At the end of the day, despite the number of penalty calls that did not come the Fury’s way, the Ottawa side were not good enough to overcome the Eddies. Questions are starting to be asked about the Fury’s defense and its killer instinct in the opponent’s penalty area, and Lance Laing once again proved to be the decisive figure in the Voyageurs Cup tie.
All credit to the Fury players for fighting until the end, and full credits must go to Colin Miller and FC Edmonton, who now represent the Canadian NASL contingent in a tasty semi-final showdown vs. Vancouver, while Toronto and Montreal will butt heads in the other semi.
– Talking points: The NASL Canada derby continues to get heated, with good banter pre and post-match on Twitter between opposing fans. Fury draws 2,500 on a chilly Wednesday evening opposite Game 4 of the Sens-Habs series. Lance Laing enters the field on the 60th minute and proceeds to inspire the Eddies to a rousing comeback after 1st half domination by Fury FC, as Edmonton runs out 1-3 winners. In other words, FC Edmonton < Ottawa Fury FC < Lance Laing.
– Lineup and formation: Ottawa started the match in a 4-2-3-1 formation for the 3rd game in a row, hoping for the good vibes from the well-controlled possession vs. Minnesota on the weekend. There were 2 changes to the starting lineup, as Andrew Wiedeman was rotated in for Tom Heinemann and Sinisa Ubiparipovic made his first appearance after a late preseason injury, coming in at CAM at the expense of Carl Haworth. The team shape remained 4-2-3-1 throughout the whole game and all the substitutions.
– Canadian content: While only 1 Canadian started the game (Canada captain Julian de Guzman), 6 of the 7 on the bench were Canadians, with Patryk Misik and Carl Haworth coming on in the 2nd half.
The 1st half was dominated by Ottawa, with one commentator noting that the number of shots was at 9-0 in Ottawa’s favour at one point in the match. Of note was the clever passing of Sinisa Ubiparipovic, the willingness to shoot by Oliver, who took advantage of a mixup off a long throw-in to put the Fury up 1-0 within 55 seconds, and the strong fullback display by Brandon Poltronieri.
The introduction of Lance Laing completely changed the dynamic of the game in the 60th minute, with the left winger putting dangerous FKs on target, and providing a lethal combination of speed, energy and skill. Laing certainly brought the energy up on Edmonton’s part; however, an Edmonton PK earned after a soft handball call on Ryan Richter was saved by Peiser after Laing telegraphed his shot at the 63rd minute mark.
Yet, the ball stayed in Ottawa’s half for the majority of the 2nd half, and Daryl Fordyce applied a predatory off-the-ball run and finish when Peiser spilled a fierce 25-yarder from Ameobi around the 82nd minute to make the game 1-1.
Disaster struck for Ottawa when Laing eyed Julian de Guzman’s pass around his own penalty area the moment it left his feet, and swooped in like a vulture on to Rafael Alves to dispossess him of the ball at full speed, and then calmly applied the finish to put the game at 1-2 at the 88th minute. Soon after, Ottawa had a very good shout for a PK for a handball by an Eddies defender, who deflected the ball on to the post.
Then, in the 4th minute of injury time, Laing played a sumptuous give-and-go and outpaced Richter, who tried his valiant best to keep up, and delivered an inch-perfect cross between Romuald Peiser and Colin Falvey for Tomi Ameobi to finish, putting the Eddies up 1-3 away in what amounted to an incredible turnaround for the two teams. The Eddies did not have many chances during the game, but they were ruthless with the chances they did make.
Miracles can happen and the Fury can still progress, and I never throw in the towel when it comes to sports. But last night was easily the most painful loss in Fury’s young history.
– Looking forward:
I say this with much love for Fury FC and the club, but I believe that Marc Dos Santos can’t always refer to the refs or say things like “just give em the ticket [to the Voyageurs Cup semi-finals]” in the post-game media scrum.
Instead, Dos Santos has to admit defeat graciously when the better team has won for the night and express that sentiment to both the media and his players; that’s how the team learns and moves forward together. As the leader, he has to be the first one to congratulate Edmonton on the game and talk about preparation for the next league match against Ft. Lauderdale, as well as the 2nd leg next Wednesday at Edmonton.
However, all Fury FC fans know and can see how much passion MDS has for Fury FC, the city of Ottawa and the fans. I believe that we will rebound strongly from yesterday, and that MDS is just the guy to lead the charge.
I loved the fact that MDS said that he wants to be the Diego Simeone of Ottawa Fury FC; Simeone is a great role model for football managers and the fact that MDS is looking to emulate his coaching philosophy bodes well, in my humble opinion, for Ottawa footy.
1′ Ottawa Goal – Richter takes a long throw-in that bounces a bit around the penalty area before Oliver volleys it into the net, 1-0 Ottawa
7′ Edmonton – Eddies with a decent chance but good defensive clearance from Poltronieri
22′ Ottawa – Wiedeman with the curler from just outside the area, close!
38′ Ottawa – Beauty little reverse pass outside the area from Ubi, but Wieds cant finish it with his left foot
42′ Ottawa – VanOekel with the blunder, and Wiedeman cuts in front and gets ball first, but can’t finish from the tight angle
49′ Ottawa – Oliver with a snap shot just high from a nice Ubi pass. JDG follows up with a shot from far that goes over the bar
63′ Edmonton – Richter called for handball and then PEISER W THE PK SAVE ON LAING
66′ Edmonton – Peiser with the sick save on a Laing FK and then comes out hard to narrow angle on a shot from the subsequent play
82′ Edmonton Goal – Shot from outside the area saved by Peiser but the juicy rebound tucked from close range by Fordyce, 1-1
85′ Edmonton Goal – A shit play by JDG and Rafael Alves. JDG has been misplacing passes more than he should from the CM position, and his pass along the area is picked off by Laing from a retreating Alves, who should have cleared it before-hand, 1-2
93′ Edmonton Goal – Lance Goddamn Laing needed 30 minutes to carve Ottawa up. A nice give-and-go sees Laing outpace Richter before delivering an inch-perfect cross between Falvey and Peiser for Ameobi, 1-3 Edmonton