The White Eagles earned their first win of the regular
season at home over Portuguese in a match that could have
easily went either way. In the first portion of the game
the ball was moved quickly up and down through the midfield
by either team with little offensive threat mustered by
either side. As the half wore on however it was the
Portuguese that began taking it to the home squad with a
number of fine chances that had the White Eagles defenders
truly on the defensive.
At 13 minutes it was Portuguese's # 16 Davie MacPherson
outpacing and dribbling past at least two defenders on his
way towards the goalmouth coming in from the left side. He
made no mistake with a well-placed rolling shot that found
the bottom left corner of the net that put his team up 1-0.
The intensity of play increased noticeably after this point
but one could see that although the White Eagles were fairly
successful in making tackles and then working the ball
upfield, they somehow couldn't effectively feed their
strikers in order to generate offensive opportunities.
At the other end of the field Portuguese were more
successful in that regard, as they generated several good
chances on net through the bulk of the half. In a rare
burst of offensive playmaking that broke into the Portuguese
box however, it was the White Eagles' # 12 Tom Galazka
earning a penalty shot at 38 minutes while driving in from
the left side. He made no mistake in converting with a
quick kick into the bottom left corner of the mesh that tied
the game at one apiece. After this point the White Eagles
perhaps began to regain their confidence as they worked
diligently to turn the tide of the game in their favour.