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  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance4814
  • Date09 Aug 14
  • VenueTD Place
  • Kick Off07:00 PM EDT
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Ottawa Fury FC
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Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2
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C. Haworth10'

16'F. Picault

76'D. King

Match Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Match Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers

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Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: OTT – Rogers TV                 

Radio: OTT – TSN 1200

 

Ottawa Fury FC return home with one thing on their mind, a win. Ottawa hopes to end its five-game winless streak when it takes on Fort Lauderdale Strikers at TD Place.  Strikers, who are just two points from the fourth spot in the NASL Combined Standings, are playing their second game in four days after coming off a scoreless draw against host Indy Eleven on Wednesday.  Meanwhile, Fury are coming off a 2-1 loss on the road to the NASL Spring Champion Minnesota United FC last Saturday.  This will be the first meeting between the two sides in Canada, however both clubs battled during the Spring Season opener at Lockhart Stadium when goals from defender Rafael Alves and forward Darnell King gave the Strikers a 2-0 win over visiting Fury on April 12.

 

Last Five Games: OTT – L T L L L                     FTL – L L T W T                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

Recognition:

OTT-N/A

FTL-Shawn Chin, Fafà Picault (Team of the Week-4)

 

Stats leaders:

OTT-Goals –Tony Donatelli (4); Assists – Tony Donatelli, Richie Ryan (3)

FTL-Goals – Fafà Picault (5); Assists – Ivan Guerrero (3)

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (1 meeting): Strikers 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses— 2 GF/0 GA (+2 GD)

At Fury: First Meeting

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting): Strikers 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses— 2 GF/0 GA (+2 GD)

Last Meeting: April 12, 2014 at Lockhart Stadium — Strikers 2-0 Fury

 

Coaches quotes:

“We’ve been playing a lot of games on the road and it is great to come back home and play in front of our fans. Saturday is an important match for us. I’m sure we will use all the energy from our supporters and deliver the performance they all deserve.” – Fury FC coach Marc Dos Santos

“After playing on Wednesday, we know playing again on the road will be a big challenge for us.  Every game we play is very important for our team.  I'm sure we'll be focused and ready when kickoff time arrives.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner

 

Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin

Asst 1: Lyes Arfa

Asst 2: Jean-Francois Marchand

4th: Chris Grabas

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Ottawa Fury FC 1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2

Goals from forwards Darnell King and Fafà Picault led Fort Lauderdale Strikers to a 2-1 victory over host Ottawa Fury FC in front of 4,814 at TD Place on Saturday evening.

OTTvFTL

Goals from forwards Darnell King and Fafà Picault led Fort Lauderdale Strikers to a 2-1 victory over host Ottawa Fury FC  in front of 4,814 at TD Place on Saturday evening.

Fury FC history was made in the 10th minute, when winger Carl Haworth capitalized on a poor Fort Lauderdale clearance.  Settling the ball down just inside the Strikers' penalty area, Haworth took one stride before blasting a perfect shot past David Meves and in, marking the first goal in franchise history at TD Place and giving Ottawa the lead.

Fury FC's lead was enjoyed very briefly, as the visitors evened things up just six minutes later.  Journeyman striker Fafa Picault made an impressive solo run to latch onto a loose ball in the heart of the Ottawa defense, before finishing coolly past Fury FC 'keeper Romuald Peiser.

Tempers flared somewhat in the 20th minute, when Drew Beckie picked up the first booking of the match for a tackle just outside the Ottawa area, drawing a large and aggravated crowd of Strikers.

Both sides enjoyed chances towards the end of the half, with Carl Haworth looking the most dangerous offensively for Fury FC and Fort Lauderdale's Martin Nunez testing Ottawa 'keeper

Romuald Peiser, but both sides headed to the kit room at the break wanting more than just the single point the 1-1 scoreline would afford them.

Fury FC began the second half aggressively, with both Carl Haworth and Vini Dantas testing Meves shortly after the restart.  However, the Strikers weathered the storm and the match regained its balance shortly after.

Ottawa nearly took the lead through Oliver in the 62nd minute, when Brazilian winger Oliver cut inside past his marker before blasting a shot wide of the Strikers' net.

While creating plenty of half-chances and taking semi-dangerous shots, Fury FC failed to pot a second goal on the evening and were made to pay in the 76th minute.  True to form, the Strikers attacked in a counter-attacking wave, and it was King who received a through ball before beating Romuald Peiser up high with a stellar finish.

Despite multiple chances late, including an injury time corner kick which was cleared off of the Strikers' goal line, Fury FC couldn't find an equalizer and saw all three points slip away on a night that they very well could have found them.

"This is a very important win for us," explained Strikers head coach Gunter Kronsteiner.  "Due to some off-field things, we fielded a new line-up with some different players, and we worked very hard.  Tonight, we beat a good, well-coached team - we can be very proud of our game tonight."

 

Photo by Steve Kingsman