CS MRO 1, Fabrose 0: Griffons Edge Past PLSQ New Boys
Early First Half Goal Enough to Seal Three Points
An early first-half goal by forward Ritch-Andy Jean-Pierre was enough for Club de Soccer Mont-Royal Outremont Griffons to earn three points. Club de Soccer Fabrose turned up the pressure in the second half, but CS MRO prevented the visitors from finding a late goal.
Fabrose—the Première Ligue de soccer du Québec new expansion team—proved to be a difficult side for the Griffons on Sunday night. CS MRO may have come away with the win, but the visitors showed their quality, putting the Griffons under some difficulty on both ends of the field throughout the match.
“Credit to them, they really came and pressed us,” said Griffons captain Sean Rosa. “We had a hard time creating some chances in the second half, but they believed until the end.”
After the match, Griffons head coach Luc Brutus noted that his side continued to have some defensive issues. Earlier in the season the Griffons were a team liable to let in late goals the Fabrose looked to exploit the Griffons defensive mishaps leaving the home side scrambling.
“We made a few mistakes in the second half,” said Brutus. “We have to be more stable in the second half defensively, we give too much space for the others teams to maneuver […] we have to make sure we eliminate that from the game.”
“Fabrose is improving game after game and it’s positive for the league,” he continued.
After Association de Soccer de Blainville dropped points on Saturday, losing their first game of the season to Dynamo de Québec, the Griffons have cut the lead for first place to just four points.
The Griffons will host third-place Gatineau next Sunday at 6:30 PM.