The tie was effectively over after the initial 15 minutes, with Lance Laing once again causing havoc down the Eddies' left flank. His aggression and counter-attacking speed was simply too much for the Fury to handle, who had pushed numbers forward from the get-go. Both of the Eddies' goals came from counters, though Laing was standing still when delivering both of the crosses into the penalty area that led to the goals, with Tomi Ameobi and Sainey Nyassi the beneficiaries in the end.
Andrew Wiedeman brought one back from a nice little chip pass from Nicki Paterson, with Wieds registering his first goal in Fury colours. Near the end of HT, Wiedeman had a very good shout for a PK, being tripped up from behind by Eddies defender Albert Watson, but Drew Fischer, who was the referee for the infamous 2nd leg between Edmonton and Montreal in the 2014 VCup semis, did not give the call. Sinisa Ubiparipovic was also hip-checked in the area before HT, to no avail. The Eddies finished the tie off once and for all with a PK conversion in the 81st minute by Daryl Fordyce.
At the end of the day, despite the number of penalty calls that did not come the Fury’s way, the Ottawa side were not good enough to overcome the Eddies. Questions are starting to be asked about the Fury’s defense and its killer instinct in the opponent’s penalty area, and Laing once again proved to be a decisive figure in a Voyageurs Cup tie.
All credit to the Fury players for fighting until the end, and full credits must go to Colin Miller and FC Edmonton, who now represent the Canadian NASL contingent in a tasty semi-final showdown vs. Vancouver, while Toronto and Montreal will butt heads in the other semi in the 2015 VCup, with a 2016/17 CONCACAF Champions League spot on the line
2015 Fury FC Canadian Championship (Voyageurs Cup) – Preliminary Round, 2nd Leg – FC Edmonton vs. Ottawa Fury FC Review – 3-1 L (6-2 L on aggregate)
When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 @ 10:00pm EDT
Where: Clarke Stadium, Edmonton, AB (Watch at CanadaSoccer.com; Listen at TSN 1200 FM)
Ottawa Injuries and Suspensions: CM Phil Davies (out – arm, expected back Fall Season), DM Richie Ryan (out – ankle, 1-2 weeks), LB Mike Randolph (out – knock), CAM Oliver (out – knock)
Ottawa Returnees: LB/LW Brandon Poltronieri (return – knock)
Ottawa Lineup – (4-3-3) – Peiser 6; Poltronieri 5, Trafford 5 (Eustaquio 80′), Falvey 7, Richter 6; Ubiparipovic 7, Beckie 6, Paterson 7 (Heinemann 57′, 6); Paulo Jr. 6 (Misik 80′), Wiedeman 8, Haworth 6
Ottawa Subs - DeBellis, Rafael Alves, Eustaquio, de Guzman, Misik, Heinemann
Edmonton Lineup – (4-1-4-1) – VanOekel, Moses, Watson, Roberts, Edward, Laing (Nonni 46′), Fordyce, Raudales (Burt 71′), Jones, Nyassi (Boakai 81′), Ameobi
Ottawa Goal/Assist – Wiedeman (Paterson 32′)
Edmonton Goals – Ameobi (8′), Nyassi (14′), Fordyce (81′)
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