The contest between North Miss and North Toronto Nitros did not disappoint as these two pacey, talented 2016 expansion teams battled to a fever pitch and ultimately shared the points following a 2-2 draw.
North Toronto's Abdallah Elchanti (21') opened the scoring on the day, smoothly sending the keeper the wrong way before slotting.
North Mississauga's Jose Melo (37') levelled the score shortly thereafter, but with both sides charging into tackles and leaving nothing between them - tempers began to flare. North Mississauga's Alva (64') received his marching orders with under a half hour left in the match, and the hosts were forced to carry on with ten men.
However, only ten minutes after coming on, North Miss forward Bradley Fenton (77') took matters into his own hands and grabbed the breakthrough goal after a tidy wall-pass inside the box.
The stage was set for an epic finale, and North Toronto's Niba MacDonald proved equal to the task when he finished off a penalty with only a couple minutes remaining. At the final whistle, emotions were again evident as both sides had expended everything in this invigorating battle that would have greatly pleased the neutrals in attendance.
"I think our biggest problem was something that has been our biggest problem for most of the season, which is finishing," said North Toronto assistant coach, Ilya Orlov. "We had the chances to put the game away, since we were a man up, but we haven't done it and we made a mistake at the back."
"It was the same thing as last week and they finished it off [tonight]. We did get an equalizer, but again it felt more like a loss, like last week."
"We didn’t lose, which was good," said North Miss head coach, Rick Titus. "We got a point out of the game."
"And we are going to continue to build, grow and working on the areas of our game that we need to improve."