FC Edmonton fell to York United 3-1 in Canadian Premier League action Friday.
York United would look to keep their playoff hopes alive while Edmonton would look to play spoiler and look to improve going into next season.
York United came out strong early in half with an opportunity in 9th minute on a cross that Nyal Higgins did well to intercept and put behind to concede a corner. York would continue to press leading to a Mo Babouli goal in the 12th minute on a fantastic header. FC Edmonton would get a few opportunities in the half. Tobias Warschewski had an attempt toward goal in 17th minute and in the 25th minute the Eddies would get a corner off a Shamit Shome chance. A great save was required from Darlington Murasiranwa in the 38th minute to keep the sides close going into the half 1-0.
York United would extend their lead early in the second half. Osaze De Rosario scored in the 47th minute on an assist by Noah Verhoeven. The Eddies would claw one back on a C.J Smith goal in 54th minute to bring the game to within one. Both teams would trade opportunities. A Kevin Dos Santos shot in the 55th minute was too high and Warschewski put a shot on goal in the 58th minute. Masta Kacher would get an opportunity in the 63rd minute that went high and wide and a few minutes later in the 65th minute Ronan Kratt would get a close-range opportunity that was saved. A Babouli penalty in the 69th minute was converted to extended York’s advantage. Max Ferrari would have a cross blocked in the 72nd minute by Murasiranwa stopping another chance from getting by the Edmonton goalkeeper. Controversy would strike in the 89th minute when Chris N’sa appeared to block a Marcus Simmons shot with a handball that denied a sure goal that ultimately would not have changed the outcome of the game.
FC Edmonton with the loss is likely to claim last place in the league for the second time in three years while York United with the win keep their chances of sneaking into the CPL playoff alive for another week. The Eddies will be looking to build into the offseason and to next year pending information regarding the ownership situation in Edmonton and the team’s future which appear to still be uncertain. FC Edmonton will return to Clark Stadium on Saturday September 17th for the final match against Cavalry FC in the 2022 season.