Match Recap: Strikers 2, Fury 1
Fort Lauderdale extends unbeaten streak to four games; climb to fourth place on the NASL 2014 Combined Table
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers (2W-2D,2L, 8 pts) came from behind to beat the Ottawa Fury FC (0-1-4, 1pt) by a final score of 2-1 at TD Place in Ottawa, finishing with 4 points in 4 days on the road. The win gives them a four game unbeaten streak and fourth place in the standings, which puts them as the fourth seed in The Championship.
The home team started the match in control and found themselves in the lead 1-0 after just 10 minutes when Strikers Martin Nuñez attempted to clear the ball from the back line, but the ball went right to Ottawa’s Carl Haworth at the top of the box. Haworth then bent the ball over Strikers keeper David Meves for the lead.
Just six minutes later Fafa Picault picked up an errant pass and made Ottawa pay, scoring his team -leading sixth goal of the season to tie the game 1-1.
The Strikers had several other chances in the first half as shots by Darnell King, Nuñez and Picault just missed the mark.
The Fury started the second half looking to take the lead once more, creating several chances and testing rookie goalkeeper Meves, who was making his first NASL start, but the keeper and the Strikers defense were solid, keeping the home team at bay.
In the 76th minute, Darnell King scored his second goal of the season, and his second goal this year against Ottawa, to give the Strikers the 2-1 lead. King made a great run into the top of the box, received a great through-ball from Mark Anderson, and put the ball into the back of the net.
Ottawa continued to press to tie the game, but the home team couldn’t find the back of the net. Meves made several great saves including grabbing a one-timer by Haworth in the 95th minutes from about 10 yards out.
"This is a very important win for us," explained Strikers head coach Gunter Kronsteiner. "Due to some off-field things, we fielded a new line-up with some different players, and we worked very hard. Tonight, we beat a good, well-coached team - we can be very proud of our game tonight."
Up Next: The Strikers return home after a successful road trip to take on the Atlanta Silverbacks on August 16th at 7:30 PM at Lockhart Stadium. Tickets are available at www.strikers.com or by calling 954-606-0400.
Match: Ottawa Fury FC (OTT) vs Fort Lauderdale Strikers (FTL)
Competition: North American Soccer League 2014 Fall Season- Matchday 6
Venue: TD Place; Ottawa, ON, Canada
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. ET
OTT- Carl Haworth (unassisted)- 10th minute
FTL: Fafà Picault 6 (unassisted)- 16'
FTL: Darnell King 2 (Mark Anderson 2)- 76'
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (4-4-2) – David Meves; Darnell King, Rafael Alves, Ronaldo Vieira (Darryl Gordon, 90), Iván Guerrero (C); Mark Anderson, Manny Gonzalez, Shawn Chin, Walter Ramirez (Aly Alberto Hassan, 74); Martin Nuñez; Fafà Picault
Subs not used: Lionel Brown, Colin Murphy
Ottawa Fury FC (4-3-3) – Romuald Peiser; Maykon, Mason Trafford, Drew Beckie, Ryan Richter (Tony Donatelli, 81); Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Richie Ryan (C), Nicki Paterson, Carl Haworth; Vini Dantas (Tom Heinemann, 58), Oliver (Phillipe Davies, 78)
Subs not used: Devala Gorrick, Kenny Caceros, Mauro Eustaquio, Pierre-Rudolph Mayard
OTT- Drew Beckie (caution)- 20th minute
FTL- Fafa Picault (caution)- 44'
FTL- Darnell King (caution)- 54'
FTL- Manny Gonzalez (caution)- 68'
Referee- Marie-Soleil Beaudoin; Assistants- Lyes Arfa, Jean-Francois Marchand; Fourth official- Chris Grabas