Canada rains goals on Scotland

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

The black clouds above Coquitlam's Percy Perry Stadium parted during the second half Saturday as Canada's black-clad junior soccer team unleashed a goal storm on visiting Scotland in international men's under-20 soccer action yesterday.

Gabe Gala broke a scoreless tie in the 65th minute and man of the match Toisant Ricketts added a pair in Canada's 3-1 win.

"We kept to our game plan, played tough the whole way and didn't give up, just kept grinding," said Ricketts, who scored in the 73rd and 80th minutes.

"We took it to them, we got the pressure in, that's how you win games," said captain Will Johnson, who set-up Ricketts' first.

Hibernian FC's Steven Fletcher scored Scotland's only goal on a 75th minute free kick. Scotland, number two in European qualifying, was missing six injured regulars.

"It suits us a little bit more to sit in, defend and break out," said Canada's head coach Dale Mitchell. "Our game is about open spaces and winning on the counter. That's what we did a little better in the second half."

Attendance was 4,265 despite the match's Friday-announced move from Burnaby.

Defending champion Argentina is Canada's next opponent May 11 at Toronto's new BMO Field.

Canada hosts the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup June 30-July 22. 


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