Hamilton FC PDL team travelled to London on Friday to face FC London. This game was played in front of a lively crowd of about 800. The weather co-operated and the game was played with only a couple of light rain showers helping to keep the playing surface nice and slick.
The men were up for a challenge and prevailed 2-1 to hand FC London their third defeat of the season.
HFC enjoyed a few early chances and were somewhat unlucky when Aaron Boyd collected a pass, spun his defender and shot just wide. Hamilton would open the scoring at the 28 minute mark when Rene DeZorzi latched onto an Anthony DiBiase free kick and put a nice side foot volley into the corner of the FC London net. Aaron Boyd would prove to be a handful for the London defense, busily buzzing around the box and putting pressure on anything in a white FC London shirt. His pressure on the keeper caused him to spill a cross ball right to the feet of Liam Collins. Collins was, however, left with head in hands when his shot went just wide.
London grabbed the momentum late in the first half and applied good sustained pressure on HFC, winning a series of corner kicks. Their efforts eventually paid off when Carl Haworth timed his run to perfection, out jumped the HFC defense and headed a Haris Cekic free kick into the HFC net. The teams went to the dressing room tied 1-1 at the half.
Hamilton started the second half with Evan James switched on for Josh Bennett. James’s pace would prove to be a challenge for the FC London defense. FC London enjoyed early pressure and won a couple of corner kicks. They were, however, unable to make anything of it. Scott McCoubrey fired HFC into the lead, following a nice chest lay down from Evan James, as he fired a right footed bullet into the bottom corner at the 73rd minute mark. Things would get a bit chippy after that with Aaron Boyd being sent off for a second yellow card. He was followed shortly thereafter by Haris Cekic who was given a straight red for his retaliation on Andrew Barsalona.
Evan James could have closed things out with a penalty kick in the 80th minute. He was brought down in the box following a great run through the FC London defense but his resulting spot kick was saved well by FC London goalie Jarrett Humphries.
Hamilton was able to withstand any late FC London pressure and hold on to grab 3 very valuable points on the road.
Hamilton FC are next in action on Wednesday June 29th when they face the Toronto Lynx at 2pm at Brian Timmis Stadium.