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RECAP | North Carolina ends Eddies unbeaten streak with 3-0 victory

NCFC registers their first win in Edmonton since 2011
Kassim Khimji (@KassimKhimji) | Sep 10, 2017

EDMONTON, AB – North Carolina FC registered their first win in Edmonton since June 10, 2011, ending FC Edmonton’s undefeated run of five matches with a 3-0 victory on Sunday, September 10 at Clarke Stadium.

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Midfielder Nazmi Albadawi opened up the scoring on 12 minutes with a rocket from outside the box that left goalkeeper Tyson Farago no chance before forward Renan Gorne doubled the visitor’s lead with a header on 21 minutes. Steven Miller added late consolation to cap off a disappointing day at home for the Eddies.

“I can handle getting beat if we put in the effort and try, but North Carolina will not get an easier three points than they did today,” Colin Miller said post-match. “It’s one of those days at the office you have to forget and move on from.”

The visitors took the lead on 12 minutes through a terrific strike from Albadawi. The midfielder won the original flick-on before receiving a pass from Gorne. Albadawi fired a shot from 25 yards out that found the top-corner of Farago’s net.

Carolina doubled their lead on the 21-minute mark through a corner kick. Dre Fortune swung in a cross that was met by Gorne, who directed his header into the top corner of the net to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.

Edmonton’s first chance of the match came just after the half-hour mark. Dustin Corea delivered a cross into the box from a corner kick that was found by Ben McKendry. The midfielder directed his effort on goal, but Sylvestre came up with the save.

After a slow first half from the Eddies, head coach Colin Miller brought on a pair of replacements in hopes of strengthening both offence and defence. Albert Watson replaced Netan Sansara at centre-back, while Daryl Fordyce came in for Jake Keegan in the striker position.

Carolina nearly scored their third of the match on 77 minutes. After a short corner kick, Albadawi received the ball near the corner of the 18-yard-box. The midfielder took a touch before firing a shot that beat Farago, but unable to beat the crossbar. The scoreline remained 2-0 with just over 10 minutes to play.

The visiting side would eventually seal all three points in the final moments of the game. After a giveaway in the Eddies half, midfielder Steven Miller latched on to the loose ball before running towards goal on a breakaway. Miller made no mistake as he coolly slotted the ball past Farago.

“From start to finish it was miles away from performances we’ve put in recently,” Miller added. “We’ve played far better than that in the Spring Season and lost. I’m very disappointed here today, its miles away from what we expect as a staff and as a head coach of this team.”

FC Edmonton

Farago; Nicklaw, Diakite, Sansara (Watson 45’), Galvao; Dustin, McKendry, Zebie, Fisk (Nyassi 69’); Keegan (Fordyce 55’), Ameobi

North Carolina FC

Sylvestre; Moses, Ibeagha, Tobin, Black; Miller, Albadawi (Molano 90’), Kandziora (Ruuhaak 90’), Fortune, Da Luz; Gorne (Glenn 69’)

Scoring Summary

            1          2          F

FCE      0          0          0

NCFC   2          1          0

Scorers

FC Edmonton: None

North Carolina FC: Albadawi (12’), Gorne (21’), Miller (86’)

Cautions

FC Edmonton: Nicklaw (5’), Fisk (67’)

North Carolina FC: None

 

 

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