Pacific FC continue hot start to CPL campaign with late win over HFX Wanderers – Canadian Premier League

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Pacific FC continued a strong start to their 2022 CPL campaign on Saturday, claiming their third win in as many games with a 2-1 result against HFX Wanderers at Starlight Stadium, picking up all three points courtesy of a late Alejandro Diaz penalty.

After a quiet start for both sides, Pacific would find a way to open the scoring in the 24th minute. After carving his way into the final third after a nice interaction down the left side, Manny Aparicio played a good back and forth with Alejandro Diaz, who would find Aparicio with a nice floating cross, one that Aparicio would bring back to home with conviction. for his second goal of the season.

Then, at the other end, Halifax would manage to equalize just before halftime kicking. Having done well to win a free kick in a dangerous area, Cory Bent stepped forward to take it, and he unleashed a rocket, one that would curl into the corner to level things at 1-1.

Other than that, however, there wouldn’t be much to tell in the first half, at least apart from goals, as little else would materialize in terms of attacking chances, which would make an overall calm half.

Despite the quiet half, things would start to get livelier in the second half as both teams went for a win. As a result, they both traded chances around the 50th minute, as Sam Salter nearly broke through with a great 51st-minute chance, before Alejandro Diaz sent a dangerous shot from inside the box just over the goal in the 59th minute.

After that, however, things would calm down a bit. And sensing that, Marco Bustos would almost score a memorable goal in the 79th minute, as he tried to return the ball to himself before attempting a bicycle kick from inside the box, but he wouldn’t quite manage. just not to connect with his daring his shot attempt.

Going from there, it would allow Pacific to finally find their breakthrough in the 84th minute. After a fine trick on Bustos’ right flank, he would manage to sneak inside the box and win a penalty, which Diaz would step in to take, making no mistake with a calm finish from the spot.

From there, with their lead in hand, they would make no mistake along the way in retaining it, allowing them to continue their perfect start to the campaign.

THE SCORE OF THE BOX

Goals

24′ — Manny Aparicio (Pacific FC)

45′ — Cory Bent (Wanderers HFX)

84′ — Alejandro Diaz (Pacific FC)

Discipline

55′ — Yellow: Manny Aparicio (Pacific FC)

57′ — Yellow: Obeng Tabi (HFX Wanderers)

70′ — Yellow: Abdou Samake (Pacific FC)

90′ — Yellow: Djenairo Daniels (Pacific FC)

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