Portage Aeros sneak past New Youth United
A member of the Portage Aeros tracks down a New Youth United player. (Brandon Logan/Portage Daily Graphic)
The Portage Aeros defeated New Youth United 1-0 on Friday night at Republic of Manitobah Park.
Entering action, the Aeros had been on a two-week break, as their first place match with the Scorpions was rained out.
The Aeros got a good start as they scored mid-way through the first half.
The play looked to be offside, but the referee let play continue. A member of the Aeros put the ball into the box and banked it off a teammate to give them the all important first goal.
Coach Chad Green said scoring first is always a priority - especially against this team.
"It's always huge," said Green. "Getting a lead right off the bat is key. We knew with these guys if they got the lead, they could sit on it and protect it well."
Going into halftime, the score remained the same. The second half saw much more chippy play, but not as many offensive chances for either side.
A late scuffle between the two teams caused the referee to call the game a few minutes early, with the Aeros winning 1-0.
This was the Aeros last game at Republic Park before heading on a five game road trip to close out the season.
With the win, the Aeros now sit one point away from the Scorpions, with a make up game still yet to be given an official date.
See more in the Monday, August 13 edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.