One more game

P.E.I. F.C. can com­plete un­de­feated sea­son Sun­day in Monc­ton

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JASON MAL­LOY

The third time was a charm for Sam Smi­ley Fri­day night.

Shortly af­ter check­ing into the first half of the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soc­cer League game, the Soc­cerS­top P.E.I. F.C. player found him­self with a glo­ri­ous scor­ing chance.

Co­diac First Touch keeper Sa­muel Char­ron made the ini­tial save and turned aside the re­bound. Smi­ley kept work­ing and got the ball out front to Jared Mur­phy, who de­posited the only goal of the game.

“I was go­ing bot­tom cor­ner and he made two great saves,” Smi­ley said. “Luck­ily, Jared was there to save my butt.”

The teams traded scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties prior to the goal and Smi­ley said Mur­phy’s marker gave the team con­fi­dence.

“It seemed to get us into the game, get us into our groove.”

Mur­phy had a good chance ear­lier in the half but the ball de­flected off the post and stayed out.

Brett Mac­Don­ald recorded the clean sheet as P.E.I. F.C. won 1-0 to re­main un­de­feated head­ing into Sun­day’s fi­nale with Co­diac in Monc­ton. The Is­land squad wrapped up the league ti­tle Sun­day by de­feat­ing Fred­er­ic­ton, but has set the goal of go­ing un­de­feated.

Coach Bruce Nor­ton said he liked the ef­fort Fri­day, but would have liked to see his team bury a cou­ple more op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We had enough chances to score two or three goals,” he said. “We may well have let our foot off the gas a lit­tle bit af­ter the week­end against Fred­er­ic­ton.”

He noted all three games with Co­diac have been de­cided by one goal and he ex­pects another tight con­test on Sun­day.

“This is a good league, good teams and Monc­ton has played us tough all year, so I wasn’t sur­prised it was a tough game,” he said.

P.E.I. F.C. im­proved to 8-0-3 and 6-0-0 at home this sea­son. Co­diac dropped to 4-7-0.

JASON MAL­LOY/THE GUARDIAN

Soc­cerS­top P.E.I. F.C.’s Brett Ho­gan, left, and Co­diac First Touch’s Mitsu Mat­suda chase af­ter the ball Fri­day at UPEI.

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