Warschewski Wonderstrike Nets Stunning Comeback For Eddies
A ferociously windy afternoon of football at Clarke Stadium saw home side FC Edmonton surge back to an incredulous 1-1 result against against Valour FC.
The Eddies kicked off their 2022 CPL campaign as heavy underdogs, going down a goal with the last touch of the first half before a stellar bicycle kick for Tobias Warschewski equalized with the final touch of the second.
The first half saw a buffeting winds at the back of Valour FC see the visitors collect several chances, with a curling effort going just wide twenty minutes in before a Stefan Cebara near-post miss occurred shortly afterwards.
The Eddies didn’t have too much opportunity in the first half, though Gabriel Bitar did make a run into the box before dallying on the ball too long, while York United loanee Azriel Gonzalez proved to be a bright spark with some good distribution and a solid run in the fortieth.
The visitors would strike first blood with the final touch of the first half, with Cuban international Andy Baquero tucking a left-footed strike into the corner after taking a touch to make space for himself away from Marcus Simmons.
The goal marks the first goal from open play seen in the opening three CPL matches, with the initial goals from both the Halifax Wanderers and Atletico Ottawa having come from penalties.
The first half saw FC Edmonton fail to record any shots on target and keep just 35% of possession, though the home side would perform better with the wind in its favour for the final 45 minutes.
The second half would see FC Edmonton’s first big chance of the game see a sharp cross from T-Boy Fayia reach the head of Julian Ulbricht, who found himself free at the near-post but headed the effort wide.
Gonzalez continued to cause problems for the Valour FC defense, sending in a diagonal cross that skidded beyond the far-post before another cross in from the forward saw an improbable goal line miss from Julian Ulbricht.
The second half would seem to close out with a few back-and-forth chances, with the Eddies rallying late to call Jonathan Sirois into action multiple times.
It looked like substitute CJ Smith had the last chance after firing wide in added time, but in the fourth and final minute a desperate cross met a Tobias Warschewski confident enough to score an audacious banger with the last touch of the game:
The moment of magic had been coming to an Eddies side that refused to quit, with Tobias Warschewski’s stunner coming as his side’s last touch of the match.
All-told, it’s a result that will give FC Edmonton hope for the future. Visiting Valour put in a decent shift, but lost control of the second half and ultimately allowed the game to slip from their fingers.
Warschewski won’t be able to play against his parent club York United next week as the Nine Stripes visit next Friday, whilst Valour FC will trek westwards to play Pacific FC next Sunday.
The opening weekend of the 2022 CPL season will conclude with Pacific hosting Forge at 7:30PM EST tonight.