Just under 1 hour left until kickoff at TD Place between @OttawaFuryFC and @FCEdmontonNow! #WeAreFury #Eddies
Today's match between Ottawa Fury FC and FC Edmonton marks the tenth time that both teams have faced each in the Canadian Derby other over the past 2 seasons.
Today's match will have more than just bragging on the rights on the line as Fury FC look to clinch their first ever playoff spot with a win over their Canadian rivals. Ottawa comes into today's match sitting on top of the NASL Fall Season Table with a record of 10W-4D-1L for a total of 34 points. They are unbeaten over their past 7 matches with a record of 4W-3D-0L and have only lost once in their past 20 matches (11W-8D-1L).
FC Edmonton enters the match on a unbeaten streak of their own at 4 games (3W-1D-0L). They currently in third place on the NASL Fall Season Table with a record of 7W-4D-4L for 25 points. They look to hold on to their spot in the NASL playoff picture and stay ahead of the other teams in the playoff hunt including the fourth place Fort Lauderdale Strikes (6W-5D-4L - 23 points), fifth place New York Cosmos (6W-5D-4L - 23 points) and sixth place Atlanta Silverbacks (6W-4D-5L - 22 points). The top 4 teams at the end of the season will advance to the NASL playoffs.
For today's match Ottawa Fury FC players will be wearing PINK toques and Goalkeeper Romuald Peiser will be wearing a special PINK kit as the team supports the curing of women's cancers with the Canadian Cancer Society.
FC Edmonton kicks off the ball and we are underway at TD Place
10 minutes into the match and both teams have been jostling for ball possession and control in the midfield. Fury FC have had had 1 corner and 1 shot attempt. Possession so far is 60%-40% in favour of FC Edmonton
11th minute - Forward Tom Heinemann gets taken down near the the 18 yard box and looks for a penalty. But the referee waves for play to continue.
18th minute - Fury FC keeper Romauld Peiser punches away a 35 yard free kick from FC Edmonton midfielder Dustin Corea.
23rd minute - GOAL - Tom Heinemann passes to Paulo Junior down the left sideline who crosses the ball to Sinisa Ubipariopovic who beats the keeper for his fourth goal of the season. Fury FC: 1 FC Edmonton: 0
33rd minute - FC Edmonton shot from the 20 yard line sails over Fury FC keeper Romauld Peiser out of bounds.
35th minute - Fury FC keeper Peiser makes a diving save to his left post stopping the free kick from FC Edmonton's Lance Laing.
HALFTIME - After 45 minutes Ottawa Fury FC leads FC Edmonton by a score of 1-0. Both teams took 2 shots on target in the first half and possession is 55%-45% in favour of Ottawa Fury FC.
Ottawa Fury FC kicks off the ball and the second half is officially underway here at TD Place.
55th minute - FC Edmonton bringing more pressure in Ottawa Fury FC's end in the second half. However, Fury FC's defence has prevented FC Edmonton from any real scoring chances.
60th minute - SUBSTITUTION - FC Edmonton midfielder Sainey Nyassi subs into the game for fellow midfielder Pablo Cruz.
66th minute - SUBSTITUTION - FC Edmonton sub in forward Tomi Ameobi for fellow forward Daryl Fordyce
72nd minute - GOAL - Ottawa Fury Fc midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic scores his second goal of the afternoon and gives Fury FC a 2-0 lead. He received the cross from Ryan Richter and scores off a well placed shot in the 18 yard box beating a diving Eddies goalkeeper Matt VanOekel.
76th minute - SUBSTITUTION - FC Edmonton uses their final substitution to bring in midfielder Thiago de Freitas for midfielder Dustin Corea
76th minute - SUBSTITUTION - Ottawa Fury FC subs in forward Oliver Minatel for forward Paulo Junior
77th minute - SUBSTITUTION - Ottawa Fury FC subs in midfielder Julian De Guzman for team captain Richie Ryan
79th minute - YELLOW CARD - Fury FC's Ryan Richter receives the first yellow card of the match.
80th minute - YELLOW CARD - Fury FC's Tom Heinemann receives a yellow card.
83rd minute - FC Edmonton's Thiago de Freitas get a powerful shot on net but it rings off the post and Ottawa Fury FC clear the ball.
85th minute - SUBSTITUTION - Ottawa Fury FC subs in forward Ugur Albayrak for Tom Heinemann
90th minute - 5 minutes of stoppage time have been awarded by the officials.
FINAL - The final whistle blows and Ottawa Fury FC keeps the clean sheet to win 2-0, clinching the team's first ever playoff spot. The victory extends their unbeaten streak to 8 matches and keeps them on top of the NASL with a record of 11W-4D-1L for 37 points. The crowd of 6,050 erupts in celebration as the players shake hands.
Today's game marked the 5th straight @OttawaFuryFC home game with a crowd of 6,000+ fans #WeAreFury