Midfielder Tony Donatelli has scored twice, while defender Omar Jarun and forward Oliver added another each to give the visiting Ottawa Fury FC a 4-2 victory against Indy Eleven at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium on Saturday evening.
“I thought we had a great game, especially in the moment where we knew the first 20 minutes we would have to suffer to keep our 3-2 lead and afterwards the fourth goal was very, very important,” said Fury FC coach, Marc Dos Santos. "This [Indy] team is better than what people think. Offensively, they are extremely dangerous. I think if they fix a little bit in the back, they could be a very good side in the NASL.”
Another sold out crowd, 10,285, saw Indy trailed from the 16th minute after a goal from Donatelli off a pass from forward Vini Dantas.
Indy Eleven quickly responded in the 19th minute as the newcomer, midfielder Blake Smith, on-loan from the Montreal Impact, was taken down in the box by the Fury’s Oliver Minatel. Referee Mark Kadlecik awarded Indy Eleven a penalty kick and forward Mike Ambersley netted the tying goal past Fury goalkeeper Devala Gorrick. The goal is Ambersley’s third on the season, giving him a share of the NASL lead in the category.
Ottawa Fury FC gained the final push to go ahead in the closing minutes of the first half. In the 40th minute, a Fury set piece corner kick by midfielder Richie Ryan landed at the feet of Jarun, who was able to flick the ball on a short angle and past Nicht. The Fury doubled the lead quickly in the 42nd minute on an unassisted goal by Donatelli from the spot he scored his first goal of the match. The goal also pushed Dontatelli into the tie for lead in the league for goals scored.
Indy was able to cut the lead down to one goal going into half. In the 44th minute, forward Ben Spencer charged toward the left side of the box and was able to roll one to the right side of the net to make the score 3-2 going into the locker room at half.
In the second half, Oliver made in 4-2 with his third goal of the season off an assist from forward Carl Haworth in 68th minute.
Indy Eleven coach Juergen Sommer also commented after the game: “Thinking that you’re at home the two strikers kind of do the business for you, they give you the two goals, which was great. To come away and give away some soft goals at home, can’t do that. Can’t expect much more from two goals we should win a game here.”
The loss also puts Indy Eleven out of the race for the 2014 NASL Spring Champions, however they still have chance at the three other playoff slots for ‘The Championship’ later this year.