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Dream debut from Forbes hands Scorpions win

Eric Hassli celebrates his goal
Eric Hassli celebrates his goal
Courtesy San Antonio Scorpions

The San Antonio Scorpions put an end to their home woes as they managed a 3-0 win over Carolina Railhawks at Toyota Field on Saturday night.

Both sides struggled in the first half, as neither side was really able to dominate their opponent with passes going astray and a tense midfield battle.

It was Carolina who had the first chance of the match in the 11th minute as Jordan Burt was up the park and was left in space, 25 yards out and saw the opportunity to shoot but sent his effort over the bar.

That really did set the trend for scoring chances for the first half as all the chances for both sides, came from distance.

The Scorpions had their best chances of the half on set-pieces, one coming from an acute angle after Tomasz Zahorski was fouled at the edge of the box and penalty area, which saw Danny Barrera try from the tight angle but send his effort wide.

Four minutes from half-time the Scorpions had another free-kick opportunity at the top of the box after a foul on Stephen DeRoux but the effort couldn’t find a Scorpions head, going out for a goal-kick as the half ended scoreless.

After the break the match had a very different story line as the Scorpions came out from the break and just dominated proceedings, tearing Carolina apart for large chunks of the final 45.

Alen Marcina brought on new signing, Billy Forbes at half-time and the new youngster, making his first professional appearance, made his impact felt.

Bringing some speed to the Scorpions attack, eight minutes in to the half he used that speed to break behind the defense and square a pass for Eric Hassli who was left with a simple tap-in to open the scoring.

Just as quickly the Scorpions made it two as Forbes made another superb run down the left and crossed in for Barrera to run on to the ball and head it home and double the lead.

A penalty gave the Scorpions their third goal in the 77th minute after Burt was called for a handball, which allowed Zahorski to step up and seal the emphatic win.