The curse has finally been broken.
Beating the Impact is always a nice feeling. Beating them to lift the Whitecaps first ever Voyageurs Cup is twice as nice.
It was 2-0 on the night, 4-2 on aggregate, but this was a game in which Vancouver were in control from the kick off. A goal in each half from Octavio Rivero and Tim Parker saw the ‘Caps home, sparking off ecstatic scenes of celebration at BC Place.
AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the game and 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 Voyageurs Cup in all its beautiful glory
Vancouver flag tifo
The Champs are here
The ‘Caps take the game to Montreal right away and Kekuta Manneh heads for goal two minutes in
But Eric Kronberg comes up with the first of several big saves on the night
Russell Teibert saves his dear friend Nigel from the invisible bike rack
Octavio Rivero races in on the half hour mark but Victor Cabrera sends him crashing
Picking up a second yellow and getting sent off
With five minutes of the half remaining, Cristian Techera goes on a run
His shot is deflected by Kronberg and trickles towards goal
And Rivero makes sure, firing home from one inch out!
Jumping for joy as he breaks his goal drought from open play
Eight minutes into the second half and it’s 2-0 ‘Caps as Tim Parker rises to meet a Pedro Morales corner
And powerfully heads home the killer goal
Another celebration for our freescoring centre backs
David Ousted and BC Place explodes with joy at the final whistle
Nothing is safe in the hands of the Canadian caped crusader
Best medal presentation ever? We think so!
Championies Championies Ole Ole Ole
The players join Curva Collective for the postmatch celebrations
Russell Teibert realises that a trophy is better on his head than some of his haircuts
A happy Kendall Waston and his family shinpads
We are the champions, we are the champions, no time for Limpact, cos we are the champions
You can see a Flickr slideshow of all of Tom’s photos from the game below: