FC Edmonton leads the Carolina RailHawks after the first half of play at Clarke Stadium.
RailHawks are desperate to seal all three points to stay in the hunt for the NASL Fall Season title and a berth at NASL Soccer Bowl 2013, while the Eddies need the points to stave off elimination, but both teams struggled to find their offense in the first 20 minutes.
In the 21st minute, the home side was awarded a free kick just outside the 18-yard box but Lance Laing’s effort bounced around the atrea and was eventually cleared to safety.
In the 31st minute the Eddies took the lead. Corey Hertzog sent a long throw in into the box and Albert Watson flicked it on to Daryl Fordyce who headed it by Akira Fitzgerald in the RailHawks net.
“We’re defending into a strong wind so we were under a little bit of a spell of pressure but we’ve weathered those well,” said FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller. “Overall I think our body language, tempo and enthusiasm for the game has been better than it has recently.
“(Keeper) Lance Parker hasn’t had a lot to do other than fairly routine stuff and I think we’re looking dangerous going forward.
“It’s been that final pass. We just need to be a little bit more ruthless.”
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