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MATCH RECAP: FURY FC V LOUISVILLE CITY FC

By Ottawa Fury FC, 07/14/19, 5:45PM EDT

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Week 19
Ottawa Fury FC v Louisville City FC
Sunday, July 14 – 2:00 p.m.
TD Place, Ottawa, ON

OTTAWA - Looking to bring a bit of bite to the game on its annual Dog Day Afternoon match, Ottawa Fury FC welcomed a feisty opponent in Louisville City FC at TD Place Sunday afternoon. Human and canine fans all over TD Place enjoying the sun and evenly disputed match were treated to a 1-1 draw from their home team against the two-time defending USL Championship champion.

It took over 55 minutes before either team broke the stalemate, and the game’s first goal came after Ottawa’s captain Carl Haworth earned his side a penalty kick, which Wal Fall sunk past the extended arms of LouCity goalkeeper Hubbard to give Fury FC the lead. Louisville got a goal back of their own shortly after that when Rasmussen’s strike found the back of the net and levelled things at one apiece in the 68th minute, which would be the last goal of the afternoon.


STORYLINES

  • It was a very evenly disputed match, on the field and stats sheet.
    • Ottawa had a slight advantage on shots (16 vs 13), shots on target (8 vs 4), and shots from outside the box (7 vs 3).
    • Louisville topped ever so slightly Fury FC in a few categories such as possession (58.5% vs 41.5%), shots from inside the box (10 vs 9), corners (8 vs 7) and duels won (58 vs 57).
  • Wal Fall’s converted PK marked his 6th goal this season, now only one behind Ottawa’s leading scorer Mour Samb who has 7.
  • Kevin Oliveira and Christiano François, with their pace and quick reactions, were active threats throughout the match.
    • Oliveira led the team for the number of shots (6) while François generated a number of crosses and key passes that helped Fury FC push through the final third.
  • Ottawa’s defensive structure was tested but held strong.
    • Centre-back Thomas Meilleur-Giguère, elected Man of the Match at TD Place on the day, secured 12 clearances for his side.
    • Left-back Onua Obasi was very active on the flank, leading the club with 85 touches and 60 passes, winning 12 of his 18 duels, totalling 6 tackles and providing 3 key passes.

POST-GAME COMMENTS

Head Coach Nikola Popovic
“The players were amazing, fighting until the end. As expected, it was a very difficult match. We are speaking about a team that is a two-time champion, a very good team who was always able to understand what was going on on the field. The first half was much more a game of transition and set plays. Then in the second half, we started very well, scored the goal, and then we lost a bit our aggressivity in the midfield and they were able to come back. After that, I think it was very even. Today, I think the 1-1 score is very fair.”

Defender Maxim Tissot
“It’s huge. We’ll be disappointed at the end (of the game), because we were leading. But I think that because of our game on Wednesday, we got a bit tired at the end. They are a good team, we knew it was going to be a tough opponent today. But overall, with how tight the standings are, I think this point could be very useful in the end. So a bit disappointed now, but looking back in the next few days, we’ll be satisfied with the point.”

MATCH REPORT
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Starting XI
Ottawa Fury FC (4-3-3): Irving; Obasi, Barnathan, Meilleur-Giguère, Haworth ©; Fall, Ward (77’ Attakora), Mannella; De Freitas (61’ Tissot), Oliveira, François

Louisiville City FC (3-4-2-1): Hubbard; Craig, Totsch (64’ Jane), Peay; Rasmussen, Francis (63’ Davis IV), Williams, Jimenez; Ownby, McCabe; Spencer

Scoring Summary
56’ – OTT Fall (PK)
68’ – LOU Rasmussen

Caution Summary
77’ – OTT Meilleur-Giguère
81’ – LOU Rasmussen
90+2’ – OTT Obasi

Attendance
5,770