Losing your unbeaten home record is always going to be disappointing. Losing it to a local rival in a Juan de Fuca plate match is an even more bitter pill to swallow. That’s the situation TSS Rovers find themselves in on Saturday, and they’ll be rueing their missed chances and lack of dynamic delivery in a match that was there for their taking.
An 88th minute goal from Sho Goto was the deciding factor as Victoria Highlanders came away with a 1-0 victory at Swangard Stadium on Friday night, in the first of three meetings between the two teams this season for the Juan de Fuca Plate.
AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the game. Here’s his “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.[Also check out Tom’s website www.residualimagephotography.com for more of his photos and work].
The Plate of Destiny!
The Swanguardians put on an impressive pyro display pre-match
The Polisi brothers! Together with TSS Rovers and soon to be with SFU Clan
A perfect night for football at Swangard Stadium
Your TSS Rovers starting XI
The Lake Side Buoys were out and loud for their Victoria lads
Andrew Hicks was called in to action early to deny Andrew Ofosu
Joel Waterman cames closest for TSS Rovers in the first half with a low shot that Simon Norgrove tipped onto the post and out for a corner
Three time Juan de Fuca Plate veteran Blair Sturrock – still at it at 35!
Simon Norgrove kept TSS at bay all night
With little to celebrate on the pitch, the Swanguardians continued their pyro party off it
They’ve certainly got flair
Connor Hildebrandt has a great chance to win it for the Rovers in the 84th minute but crashes his shot off the right post with the goal gaping
And TSS were punished two minutes from time when Sho Goto got on to a Stuart Heath header, turned, and volleyed home first time for what was to prove to be the match winner
Highlanders joy on the pitch
And off it
A disappointed Rovers team head to their supporters
And that was all she wrote, with the team back at it again at Swangard on Sunday at 7pm. Be there!
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: