Slow start costs ed­dies dearly

Los­ing streak per­sists for FC Ed­mon­ton as they fall 3-1 to Val­our FC in CPL ac­tion

Edmonton Sun - - SPORTS - Derek Van DIEST

What was once a promis­ing Cana­dian Pre­mier League sea­son is com­ing to a frus­trat­ing end for FC Ed­mon­ton.

FC Ed­mon­ton fell 3-1 to Val­our FC in Win­nipeg on Satur­day, ex­tend­ing its win­less streak to 10 games. FC Ed­mon­ton con­cludes its CPL sea­son host­ing Pa­cific FC on Oct. 16 at Clarke Field and away at Cal­vary FC of Cal­gary on Oct. 19.

“It was just an­other slow start by us,” said FC Ed­mon­ton head coach Jeff Paulus. “We’ve not come out of the gates fly­ing at all. I thought our 4-3-3 (for­ma­tion) should have been ef­fec­tive against their 3-5-2, 3-4-3 look.

“We just turned the ball over too much in the first half. We had more posses­sion than they did in the first half, but we turned the ball over in just hor­ren­dous ar­eas.”

Dy­lan Car­reiro, Michele Paolucci and Marco Bus­tos scored for Val­our, while Eas­ton On­garo re­sponded for FC Ed­mon­ton.

“I’m de­lighted, I’m re­ally happy for the boys,” said Val­our FC head coach Rob Gale. “It was a com­pletely dif­fer­ent game plan, we were go­ing to go to a back three and get on the front foot and went very at­tack­ing.

“We felt we could get at them in tran­si­tion and on the break and get in be­tween their (de­fen­sive) lines, and I thought we were go­ing to score ev­ery time we went for­ward in that first half. That first half was a com­plete per­for­mance and hon­estly, I thought we should have been 4-0 up.”

Car­reiro opened the scor­ing 12 min­utes into the game, get­ting on the end of a cross from Ali Musse and ham­mer­ing a vol­ley past FC Ed­mon­ton goal­keeper Dy­lon Pow­ley.

Paolucci in­creased the lead five min­utes be­fore half time, turn­ing in a cross from Michael Pe­trasso whipped in across the face of the net.

On­garo pulled one back 10 min­utes into the sec­ond half clean­ing up a scram­ble in front af­ter cen­tre back Amer Didic hit the cross­bar with his header off a long free kick into the penalty area.

“We had to be vig­i­lant on set pieces, that’s what we said at half time to be sure not to let them back in the game, but un­for­tu­nately we got a lit­tle sloppy,” Gale said. “We give away too many fouls some­times for a team that gets put un­der pres­sure es­pe­cially from a big team like that.

“We don’t al­ways have to win the ball and I think we’re a lit­tle ea­ger to do it some­times and keep get­ting on the front foot and some­times we have to be more pa­tient.”

Any hope of a comeback was wiped out when Bus­tos con­verted from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute. The penalty was awarded af­ter Bus­tos was knocked over in the area by FC Ed­mon­ton de­fender Mele Temguia.

“In the sec­ond half, you come into the room, you say your peace and you make a few changes,” Paulus said. “We started the sec­ond half on the front foot, we started re­ally bright, made it 2-1, but then we gave up that penalty.

“Whether or not we thought it was a penalty, it came from a hor­ren­dous pass back from one of our play­ers that should never hap­pen. We caused it our­selves. All three goals are on FC Ed­mon­ton. They had the fin­ish and they were qual­ity and they played re­ally well, but we’ve ini­ti­ated all the goals on our own and we’ll never win games if we keep mak­ing these mis­takes.”

With the loss FC Ed­mon­ton re­mained sixth in the CPL Fall Com­pe­ti­tion stand­ings. They have not won since de­feat­ing Pa­cific FC 3-1 at home on Aug. 10.

Val­our FC moved into third in the Fall Com­pe­ti­tion stand­ings, two points ahead of York9 FC, who have two games in hand.

Both Val­our and FC Ed­mon­ton have been elim­i­nated from play­off con­tention as Forge FC and Cav­alry FC will meet in the in­au­gu­ral CPL Fi­nal.

Val­our FC con­cludes its sched­ule host­ing York9 on Oct. 16 and away at Pa­cific FC on Oct. 19.

“We feel we de­serve to be there (third place) and we think we’ve been un­justly robbed at points at times this sea­son,” Gale said. “We have to take it out of those hands and we have to put it into our own des­tiny and be bet­ter, be­cause we have to im­prove. We’ll find a way to be suc­cess­ful here.”

We caused it our­selves. All three goals are on FC Ed­mon­ton ... We’ve ini­ti­ated all the goals on our own and we’ll never win games if we keep mak­ing these mis­takes.”

Fc ed­mon­ton head coach Jeff Paulus

DAVID BLOOM/ POSTMEDIA file

FC Ed­mon­ton’s Eas­ton On­garo scored the lone goal in re­sponse to Val­our FC’S three dur­ing Satur­day’s CPL game in Win­nipeg.

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