Ayre spices up the offence

DEREK VAN DIEST, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 7:23 AM ET

Keegan Ayre was inserted into the lineup on Thursday to add a spark to the Canadian offence. And although Canada didn't score in their lost to Austria, they did created more chances than in their opener against Chile.

"I think I added some to an extent," Ayre said yesterday.

"Obviously I would have liked to have done a bit more and hopefully get a result out of it. But Dale told me before the game he wanted me to come in and try to keep us in possession and try to get things forward with Will (Johnson)."

Neither Canada nor Austria created much in the first half of their contest on Thursday.

It wasn't until Rubin Okotie scored early in the second half that play began to open up and Canada began to create chances.

"If you look at the second half we had a lot more going forward," Ayre said.

"We changed our system at halftime. We added an extra person up front. I think doing that we were able to get Jaime (Peters) the ball a lot more going forward. We felt we were starting to get a few more chances and we felt we could get a goal."

Canada's best chance fell to Simeon Jackson late into injury time in the second half. However the Canadian striker was unable to bend the ball inside the post after finding himself behind the Austrian defence.


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