Pacific FC hosted Valour FC at Starlight Stadium on Saturday and their return home is a celebratory event after a 3-2 win.
Right from the first whistle, the match was a battle in the midfield with either side vying for possession. When the first opportunity fell it Pacific, Josh Heard perfectly placed his curling effort past goalkeeper Jonathan Sirois.
But Valour were not giving up immediately and things were 1-1 when Daryl Fordyce scored off a set-piece by the 14-minute mark. It was game on.
The hosts would eventually turn things in their favour when Pacific intercepted a pass in the midfield. Alejandro Díaz played a through ball to Terran Campbell who went bar-down for 2-1.
With momentum flowing, coach Pa-Modou Kah’s team continued to lunge forward. Valour’s defensive progress, which coach Phillip dos Santos alluded to prior to the match, was missing.
Sean Young saw a shot cleared off the line before putting the rebound off the post and Sirois tipped an effort from Campbell over the bar. A one-goal deficit was fortunate for the visitors as the gap could have been much bigger heading into half-time.
In addition to the match being one-way traffic, Dos Santos’ men suffered another blow as Brett Levis was forced off with an injury.
Coming out after the break, Pacific showed no signs of slowing down and sent waves of attack towards Valour’s defence. Eventually, they managed to add a third goal when Díaz teed up Campbell just four minutes after the restart.
Faced with a bigger hill to climb, Dos Santos made the appropriate changes to his squad’s set up which managed to help Valour keep more possession of the ball.
The decision proved profitable as it allowed William Akio’s to make things 3-2 with around 30 minutes to go.
As time went on both teams pushed to add to the scoreline. Unlike the first 45 minutes, the second half was a more balanced match up between the two sides.
Eventually, the visitors couldn’t stir up any late drama and the hosts hold on for the win. The added boost for Pacific? Marco Bustos finally made his return after roughly 60 days of being sidelined.
With the result, Pacific go back to the top of the table with a two-point lead over Forge FC while Valour are sixth.
9′ — Josh Heard (Pacific FC)
14′ — Daryl Fordyce (Valour FC)
23′ — Terran Campbell (Pacific FC)
49′ — Terran Campbell (Pacific FC)
59′ — William Akio (Valour FC)
34′ — Yellow: Stefan Cebara (Valour FC)
55′ — Yellow: Jared Ulloa (Valour FC)
74′ — Yellow: Abdou Samake (Pacific FC)