2 - 1
Friendly (Guiness Challenge Cup)
Dallas Moen (36)
Ken Andrews (81)
John Clark (87)
Freddy van der Hoorn
|Carey Cleaver for John Hughes (79)||
Allan Preston for Martin Neil (46)
Paddy Connolly for John O'Neil (46)
Gary Bollan for Victor Ferreyra (80)
Whilst Chelsea and Vancouver 86'ERS were left to dispute the trophy, we headed off by Jetfoil to Vancouver Island and the colonial surroundings of Victoria to meet Vancouver Island All Stars.
The venue was Royal Athletic Park, but the pitch wouldn't have received any Monarch approval, being uneven, bumpy and bare in places. Although there was nothing at stake, both sides treated the match in far from academic fashion.
In addition to the unsatisfactory playing surface, we also faced a very stiff breeze. Whilst we dictated play for almost the whole of the game. the Canadians looked dangerous on the break and, in fact, took the lead nine minutes from half-time when Hughes collected a clearance, drove into the box left side and pushed the ball inside for Dallas Moen to score from six yards.
Martin Neil, who made his first team debut, was replaced by Allan Preston at half-time and with the advantage of the wind in the second half we exerted almost complete control, but even when we did find a way through, the Selects defence, McQuillan was in superb form, particularly when he kept out a Ray McKinnon volley after the best move of the match.
Nine minutes from time, however, the Canadian side went two ahead, Ken Andrews driving in a knock down at the near post. That set up a hectic finish and John Clark pulled one back with three minutes remaining when he ran on to a lofted Ray McKinnon pass to beat the keeper at the second attempt.
Right on time Paddy Connolly was denied an equaliser by a last gasp McQuillan save as we disappointedly went down 2-1 to Vancouver Isle Select in the final match of the trip. Whilst results may not have been as we would have wished, the trip undoubtedly was a boost for team spirit with Christian Dailly's sharpness and the form of Alex Cleland the main plus factors.
No league table has been added for this season.