The unbeaten Western Conference leaders San Antonio FC came to town for WFC2’s first match up at UBC this season, and although WFC2 fought hard and gave a great account of themselves, a goal just after half time saw their undoing in a 2-1 defeat.
Aly Hassan gave the visitors a 22nd minute lead, before birthday boy Marco Bustos fired the ‘Caps level on the stroke of half time. Billy Forbes headed San Antonio back into the lead a minute into the second half, pouncing on a poor defensive clearance, and despite some strong ‘Caps pressure that was to be the winning goal.
The terrible timing of the match, clashing with the first team’s trip to Portland, saw a crowd of only 403 out at Thunderbird Stadium. Disappointing but certainly not unexpected.
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].
David Edgar fitted in with his new colour commentary role well
Not exactly a packed crowd at The Bird
Your WFC2 starting XI. Not saying it’s a young team but that’s not a mascot, it’s a sub!
Ben McKendry sees his 16th minute shot saved
Sean Melvin punches away some San Antonio danger
But it comes to Aly Hussan, who fires home
1-0 San Antonio in the 22nd minute
McKendry tries his luck again as the first half comes to a close
And the rebound falls to Marco Bustos, who buries the equaliser
Thomas Sanner knows it’s all good
But Billy Forbes restores San Antonio’s lead just after the restart, heading home what proved to be the winning goal
Matt Cardone makes a save to prevent Sanner getting onto a cross
Injuring himself in the process and being subbed off
The ‘Caps pushed hard for another equaliser
But despite the pressure and the back up keeper, there’s no way through and the unbeaten Conference leaders stay that way
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: