A strong effort did not reap the results as WSA Winnipeg was beat 5-1 by Thunder Bay on home opening night. The Friday night contest was played indoors due to weather.
The first of the two contests saw Winnipeg introduce several key players to the new PDL season. All-time leading goal scorer Moses Danto made his return Friday while Ghana import Raphael Ohin started in his PDL debut.
Early on both team’s traded some chances with solid play by Tom Prazak and Kyle Hiebert in the heart of the WSA defense keeping the Chill strikers at bay.
But a small breakdown gave Welshman Chris Jones the space to strike one into the top corner and give the visitors the lead (’12). The goal spurred some momentum for Thunder Bay and a string of tricky passes set up Ross Lindsay for a volley which made it 2-0 going into half time.
Coming out of the break Winnipeg caught a second wind and began to put the pressure on the Chill. Moses Danto knocked a header just wide and minutes later was fouled 25 yards out. Winnipeg’s star striker buried the ensuing free kick into the top corner with a curling right foot to get the hosts within one.
But that was as close as WSA would get. Brazilian Daniel Farias bounced a shot in from long range to make it 3-1 Thunder Bay. The Chill took advantage of some tired legs on the host side to add two more goals late. (’78 Pedro Adan, ’86 Chris Jones).
Winnipeg would also see the injury bug strike late. Goalkeeper Dylan O’Connor went down late after colliding with a Chill player going up for a cross. He was replaced by Evan Barker.
Now 4 games into the PDL season WSA Winnipeg goes for it’s first win Saturday in a rematch with Thunder Bay.