On a cool but sunny Sunday afternoon, Ottawa Fury FC hosted to Atlanta United 2 at TD Place as it looked to garner momentum leading into a busy stretch. The lads in black and red reveled the home crowd in a convincing 2-0 win against a good ATL UTD 2 side. Fury FC closes out Week 8 in USL Championship sitting in 8th position in the Eastern Conference.
Ottawa got on the scoresheet first when Fury FC captain Carl Haworth dropped a perfectly weighted ball to Christiano François in the box. François didn’t waste the opportunity to get his first goal of the 2019 season and drilled the ball in the bottom left corner past Castanheira’s outstretched arms. Fury FC added a second goal in the 67th minute following a quick free kick played in the box trying to surprise Atlanta when Mour Samb found teammate Thomas Meilleur-Giguère for a clean finish and a 2-0 lead. Atlanta got a lone shot on goal late in the game but could not alter the outcome of the game, the locals capturing their third win of the season, a third clean sheet.
Head Coach Nikola Popovic
“Our players deserve all the credit. We’ve had a difficult week (because of injuries and weather) however they were all able to understand very quickly the strategy for this game. We were very strict and precise in how we approached this game and almost everything went according to plan.”
“(Carl Haworth) is a player who’s able to be dangerous in almost every moment of the game… and when I say every moment I’m including the set plays too. I think the National Team should be looking at this player. He’s a player with fantastic skills and that fits very well in our model of play.”
Defender Thomas Meilleur-Giguère
“I watched the replay: I don’t even know what I’m doing in the box! I don’t know why I was there, but I received the ball and just the instinct… my left foot and I scored. I didn’t know how to celebrate even I wasn’t ready so that’s that.”
Forward Christiano François
“I feel great. I needed to score. I’ve been working on finishing. I always keep working hard and I know the goals are going to come. I don’t put too much pressure on myself… it was the same thing when I was in Pittsburgh, it takes me some games to score. But when I scored, I kept going. So I think this year will be like that: I look forward to scoring more goals.”
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Ottawa Fury FC (4-3-3): Irving; Obasi, Meilleur-Giguère, Attakora, Haworth ©; Gagnon-Laparé, Barnathan, Ward (81’ Mutambala); Oliveira, Samb (88’ Daniels), François
Atlanta United 2 (4-2-3-1): Castahneira; Benitez, Decas, Ruthven (59’ Asiedu), Metcalf; Wyke, Vint; Kissiedou (68’ Samuel), Carleton (69’ Castro), Fernando; Conway
40’ – OTT François (Haworth)
67’ – OTT Meilleur-Giguère (Samb)