scott McMcoubrey’s attempt at the 12 minute mark sailed wide of the net on a long pass from the Rage keeper. Several headers also sailed away from the net including a kick on by Josh Bennett at the 38 minute mark.

Miroslav Cabrilo finally put in the go-ahead goal for Hamilton two minutes later. McCoubrey sent the ball into the 18-yard box to the waiting Cabrilo who headed the ball nicely into the net and Hamilton took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

The Toronto Lynx tied the game at the 68 minute mark after Conor Hurley made a flurry of saves. The ball bounced over Hurley’s head and was moments from entering the net when a quick thinking Hamilton defender slid to kick the ball wide of the net. The ensuing Toronto corner was knocked around several times, including a fantastic effort on the part of Hamilton’s keeper, but the pressure paid off for Toronto as Callum Home scored.

A scary collision right at the 90 minute point in the game put a halt to action and left a Toronto player motionless on the field. Rage forward Adam Bond challenged Toronto Keeper Ben Ur for the ball in the dying seconds of regulation. Toronto defender Konner McNamara also went for the ball and took the worst of the impact between the three players.

Bond immediately yelled to the sidelines for medical help as the referees called a stoppage. It looked as though McNamara had landed on his neck coming down to the ground after the collision. Paramedics were called to the field and McNamara was taken to a nearby hospital.

After a 30-minute delay, time wound down in the two minutes of added time. It looked as though the game would end in a draw until the 91st minute mark when James Gilvany headed the ball into the net for victory from a corner kick by Mackenzie Wilde. Hamilton made one last rush down the field and shot on goal, but the ball sailed wide as time expired.

The hard fought loss drops Hamilton to 2-4-1 on the season while the match was Toronto’s first win of the year. The Lynx are now 1-5-1.

The Rage had10 shots on goal. William Grocott and Scott McCoubrey both had two shots in the game while Chris Brown, Stephen Powell, Adam Camillo, Miroslav Cabrilo and Khody Ellis also registered shots on goal. Keeper Conor Hurley made eight saves, including several spectacular diving plays.

Next up for Hamilton FC is a home game against the Cincinnati Kings on Friday (June 19) at Ron Joyce Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.