Laval blows past City

KATHY RUMLESKI -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 12:12 PM ET

The Laval Dynamites played a good game of soccer last night at Cove Road field while London City watched.

The Dynamites had two goals before City even knew the Canadian Professional Soccer League game had started.

Laval's 4-1 win improved the team's record to 2-2. London is 4-2.

City manager Harry Gauss was so upset by his team's performance that he started selling passes to next weekend's CPSL Canada Cup games for $5 instead of $15.

"This is for your patronage and for putting up with this," he told the 550 fans, the largest crowd this season.

Dynamite striker Rachid Madkour, who had three goals last night, scored in the seventh and ninth minute, putting City in a hole that it couldn't climb out.

London hasn't been able to defeat Les Dynamites -- who took a year off last season while their new stadium was being built -- in five tries over the past three years.

The speedy Laval players beat London to the ball consistently.

City defender Marco Peeters, couldn't explain his team's lack of energy.

"I have no idea why. Maybe it was the weather."

Both of Madkour's first-half goals on City 'keeper Haidar Al-Shaibani, who already has a City record of three shutouts this season, resulted because Madkour was left unmarked.

On his third goal in the 50th minute, Madkour, who has lightning-quick reflexes, banged in a cross before Al-Shaibani could react.

"Three goals for me is nothing," said Madkour, a former Morocco First Division player. "It's always four or five."

London finally got on the board in the 90th minute on a goal by Nick Mancuso.

City did have a couple of other chances in the game, the best coming in the 75th minute.

Midfielder Dennis Peeters headed a Gentjan Dervishi corner kick off the crossbar.

In the first half, midfielder Attila Salamon one-timed a shot from 10 yards out that Laval 'keeper Gerry Argento punched away.

Argento is on loan to Laval from the Montreal Impact of the United Soccer League, based in the United States.

The Dynamites should have been the ones playing lacklustre soccer after their bus broke down early yesterday morning near Guelph. Players didn't get to their hotel until 10 a.m.

GAME GLANCE

Dynamites 4, City 1

Laval goals: Rachid Madkour (3), Nasson Theosmy

London goal: Nick Mancuso

Next: The second round of the Canada Cup begins next Friday at Cove Road. City plays the Oakville Blue Devils at 8:38 p.m. London AEK meets the Hamilton Thunder on Sunday starting at 7 p.m.


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