Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance2903
  • Date12 Oct 14
  • VenueClarke Stadium
  • Kick Off04:00 PM EDT
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FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton 3
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D W W W L
Carolina RailHawks 0
Carolina RailHawks

M. Roberts5'

R. Jones16'

O. Ameobi51'

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs. Carolina RailHawks

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs. Carolina RailHawks

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Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: City TV

 

FC Edmonton puts its five-game home unbeaten streak on the line when it meets the Carolina RailHawks at Clarke Stadium.  The RailHawks, who are a point from the last qualifying spot to The Championship, are coming off a 1-0 loss on the road to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers last week.  Meanwhile, Edmonton, who is five points behind Carolina in the Combined Standings, is coming off a 1-1 draw against the host Tampa Bay Rowdies last weekend.  The RailHawks lead the series against the Eddies, however the Canadian club has won the last three encounters.  The previous match took place on August 16, at WakeMed Soccer Park when goals from midfielders Ritchie Jones, Lance Laing and Neil Hlavaty gave the visiting Eddies a 3-2 win over the RailHawks.

 

Last Five Games:  FCE – L T W T T            CAR – T W W W L 

                                                                                                              

Recognition:

FCE-Albert Watson (Team of the Week-13)

CAR-N/A

 

Stats leaders:

FCE-Goals – Daryl Fordyce, Lance Laing (6); Assists – Lance Laing (5)

CAR-Goals – Zack Schilawski (9); Assists – Enzo Martinez (4)

 

Suspension:

FCE- Eddie Edward

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (14 meetings): RailHawks 7 wins, 3 ties, 4 losses — 23 GF/22 GA (+1 GD)

At Edmonton: (7 meetings): FC Edmonton 3 wins, 3 ties, 1 loss— 15 GF/7 GA (+8 GD)

This Year: (2 meetings): Eddies 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses — 8 GF/2 GA (+6 GD)

Last Meeting: August 16, 2014 at WakeMed Soccer Park — RailHawks 2-3 Edmonton

 

Coaches quotes:

“We definitely have four cup finals left. We know the significance as do Carolina on gaining three points out of Sunday’s match. We’ve been playing very well at home and want to continue our winning ways, but we know Colin Clarke has made some positive changes in the team. I expect to see a cracking game on Sunday.” – FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller

"Every time we play Edmonton they give us a unique set of problems. They are very big, strong and physical. It is not easy to travel to Canada and play on turf. We haven’t been successful up there in the past, but we are going there knowing that we have to get a result. A result in Edmonton would put us in a very good position the rest of the season.” – RailHawks coach Colin Clarke

 

Referee: Dave Gantar

Asst 1: Dereck Illingsworth

Asst 2: Christian Palavicino

4th: Michael Tucker

 

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FC Edmonton 3, Carolina RailHawks 0

Goals from forward Tomi Ameobi, midfielder Ritchie Jones and defender Mallan Roberts gave host FC Edmonton a 3-0 victory over the Carolina RailHawks at Clarke Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

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Goals from forward Tomi Ameobi, midfielder Ritchie Jones and defender Mallan Roberts gave host FC Edmonton a 3-0 victory over the Carolina RailHawks at Clarke Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

It took no time at all for the Eddies to strike first. In the fifth minute, midfielder Neil Hlavaty’s free kick from a RailHawks handball outside the box was whiffed on the first try by defender Beto Navarro, but the homegrown talent Roberts calmly controlled the rebound and turned to fire it past Carolina goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald to give the Eddies a 1-0 lead.

The RailHawks were then awarded a penalty kick and a chance to even the score in the 12th minute after captain Albert Watson handled the ball in the box on a cross. Midfielder Enzo Martinez stepped up to the spot and skied the opportunity over the net and out of the stadium to keep it 1-0 in favour of the Eddies.

After the penalty scare at the other end, the Eddies quickly doubled their lead in the 17th minute when midfielder Horace James held off the cross in the RailHawks’ 18-yard-box before slipping the ball through to the foot of Jones, who calmly placed his shot at the far post to make it 2-0 inside twenty minutes.

The Eddies would carry their 2-0 lead into half-time.

The Eddies made it 3-0 in the 50th minute when Lance Laing made a beautiful reverse pass to James, whose shot on the break found the post before being redirecting off the legs of Ameobi into the back of the net.

The scoreline remained and finished 3-0, giving the Eddies their third win over the RailHawks in the 2014 season. The Eddies have put 12 goals past Carolina in three games, including the Spring Season’s 6-1 drubbing at Clarke Stadium before the break.

Eddies’ coach Colin Miller is excited at the prospect of the playoff race heating up as the Eddies inch closer to the coveted fourth spot in the NASL Combined Season standings. 

“All of the guys were looking at the results yesterday and thinking what an opportunity this is,” said Miller. “We cannot throw this away to get back into it, and we come up with a fabulous performance today.”