Abbotsford, British Columbia (March 27, 2013) – A day after losing to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, coach Colin Miller started almost a completely different XI on Wednesday as the Eddies faced an Abbottsford Select squad, earning their first win of the preseason.
Trialist Gagan Dosanjh, playing in his first game with the Eddies in the centre of midfield, impacted the game early as his fourth minute shot rebounded off the Selects ‘keeper and striker Elvir Gigolaj was in the right place at the right time to tuck it home for a 1-0 lead.
Gigolaj’s strike partner, Sadi Jalali doubled his team’s lead just 10 minutes later with a skillful shot into the top corner of the net.
The pair continued their dominance in the offensive zone, connecting one more time with Jalali finishing to make it 3-0 in the 27th minute.
Gigolaj’s day was unfortunately cut short moments later as he clashed with the ‘keeper and suffered a slight knock to his back. Ajeej Sarkaria took his spot up front in the 30th.
Jalali capped his hat trick before the half as Dosanjh’s hard work created a chance for the striker and Jalali made no mistake making it 4-0 going into the half.
At the break, Miller switched his ‘keepers bringing Cuban international Andy Ramos on for John Smits. Hanson Boakai also made his debut in blue replacing Chris Nurse in the midfield.
The offense continued in the second half. Jalali added to his personal and team tally knocking it home for his fourth and the team’s fifth of the afternoon.
Edem Mortotsi, fresh off an appearance against the ‘Caps on Tuesday, came on for Wes Knight in the 63rd minute.
Less than five minutes later, Sarkaria scored the sixth and final goal for the Eddies as the squad secured a 6-0 result against the Abbottsford Select side.
Next up for FC Edmonton is a tough challenge against the UBC Thunderbirds at Thunderbird Stadium on Friday.
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