In Friday evening’s 2nd leg of the Elm City Derby, the Wanderers came up just short, once again, to the Picaroons Reds by a score of 1-0 in front of 300 (approx.) fans at Scotiabank Park South. The Wanderers battled hard and exchanged changes for 90 minutes, but fell on a 30th minute free kick which found the foot of Rory Keys right on the goal mouth. The Wanderers had two fantastic chances in the second half. One, struck the crossbar off the foot of Colin McIsaac, while the other was knocked a bit over the net as Phil Demers got his right peg on a ball sent to him at the top of the box.
Despite the loss, the Wanderers are thankful to all in attendance, including the 24 U6 FDSA soccer players who joined both teams for the pre-game coin flip, as well as the U14 girls who served as official game ball-girls. The club is also extremely please to report that $715 was raised from a 50/50 draw, BBQ and gate donations. The funds will be split evenly between the FDSA Sponsorship Fund, and the team’s partner club in The Gambia, The Fredericton Wanderers of Brikama. Thanks to all volunteers (too many to mention here…but you know who you are) and officials who helped make the evening such a success. Also, a big thanks to Steve and Ray Harris, who so ably called the game for the Rogers TV cameras. And thanks to all in attendance for your generosity.
Sunday evening, the Wanderers traveled to Edmunston, for a rematch with Olympique Madawaska-Victoria. With a short bench, and several team members forced to play out of position, the team was never able to find their groove, falling 2-1 to the northwestern entry. Phil Demers was the goal scorer (in the second half) for the Wanderers.
Although the team has been on a skid of lates, they still hold their fate in their hands and can claim second place in league standings that gives the team a first round bye in the playoffs (regardless of any other outcomes) with two wins in their last two games. The Wanderers travel to Saint John, Thursday evening, for a rematch with Fundy United. The teams battled to a 1-1 draw back in June. On Saturday, the boys will close out the regular season at home to Restigouche United. The Wanderers were 3-0 winners of Restigouche in their first meeting.