On Saturday, August 4th, the Wallaceburg Sting made the trip to London for their semi-final Cup game versus the London English. Going into the game Wallaceburg knew they were in for a tough match-up that would require their best performance to warrant a Cup final appearance.
The Sting got off to a slow start and had to weather the storm of an early English attack. Wallaceburg was able to later re-gain their composure and exchanged chances with their counterparts. Both teams were creative on the attack, but neither was able to put ball behind keeper, entering halftime in a scoreless draw, 0-0.
The second half saw both teams continuing to press, looking for the go-ahead and potential Cup final-clinching goal. As the heat & humidity bore down on the players, the pace of the game slowed as the game progressed. Midway through the second half, an English midfielder found just enough space atop the 18-yard box to unleash a low, hard strike. The Sting’s keeper was unable to hold the well-struck ball, and a free, English attacker, ran onto and buried the rebound, giving the English a 1-0 lead. The Sting opened up their game in an effort to mount a tying tally, but the English countered with another goal of their own, taking a late, 2-0 lead. Despite generating opportune chances, the Sting were left with nothing to show for it on the scoreboard. The game’s final whistle put an end to the Sting’s Cup final aspirations, as a 2-0 defeat forced them to concede their spot to the London English.
Despite being eliminated from Cup competition, the Sting’s regular season continues as scheduled. With no road games remaining, they will play their final 6 games all at home. They will next play WAMBO weekend on Saturday, August 11th, vs. Tillsonburg, 5:00PM at Kinsmen Park.