The winners of 2018 Canadian Soccer League First Division saw its eleven-game unbeaten streak come to an end in a 1-2 loss to Scarborough SC at the Centennial Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
FC Ukraine United dominated possession and had numerous opportunities throughout the game, but they couldn't break through until few minutes before the whistle. Scarborough on the other hand took the lead at 68 minutes, a goal by Kavin Bryan who was fed a pass on the left wing to cut in and beat Oleksandr Popravka. Ukraine United finally recovered to tie the game 1-1 from the penalty spot following a hand ball infringement at 89 minutes. Midfielder Ihor Malysh made no mistake from the spot. A minute later, Ukrainians had amazing opportunity to win this game but forward Yevhen Falkovskyi missed the net from a close range. It seemed like the game would go into a extra time but a picture goal from a free kick by striker Aleksander Stojiljkovic of Scarborough SC had all the hallmarks of a winner following a sometime furious, but well played 90 minutes of CSL playoff soccer in Toronto’s west end Sunday afternoon.
The winning goal, which came at 91 minutes, broke the 1-1 deadlock for a 2-1 final score in the CSL Championship semifinal between FC Ukraine United and Scarborough, to put the visiting Scarborough through to the final of CSL Championship.
Stojiljkovic has mastered the dead ball before with similar result, but this left footer from 25 yards did appear to be something special while floating through the Ukraine United wall to enter the net just inside the right post out of reach of goalkeeper Oleksandr Popravka. With just a minute or so remaining in the game, the top-of-the-table Ukraine United team was all but eliminated from the championship.
FC Ukraine United officially finished their successful season by winning Canadian Soccer League First Division title recording the league's best offensive record by scoring 60 goals in 16 games and unfortunately loosing in the playoffs semifinal.
We would like to say big thank you to all our players, fans, supporters and sponsors who made all this happened in our 2018 success!
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