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RECAP | FC Edmonton defeated 1-0 in first match of home-and-home with Deltas

A poorly given hand ball against Diakité proved to be the difference on the night when the Eddies had multiple chances to find their goal.
Jamie Umbach (@JamieUmbach) | Jun 17, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, Cali. – FC Edmonton dropped its second match to the San Francisco Deltas this North American Soccer League (NASL) season on Saturday, June 17 in a 1-0 loss at Kezar Stadium in California. The two clubs meet for the third time this Spring Season next Saturday, June 24 to finish off a home-and-home between the two sides at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton.

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A poorly given hand ball against centre-back Abdoulaye Diakité that hit the chest of the Senegalese defender in the 39th minute proved to be the difference on the night when the Eddies had multiple chances to find the go-ahead goal early in the match and the would-be equalizer in the final minutes.

“We could’ve potentially scored a few in the first half,” FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve created this many chances but you can’t miss them like we did today and expect to win games.”

Miller rolled out the same 4-2-3-1 formation that helped give the Eddies a boost in the past two matches. The return of defender/midfielder Adam Straith to the club from international duty with the Canadian Men’s National Team meant the Victoria, B.C. product slotted back into the centre of the defensive midfield alongside Mauro Eustaquio, marking the only change to the lineup for the Eddies from their 1-0 loss to Miami FC last Saturday.

The Eddies immediately started on the front foot with two great back-to-back chances. Winger Sainey Nyassi took advantage of a defensive error from the Deltas in the seventh minute to go in one-on-one with San Francisco goalkeeper Romuald Peiser, but the Gambian couldn’t find the back of the net. Two minutes later, striker Tomi Ameobi out-muscled the Deltas defender in the box to earn a dangerous opportunity, but he couldn’t place the ball inside the far post.

The Eddies held the majority of play for the first 38 minutes, but soon found themselves on the wrong end of the official’s call. A Deltas cross was blocked with the chest of centre-back Abdoulaye Diakité, but the referee awarded San Francisco the penalty. Forward Devon Sandoval made no mistake from the spot to give the Deltas the 1-0 lead.

The 1-0 score would hold up at the break, with the Eddies undeservedly trailing after carrying most of the momentum in the first half.

FC Edmonton started the second half keen to find a deserved equalizer, beginning in the 57th minute when Nyassi’s shot in the box went high over Peiser and the Deltas’ goal.

At the other end of the pitch, goalkeeper Nathan Ingham made a save worthy of NASL Play of the Week when the Keswick, Ont. product denied Dyego’s curling shot from distance that looked labeled for the top corner. Ingham tracked the ball well and extended an arm out to make a fantastic save and keep the score at 1-0.

Pressing for an equalizer, Straith had an opportunity at the back post off a corner from Dustin Corea, but the Canadian international couldn’t direct his attempt on goal to equalize the score.

Time would run out for the Eddies as the whistle blew to the tune of a 1-0 defeat in San Francisco. Both teams won't waste any time as the Deltas and Eddies are slated to rematch one another next Saturday, June 24, at Clarke Stadium in the second of a home-and-home set.

Lineups

FCE: Ingham; Galvao, Watson, Diakité, Nicklaw; Straith, Eustaquio (Shiels 61’); Nyassi, Corea, Fisk (Keegan 71’); Ameobi

SFD: Peiser; Ferreira (Lubahn 63’), Hopkins, Attakora, Jackson; Portilla, Gibson; Stephens (Cruz 70'), Bekker (Heinemann 83’), Dyego; Sandoval

Scoring Summary:

            1          2          F

FCE     0          0          0

SFD     1          0          1

Scorers:

FCE: None

SFD: J. Sandoval (pen. 40’)

Cautions

FCE: T. Ameobi (51’)

SFD: T. Heinemann (87’), D. Cruz (90')

 

 

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