Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance2164
  • Date10 May 14
  • VenueCarleton University
Ottawa Fury FC
Ottawa Fury FC 1
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1
Tampa Bay Rowdies

T. Donatelli37'

27'G. Hristov

Match Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

Match Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies


TV: OTT – Rogers TV  
Radio: OTT – TSN 1200

Ottawa Fury FC returns home to greet Tampa Bay Rowdies, for the first time ever, at Carleton University’s Keith Harris Stadium.  Fury FC is coming off a heartbreaking 2-1 road loss against Atlanta Silverbacks last week, while the Rowdies earned their first win over the season by defeating hosts San Antonio Scorpions.  Fury FC have outscored their opponents 5-2 in its first two home matches, while the Rowdies, continue to be one of the best road teams in the NASL and are unbeaten away from home so far in 2014.

Last Five Games: OTT-L L W L        TBR–T T L W

TBR-Shane Hill (Team of the Week-4)

Stats leaders:
OTT-Goals – Oliver Minatel (2); Assists – Tony Donatelli (2)
TBR-Goals – Shane Hill, Georgi Hristov, Brian Shriver (1); Assists – Keith Savage, Darel Russell, Blake Wagner (1)

TBR-Blake Wagner

NASL Head-to-Head: First Meeting

Coaches quotes:
“These are two teams that are separated by two points. It’s a massive game for both. Tampa Bay has a lot of history and we know how ready we need to be to play a game like this. I believe in the group we have and that we will be ready to answer in front of our fans” – Fury FC coach Marc Dos Santos

“We need to be ready to build on how we ended last Saturday against San Antonio. Ottawa have had some good results, so we’re not going to underestimate them. They beat Carolina 4-nil in their last home game and that takes some doing, so they’re a team of good quality. I know Marc Dos Santos from his time at Montreal and I know he’ll have his side prepared to give us a really tough game.” – Rowdies coach Ricky Hill

Referee: Justin Tasev
Asst 1: Lyes Arfa
Asst 2: John Gray
4th: Chris Grabas


Ottawa Fury FC 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1

Ottawa Fury FC and visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies played to a 1-1 draw at Carleton University’s Keith Harris Stadium on Saturday evening.


Ottawa Fury FC and visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies played to a 1-1 draw at Carleton University’s Keith Harris Stadium on Saturday evening.

The crowd of 2,164 witness forward Georgi Hristov put the Rowdies ahead with a penalty kick in the 27th minute, but 10 minutes later, midfielder Tony Donatelli equalized for the Fury.

The visitors nearly broke the deadlock in the 16th minute, when Bulgarian Hristov cut past his defender and unleashed a wicked shot from the top of the Ottawa 18-yard box that glanced off of the crossbar and out of play for a goal kick.

A 20th minute foul committed on Fury FC's Sinisa Ubiparipovic just outside of Tampa's 18-yard box gave Ottawa's Donatelli a free kick opportunity from a dangerous spot, however Donatelli's crisp effort sailed just wide of the Rowdies net.

In the 23rd minute, forward Carl Haworth's cross found Donatelli at the edge of the Tampa 18-yard box, and Donatelli's one-timed shot was blocked by Tampa Bay captain Frankie Sanfilippo.  After a moment, referee Justin Tasev pointed to the penalty spot, deeming that the Rowdies captain had handled the ball.  Fury FC leading scorer Oliver stepped up to take the penalty, but was denied by a superb save from Rowdies 'keeper Matt Pickens.  Incredibly, the save was Pickens' third in as many penalties, keeping an unlikely streak alive for the Rowdies goalkeeper.

Only three minutes later, Tampa was awarded a penalty shot of their own after Ottawa defender Omar Jarun pulled Rowdies striker Lucky Mkosana to the ground.  Jarun received a yellow card for his tackle on the play, while Fury FC defender Drew Beckie received a yellow card for over-zealous language.  Rowdies veteran Georgi Hristov stepped up to take the penalty, and calmly slotted the ball down the middle to give the visitors the one-nil lead.

After a multitude of corners, Fury FC finally knotted the match at one in the 37th minute, as Tony Donatelli nodded home a midfielder Richie Ryan corner kick past a fallen ‘keeper Pickens.

The hosts come on in the final twenty minutes of the match, pushing forward and sending quality crosses into the box, but Fury FC couldn't breakthrough.

Tampa came storming back in the 81st, forcing Fury FC goalkeeper Devala Gorrick to make a charging, sprawling stop to deny Rowdies’ Hristov from point-blank range.

Ottawa nearly took the lead on 85 minutes, when defender Ramon Soria was the benefactor of a lovely give-and-go and found himself in alone on Tampa 'keeper Pickens.  True to form, Pickens came up with yet another clutch save, parrying Soria's shot to safety and preserving the point for Tampa.

“It’s not that you have to build a team, every point is important so you take the point,” said Fury FC coach Marc Dos Santos. “I felt that we were lot under pressure but at the last 25 minutes we grew, we created transitions. There goalkeeper did well tonight, they stopped a penalty, but it’s a good point and we move from there.”

Rowdies coach Ricky Hill also commented on the match: “We didn't really do enough in the second period to deserve any more than a 1 1 draw.  We gave away too many balls when we were in transition and they kept trying to counter. Overall I'm delighted we got something form the game but I think we have to do a lot better in terms of our forward play for the majority of the game.”


Photo by Steve Kingsman