Fury FC 4, Red Bulls II 3
Desperately looking for offence, Ottawa Fury FC responded on Saturday with a 4-3 win over the New York Red Bulls II in New Jersey.
It was a roller-coaster ride.
On loan from Montreal Impact, Michael Salazar netted the equalizer three minutes from time after New York twice recovered from a deficit. Then, Tucker Hume was brought down in the box and Ryan Williams stepped up to convert the penalty.
“We focused on offence all week, and I think we could have scored five goals just in the first half,” said Fury FC coach Paul Dalglish. “With 13 shots in the first half and 18 shots overall, I think the guys were incredible today. We gave up a few goals that we’ll have to fix, which is to be expected with a few changes in our back three, but overall I’m really, really pleased with this win.”
Hume scored his first professional goal to open the scoring in the 14th minute, slotting home a rebound after Salazar’s effort was denied.
After a New York goal, the score was 1-1 at the half.
After winning a 50-50 challenge, Sito curled in a perfect shot just outside the 18-yard box, giving Ottawa a 2-1 lead through 51 minutes. New York scored twice to take a 3-2 lead.
After Salazar tied the game and as the clock neared 90 minutes, Hume found space behind New York’s defence, and as he penetrated the box he was brought down. Williams, who came on to replace Sergio Manesio in the 73rd minute, buried his second of the season from the penalty spot.
The win vaults Ottawa up the USL standings to ninth place, level with Bethlehem for the eighth and final playoff spot.
Fury FC returns to TD Place to host Toronto FC in the first leg of the Canadian Championship semifinals on Tuesday at 7 p.m.