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FC Montreal Rallies for Preseason Win
Release: 02/08/2016
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USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Sunday, February 7, 2016

LAVAL, Quebec – FC Montreal took its second consecutive preseason victory as a late goal by Philippe Lincourt-Joseph earned a 3-2 victory against l’Université de Laval on Sunday evening.

Montreal fell behind twice in the contest, as Laval took the lead in the 10th minute after a good finish off a cross from the right for the Red and Gold. Montreal tied the score just before the half-hour mark, as Jacques Haman forced a turnover pressing high up the field, and finished off his own good work to make it 1-1.

The visitors had a chance to take the lead before the break when Montreal was awarded a penalty kick after Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla was brought down, but Laval’s goalkeeper saved from Mastanabal Kacher to keep it level.

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Montreal fell behind again six minutes into the second half when it conceded a penalty kick of its own, and Laval converted to make it 2-1. With a half-hour to go, Montreal introduced Fabio Morelli alongside Lincourt-Joseph, and Morelli struck in the 70th minute as he put home a pass by Yacine Ait-Slimane.

As time wound down, it appeared the game would finish level as Montreal twice hit the post pressing for the lead, but in the 90th minute Lincourt-Joseph took a pass from trialist Dominic McGiveron and fired home a low finish to give his side victory.

Despite the win, Montreal Coach Philippe Eullaffroy wasn’t overly pleased with the standard of his side’s play.

“The play was more interesting in this game than previous, but it wasn't high quality," said Eullaffroy. "Defensively we were fragile, and up front the [movement] was good, but not the efficiency in front of goal. It's still preparation for preseason and it was better than the last few weeks, but we want to be better in six or seven weeks. We are where we should be at this time of the year. We will have to be a little bit more solid and consistent in our third during the game against the first team on Saturday.”

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