Saanich Fusion Football Club (SFFC) grind out 1-0 win over Nanaimo United FC, giving the club its first win of the 2016/17 season.
In a scrappy game with few goal-scoring opportunities, for either team, SFFC got the lone goal of the match off a penalty kick.
Just before the half, SFFC’s Justin Bonnieux scored a penalty after what the Nanaimo bench would say was a controversial penalty call by the referee.
In what was a game mostly played in the midfield, SFFC managed to break through the Nanaimo defense with a beautiful through ball that gave SFFC the best scoring chance of the game.
With SFFC’s attacker on the ball and destined to score the first goal of the match the Nanaimo defender seemed to panic and took the player out before getting to the ball. The referee immediately pointed to the penalty spot, despite the jeers from the Nanaimo bench.
Bonnieux, like a seasoned vet, coolly put the ball in the back of the net giving SFFC the lead and eventual game winner.
The second half was much of the same, a scrappy game with few scoring opportunities on either end, despite Nanaimo pushing for the tying goal.
SFFC head coach, Ian Bush, said his team played well from start to finish and praised his team’s defensive work in the second half.
“Today, in the second half I think we gave up two shots. That is a priority,” said Bush. Adding that if his team is able to keep clean sheets they have a good chance of winning games.
SFFC face Vic West FC on Saturday, October 1st at Finlayson Turf.