A late London goal in added time pushed the game out of reach for the home team as Hamilton FC Rage were defeated 4-2 by FC London in Premier Development League soccer.
Hamilton had a lot to prove in the game, the third meeting between the two teams. London bested the Hamilton team in the early part of the season and the squads played to a 1-1 draw last week.
“Really looking forward to our game tonight (Canada Day),” Scott McCoubrey stated before the contest. “We are taking each game like our own cup final, especially with London being our main rivals now for that third spot.”
FC London broke the ice and scored in the 12th minute. Gary Ogilvie sent a cross to Chris Dillon who knocked the ball into the net. Forest City added to the lead in the 40th minute when a kick from Thomas Owens bounced over HFC keeper Justin Silveira’s head and Jordan Ayris kicked it in for the London goal.
Hamilton had several solid chances in the half. Josh Bennett’s cross was headed out in the 22nd minute and a low shot by Will Grocott rolled wide right past a diving London keeper. However, London’s defenders played solid defense and managed to head away the majority of the Hamilton crosses.
Hamilton finally got on the scoreboard with an unusual goal. In the 65th minute McCoubrey crossed the ball towards the net. The ball sailed over the London keeper and was kicked high into the air by a London defender. The ball dropped into the hands of the keeper who looked to lose his grip and in the ensuing melee Khody Ellis knocked the ball into the net.
FC London regained a two-goal lead in the 80th minute. Denver Spearman came up the right side and crossed to Ayris who tapped it in.
The Rage’s defense seemed to be having a rough time during the match and London gained near breakaways on multiple occasions. London forward Martin Lange broke away and booted the ball just over the crossbar early in second half.
Hamilton pulled to within a goal once again in the 84th minute when Mark Reilly scored. He tapped the ball in after a cross by Ellis led to another scuffle in front of the net.
HFC could not come back again and London would score a final goal in stoppage time to take the match.
With the loss, Hamilton FC drop to 3-6-3 on the season and are in a three-way tie for sixth place. HFC are winless in their last four games but will look to get back on track as the team continues a four-game home stand on Wednesday (July 4). The team will welcome the Chicago Fire to Ron Joyce Stadium at 7 p.m.