Fury FC secures its first point of the 2019 campaign in 1-1 draw
It was finally here: the first match of the 2019 USL Championship season was at their feet and the Ottawa Fury FC lads were ready to show their new form in Charleston against the Battery on Saturday evening (7:30 p.m. kickoff, MUSC Health Stadium). After an evenly balanced battle, Fury FC closed out week 1 of the season by securing its first crucial point with a 1-1 draw.
Fury FC took charge of the game early on, scoring its first goal of the 2019 campaign in the 5th minute of play off a left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner by Oliveira. The Battery had to wait until the 65th minute before they could level the score. Neither team would find a way to break the tie and the 1-1 score would hold as final.
Head Coach Nikola Popovic
“It was a very good performance and a very consistent performance from start to finish. Of course, there is a lot of room to get better, I think we still have a long way to go to get where we want to be, but for the first game we were able to show that Ottawa Fury can in moments control and dominate the game, not only at home, but away, and that we are a team that can be dangerous at every moment of the game.”
“The difference [between a win and the draw] was the small details that allowed them to equalize the game. However, we had a lot of chances to put ourselves further ahead but unfortunately we weren’t able to close the game. On the road, against a team that is probably one of the best perhaps four or five teams in our conference, to be able to dominate and control big parts of the game, we have to be pleased with one point. Of course, we ambition to win at every moment in our life, but I think one point on the road it’s important at this time.”
Ottawa Fury FC (4-3-3): Monsalve; Obasi, Meilleur-Giguère, Attakora, Dixon (78’ Gagnon-Laparé); Fall, Ward (87’ Barnathan), Mannella (69’ De Freitas); Haworth ©, Oliveira, François
Charleston Battery (4-3-3): Joe Kuzminsky; Woodbine, Bolt, Mueller ©, Paterson; Candela, Anunga, Higashi (75’ Bosua); Rittmeyer (76’ Marini), Svantesson (87’ Kelly), Piggott
5’ – OTT Oliveira (Haworth)
65’ – CHS Svantesson
53’ – OTT Obasi
62’ – CHS Anunga