On a night when the home team Scorpions needed three points to stay alive in the Spring Season, it was San Antonio, led by striker Hans Denissen who delighted the fans at Toyota Field.
The Dutchman struck in injury time with his second goal of the game to secure a late victory.
“He’s playing great football right now,” said Scorpions coach Tim Hankinson. “He’s a very creative guy and right now we need goal scorers. Finally he has got it in his head that he has to get the ball on frame and tonight he was dangerous and effective.”
The Scorpions got the party started early as Denissen latched on to a ball from a teammate and got goal-side of Eddie Edward, chipping the ball over a stranded John Smits, playing in goal for an injured Lance Parker, to make it 1-0 for the Scorpions in the sixth minute.
The goal failed to break the visitors’ will however. Just two minutes later Daryl Fordyce broke into the 18-yard box on the right hand side and unleashed an unstoppable shot that hit the far post and went in for the tying goal.
Twenty minutes in, Michael Cox closed down a ball between two defenders and was pulled down just outside the box. Lance Laing stepped up to hit the free kick with his left boot but the Jamaican nailed the ball over the bar.
Massimo Mirabelli sent a menacing cross in to the far post in the 42nd minute and Laing got a foot to it but guided it just wide of the far post.
Denissen once again had the first quality chance of the second half. The goal scorer received the ball in the box, turned and fired towards goal but the blistering shot went wide.
In the 83rd minute, Fordyce gave the Eddies an opportunity to win when he hit a ball from 20 yards out but it went just wide of the post.
And then in injury time, Denissen stepped up for his team and headed a ball off the post and in to seal the victory and keep his squad alive in the Spring Season.
“I’m devastated that our team lost here,” Edmonton coach Colin Miller said post-game. “We created chance after chance and didn’t hit the target. I thought we were the better team on the night.”
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