Vancouver Whitecaps v Montreal Impact – A Canadian Championship Semi-Final Story In Pictures

Vancouver Whitecaps v Montreal Impact – A Canadian Championship Semi-Final Story In Pictures

The Canadian Championship hasn’t been kind to Vancouver Whitecaps over the years. Lady luck seemed to have abandoned them, but they finally got a bit of luck on Tuesday night on their way to a 2-1 semi-final first leg lead against Montreal Impact at BC Place.

It was a veritable game of two halfs. Alphonso Davies and Nicolas Mezquida gave the ‘Caps a 2-0 lead at the break, and it felt like they were coasting. But the Impact came out with a new fire in their belly in the second half and David Choinière pulled one back, grabbing what could be a crucial away goal.

And Montreal could have come away with the victory after a blistering period that saw Chris Duvall hit the post, Patrice Bernier see a penalty saved, and Spencer Richey coming up with a huge goalline stop to deny Bernier again.

But the ‘Caps held on and now head to Montreal next Tuesday with a slight edge and all still to play for.

But all in all a good day at the office for the Whitecaps and 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 for more of his photos and work].

Your Vancouver Whitecaps starting XI

Alphonso Davies was a handful for Montreal’s defence early on, and was close to winning a penalty for Vancouver when he was brought down on the edge of the box

And it was Davies who fired Vancouver ahead in the 13th minute when a low cross from Brek Shea was helped on it’s way by a Nicolas Mezquida backheel

And the 16-year-old buried it under Montreal keeper Maxime Crepeau for the opening goal

Feel the joy

Ben McKendry forced Crepeau into a near post save with a fierce 25th minute strike

On the deck or in the air, Davies was a constant threat for the ‘Caps

And Davies went on a great mazy in the 33rd minute

Getting past three Montreal defenders before a foot poked the ball away

But only as far as Mezquida

Who fired home to make it 2-0 ‘Caps

More joy for the dynamic duo

But the second half was a different story and David Choinière pulled Montreal to within one in the 61st minute

Seven minutes later and it was nearly all square, but Chris Duvall’s long range striker crashed off the left post

The rebound fell to Anthony Jackson-Hamal but he missed a gaping goal from close range

A shocking, and possibly costly, miss

Then another chance goes a begging in the 73rd minute when Spencer Richey gets down well to turn away a Patrice Bernier penalty after Cole Seiler was adjudged to have handled in the box

And Richey came up huge again four minutes into stoppage time, denying Bernier again with a reflex leg save on the goalline

The USL buddies celebrate

As does Marco Bustos, who does the Humba with Curva Collective

You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below:

Authored by: Michael McColl

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