Scott McCoubrey’s sixth goal for Hamilton Football Club was certainly not his most glamorous, but it definitely was one of his more valuable. McCoubrey was able to bundle a Liam Collins corner kick across the line, at the back post, in the 75th minute to give the Rage the goal they’d need to take the three points and their second straight game, 1-0.
The Wednesday (June 29) United Soccer League’s Premier Development League match, which kicked off at 2 p.m. at Brian Timmis Stadium, attracted a of a crowd that grew to about 150. The match saw Hamilton and Toronto hook up for the third time this season. Toronto took both previous matches 2-0 so Hamilton was keen to reverse the trend. With a number of key games on the horizon, HFC head coach, Brett Mosen took the opportunity to give some of his regular starters a bit of a rest with Collins, Will Grocott, Tevin Wynter and Anthony Di Biase all on the substitutes bench. Seventeen-year-old, Matt Barsalona was handed his first start and did well playing on the right wing.
The game kicked off with Toronto playing with a fairly strong breeze at their backs. But it was HFC which would enjoy much of the early possession, knocking the ball around confidently, trying to pick holes in the Lynx defense. Lynx goalkeeper Michael Watkins was called on to make a couple of saves on long ranges efforts from McCoubrey and Josh Bennett in the first half. The first half finished scoreless but with HFC enjoying a shot margin of 8-1.
The second half was much the same as the first, with HFC enjoying the balance of play but now playing with the wind behind them. Mosen introduced both Grocott and Collins in an attempt to apply some further offensive pressure on the Lynx. This proved successful with HFC rattling the Lynx crossbar twice, early in the second half. The applied pressure finally paid off when McCoubrey got HFC on the board in the 75th minute.
Toronto responded by making some formational adjustments, sacrificing a defender for an additional front player. The Lynx were able to apply some late pressure and HFC keeper Alex Mitchell was forced to make his only save when he came off his line to block a shot from a Lynx forward who had be put through on a partial break-away. A couple of late corner kicks yielded little for the Lynx and Hamilton held on to secure their first-ever victory against Toronto.