Langley, British Columbia (March 23, 2013) – After a 13 hour bus ride on Thursday and a training session on Friday, the Eddies were ready for a little game action on day three of preseason in British Columbia.
Head Coach Colin Miller split his squad in to two groups and sprinkled in a few local youth players from the Abbotsford area for a 90 minute match at the Langley Events Centre.
It didn’t take long for the Blue team – Lance Parker, Eddie Edward, Mallan Roberts, Adrian LeRoy, Lance Laing, Shaun Saiko, Edem Mortotsi, Neil Hlavaty, Massimo Mirabelli, Michael Cox and Daryl Fordyce – to find the back of the net.
It was a productive, offensive partnership between Cox and Fordyce that opened the scoring in the fourth minute.
Cox crossed a ball in to the near post and Fordyce knocked it passed Yellow team ‘keeper John Smits.
The lead lasted 27 minutes, when the Yellow team – Smits, Wes Knight, Antonio Rago, Dillon Torindo, Chris de Guise, Hanson Boakai, Michael Nonni, Ajeej Sarkaria, Elvir Gigolaj and Sadi Jalali, along with one Abbotsford player – was awarded a PK when Laing brought down Nonni in the box.
Jalali stepped up and slotted passed Parker to tie the game.
The Blue team managed to regain the lead going in to halftime thanks to another offensive play by Cox. The Striker finished a ball from Mortotsi and made the score 2-1.
Coach Miller made a few changes at halftime bringing Andy Ramos on for Smits in the Yellow net and Laing switched teams with Rago. Edward was subbed off about 10 minutes into the half for another Abbotsford player while Knight shifted over to the Blue team with an Abbotsford player taking his spot on the Yellow team’s backline.
The offense opened up in the second half with six goals between the sides.
Mirabelli made it 3-1 in the 56th minute off a feed from Fordyce. The Northern Ireland Striker got his second goal of the match six minutes later off a cross from Knight.
Saiko made it 5-1 with a deft, curling chip over Cuban ‘keeper Ramos in the 67th.
Hlavaty increased the lead with a beautiful shot into the top left corner from 25 yards out.
Yellow clawed one back in the 82nd minute when Boakai got underneath a long clearance which eluded Roberts and chipped it over Parker with one touch to bring the score to 6-2.
Fordyce completed his preseason hat trick in the 83rd to wrap up the scoring.
The Blue team ended the game with a 7-2 victory and both squads will reunite for a big game against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Thunderbird Stadium.
“We wanted to see the guys give it their all for 90 minutes and that’s what we got. We didn’t want anyone to have anything left,” Miller said. “It was very positive, we saw some great goals and I’m happy with how the team is progressing.”
FC Edmonton will have a recovery session tomorrow and will get back to regular training on Monday.
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