FC Edmonton beat HFX Wanderers 3-2 at Clarke Field Sunday to earn their third win of the Canadian Premier League season.
FC Edmonton would get many of the opportunities early in the half. Azriel Gonzalez would put a shot high in the 8th minute and a great opportunity in the 9th minute on a T-Boy Fayia cross. With the Eddies continuing to pressure. Wesley Timoteo put a shot on that would deflect off both posts before Gonzalez would open the scoring tapping it into the wide-open net. Putting the Eddies ahead in the 21st minute. In the 36th minute, Darlington Murasiranwa would attempt to clear the ball and would foul Fernandez, conceding a penalty that would be converted by Samuel Salter. The Wanderers would start to build some momentum after the goal. A cross that was denied by Luke Singh would give Halifax their first corner of the half. And Murasiranwa would have to be sharp as he did well to deny Fernandez on a dangerous chance in the 43rd minute.
The Wanderers would have the first chances of the second half. First on a great shot by Salter that was saved by Murasiranwa and a second by Pierre Lamothe in the 50th and 54th minute respectively. FC Edmonton would continue to press for the lead. And they would be rewarded in the 58th minute. Tobias Warschewski would tap in his own rebound in the 59th minute after a pass by Timoteo, put the Eddies ahead once more. Warschewski would get his second of the night on an olimpico-esque goal into the top corner to extend the FC Edmonton lead in the 61st minute. HFX Wanderers would look to respond. Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare would cross a ball into the box in the 79th minute as Peter Schaale wasn’t able to direct it on net. HFX Wanderers would get a goal in 83rd minute on a shot by Gagnon-Lapare that ricochet off the post and off Murasiranwa for an own goal but ultimately would fall short of the comeback.
With the win FC Edmonton moves within 8 points of seventh place York United in the league and gains some confidence going into their next set of road games against Atletico Ottawa and York United. HFX Wanderers continue to hold sixth place and are still 6 points back of Valour and eleven points out of the fourth and final playoff position. FC Edmonton’s next game is against Athletico Ottawa on Friday September 2nd at 5pm MT.