The coach said to go left… but Brian Sylvestre dove to his right. PHOTO: FC EDMONTON/TONY LEWIS
Clarke Field continues to be a house of horrors for RailHawks coach Colin Clarke and his Carolina team.
A second-half Daryl Fordyce penalty-kick goal gave the Eddies a 1-0 win over the RailHawks; the win gave the Eddies at least temporary possession of first place in the NASL standings, pending the outcome of Sunday evening’s game between the New York Cosmos and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. If the Cosmos don’t win, the Eddies keep first spot.
Since 2012, when FC Edmonton moved into Clarke Field, the RailHawks have not won there, and have been outscored 22-6.
Referee Francis LaTulippe pointed to the spot after Carolina defender Connor Tobin pushed Eddies captain Albert Watson to the ground on a set piece. As the ball was placed on the spot, RailHawks coach Colin Clarke bellowed to his keeper, Brian Sylvestre, to dive to his left.
Sylvestre dove way early, and to his right. Fordyce was able to go the other way with the shot.
“I couldn’t hear anything,” said Fordyce. “I just remember last year I took a penalty down in Carolina, and the way he was telling the goalie to go, that’s where I went.”
And because Sylvestre left so early, the guesswork was taken out of it.
“The goalie went early, and I sort of made my mind up where to go, both occasions,” said Fordyce.
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