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“We created chances but just didn’t put them in,” was how head coach Dave Dew summed up the Victoria Highlanders 1-0 loss against the top team in the PDL Northern Division table, Calgary Foothills. “When we played them last year and you would have said to us we would come away with a 1-0 loss we would have been very happy” he added.
In the first match of a weekend double-header, the Foothills came out strong in the early minutes but the Highlanders had a scoring chance in the sixth minute that led to Callum Montgomery coming off with a concussion, clearly a blow to the team. “He got a kick in the head, why it wasn’t a penalty I don’t know,” said Dew. Montgomery, who was recently ranked #18 in the Premier Development League’s top 50 list, won’t be playing in the second match on Sunday.
The Highlander’s defence throughout was strong primarily because of Stuart Heath, voted the player of the match. “He was unbelievable, we know with him that is what we expect and what we get every time.” But in the dying seconds of the first half Foothills scored from a corner kick.
Dew made some changes in the second half and the Highlanders came out more aggressive. They had some chances, notably in the 73rd minute when Aidan Moore set up a potential goal scoring opportunity for Andrew Ofosu, which just missed the bar.
“What I was pleased with was the guys we brought on as subs and created change, looking at Sunday those guys have a chance to stake their claim.”
Going into the second match Dew knows they have to concentrate on. “They have to focus on their finishing. Overall, even though we lost, I thought it was a good performance, so we need to replicate that on Sunday.”
Sunday’s match is at 2 pm at Centennial Stadium.