Photo: Mark Thor / Orlando City B
While Ottawa’s attack was on point Wednesday night in Orlando as the club opened its three-game road trip against Orlando City B, they were unable to beat Earl Edwards Junior who denied Fury FC at every opportunity, leading his team to a 3-0 win.
Ottawa trailed 1-0 after 45 minutes in a first half that saw Adonijah Reid, Nick DePuy and Carl Haworth (twice) all denied by Edwards Jr., his best coming off a free-kick from Haworth late in the first half.
Orlando’s goalkeeper denied Gerardo Bruna on a penalty kick early in the first half which proved to be the turning point as the home side scored a second less than 10 minutes later through Hadji Barry who and added his second of the match in the 71st minute to claim the 3-0 win for Orlando. Ottawa finished the night with 20 shots with plenty of positives coming out of Julian de Guzman's head coaching debut.
On the heels of arguably their best effort of the season against Charlotte Independence last weekend, Fury FC were looking to pick up from where they left off. There were encouraging signs in the 10th minute of the match as Canadian forward Adonijah Reid, who was making his first career start, found a wide-open Haworth in the box who sent a one-timed effort on goal, forcing a save from Edwards Jr. that nearly gave his team the early 1-0 lead. There were plenty of positives from both Reid and Haworth, in a game that saw Haworth don the captain’s armband for the first time in 95 appearances in Fury FC colours.
Orlando City B found the opening goal of the match in the 34th minute off a set play as Barry’s initial shot took a deflection, before seeing Seb Hines’ head the ball just past Callum Irving. At the hour-mark, Barry added his second goal of the night as his nifty touch past a Fury FC defender sent him alone in the box, where he fired a low strike past Irving.
Barry capped off his dominant performance, as his solo effort past two defenders saw a low near post shot beat Irving to give his team the 3-0 lead in the 71st minute.
The results of tonight’s match saw Fury FC give up a chance to leap frog Orlando City B and move into a playoff spot. Fury FC will now travel to Tampa Bay to face the Rowdies on Saturday in the second of three consecutive games on the road for Ottawa.
- Adonijah Reid made his first career start
- Wandrille Lefevre made his Fury FC debut after joining the club on loan from Montreal on Tuesday
- Ottawa produced over 400 passes and a passing completion percentage over 82%
- Fury FC out shot Orlando 20-10
- Carl Haworth wore the captain’s armband with Lance Rozeboom sidelined due to an injury
- The 3-0 defeat was Ottawa’s largest margin of defeat this season
- Callum Irving made his 25th consecutive start (in all competitions)
- Haworth had 5 of Ottawa’s 20 shots
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Fury FC GM and Head Coach, Julian de Guzman:
On the result:
"For me, the score tonight doesn’t do us justice, especially when we look at the shot count, we clearly dominated in that aspect. The difference was that they were able to convert their chances and we weren’t able.
"We started off well, we could have taken the lead on three different occasions in the first half, but we couldn’t find the back of the net. Then in the second half, down 1-0, we created a penalty shot that could have easily brought us back in the game. The guys gave everything they had, playing in the warm weather it wasn’t easy. I’m pleased with a lot of things that happened throughout the game, but we also need to work on a lot of things."
On his first experience as a Head Coach:
"It’s a different feeling. I could only imagine what type of success could follow this as long as the guys remain positive. My job is to continue to carry these guys in the right direction. I definitely believe in these guys. They gave everything they had and as long they continue to push in that direction I think it we will be very successful."
Ottawa Fury FC (3-4-3): Irving; Lefèvre, Martin Del Campo, Barden; Campbell, Bruna, Manesio, Dixon (Sanon 67'); Reid (Sito 63'), DePuy (Dos Santos 63'), Haworth
Orlando City B (4-4-2): Earl Edwards Jr., Ellis-Hayden, Timbo, Hines, Martz; Da Silva (Gallardo 74'), Rocha, Schweitzer, Neal; Barry (Dikwa 72'), Cox (Polk 86')
August 19 @ Tampa Bay Rowdies - 7:30 p.m. - Al Lang Stadium
Next Home Match:
August 27 vs New York Red Bulls II - 2 p.m. - TD Place