The Fabrose U21 AAA soccer team got the season underway on a winning note.
Aymane Amarir scored on a penalty kick in the first half and that goal held up to give Fabrose a 1-0 win against Lachine in the season opener for both teams at Soccerplexe Catalogna on Monday night.
“It feels good to start the season like that, with a win,” Amarir said. “It was a good team effort. We’re a new group, we don’t really know each other, so we’re trying to get familiar with each other. We know that each player has good qualities individually but we have to work on playing together as a team.”
Fabrose coach Samir Hadjih was pleased that his players were able to get the season underway on a winning note, particularly because they are not overly familiar with each other.
“It’s important to win the first game of the season, it helps a lot with everything that follows,” Hadjih said. “And it’s something that is very positive for team spirit, it builds confidence to move ahead together. It was a tough game and because there wasn’t a lot of practice over the winter it’s clear that our cohesion and our chemistry wasn’t there. But I am very happy about the win because there were a lot of positive elements. We have to go back to working on some tactics but being able to go outdoors we’ll have more practice time and our performances will get better.”
Lachine pushed hard late in the second half to get an equalizer, but was unable to deliver the tying goal.
Coach Khellil Amrane felt a draw was in reach, but his players suffered from a lack of cohesion as a result of a substantial turnover from the previous season’s squad.
“There are only seven players remaining from last year’s team so I have basically had to remake the whole team,” Amrane said. “It was our first game and we were a bit disappointed at the end because we could have tied it, but it takes time for a team to come together. I have 13 new players and we have been inside playing futsal, so our first real practice together was this, and it was during a game so it’s not easy.”