Calgary Foothills FC looked to continue their winning ways at Hellard Field Tuesday night as they went up against Portland Timbers U-23’s. While the 765 fans in attendance on a rainy Tuesday night did not see this feat accomplished, they were treated to a nail-biting affair, once in which the club should feel lucky to have come away with a point.
The first half saw a back and forth affair that saw Calgary Foothills take the lead courtesy of a 41st minute strike from Elijah Adekugbe. Prior to the goal, Sean Melvin was forced into action on a number of occasions, and did well to keep the game level.
The second half saw the Timbers carry the possession, levelling the score at 1 courtesy of a free kick goal by Todd Wharton, who placed the ball just past the outstretched arm of Sean Melvin. After the goal, the Timbers continued to forge ahead, and were nearly rewarded when Peter Prescott was found with Melvin at his mercy, but the result was not to be, and the ball was skied over the bar. Calgary Foothills pressed for the go ahead goal in injury time, but a number of crosses did not yield results, and the game ends in a draw.
All in all, it was a result that Calgary Foothills will take considering the opposition. A pair of draws against two established U-23 squads bodes well for this expansion side. Off the field, this home game saw the addition of Foothills merchandise. While the merchandise selection was sparse, limited to hats, a single t-shirt and hooped long sleeve polo, a few fans were snapping up hats and t-shirts which can only help the club’s bottom line.
Calgary Foothills FC’s next home game is June 18 against the class of the PDL Northwest Division, Kitsap Pumas