A strong second half push from Ottawa Fury FC wasn’t enough on Saturday night in Brooklyn, as the capital club dropped its fourth straight match against the New York Cosmos.
The Cosmos started the match in dominating fashion, testing Ottawa goalkeeper Romuald Peiser twice in the opening three minutes.
Walter Restrepo looked as dangerous as was expected on the right flank, dominating Ottawa left back Brandon Poltronieri in the opening forty-five minutes.
While Restrepo dominated on the right, it was a pass from Leo Fernandes on the left flank which sliced the Fury FC defence apart. After a solo run through the midfield, Fernandes sent a perfect ball just beyond the Ottawa centrebacks, and Cosmos striker Lucky Mkosana trapped it before finishing smoothly past Peiser.
New York dominated the duration of the first half but failed to beat Peiser again, entering the break up one-nil. Luckily for Ottawa, I might add, as Marc Dos Santos’ side was poor in the opening forty-five and probably deserved to trail by more than just Mkosana’s 14th-minute marker.
The second half saw the reemergence of the Ottawa side which blanked NASL favourite Minnesota United back on April 18th, as Fury FC dominated possession from minutes 46 to 90.
However, as has been a common theme early in Fury FC’s 2015 NASL campaign, the team lacked finish. Tom Heinemann and Andrew Wiedeman both squandered golden opportunities, and the team’s inability to finish resulted in its fourth consecutive defeat.
The loss to Gio Savarese’s Cosmos side – one which looked unbeatable in the first half and terribly awkward in the second – condemns Fury FC to a disheartening ninth in the league table. Furthermore, the loss to top-table New York sees them slide to seven points back, with just five games remaining in the spring season. With that kind of deficit, it’s safe to call Ottawa’s bid for a spring championship, and its consequent auto-berth in the NASL’s playoffs, dead.