Pro Stars and Master's FA Saints went all square with a goal apiece at Etobicoke's Centennial Stadium in the League1 Ontario men's matchweek four kickoff.
"Both goalkeepers, I thought, stole the show yesterday," said Master's head coach Junior Groves. "Because they negated some good attacks by controlling their line of defence well, and made key stops."
"We took the lead at the end of the first half, but in the second half we gave two points away again from some miscommunication between players," revealed Pro Stars head coach Josef Komlodi. "Our focus is to build the new team and be patient with the team development. We are getting better game after game."
Jevone Swaby of Pro Stars put the home side ahead in first half injury time, but Master's Alex Dimitriu replied in the 75th minute to make sure the visitors wouldn't go home empty-handed.
"We relaxed just before halftime and Pro Stars scored off the corner kick," said Groves. "This game could have been easier for us if we have scored our early opportunities, but a lack of finishing made the game more difficult."
Both coaches sought to stress the stage of development their teams were currently in, and forecasted more successful days in the near future.
"Our group knows the talent level we possess and they understood that we could not lose this game," added Groves. "They turned it up in the second half, but we are still in pre-season mode and therefore have not fielded our best team as yet. We will be working hard next week to get the full squad insync. The focus will also move to our attack/ finishing."
"Players on our new L1O men team are getting more familiar with each other," concluded Komlodi. "The hard work will pay off as soon as all parts will click within our team parts."
In matchweek five, Master's return to their home grounds and host Sanjaxx Lions, while Pro Stars head over to Downsview to meet a Toronto F.C. Academy team that will be hungry for their first win.