York 9 FC Give Up Late Goal, Draw HFX Wanderers

Giancarlo Aulino
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Saturday, August 29, 2020

York 9 FC and HFX Wanderers played to a 1-1 draw this afternoon in a chippy affair that saw plenty of yellow cards handed out as well as a player being sent off.

York 9 FC head coach Jimmy Brennan went with a 4-3-3 formation: Ezequiel Carrasco starting in-goal; Morey Doner, Roger Thompson, Luca Gasparotto, and Fugo Segawa on the backline; Joseph Di Chiara, Kyle Porter, and captain Manny Aparicio in the midfield; and Ijah Halley, Ryan Telfer, and Alvaro Rivero as the attacking trio up top.

York 9 midfielder Chris Mannella and Michael Petrasso were out of the lineup due to injury. Petrasso picked up an injury when he returned to the starting-XI while Mannella has yet to make his debut for the club.

Prior to the match, it was reported that York 9 goalkeeper Nathan Ingham would be missing today’s match as a precaution, so Carrasco slotted in for his CPL debut. Carrasco, 17, signed with York 9 back in July after playing with the Kleinburg Nobleton Soccer Club (KNSC) Lions in Vaughan, Ontario.

York 9 were looking to continue their unbeaten streak bte21in the Island Games tournament and remain the only club without a loss.

It was an eventful first half that saw both teams exchanging scoring opportunities, before the momentum started to shift in York 9’s favour.

Aparicio caused problems for the Wanderers defense with his pace, which led to him being taken down outside the box and being awarded a free kick. Aparicio struck a spectacular free kick past Christian Oxner to give York 9 the 1-0 in the 22nd minute.

Moments later, Wanderers midfielder Joao Morelli was sent off for an elbow to the throat of Joe Di Chiara. Based on what occurred, it is likely that Morelli could be given a three-match suspension and potentially miss the remainder of the Island Games tournament depending on how far the Wanderers progress.

As a result, the Wanderers would be forced to play with 10-men for the remainder of the match.

York 9 defender Segawa got away with having a red card of his own after catching Wanderers defender Alex Marshall with high foot to studs to his face while he was going for the ball. Marshall left the field for a few minutes to get some of the blood cleaned off, which angered the bench as it was clear that they had a strong case for a red card.  

The Wanderers were the more aggressive side in the second half and were causing problems for York 9 with their set pieces. Their efforts paid off in stoppage time, when Omar Kreim scored a free kick to even the score and secure an important point to stay within reach of a top-4 finish in the preliminary round of The Island Games tournament.


York 9 FC are back in action on Tuesday night, when they play last place FC Edmonton.


Photo Credit: @York9FC / Canadian Premier League