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Friday, July 09, 2004

A Night of Superlatives: Timbers 6 - 1 Aviators

Back in town (and craftily ignoring the Timbers 0-2 loss to Vancouver last week!) last night at PGE Park was a night of superlatives (except the crowd size, natch).

Edmonton came back to PDX supposedly a team improved from the 6-0 drubbing handed out by the Timbers back at the beginning of June, but a combination of tiredness from playing their 3rd game in 4 days and a great team performance from the Timbers and the result was another 6 goals for Portland and another hat-trick for Alan Gordon.

A full report to come, but here are the highlights:

11' and keeper Stankov could only parry a Bengard shot from 25 yds and Alan Gordon was there to head home the rebound.

17' and the Aviators equalized when Fraser got in behind Heinzen and beat Saunders at the near post.

Despite having most of the possession and chances, the score remained 1-1 until the 49th minute when a Sagare break from midfield and a Gregor dummy left Gordon to hit the corner from the edge of the box. 2-1 Timbers.

3-1 on 60' when my man-of-the-match Andrew Gregor skipped past 3 defenders to lay off to Gordon who took his hat-trick easily. The kind of goal where the phrase "assist Gregor" doesn't do it justice!

4-1 on 72' when new sub Byron Alvarez with his first touch tore down the left, cut inside and beat Stankov. GOAL!

5-1 on 77' Antoniuk put the rebound away after Alvarez' shot was saved and the Timbers rounded off a satisfying night on 88' with Byron Alvarez' second goal of the night, a diving header from Antoniuk's cross.

A great game and a perfect appetizer to the Timbers Open Cup game against the Earthquakes on Wednesday night. Andrew Gregor was a joy to watch, but more about that in the detailed report to come later...oh so much later.

posted by the timberlog at 8:20 AM



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