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Eddies put up strong fight against Forge FC, but fall 4-3
FC Edmonton’s Mamadi Camara scores on Forge FC’s goalkeeper Triston Henry during first half of Canadian Premier League soccer action at Clarke Stadium Photo by Ian Kucerak/Postmedia
FC Edmonton’s Mamadi Camara scores on Forge FC’s goalkeeper Triston Henry during first half of Canadian Premier League soccer action at Clarke Stadium Photo by Ian Kucerak/Postmedia


Jason Hills
FC Edmonton Communications

EDMONTON — Losing stings, but surely this loss stung a little more.
FC Edmonton went toe-to-toe with Forge FC, but lost in heartbreaking fashion, 4-3, Tuesday night at Clarke Stadium.
The Eddies held a 2-1 lead at the half, but couldn’t hold onto the lead as the experience of Forge FC was the difference.
Mamadi Camara and Kairo Coore scored goals for the Eddies, while Forge FC got a hat-trick from star forward Tristan Borges in the win.
The loss is the Eddies fifth in a row as they fall to 0-3-6 this season.

“I sound like a broken record after every single game. Our guys are working their absolute backsides off. I think people can see that,” said FC Edmonton head coach Alan Koch.
“We’re trying to maximize what we have at our disposal. We just lack maturity, experience and leadership and that’s purely based on budget. Those are facts, and that’s our reality.
“I’m very disappointed. It’s not fun losing every single week. I know we’re supposed to lose, we know that. We’re not set up for success, but we’re going to fight and keep fighting until the bitter end.”

FC Edmonton has had some slow starts in many of their games this season, but against Forge FC, that wasn’t the case.
Camara gave the Eddies a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute as he finished off a beautiful cross from Wesley Timoteo.
Forge FC would tie the match at 1-1 just nine minutes later when Borges would finish off a pretty passing play, but the Eddies were quick to respond with another goal.
On a free kick from Tobias Warschewski, his shot would deflect off of the foot of midfielder Alessandro Hojabrpour to give FC Edmonton a 2-1 lead entering the half.

“It’s not easy for a team to fly out to Edmonton, come here and play, and already they’re flying out tonight,” Koch added.
“That’s something we want to try and capitalize on, just like when we have to go travel teams try to capitalize on it. I think that’s part of why we came out of the gates quite well.”

Despite giving up four goals, Eddies goalkeeper Andreas Vaikla was once again very solid. He made an absolute highlight reel save off Borges in the first half to keep his team with the one goal lead.
Forge FC came out stronger in the second half, and tied the match as Borges earned his second goal of the game when he took a perfect feed inside the box and took a shot off the inside the right post and in.
Then, just three minutes later, an own goal from Eddies defender Bicou Bissainthe gave Forge FC a 3-2 lead.
Terran Campbell’s shot went past Vaikla and through the box, but the ball deflected off of Bissainthe and in.

“You see (their) experience. Two things money buys in this league is experience and quality and you can see the experience and quality took over and that’s why we ended the game empty-handed tonight,” said Koch.

Borges would score his third goal on a penalty kick in the 82nd minute, but the Eddies wouldn’t give up as Coore was able to score his first professional goal in the 87th minute to make it a one-goal game.
Coore, who came into the match in the 70th minute scored on a set piece by the Eddies as the 21-year-old converted a header on a corner kick from Tobias Warschewski.

“It was a great ball in. There are set pieces we work on, and that was one of the better moments we’ve had, but I would’ve traded it for three points. It was nice to get the monkey off my back, and hopefully it’s the first of many, but I would’ve traded it for three points, any day,” said Coore.

It’s been an uphill battle for the Eddies this past month as they’ve put forward several strong efforts, but they haven’t been able to earn their first victory of the season.
With such a young and inexperienced team, they are learning some tough lessons along the way, but they continue to stay focused on turning their season around.

“We went into this as if it was like our Champions League final; our goal going in was three points and you could see the first 45 minutes we were hungry for those three points,” said Coore.
“But it came down to moments, and unfortunately those moments cost us three points. Going forward it’s something that the boys can use to go on to the next game, and the next game, and grow because we’re a young team so every single game we experience is just growth.”

 

FC Edmonton’s Kairo Coore scores on Forge FC’s goalkeeper Triston Henry during second half Canadian Premier League soccer action at Clarke Stadium on Tuesday Photo by Ian Kucerak
FC Edmonton’s Kairo Coore scores on Forge FC’s goalkeeper Triston Henry during second half Canadian Premier League soccer action at Clarke Stadium on Tuesday Photo by Ian Kucerak