York 9 FC Victorious at Home Against Pacific
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, June 15, 2019
One goal was all York 9 FC needed to defeat Pacific FC in an early afternoon game that showed the potential of York 9 going forward. The team performed well and have been trending in the right direction as of late with their recent Canadian Championships results and now move up in the CPL standings.
York 9 FC coach Jim Brennan went with a 4-1-4-1 formation with Nathan Ingham in goal, Diyaeddine Abzi, Morey Doner, Luca Gasparotto, and Daniel Gogarty on the back-line, Wataru Murofushi, Kyle Porter, Ryan Telfer, Emilio Estevez, and captain Manuel Aparicio in the midfield, and Rodrigo Gattas in the attack.
Pacific were awarded a penalty in the sixth minute after a handball in York 9 FC’s box. Midfielder Ben Fisk then stepped up for his tema and struck a powerful shot on goal but was blocked by goalkeeper Nathan Ingham.
Ingham has come up big for York 9 on multiple occasions this season and his consistency in goal has helped prove that although his team aren't at the top of the standings, he still is arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the Canadian Premier League.
York 9 were creative in their attack throughout the first half; they utilized their speed off the wings and crossed the ball into the box, which seemed to trouble Pacific’s defenders. The quick ball movement allowed York 9 midfielder Kyle Porter to get a few scoring opportunities from outside the box, but he was unable to score as Pacific FC goalkeeper Mark Village make the saves, which was significant because it kept Pacific in the game even though they were struggling to gain momentum in their attack.
Emilio Estevez had a goal scoring opportunity in the 25th minute after maneuvering himself around two Pacific defenders and then striking a great shot on goal, but he slightly missed the top corner and the ball went out for a goal-kick.
Fortunately for Estevez, his hard work would pay off in the 36th minute when he struck a shot that looked like it’d be going wide but took a deflection off defender Ryan McCurdy for an own goal. The goal put York 9 up 1-0 and provided the team with plenty of momentum that they’d be able to carry into the second half.
York 9 remained composed early in the second half and continued taking chances in their attack as opposed to staying in their side of the field and waiting for an opportunity on the counterattack. York 9 seemed to be frustrating Pacific with their speed and ball movement, which led to them being forced to foul to as it was the only way to end York 9 FC's scoring opportunity and regroup.
Pacific had an excellent goal scoring opportunity in the 76th minute when Marcus Haber received the ball from a cross but Nathan Ingham came up big once again and made an incredible save to secure the clean sheet in York 9's win.
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