RECAP | Fury FC 1, Indy 0

Nicki Paterson's late goal is the difference, as Ottawa Fury FC defeated Indy Eleven at TD Place
Indy Eleven Staff | May 23, 2015

Photo Credit: Steve Kingsman

Ottawa Fury FC used a goal from veteran midfielder Nicki Paterson in the 88th minute to give the home side a 1-0 win over Indy Eleven in front of 5,245 fans at TD Place in the Canadian capital this afternoon.
Chances were few and far between for both sides on the day, as the two sides combined for just 11 shots. The first clear chance on goal came a half hour in when Ottawa defender Rafael Alves found himself on the end of a corner at the top of the six yard box, but his touch failed him, as he sent the ball weakly towards goal and outside of the right post. Two minutes later Indy Eleven forced Fury FC goalkeeper Romuald Peiser into his first save when Brad Ring’s near-angle shot had to be batted away at the left post.

The visitors were forced to deal with an injury blow shortly thereafter in the 34th minute, as midfielder Sergio Peña suffered a lower leg injury that will be further evaluated early next week upon the team’s return to Indiana.

Indy Eleven would get its best chance of the match in the 48th minute when a sustained build-up ended with the ball popping to midfielder Victor Pineda 10 yards from goal, but his shot destined for the far post drifted inches wide left to take Ottawa off the hook. Two more chances around the hour mark would go wanting, as forward Wojciech Wojcik had the ball taken off his foot inside the area with a sliding challenge by Alves, while midfielder Brian Brown’s low effort from 15 yards out was stopped with a kick save by Peiser.
After Indy Eleven had the better of the possession and limited chances created for most of the second half, Ottawa would finally start to take things over in the final 10 minutes, starting when
forward Paulo Junior’s 82nd minute shot skipped just wide of the far left post. 
The game’s tipping point would come with two minutes in regulation left to play, when Ubiparipovic held possession before Indy’s Brad Ring swept over and tried to clear the ball inside the six. However, his clearance ricocheted off Ubiparipovic and into the path of Paterson, who slammed home a first-time shot from 12 yards out to move the scoreboard for the home side. Indy would get no clear-cut chances to equalize during the six minutes of added time in the second half, falling for a third straight game after starting the NASL Spring Season with a four-game undefeated run.

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