Wednesday, June 23, 2004



London City recovered from an early 1-0 deficit to score three second half goals in a well-earned 4-2 upset over the St. Catharines Wolves at Club Roma in St. Catharines, the only game played in the Canadian Professional Soccer League Wednesday. Frank Zumpano put the home side 1-0 up after just six minutes of play, but a goal in each half by London forward Paul Munster (36 and 76 minutes), and two goals in two minutes at 48 and 49 minutes by forward Kadian Leckey, proved too much for St. Catharines.Tony Carbonaro struck the second St. Catharines goal. The win vaults London City from the foot of the Western Conference to third of six teams with a 2-1-0 WLT record and six points, one over third place St. Catharines Wolves with 5 points and a 1-2-2 record.The two teams met three times last season, to split the two games in regular league play while one cup game went to St. Catharines by a 2-1 score.Kadian Leckey was prominent with North York Astros last season and was recently transferred to London City on a loan agreement with the Toronto team.

Friday, June 18, 2004

Dynamite players on the go

Johnny Morrissey and Andy Drabbant, who travelled back and forth from London to Toronto for months, head to Quebec today as part of Ontario's U-15 squad
RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

All those early-morning, weekend trips to Toronto are starting to pay off for Johnny Morrissey and Andy Drabbant.
The two London Dynamite U-15 soccer players are heading to Quebec today as members of Ontario's U-15 boys provincial team to play a couple of exhibition games against the top same-age kickers from Quebec.
The matches will be watched closely by Canadian Soccer Association scouts looking to identify potential players for the national program.
"I found out on Monday, it was a nice surprise," said Drabbant, 15, a Dynamite striker.
"There's not a national championship at this age, but there's these games with Quebec and a game here with a team from Mexico later in the summer. It's going to be a lot of fun."
Of course, part of the fun is in getting there. Nearly every Saturday and Sunday for the last several months, the Morrissey and Drabbant families have instituted an alternating driver schedule to get the boys to provincial team training sessions at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan.
Most of the other players live in the Toronto area.
It helps that the commuting Londoners live "a two-minute walk from each other" and are friends entering Grade 10 at Mother Teresa high school.
"We mostly just sleep on the way there, but at the end of the day you're up so you're just looking out the window," Morrissey said. "We don't stay overnight, we just come home and then go back (to Toronto) the next day."
Their selection doesn't surprise Dynamite head coach Martin Painter. Morrissey and Drabbant were part of the Dynamite's U-14 national championship victory in Halifax last fall.
Painter noted "all of the effort and hard work they've put in over the past two or three years. A couple of years ago, Johnny and Andy were on our competitive B squad, our development team. But they improved to the point where, now, they're on the provincial team."
There's another Dynamite player on Team Ontario who is no stranger to road trips. Central midfielder Eric Asanin-Miroux is from Thornhill, but gets a ride into London on weekdays for games and practices.
"He played with Glen Shields last year (the Dynamite's big GTA rival) and was looking for a change of scenery," Painter said.
He's a strong addition to a top-notch squad that will have to play part of the summer without star midfielder Mike Pereira. The Dynamite's primary goal is to capture the Ontario Games title here in London this summer.
"Mike's going away to Portugal with his family for about a month and we're going to need another good midfielder to take his place," Drabbant said. "Eric fits in very well with our group."
The Dynamite are a tight-knit unit and Morrissey, a whiz at dribbling the ball and keeping it airborne, keeps his teammates entertained.
"Everyone on the team can pretty much all do some tricks with the ball, but some of the stuff he comes up with is wild," Drabbant said.
Morrissey recently had a friend film his routine and the finished product is posted on the Dynamite team website.
"I don't really do it that much, just at team practices," he said modestly.
To see Morrissey's gravity-defying video, visit the Dynamite website at and scroll down to the Go Johnny Go! link.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Greater London helps KidSport

Greater London Soccer Club helps KidSport London with a Celebrity breakfast!
KidSport London is part of KidSport Ontario, a group that helps kids who otherwise could not afford to play sports, with fundraising. On June 5th they held a celebrity breakfast. Members of the London Knights and several other local sports teams were present, including members of the Greater London Soccer Club.