Ottawa Fury FC put a dent in FC Cincinnati’s playoff hopes by hanging a shocking 4-0 defeat on the Orange and Blue at TD Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Alan Koch’s side had everything to play for heading into this match. A win meant qualification for the 2017 playoffs. Further, they were playing an Ottawa side that hadn’t won a game in their last 10 matches played.
Things didn’t go according to script, however. FCC found themselves behind by three goals just 20 minutes into the match. In the 4th minute, Ottawa defender Onua Obasi delivered a right-footed blast from outside the penalty area that found the net. Ottawa’s captain, Carl Haworth, then delivered a first-half double, scoring two goals separated by just seven minutes. That trio of goals put Ottawa firmly in control of the game, and FC Cincinnati spent the rest of the first half just trying to stop the bleeding.
The second half started in a similar fashion to the first, despite two halftime substitutions. Ottawa’s Eddie Edward skipped past Josu on the right, then beat Sem de Wit to the byline. He delivered a cross to Steevan Dos Santos who eluded FCC’s defense and thumped a header into goal from close range. The score was 4-0 and any chance of a comeback looked slim. FC Cincinnati benefitted from a man advantage for the last twenty-four minutes of the match, but couldn’t find a consolation goal to boost their spirits.
The Orange and Blue will return to Cincinnati licking their wounds and will prepare to travel to Toronto for their last match of the regular season. They still have a good chance of qualifying for the playoffs, but they may have to produce an elusive road win to secure it.
Four Numbers That Mattered
6 – The jersey number of Kenney Walker who missed the match after picking up two yellow cards in last Saturday’s contest in Charlotte. Sem De Wit deputized for Walker in midfield but had a hard time replicating the influence of FC Cincinnati’s assist-leader. Walker leads the Orange and Blue in assists, chances created, and tackles won. His presence in midfield, especially on the defensive side of the ball, was sorely missed.
75% – Ottawa Fury FC’s chance conversion rate (goals/shots) in the first 20 minutes of the match. The home side came out of the gates fast, and Alan Koch’s side struggled to cope. They scored goals on three of their first four shots and the game was essentially over after that initial onslaught.
69 – The minute of the match when Ottawa center back, Kyle Venter, received a red card for pushing FCC striker Kyle Greig. FC Cincinnati spent the last 21+ minutes of the match with a man advantage. Their attempt to mount any kind of comeback fell short though. They failed to record a single on-target shot after the red card.
43 – FC Cincinnati’s USL point total after Sunday’s defeat, unchanged from last week. The Orange and Blue are clinging onto the eighth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference. The good news is that their destiny is still in their own hands. Despite this poor performance, a win next week means that playoffs are guaranteed. If they lose or draw, they will need other results to go their way to get in. The primary “help” scenario that would benefit FCC is Tampa Bay beating or drawing Orlando City B on Thursday. That result would prevent OCB from displacing FCC in 8th.
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