A short trip up to Edmonton to take on the team we were joint second with at the start of play. A few selection changes called for a change of formation as we started with an innovative/suicidal 5-3-1-1 against a strong Norsemen side.
The formation change looked like a bit of a mistake after we conceded about 7 corners in the first 3 mins of play as we were pinned back and struggled to get the ball out of our penalty box. Things looked even worse when we conceded after about 5 mins from a deflected shot from the left. As we started to get to grips with the windy conditions and got the ball on the ground we put started to put together a few half chances of our own. Norsemen were still dominating possession but we were keeping our shape well and limiting them to shots from distance. With about 30 mins gone we got a free kick about 30 yards out which Kenga lined up and let fly an unstoppable swerving shot into the top corner…a goal of the season contender to make it 1-1. The goal gave us a renewed belief and we almost took the lead just before half time when a Bell header from a free kick was cleared off the line.
We started the second half knowing that if we kept up the same discipline and commitment we were in with a chance. We did exactly that for the first 10 mins until Fox picked up a knock on his already fragile ankle, and after limping around for a few more minutes, and had to go off. With our other sub White also injured in the first half we were reduced to playing with 10. With the numerical advantage Norsemen started to pin us back and went 2-1 up with about 20 to go. We pushed forward looking for an equalizer which left a lot of space which Norsemen exploited expertly on the counter and we conceded a further 4 in the last 10 minutes.
Despite the final score as a team we performed admirably and with a bit of better luck with injuries could have been able to get something out of the game.
Squad: J.Kopsala, McGlogan, McMorran, Wright, Lanigan, Fox, White, S.Kopsala, Bell, Kenga, Dodimead, Hyde