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RECAP | Eddies earn road point off fortunate own goal against North Carolina

A regretful miss from Sylvestre earns the Eddies a point despite generating the majority of chances
Jamie Umbach (@JamieUmbach) | Sep 2, 2017

CARY, N.C – A fortunate own goal handed FC Edmonton a point on the road in a 1-1 draw with North Carolina FC on September 2, stretching the Eddies’ unbeaten streak to five matches.

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The Eddies had numerous opportunities to equalize and were denied by two crossbars before a routine back-pass to NCFC goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre turned into disaster, equalizing the score in the second half after a go-ahead goal from Christian Ibeagha had the hosts in front early.

“We started poorly in defending a corner and I’m disappointed with the goal we gave away,” FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller said post-match. “But 10-15 minutes later we settled in and I think played some of the best football we have all season, generating chances but missing our opportunities.

“In the end I’m proud of the players. We got a bit of fortune and take a very valuable road point home with us.”

FC Edmonton’s only change from a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Deltas last weekend came at centre-back with Netan Sansara coming in for a suspended Karsten Smith and earning his first start since June 3.

The hosts started off on the front foot with three quick corners, and on a fourth took the lead. Laing’s cross found the unmarked head of Ibeagha, who’s free-header deflected off the post and in to give North Carolina the 1-0 advantage.

The Eddies’ chance to equalize came on 28 minutes after Fisk sent a low cross into the box that was pushed away by Sylvestre. Keegan followed up and dove for the rebound, but the North Carolina defender was a half-second ahead of the Stormville, N.Y product to clear the opportunity.

Keegan was unlucky five minutes later when his directed header off the cross from Galvao hit the crossbar. Leaving Sylvestre no chance, the woodwork came to his rescue to keep North Carolina ahead 1-0.

Ameobi was awarded another great opportunity for the Eddies in the 42nd minute. Fisk’s curling effort from outside the box was parried into the box by Sylvestre, but Amoebi’s follow-up was dragged wide of the left post.

North Carolina held the advantage 1-0 at the half-time break.

The crossbar denied FC Edmonton once again on 64 minutes, with Keegan hitting his second after another great cross from Galvao. It seemed the Eddies wouldn’t get the breaks on the night after countless favourable opportunities.

But on 69 minutes, the Eddies were gifted an equalizer. A North Carolina back-pass to Sylvestre could’ve been picked up by the keeper, but he elected to play it with his feet. Sylvestre fumbled the touch and the ball crossed the line despite his second efforts, equalizing the score 1-1 with an own goal.

Deep in stoppage time, the Eddies almost nicked the three points after Fordyce just missed Nyassi’s cross to the back-post. In the end, the Eddies would take a point on the road and stretch their unbeaten streak to five.

FC Edmonton returns home following two-consecutive away matches to rematch NCFC on University Night at Clarke Stadium on September 10. Tickets are available at tickets.fcedmonton.com.

Game Summary

            1          2          F

FCE     0          1          1

NCFC  1          0          1

Scoring Summary

FC Edmonton: Sylvestre (OG, 70')

North Carolina FC: Ibeagha (4')

Cautions

FC Edmonton: None

North Carolina: None

Lineups

FC Edmonton: Farago; Galvao, Sansara, Diakité, Nicklaw (Di Biase 58'); Fisk (Nyassi 78'), Zebie, McKendry, Corea; Ameobi, Keegan (Fordyce 65')

North Carolina FC: Sylvestre; Black, Tobin, Ibeagha, Miller; Marcelin; Laing (Glenn 84'), Albadawi, Fortune (Kandziora 72'), Shipalane (Carranza 71'); Gorne

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