Originally published on CanadaSoccer.com
The Jubilee Trophy competition got under way as Manitoba’s Action FC, dressed in black with pink socks, took on Quebec’s Delta de Laval, dressed in yellow with black around the waist, at the Soccer Centre in Vaughan, ON.
Following the match, the talking point was not Laval’s 1:0 win, but the 27km/h wind, which hindered free kicks as well as the goalkeepers’ ability to play a ball that refused to stop rolling.
“It was impossible,” says Laval’s Assistant Coach Melanie Montplaisir. “Either the ball was carried too long [by the wind] or it was blown off target.”
Richard Thomas, Head Coach of Action FC, agrees. “It was just one of those games where a mistake or lucky bounce would be the decider, and, unfortunately for us, they were the ones who came away with the goal.”
Nevertheless, despite the conditions, there were plenty of chances. Laval’s number 12, Marike Saint-Pierre Mousset, was particularly effective, skipping past players with a combination of trickery and pace. Her efforts were equalled only by Action FC’s goalkeeper Ashley Forbes, who not only prevented two breakaways but also made a series of diving saves.
The only shot Forbes couldn’t stop came, in the 62nd minute, from within the 18-yard-box. Laval’s Captain Audrey Lagarde would get two cracks at a loose ball—the first was blocked, but the second found the back of the net to secure the win for Quebec.
Laval now move into second place in Group B, behind Surrey United SC from British Columbia. Action FC sits in third ahead of Nova Scotia’s Halifax Dunbrack. All four teams will take the field tomorrow – Action FC against Surrey United and Laval against Dunbrack.
Live Coverage of the Women’s Jubille Trophy final will be streamed at canadasoccer.com/nationals.