Photo courtesy Steve Kingsman / Freestyle Photography / Ottawa Fury FC
OTTAWA – A goal late in the first half by Steevan Dos Santos earned Ottawa Fury FC a 1-0 victory against Orlando City B on Tuesday afternoon in front of a crowd of 7,551 at TD Place. Fury FC (5-4-4, 19pts) went close to opening the scoring in the 15th minute, but a clearance off the line by Zach Carroll denied Steevan Dos Santos’ lobbed finish over OCB goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. before Orlando’s defense hustled the ball to safety. Carl Haworth also went close as his chipped finish went off the crossbar from the right side of the penalty area, but Haworth created the opening goal two minutes before halftime as his low cross was tucked home by Dos Santos from the top of the six-yard area. Orlando (4-6-4, 16pts) opened the second half more brightly, and Seb Hines had a header tipped over by Fury FC goalkeeper Callum Irving two minutes into the second half. Ben Polk and Austin Martz also had chances blocked for the visitors as they pressed for an equalizer. Ottawa almost added to its lead with 14 minutes to go as Jamar Dixon found the left side-netting after being played into the penalty area by Jimmy-Shammar Sanon. Fury FC should have put the game away as Sanon got in on a breakaway in stoppage time, only to put his shot too close to Edwards, but Ottawa withstood Orlando’s late pressure and earned a valuable three points.
43’ – OTT – Steevan Dos Santos (Carl Haworth)
Three Things That Matter:
1. Having made his first appearance of the season on Saturday as a substitute against the Rochester Rhinos, Carl Haworth’s first start of the season was a tremendous success as he looked dangerous and recorded the assist on Steevan Dos Santos’ opening goal of the game before being withdrawn just before the hour-mark. Fury FC’s Most Valuable Player a season ago, the Canadian international has been hampered by injury to start the season, but his presence to lead the line will give a major boost to Ottawa’s attack as it looks to push into a solid playoff position.
2. Orlando didn’t produce much of note in the opening half, but held the upper hand for much of the second half and will likely be disappointed it was unable to convert any of its chances to take something away from the contest. OCB was left stymied by a Fury FC defense that hustled to block any clear chances the visitors were able to create, with three of OCB’s efforts being blocked as Ottawa goalkeeper Callum Irving was forced to make only one save for the shutout. OCB has now been shut out in back-to-back contests, and has won only once in the past five, leaving the side to need a boost in performance to get back into the mix for the postseason.
3. Ottawa’s road to the postseason hit a bump in the road in Saturday’s road defeat to the Rochester Rhinos, but a solid home victory moved Fury FC squarely into the middle of the pack for the postseason as it moved into sixth place in the standings with the win. There’s no respite for the side, however, as Saturday’s game against the New York Red Bulls II will offer another test against a New York side that is looking to boost its own playoff hopes.
USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Carl Haworth, Ottawa Fury FC – Haworth’s first start of the season showed the quality he brings to Fury FC as he played a key role in the game’s decisive moment.
Ottawa Fury FC vs. New York Red Bulls II – June 24, 2 p.m. ET, TD Place
Orlando City B at Rochester Rhinos – June 23, 7:05 p.m. ET, Capelli Sport Stadium