York 9 FC and Halifax Wanderers Play to Scoreless Draw
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, June 22, 2019
York Region--- After exchanging multiple scoring opportunities, York 9 FC and Halifax Wanderers ended up playing to a scoreless draw in what was an entertaining afternoon for soccer fans at York Lions Stadium.
BarnBurner founder Joe Peisich and I had the opportunity to speak with York 9 FC assistant coach Carmine Isacco and Halifax Wanderers defender Matthew Arnone in anticipation of today’s game. This was a homecoming for Arnone, who won multiple OUA and CIS championships for the York University Lions, who were coached by Isacco.
Although there aren’t enough games for both teams to win the Spring season, they’re both committed to improving their overall play as they approach the start of the Fall season in July.
York 9 FC coach Jimmy Brennan went with a formation of Nathan Ingham in goal, Diyaeddine Abzi, Morey Doner, Luca Gasparotto, Daniel Gogarty on the back line, Wataru Murofushi, Kyle Porter, Manuel Aparicio, and Ryan Telfer at midfield, and Rodrigo Gattas and Simon Karlsson Adjei as the strikers.
Both teams exchanged scoring opportunities early on in the game and maintained a quick upbeat tempo throughout the first half.
York’s strength was at midfield and Ryan Telfer did a great job in keeping the midfield structured and was playing in central midfield. As a central midfielder, Telfer was relied on to track back and assist the central defenders as well as push the ball up in the attack. Telfer usually plays on the wing either in the midfield or wing back positions, so this was an interesting tactic by York 9 coach Jimmy Brennan.
The first half was even with both teams creating opportunities from the counterattack. York 9 had a few opportunities from free-kicks but Ryan Telfer slightly missed the net. York 9 also had possession for most of the half, so they were able to build some momentum heading into the second half.
York 9 had a scoring opportunity in the 60th minute following a cross pass into Halifax’s box however, defender Luca Gasparotto was unable to get a touch on the ball. This is likely a play Gasparotto would like to have back because a slight touch would’ve put York 9 up 1-0.
Tomasz Skublak had an opportunity to put the Wanderers up 1-0 in the 62nd minute, when he received the ball in a favourable position that provided him with a breakaway, but York 9 goalkeeper Nathan Ingham, who’s been one of the best goalkeepers in the CPL, came out of his goal and made an incredible save to keep the game 0-0.
Halifax Wanderers goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams made a great save of his own in the 72nd minute, when he dived across his goal line to make a crucial save.
The game began opening up a lot more in the final ten minutes of the game and York 9 were finding success in pushing the pace offensively and it paid off as they once again had an opportunity to score off a cross, but Rodrigo Gattas slightly missed the ball.
The game ended in a 0-0 draw and was a positive result for Halifax because they were being outplayed by York 9 and were able to maintain their composure on the defensive end.
After the game, there was a special meet and greet with players from both teams that allowed fans, especially the youth soccer clubs that were present at the game, with an opportunity to chat with their favourite players. This is a excellent idea that CPL teams should continue going forward because it will lead to more youth being inspired, allow the supporters to connect with the players, and most importantly, create interest and the grow the league's presence in Canada.
Photo Credit: Giancarlo Aulino (@gian_411)