P.E.I. F.C. earns tie after falling behind early

Jason Malloy
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P.E.I. F.C.

Matt Thomson converted a cross from Jared Murphy in the 70th minute Sunday as SoccerStop P.E.I. F.C. earned a 1-1 tie with the Fredericton Reds.

It concluded a four-point weekend for the Island team after a 3-0 victory against the Reds on Saturday in McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League action. The first-place P.E.I. F.C. is now 12-1-1 while the Reds are 4-7-1.

Fredericton opened the scoring in the 20th minute Sunday off a penalty kick by Joe Crossland.

Thomson said the host squad was slow out of the game and had to rely on keeper Brett MacDonald to hold them in the game.

“He played great. He made a number of saves up close. The Reds were getting in behind us a couple of times in the first half and he came out with strong challenges,” Thomson said.

P.E.I. F.C., playing without the injured Cole MacMillan and Adam Lowther, regrouped in the second half and were able to tie the contest.

“We’re not used to being down, so it was a character game for us,” Thomson said. “We did work really hard for that point.”

Murphy took a pass from the back-line and beat the wide defender to set up a two-on-two with Thomson.

“He was able to get the cross along the ground,” Thomson explained. “I was able to continue my run into the box and give it a little chip over the keeper as he came out to challenge.”

Saturday was P.E.I. F.C.’s first game in 20 days while Sunday represented the team’s last home game of the regular season.

They conclude the season with road games in Moncton against second-place Codiac First Touch on Friday and July 26. Both MacMillan and Lowther are expected to be available for Friday’s game.

Brett Hogan scored twice on Saturday while MacMillan had a single off a corner kick. Dave Feener had the clean sheet.

Organizations: Reds, McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League

Geographic location: Fredericton, Moncton

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