Magpies suffer first loss of the season

After a win over Baltimore-Washington in their first game of the Philadelphia tournament the Magpies were confident going into their second clash but knew that they would need to play well against a quality visiting Ontario team.

NY opened up the game with Felsenthal getting on the end of some good work in the middle from Taylor, Smiley, Desai and Tornay before Ontario countered with a goal to their full forward. The game was then played between the two half back lines with neither team able to get control or break away. NY used their precise ground kicking to pinpoint teammates and move the ball up the field while Ontario used their run and carry to move the ball with flair.

With Kyle, Caine and B Murphy providing plenty of rebound the Magpies kicked their second goal through Dixon who kicked truly from 50. Ontario pressed for the remainder of the half but McMaster, Rattenbury, Martin, Gluck and Hawkins all held firm. Finally the dam wall broke with Ontario goaling just before the half time siren to see them go into the major change leading by 1 point.

Knowing they had a real battle on their hands NY came out of the blocks in the second half and controlled most of the play. While New York goaled through Katsof they wasted multiple opportunities to put Ontario away kicking 6 straight points. Bad kicking is bad football and it came back to haunt the Magpies as Ontario kicked 2 quick goals to take the lead and held on for the last few minutes. The final score was Ontario 4.4 28 to New York 3.8 26.

The Magpies first loss of the season was a wake up and showed that the team needs to its opportunities when they arise, especially in the two halves version of the game. The result gave New York plenty of food for thought going into a weekend off before their next game against Philadelphia.

Best: McMaster, Taylor, Rattenbury, Martin, Kyle

Goals: Felsenthal, Dixon, Katsof

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