Ottawa Fury FC fought back to erase a 2-0 deficit on Saturday but ultimately fell just short in a 3-2 loss to Atlanta United 2.
Atlanta came out strong early on, as Andrew Carleton struck first in this match, followed by a score courtesy of Patrick Okonkwo added in the 26th minute, giving his team a two goal edge.
But Fury would battle back, with Wal Fall cutting Atlanta’s lead in half with a goal on a penalty kick in the 39th minute. Hadji Barry would tie the game in the 70th minute before Atlanta answered back with a goal of their own in the 72nd minute, once again off the foot of Carleton.
Fury will look to get back into the win column on Wednesday when they visit Indy Eleven as the extended road trip continues.
Head Coach Nikola Popovic
“About the game today, of course it’s unfortunate to start the game losing 1-0, then the team started recovering well, we got into our rhythm, however, we went on to concede a second goal. We then came back and scored one right before half time, which gave us a boost and we came out and played well in the second half and went on to tie it. We have to give our players credit for coming back and always fighting. A small detail cost us and they took advantage from it to gain the lead, and we pushed until the very end, we had a lot of shots and chances, I think we deserved to come out with at least a point out of this game, but it didn’t happen and that is unfortunate. However, we fought until the end. We are not satisfied with the result obviously, but we have to be confident that with the way we are playing, the goals and the wins are going to come in our next matches.”
Ottawa Fury FC (4-3-3): Irving; Dixon (71’ Mutambala), Mannella, Boskovic, Tissot, Ward, Fall, Gagnon-Laparé (86’ Thiago); Oliveira, Barry, Haworth ©
Atlanta United 2 (4-4-1): Kann; Ambrose, Decas, Wyke, Metcalf; Fernando, Adams, Kratz (90’ Benitez), Bashti (85’ Barajas); Carleton, Okonkwo (68’ Conway)
1’ – ATL Carleton (Kratz)
26’ – ATL Okonkwo
39’ – OTT Fall (PK)
70’ – OTT Barry (Tissot)
72’ – ATL Carleton
23’ – OTT Boskovic
45’ – OTT Haworth
45’ – ATL Fernando
70’ – ATL Bashti
89’ – OTT Fall