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RECAP | Eddies power past Eleven 3-1 with strong road performance

Corea notched a brace in his first start for FC Edmonton since June 17 against San Francisco.
Jamie Umbach (@JamieUmbach) | Aug 5, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IN. – FC Edmonton put three goals past the Indy Eleven in hostile territory at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on Saturday, August 5 to earn the club its first win of the 2017 North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season and end Indy’s six-game unbeaten streak.

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Dustin Corea opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 53 minutes after left-back Pedro Galvao was brought down in the box. Centre-back Albert Watson’s header crossed the line by inches four minutes later off a corner from Ben Fisk to double the Eddies’ advantage. After a Nemanja Vukovic free-kick cut the deficit, Corea’s second restored the two-goal lead and guaranteed the Eddies their first road win since June 7 in Brooklyn against the New York Cosmos.

“It’s a great team performance against the in-form team in the league,” FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller said. “It takes a lot of weight off everyone’s shoulders because the longer you go without a win, the more the pressure builds. We’ve never wavered and never faultered, and the message has been consistent.

“Tonight we put away some of the chances we created and I’m very proud of the players. Now we will use this to kick-start our Fall Season and fingers crossed we can build on it.”

The Eddies made one change to last weekend’s lineup that lost in the first of the doubleheader to the Eleven at Clarke Stadium, starting Dustin Corea on the wing over Sainey Nyassi. Ben Fisk was back along the right side after a NASL Team of the Week performance last Saturday. Tyson Farago remained in goal for the third-straight match.

The Eddies held early pressure in the first fifteen minutes and almost had the opener when striker Daryl Fordyce was given an open look in the box, but his chance went right into the chest of Indy goalkeeper Jon Busch. Back the other way, Farago needed to make a save of his own for the Eddies on a streaking Don Smart to keep it level.

A lively first half for Fisk continued four minutes later when the Vancouver, B.C. product redirected Shawn Nicklaw’s low cross off the post before Ameobi’s second chance was stopped by Busch. The Eddies continued to pound on the pressure on the road against an Indy side who hadn’t lost in its last six matches (5W-1D-0L).

A moment of contention fell the way of the Eddies when Tomi Ameobi was brought down in the box from behind on a good run forward. The referee waved the call off much to the argument of the FC Edmonton players. The action would be the last of the half as the Eddies went into the break tied at 0-0 after a half with lots of positives moving forward.

The Eddies started the second half on the front foot once again, and were rewarded for their efforts with the opening goal. Left-back Pedro Galvao cut inside on an Indy defender in the box and was brought down, giving the Eddies a chance to take the lead from the spot. Dustin Corea stepped up to take the penalty and made no mistake, stutter-stepping Busch for his third goal of the campaign after a lengthy spell out due to injury.

Minutes later, the Eddies doubled their lead. Fisk’s delivery off a corner was pinpoint to the head of Albert Watson, whose low header just barely crossed the line to give the Eddies a two-goal lead.

Goals were coming fast and steady in the second half and Indy was on the board through a well-struck free-kick by Vukovic. Diakite fouled the Indy player at the top of the box and earned a yellow before Vukovic curled his ball to the top-left corner of the net past Farago.

The Eddies responded quickly and regained their two-goal advantage. A turnover handed Fordyce possession on the left before he was able to fire a low ball across the face of goal to Corea, who notched his second of the night firing the ball low past Busch.

The Eddies would end 90 minutes with a 3-1 victory and avenge last weekend’s loss to gain some Fall Season momentum moving into next Friday’s match at Clarke Stadium against the New York Cosmos.

Scorers

FC Edmonton: Corea (53’, 73’), Watson (59’)

Indy Eleven: Vukovic (66’)

Cautions

FC Edmonton: Ledgerwood (35’), Diakite (65’), Farago (83’)

Indy Eleven: Torrado (53’), Ring (74’)

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