ROBERT JOHNSON THE DAILY GLEANER
The Fredericton Picaroons Reds lost their fourth game of the season, when the P.E.I FC defeated them 3-0 Saturday evening in McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League action. It was the second straight weekend that the Picaroons were shutout at home to the P.E.I FC, losing last Sunday 5-0.
Goal scorers for P.E.I were Kieran Moore, Harmi Singh and Lucas Holmes. The victory gave P.E.I their league leading eighth win,
D av e F e e n e r p i c ke d u p t h e s h u t o u t i n t h e w i n . The teams were tied at the half, but P.E.I. exploded for three unanswered goals to take a commanding victory.
“It was even in the first half, but it was those turnovers in the second that they capitalized on,” explained Picaroons Reds coach Jon Crossland. “We didn’t score on our chances and they did. It’s been the story of our season so far,”
P.E.I. keeper Feener went down early with what looked like an injury, perhaps due to the wet conditions. But he walked it off and was able to finish the game.
After the scoreless opening half, Fredericton started the second half with a bit of momentum, but that didn’t last long as Ryan Casey made a beautiful cross right on to the foot of Singh who just had to tap it in for the first goal of the match.
Then, similar to the game here a week ago, the floodgates opened for the Island squad.
They scored two more goals in the half to make it 3-0. The game got a bit chippy at the end, but that was to be expected since P.E.I outscored the Picaroons 8-0 in the last two games. “It’s been tough traveling on weekends, and making sure that all the guys can get off work for the games,” said P.E.I. coach Bruce Norton. “A lot of them work weekends, so that’s been a problem. It’s not always easy to find constancy, but I thought we’ve done a pretty good job of it as of late.”
The numbers would bear them out. P.E.I. leads the league with a 9-1 record for 27 points, completing a sweep of their Fredericton road trip with a 4-1 win over the FDSA Fredericton Inn Wanderers Sunday (see separate story).
The Picaroons Reds are third, with a 2-4-0 record for six points, two up on the 1-5-1 Wanderers. The P-Reds travel to Saint John Wednesday to take on winless Fundy United at UNBSJ field. “We have ten games left, there’s lots of time to turn this around and grab some points. Everyone’s frustrated, but nobody is giving up,” said Cross-land.