But the Eddies could have snatched a precious road goal in injury time. In a game that had very few decent chances, FCE had a wonderful chance to steal the game at the death. Striker Frank Jonke got the ball in the middle of the box after Horace James was able to slide and make a pass after recovering his own blocked shot. But Ottawa keeper Devala Gorrick was able to make a sliding stop.
Still, Eddies coach Colin Miller feels the Eddies are “in the driver’s seat” going into next week’s second leg at Clarke Stadium. After Saturday’s disappointing 1-0 loss to the NASL champion Cosmos in league play, Miller said that he felt, at times, the Eddies played their best soccer of the season, even if it didn’t show on the scoresheet.
There were a few notable individual performances from players on both teams, despite the 0-0 scoreline.
On the Ottawa side, kudos should go to central defender Drew Beckie, who stood strong when facing Eddies’ striker Tomi Ameobi and then Jonke, who came on a sub. Richie Ryan was also a handful in midfield, disrupting several FCE attacks and moving the ball well in his own right.
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