Pacific FC back in playoffs with win in Halifax – Victoria News
Pacific FC are back in the Canadian Premier League playoffs after beating Halifax Wanderers 2-0 on the east coast on Tuesday (September 27).
The game had been delayed twice due to Hurricane Fiona, extending the wait for the Tridents who, prior to Tuesday, had not won in their last five games.
The Islanders started slowly in grim conditions, defending flat-footed allowing the ball to fall at the feet of Halifax striker Lifumpa Mwandwe, but the Englishman dragged his left-footed shot away from the post in the 23rd minute.
Both teams created little and it looked like the first half was scoreless, until the Flying Dutchmen came to life. Gianni dos Santos collected the ball on the outside and fired a low cross towards fellow countryman Djenairo Daniels. Daniels missed a shot attempt but reacted quickest to the loose ball, firing a low shot past the Halifax keeper which bounced off the two posts and inside, giving PFC a 1-0 lead at half-time.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first, with both teams creating little. The match was ready to be taken by the scruff of the neck and the PFC did it, with dos Santos instrumentalized again. The Cape Verde international picked up the ball in his own half and moved forward, playing the ball past a running Manny Aparicio. The midfielder made one of his signature runs, playing a low cross to a rushing Josh Heard who slammed it home to give PFC a 2-0 lead. It was the home hero’s eighth goal of the season in all competitions, his sixth in the CPL. The former Victoria Highlanders player has also had six assists in all competitions.
The win puts PFC three points ahead of Valour, the only remaining team that can still knock Pacific out of the playoff spots. PFC have three games left to play while Valor have just two, but PFC face a tough time at home, facing both Forge FC and Calvary FC on the road in their last two fixtures .
Next, the Pacific will play its final home game of the regular season against bottom-seeded FC Edmonton at Starlight Stadium on Friday (Sept. 30).
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