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One goal was enough, but the SoccerStop P.E.I. F.C. added four more in a 5-0 shutout over Codiac First Touch in New Brunswick Premier Soccer League action Friday in Charlottetown.
P.E.I. striker Jared Murphy notched the eventual winner two minutes into the first half and Matt Thomson scored shortly after Murphy for a 2-0 edge which remained going into halftime.
Murphy added another goal (his 13th of the season) in the second frame, along with Dillon Wight and Brett Hogan, to add to the haranguing of Codiac keeper Adam MacPherson.
“Getting that early goal definitely helped. It kept the other club always fighting from behind. And the guys kept playing hard, kept the ball rolling pretty well,’’ said Murphy, adding his team knows the dangers of letting down the next game after a win. “We still haven’t won anything yet. All we did was light a fire under the other team and we know they’ll come out the same way.’’
P.E.I. upped its record to a league-best 10-1 and a circuit-topping 48 goals and 30 points. Second-place Codiac dropped to 5-1-1.
The teams meet again today in Charlottetown. Game time is 2 p.m. at UPEI.
P.E.I. F.C. keeper Dave Feener faced several good Codiac chances, including needing a little help from the top crossbar midway through then second half to maintain his on-no, but earned his fifth win and third clean sheet of the season.
As for Codiac defender Florian Ntima, he said First Touch had no touch right from the opening touch.
“Right before the first goal, we were not ready to handle that type of attack,’’ said Ftima, whose defensive backfield was harassed for much of the game by the pressing P.E.I. strikers and midfielders. “(But) we’re pretty smart and know what we (have to do today).’’
The win was P.E.I.’s third shutout in four games and seventh this year.
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