Vaughan Blanks London
FC London Men's SoccerGreg Bowman
FC London’s men’s team were looking to get back into the win column on Friday night after dropping a thriller of a match to Master’s Futbol 4-3 last week. They were in tough though, facing the second-ranked Vaughan Azzurri, who had just one loss on the season coming into action.
London dropped to 3-4-0 after suffering a 3-0 loss on home turf.
“There were some really, really good moments. We had a few chances to score early which obviously we weren’t able to do so. And we had a couple chances late so it’s not like the guys didn’t build up, create chances – they did a really good job,” said head coach Mike Marcoccia after the loss.
London started the game off with some good pace, manufacturing a couple of opportunities in offensive territory against a stingy Vaughan back line. Despite the chances, none of them were of quality, nor on the net.
Vaughan took the lead in the 30th minute, with Massimo Ferrim blasting home a free kick from 25 yards out. Azzurri dictated the pace for the remainder of the half, hemming London in their own territory but went into halftime with the 1-0 lead.
“The defensive effort in the first half was fantastic,” commended Marcoccia on his team’s back line.
In the second half, London came out with some good energy, forcing the issue with their strong opponents. “I think there was a little more urgency. I think our substitutions came on and provided us with a little more energy… offensively it was two different game plans in the first and second half. But I thought [we] did a good job in both except for the final execution in front of their goal,” explained Marcoccia, with his team missing two great chances in the second half.
Vaughan extended their lead in the 71st minute with Joseph Amato sending a floater of a shot over the keeper and into the net. They were awarded a penalty kick late in the game which Ryan Raposo converted on.
“We want to be somewhere at the end of the season, and now we have an idea of what the competition at the top of the standings looks like right now because we have not played a team that’s in the top three or four yet. So now we have a look at what these teams look like and what they’re doing to succeed,” responded Marcoccia on what to take away from the loss, “but at the same time it doesn’t change what we’re going to do. I still think we’re playing the right way and doing the right things but now we just have a better idea of our opponents.” Vaughan now moves into the top spot in League 1 temporarily at 6-1-0 until the rest of the teams play this weekend.
London’s next game will be at Sigma FC on June 22nd.
Photography by Nav Mohan