Master's FA Saints grabbed their first win of the season after taking down hosts Toronto Skillz 4-1.
In a much more even match than the final scoreline indicated, Toronto Skillz simply couldn't finish a variety of fantastic chances that were presented to them, while Masters were resolute in their focus on finishing the opportunities they created.
"We came today with a purpose, which was to get the first of a number of wins that we see available to us in the schedule," said Masters' technical director, Junior Groves.
"It's a job well done today. We made sure we didn't wait to see something get done, we made sure to go out there and get it done today. The players went out there with that purpose today and you could see it in the way they executed."
Jelani Grant (Photo: Martin Bazyl)
Masters were the first to draw blood after unlocking the left sided flank of Toronto Skillz. The ensuing centred ball found Tyrell Rayne (32') with perfect timing on the run to finish right from right in front of the keeper.
Rayne (53') would be the hero again just after the break, once more timing his run in behind the defence to get on a simple through ball from his left-back, and finishing with the toe punt over the onrushing GK.
"In the first half we talked about some of the places that Masters was getting joy in the game, especially the flanks, and we didn't do a good enough job of first getting out to the flanks but after that we didn't do a good job of stopping them out there either," said Toronto Skillz head coach, Leslie "Tiger" Fitzpatrick.
"This hurt us on the first two goals."
Tyrell Rayne (Photo: Martin Bazyl)
Toronto Skillz looked like they had the bit between their teeth as the half wore on, and wide forward Mirsadeghi showed their intentions after stepping inside and drilling a 25-yard shot off the post. Stunned, Masters could not clear their lines and when Toronto Skillz immediately sent the ball back in Lukas Rysto (63') was there to finish with a grasscutter inside the far post.
But Masters were determined to keep the points, and a simple direct ball from a free kick led to Aaron Massy (82') outjumping his marker in the box and sending the glancing header down into the turf and up into the back corner of the net.
Toronto Skillz still had great chances - Wadohi Fadul had an open net for his taking but slammed the shot off the post and hammered the rebound over the bar - but could not take them.
"I thought we were getting into the game at the start of the second half and then we gave up a soft goal on a counter-attack and it put us behind the eight ball," said Fitzpatrick.
"We made some changes to try and push us forwards to get our first goal. We had another two goals conceded on set pieces and that has been the story of the season. We are giving up a lot of these goals and talking about what we need to do to improve."
Masters completely killed the contest shortly thereafter, Jelani Grant (89') ending his day by bending a great left-footed free kick around the wall and into the bottom corner.
"[Jelani] is surely quite the player, and that is what we know we have," said Groves. "We have that type of quality on the field. He is very effective in midfield for us, and is one of the players that can create at a high level."
"He has played at a high level in Thailand, and has come back to hone his craft skills before trying to proceed in Europe. We think he is very valuable to us here, and could be very valuable to the Canadian soccer program."
Toronto Skillz head to Kingston in matchweek six to take on Clippers on June 4 (3 p.m.) at Queen's University, Tindall Field.
Masters will doubtlessly have designs on more points, returning home to L'Amoreaux on June 4 (9 p.m.), taking on Aurora United FC.