July 6, 2020

25° C, A few clouds

Full Forecast


Advertise With Us

Bigger challenge ahead for Valour

PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS</p><p>Valour FC’s Raphael Ohin goes hard at practice.</p>


Valour FC’s Raphael Ohin goes hard at practice.

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 13/5/2019 (419 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Calum Ferguson wasn’t in Victoria for Valour FC’s inaugural match and first win.

He also missed out on Valour’s home opener at IG Field.

PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS</p><p>Valour FC’s Calum Ferguson (right) takes part at the team workout Monday afternoon. He scored the game-winner in Saturday’s match.</p>


Valour FC’s Calum Ferguson (right) takes part at the team workout Monday afternoon. He scored the game-winner in Saturday’s match.

But heading into Saturday’s game at home against HFX Wanderers FC, there was still a piece of history up for grabs and the 24-year-old Scottish-born Canadian made sure to take it.

Ferguson, who was getting his first start of the season, scored in the 48th minute off of a cross from Ali Musse to lift Valour to a 1-0 victory over the Wanderers and improve the home side’s record to 2-2. Saturday’s victory will enter the record books as Valour’s first win at home in franchise history.

"After that, it was chaos," Ferguson said of the moment after he scored the game-winner. "I don’t remember the rest of it, really. We all just went a bit crazy. It was definitely good to win the game. The boys held down and defended really well. We managed a professional performance to hold on. It was great to get that first win at home."

Ferguson had to wait a while before he could make an impact this season. He suffered a concussion in the pre-season, which kept him out of action for the first two games. Ferguson said the concussion was quite the setback and it took much longer to settle down than he thought it would.

"It was really frustrating, missing out on the trip to Victoria with the boys to see the club’s first-ever win and then to miss out on the home opener as well. It was a hard one to take," Ferguson said.

"But that’s soccer sometimes. You get ups and downs. There’s highs and lows. You’ve just got to keep your head down and get yourself back fit and your chances will come. Luckily enough, I got that chance on Saturday and I was able to take it."

Ferguson was one of six player changes Valour head coach and general manager Rob Gale made to his starting 11 on Saturday. Goalie Mathias Janssens made his season debut, getting the start over Tyson Farago. Newly acquired midfielder Marco Bustos started despite having only one practice with the team and defender Raphael Garcia was also given his first start.

Some of the lineup changes were due to injury. Veteran midfielder Josip Golubar is expected to be out of action for a while and star midfielder Michael Petrasso was given the game off with a bad hamstring. Some players were rested, as the team will play their fifth match in 16 days on Thursday when they take on Forge FC at home.

Regardless of the reasons for the lineup changes, Valour FC clearly demonstrated depth is not an issue. Valour has 22 players on the roster and the only one who has yet to see any game action is 20-year-old attacker Federico Peña.

"I don’t think people believe me when I say it, but I have full confidence in all 22 players we got here," Gale said before Monday’s training session at IG Field.

"It doesn’t matter which 11 we put out. It doesn’t matter who’s in goal. It doesn’t matter who’s at centre-forward. What shape or system it is, they’re all working together and that togetherness will come through no matter who we put out there. I have full confidence. We got good players here. It’s very little difference between one and 22."

Valour is hoping their depth will help provide them with fresh legs down the stretch and separate them from other teams.

"A lot of other teams have only used 13 or 14 players and we’ve nearly used everyone," Ferguson said. "The fact we can do that shows the faith Rob has in everyone here. Looking at the depth in our squad, we got confidence in every one of them to go in there when called upon to do a job. So, the boys that maybe haven’t gotten as many minutes as they want, their chance will come."

Despite getting the win and some solid play from some new faces, Gale said he doesn’t think Saturday’s game was their best performance. They’ll need to be better on Thursday, especially on offence, when they host Forge FC.

"Winning is the deodorant of sport. It covers all matters of smells," Gale said about Saturday’s performance. "We’ll be better than that."

taylor.allen@freepress.mb.ca Twitter: @TaylorAllen31

Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen

Eighteen years old and still in high school, Taylor got his start with the Free Press on June 1, 2011. Well, sort of.

Read full biography


Advertise With Us

Your support has enabled us to provide free access to stories about COVID-19 because we believe everyone deserves trusted and critical information during the pandemic.

Our readership has contributed additional funding to give Free Press online subscriptions to those that can’t afford one in these extraordinary times — giving new readers the opportunity to see beyond the headlines and connect with other stories about their community.

To those who have made donations, thank you.

To those able to give and share our journalism with others, please Pay it Forward.

The Free Press has shared COVID-19 stories free of charge because we believe everyone deserves access to trusted and critical information during the pandemic.

While we stand by this decision, it has undoubtedly affected our bottom line.

After nearly 150 years of reporting on our city, we don’t want to stop any time soon. With your support, we’ll be able to forge ahead with our journalistic mission.

If you believe in an independent, transparent, and democratic press, please consider subscribing today.

We understand that some readers cannot afford a subscription during these difficult times and invite them to apply for a free digital subscription through our Pay it Forward program.


Updated on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 9:46 AM CDT: Corrects figure to 344 minutes

The Free Press will close this commenting platform at noon on July 14.

We want to thank those who have shared their views over the years as part of this reader engagement initiative.

In the coming weeks, the Free Press will announce new opportunities for readers to share their thoughts and to engage with our staff and each other.

You can comment on most stories on The Winnipeg Free Press website. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

By submitting your comment, you agree to abide by our Community Standards and Moderation Policy. These guidelines were revised effective February 27, 2019. Have a question about our comment forum? Check our frequently asked questions.


Advertise With Us