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Watch: Kevin Doyle scores crucial goal for Colorado Rapids in Western Conference final

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 22: From left, Dominique Badji #14 of the Colorado Rapids, Kevin Doyle #9 of the Colorado Rapids and Shkelzen Gashi #11 celebrate a goal by Doyle during the first half of a match in the first leg of the Western Conference Finals at CenturyLink Field on November 22, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 22: From left, Dominique Badji #14 of the Colorado Rapids, Kevin Doyle #9 of the Colorado Rapids and Shkelzen Gashi #11 celebrate a goal by Doyle during the first half of a match in the first leg of the Western Conference Finals at CenturyLink Field on November 22, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle scored a crucial goal for Colorado Rapids in their MLS Western Conference final clash against Seattle Sounders on Tuesday night, but it could not avert a 2-1 first leg defeat for his team.

Doyle has been in fine form for Colorado over the course of this MLS season and he helped to bring down the curtain on the career of his former Ireland team-mate Robbie Keane by playing a key role in his sides win against LA Galaxy in their Play-Off semi-final earlier this month.

Now he has been creating positive headlines once more, as he finished off a final flowing passing move to hand his side a 13th minute lead in the away leg of their showdown with Seattle.

A goal from Jordan Morris and a 61st minute Nicolas Lodeiro gave Seattle a first leg advantage, but Colorado’s fine form on home soil will give Doyle’s side hope that they can book a spot in the MLS Cup final when the second leg is played on Sunday.

 

Meanwhile, there were embarrassing scenes ahead of the MLS Play-Off game between Montreal Impact and Toronto FC, as the game was delayed after it emerged the penalty box lines has been drawn in the wrong place.

Montreal moved the game from their home stadium in a bid to accommodate a huge crowd, but the baseball stadium they used was not familiar with the criteria for football and the penalty box was too small at both ends of the field.

It meant green paint needed to be sprayed over the offending lines while a new penalty box was drawn, delaying kick-off by over 40 minutes.

Montreal edged out a 3-2 win in the first leg, with former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba starting the match on the bench.

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