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Aeros earn clutch win on the road 0

By Jordan Maxwell, Portage Daily Graphic

The Portage Aeros fought hard for a 5-4 win over the Grant Mill Rovers on Monday night, keeping their promotion hopes to the first division alive.

The Portage Aeros fought hard for a 5-4 win over the Grant Mill Rovers on Monday night, keeping their promotion hopes to the first division alive.

WIth their hopes of being promoted to the first division on the line, the Portage Aeros squeaked out a 5-4 win Grant Mill Rovers Monday.

The Aeros rebounded from a tough loss on Saturday, breaking out a solid offensive game on the road.

Head coach Chad Green said the Aeros played well by sharing the ball and getting everyone involved early on, which set the tone for the rest of the game.

"The guys moved the ball around really well. We probably should have had four or five more goals because everyone was getting chances here on offence. It was definitely much closer than it's been in previous games so it was an improvement. We hit about four posts," said Green.

Coming off a dismal effort against Luso, in a 2-1 loss, the Aeros played with more confidence this time around and tried to maintain possession of the ball.

This became important as neither team was really playing much defence in the game, said Chad Green.

"It wasn't much of a defensive battle on either side. Our offence finally came out of their shell but our defence was lacking a little. That's kind of the way it went on both sides," he said.

"We allowed four goals and we allowed five, but usually both of our teams play pretty well defensively."

The Aeros also showed some grit and toughness against a physically stronger team, a contrast to their last game when Green said, "some guys have been working really hard and others haven't been giving it all they have so it's been hurting the team."

With their season on the line, the team gave it all they had in this one.

"Everybody put as much effort as they could in tonight. The team was older and they were physical, strong and skilled with the ball and our guys worked their butts off tonight," said Green.

"I think they finally realized what it's going to take to pull a win out. "

Still, despite the win the Aeros will have to hope the Rovers can get a win or a tie out their game with the Scorpions on Wednesday.

If the Rovers do that, then the Aeros will have a chance to move up to the first division in the Manitoba Major Soccer League with a win in their last game of the season against the Scorpions.

However, Green is not concerned and said his team will use their time wisely.

"We're going to take some time off and relax a bit and try not to think about it to be ready for the game in a week and a half," said Green.

The Aeros face-off against the Scorpions on Fri. Sept. 7 in Winnipeg.

jordan.maxwell@sunmedia.ca

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