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RECAP | Positive Eddies performance ends in tough 1-0 defeat to Miami FC

Just eight minutes after FC Edmonton looked to have taken the lead at Clarke Stadium, Miami found the winner through Vincenzo Rennella.
Kassim Khimji (@KassimKhimji) | Jun 10, 2017

EDMONTON, A.B. -- Second-half substitute Vincenzo Rennella scored the game winning goal in the 80th minute in a 1-0 win for Miami FC on Saturday, June 10 – just eight minutes after FC Edmonton looked to have taken the lead at Clarke Stadium.

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Striker Tomi Ameobi looked to have given the Eddies the lead in the 72nd minute, but the official called the play back for a push in the back of a Miami defender. The Eddies were then unfortunately compensated eight minutes later after conceding to Rennella, who notched his fifth goal of the season past FC Edmonton goalkeeper Nathan Ingham, who made his second-consecutive start for the Eddies.

“I thought we were robbed here tonight against a terrific Miami team,” FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller said post-match. “I’m really proud of the players, from start to finish. After a long trip all week they gave everything for the cause and I’m devastated because we didn’t deserve to lose here.”

Edmonton’s first chance of the match fell on 22 minutes when Tomi Ameobi found Dustin Corea with a headed pass. Dustin fired a shot that was goal bound, but it was well blocked by the Miami defence. On the ensuing corner kick, centre-back Abdoulaye Diakité – wearing the captain’s armband for the second match in a row in the absence of Nik Ledgerwood -- found himself unmarked at the back-post, but his header went inches wide of the Miami goal.

Despite Miami edging possession with 63 percent, both sides had 4 attempts on goal with Edmonton having three attempts inside the box. Both teams would head into the half-time break tied at 0-0 after a tame first-half.

Miami tested Ingham in the opening moments of the second half with another long range shot. This time, Chavez aimed his shot towards the far corner, but Ingham made a diving save. Moments later, Stefano Pinho fired a shot from just inside the box that was destined for the bottom corner, but the Canadian shot-stopper got low to keep the score even.

FC Edmonton’s first chance of the second half came shortly after the hour mark. After the ball was played to Shawn Nicklaw out wide, the defender beat his man before firing a low cross into the box. Ameobi took a touch and fired a shot on the turn, but the Newcastle product didn’t connect with the ball cleanly and his shot went out for a goal kick.

The home side thought they had the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute after Ameobi got on the end of Dustin’s corner kick and beat Miami goalkeeper Daniel Vega to the top-right corner. But just as the Eddies begane to celebrate, the referee disallowed the goal for a push in the back of the Miami defender.

Football can be a cruel game, and the Eddies felt that feeling eight minutes later when they found themselves down by a goal. Pinho ran down the right wing before finding Rennella ahead of Diakité in the middle of the box, making no mistake of the chance and tapping the ball in from close range to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

The whistle would blow on a cruel result for the Eddies as they now prepare to visit the San Francisco Deltas next Saturday, June 17 at Kezar Stadium.

“I thought it was a good goal that was disallowed after a perfect header from [Ameobi]. and then they catch us in the end with a goal shortly after,” Miller added. “There are a lot of positives to take from this game, the crowd were fantastic tonight. As a team, the attitude and character was outstanding, especially after a long week. We created a lot of chances and defended really well. It’s disappointing not to get a point here.”

FC Edmonton

Ingham, Nicklaw, Watson, Diakite, Galvao; Zebie (Di Biase 85’), Eustaquio; Nyassi (Shiels 75’), Dustin, Fisk (Keegan 79’); Ameobi

Miami FC

Vega; Borrajo, Freeman, Bernstein; Mares (Trafford 86’), Poku, Kcira (Farfan 52’), Ryan, Smith; Pinho, Chavez (Rennella 52)

Scorers

FC Edmonton

Miami FC: Rennella (80’)

Cautions

FC Edmonton: Watson (9’), Nicklaw (47’)

Miami FC: Freeman (74’)

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