Lingering playoff hopes were dashed for the Brantford Galaxy soccer club following a late-season loss on Sunday night.
Kingston FC defeated the Galaxy 3-2 in a Canadian Soccer League match at Lions Park.
Brantford head coach Tomo Dancetovic said he was let down by the loss after the Galaxy came out strong during the first half. Brantford started the second half with a one-goal lead.
“It’s really disappointing, especially after the first half when we were leading 2-1,” Dancetovic said. “With our chances, it should have been 5-1. We started good, but we got physically dragged down in the second half.”
Brantford needed to win on Sunday and another match next week to secure a spot in the CSL playoffs.
The Galaxy put away the first goal of the game when forward Dragan Oluic scored on a penalty kick in the 10th minute.
But Kingston forward Mademba Ba’s goal tied it up six minutes later.
Galaxy forward Ranko Golijanin regained the lead for Brantford when he found the back of the net in the 23rd minute to make it 2-1.
Despite numerous chances in the second half, the Galaxy were unable to put a goal on the scoreboard.
Ba later scored again for Kingston to tie the match to 2-2 in the 61st minute.
Kingston midfielder Vitaliy Sidorov scored the winning goal during the 76th minute.
Golijanin said, although Brantford lost Sunday’s match, the team will not give up during its final game of the season next week.
“We can not just play 45 minutes,” Golijanin said. “Our condition was very bad. We were not able to run.
“We are going to try to win for our fans for the last game of the season. We lost today, but we are going to try to play a good game next week.”
Brantford will take on the Mississauga Eagles FC during its last match of the season, which begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday at Lions Park.