Photo via Logan Bowles (@LoganBowles_BCB)
Thanks to Christian for writing this up for us. Also, kudos for being able to attend the match and also write a pretty great summary. Great get with the Nicklaw quotation too!
The Armada were in all out attack in the first half, boosted by a goal from Jemal Johnson just twelve seconds after kickoff which broke the record for the fastest goal ever scored in NASL history. The extra confidence lead to more possession, which turned to some solid attempts on goal.
The team was solid defensively, able to overcome some mistakes early and carry a clean sheet into halftime. Matt Bahner and Fabricio Ortiz did a stellar job, and Miguel Gallardo made some significant saves, as usual.
In the dying minutes of the 1st half the Armada kept pushing to score another goal. Keita locked on to a ball just outside the box to make it 2-0, and much-hyped signing Marcos Flores scored a decisive header after a cross from Bochy Hoyos. which we got 2, a beautiful shot from Keita just outside the box.
Halftime changes brought about a different game. Edmonton came out the stronger-looking side, enjoying more of the possession, while Jacksonville was content to absorb the pressure and protect their three goal lead.
FC Edmonton did eventually score, but it was only a consolation and wasn’t enough to overcome the Boys in Blue.
The match finished 3-1 to the Armada, who sit at the top of the NASL table tied with the Rowdies and the Railhawks who also won their games 3-1. My Man of the Match has to go to Matt Bahner who was just rock solid in the back line.
After the game I asked defender Shawn Nicklaw for one word to describe this game, and he replied, “Um….. I’m speechless. It’s spectacular and historic.” Thanks, Shawn.