Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
‘Never-say-die’ attitude has become the mantra for the 2015 version of Highlander’s FC. Clutched from the grasp of death earlier in the year, the group of scrappy competitors have given local supporters a taste of grassroots pluckiness that would make anyone a fan. And it’s the supporters themselves who have given life to the team as well, whose unwavering support have given legs to a tired team in consecutive weekends, willing the boys to late goal heroics.
In three of the four home games, it has been late goals that have salvaged two draws and secured a win giving the Highlanders an undefeated start to the season. Sunday’s last minute hero was Paddy Nelson, His goal in the 87′ rescued a 2:2 draw with FC Tigers of Vancouver.
“The supporters have been great and we really appreciate their collective voices late in the game”, said head coach, David Dew. “The last minute heroics in three of the games have been partly due to their support. As a club, the never-say-die attitude comes from the fact everyone thought the Highlanders were finished at the end of January, but we were not and that mentality continues. We are not going away easily”.
Tigers FC surprised the home team with new roster additions following the opening weekend in Vancouver. A full international slate of players made up the Vancouver team including ex-pats from Great Britain.
If you like last names for first names accompanied with first name for last names, then you’re in luck. Cooper Barry opened the scoring early for Highlanders FC only to have Mason James tie the score for FC Tigers less than ten minutes later. The score remained knotted at 1:1 through a high paced opening half. With the game getting on, it was a 35 yard wonder ‘bar-down’ goal by FC Tigers’ Ali Picket for a 2:1 lead in minute 73′ and set up the furious comeback by the Highlanders and heroics from Paddy Nelson to save the day.
Highlanders FC hold onto first place in league standings with 8 points realized in four games, just 2 points up on the Mid-Island Mariners who have two games on hand. “FC Tigers are a good team and shouldn’t be taken lightly”, confided Dew. “They will be taking points as the season rolls on”.
The Highlander’s ‘Five Games In May’ opening home-stand concludes this coming Sunday, May 17th with a 2pm kick off at Royal Athletic Park vs. Vancouver United. Four game packs or single game tickets available online at Select Your Tickets or can be purchased in cash at the gate, one hour prior to kick-off.