City Islanders FC will take the field for the last time in their 2016 season when they travel to Canada to take on FC Montreal this Saturday, January 24 at 2 p.m.
If the Isles were able to pick up an important win against Wilmington in their last outing, this matchup could have been make or break for the Islanders season. However, City fell short of grabbing a late game winner to keep their USL playoff hopes alive.
The game against Montreal will signal the end of the season without a postseason berth for the second year in a row. It will be the second meeting between these two Eastern Conference opponents with Montreal taking the first game by a 3-2 final.
Montreal got off to an early lead by scoring three unanswered goals before the 60th minute. City started a comeback and tallied two goals, both from Aaron Wheeler, to bring the Isles within one goal with over 20 minutes to play.
The math came down to the final play. City pressured the Montreal defense with a flurry of late chances that just missed their mark. A final corner kick went begging off of the post and Montreal came out of Harrisburg with a win.
City has scored in seven straight games with goals coming from a cast of players. During that stretch Jose Barril has shot up the ranks to be the team’s leading scorer with 18 total points. His inventive play has led to players like Cardel Benbow and Craig Foster ramping up their scoring as well.
FC Montreal is last in the league with only 23 points and a total of 20 loses on the season. Despite their record, they have been on a roll as of late with only two loses in their last six game. In those games they have averaged three goals a game and have scored more than that twice.
This will be the final game of the season for City. Depending on the outcome of their game and Wilmington’s last matchup, the Isles could finish just a few points shy of grabbing the final playoff spot for the second year in a row. On a lighter note, City was able to grab their first Keystone Derby Cup title and had an extremely first successful season in FNB Field.
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