Whitecap’s Koffie Bitter For Portland TimbersOctober 8, 2010 at 6:05 am | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2010 | 1 Comment
Our man from Accra, Ghana, Gershon Koffie did his bit for the Whitecaps tonight and potted a goal off of a corner kick 58 seconds into the match.
Tonight, in the home leg of the Vancouver Whitecaps-Portland Timbers Quarter final, the Whitecaps did what they have not done all year. They started off bright, aggressive and with lots of confidence. The Caps scored goals early and had the match under control when Nash lashed home a penalty in the 13th minute to put us up 2-0.
The Whitecaps answered the Portland Timbers’ taunt concerning the defensive abilities of our little spark Davide Chiumiento by benching Davide and starting a tough line-up of physical, aggressive players. We started with Arnoux up front alone and a five man midfield of Nash, Dunfield, Davies, Wagner and Koffie. Nash, Koffie and Dunfield played superbly like men of iron in the centre of midfield. The Whitecaps strangled Portland and did not let them play. All night the Whitecaps outworked the Timbers. Portland had a frustrating time of it and only had a few chances on the safe and reliable Jay Nolly, who played well when called upon. The Whitecaps were physically dominant, and we can expect coach Wilkinson of the Timbers to tell his men to be more physical in the return leg in Portland. It promises to be a real battle. Watch for the yellow cards flying!
Terry Dunfield was superb in midfield tonight. He was tenacious and won the ball frequently and played some great passes forward to relieve the pressure on the Whitecaps. He looked very composed on the ball. Koffie scored the goal that got us started, however, so he is my man of the match.
Ironically, when Chiumiento did get on the pitch in the second half, he played exactly like the”luxury player” Wilkinson called him. He did not play well, but on the night it did not matter because everybody else did.
Our back line of Forko, Belissimo, Janicki and Knight was superb, but it was very depressing to see key man Knight go down late in the match with what appeared to be a serious injury. He did not walk off the pitch and was taken away immediately on a stretcher. We can only hope for the best for this man who has given his all for the club like no other player over the last two years.
We nearly achieved an insurmountable 3-0 tally but Davies rattled one off of the post late on in the second half. We also hit the post in the first half.
It was a great night at Swangard and with the score 2-0 in our favour it looks hopeful we will get at least one more game at Swangard Stadium. Lets hope we don’t rue the two goalposts struck by the Caps tonight!
Come on lads, lets do it!