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Ottawa, TFC await as Wanderers continue drive for Canadian Championship glory vs Valour Wednesday

After a come from behind home win propelled the Wanderers to fourth place in the CPL, Stephen Hart’s team now switch their attention to the prestige of the Canadian Championship.

It’s back to the Battle of the North which could give our club the chance to compete against Canada’s established professional teams.

The Wanderers kick-off round two at home against Valour FC on Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. knowing a victory leads to a big clash against Ottawa Fury, with champions Toronto FC waiting in the semi finals.

“The Canadian Championship is a unique tournament that allows us to test ourselves against teams we don’t usually play in our league,” stated club President and Founder Derek Martin. “Hosting Toronto FC at a sold out Wanderers Grounds was one of the goals we set for our club at the beginning of the season as it will be a terrific opportunity for our players and our supporters to show Canada what we have cooking here in Halifax.”

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After hitting the back of the net twice in the win over Pacific on Saturday and creating a host of other chances, coach Stephen Hart feels his team are hitting their stride, and predicts an exciting game against Winnipeg’s team.

“Valour are impressive, they have some attacking players that are inventive that show a lot of individual imagination,” Hart said, adding a clean sheet is his challenge to the players in a format where away goals come into play.

Stephen Hart is challenging his team to keep a clean sheet against Valour in the home match of a two leg tie. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
Stephen Hart feels like his team are beginning to click going into the Canadian Championship against Valour FC. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

Wednesday night’s match is the first of a two legged tie with the total aggregate score deciding who will progress.

And as if the Wanderers needed any more extra motivation, there are several players in the team hoping to go up against their former teams in the rounds to follow.

“I trained and played with Fury before and for my family friends to see me out there fighting against my city, I would have a big fan base out there,” explained Zoom Langwa. “It would just be an incredible moment.”

Zoom Langwa, celebrating the Wanderers win over Pacific in front of the sold out 6,244 Halifax crowd. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
Zoom Langwa, celebrating the Wanderers win over Pacific in front of the sold out 6,244 Halifax crowd. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

After Wednesday night’s first leg, the Wanderers will face Valour away in the second leg on June 12 for the chance to play Ottawa.

And the winners of that third round tie against Ottawa Fury will move on to face Toronto.

That possible semi-final clash against Toronto is the one Matthew Arnone has his eyes on, as a player who is not only from there, but also played for the team’s youth academy.

“That would be one of my highlights in my career playing at BMO field being an academy player for a couple of years, but we know it’s a tough task ahead against Valour,” Arnone said.

Matthew Arnone is dreaming of a match against his home town club Toronto FC in the Battle of the North. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
Matthew Arnone is dreaming of a match against his home town club Toronto FC in the Battle of the North. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

The club is reminding our supporters again to arrive early at the grounds for the 6:15 p.m. kick-off.

Come on you Wanderers!