FC Edmonton won their second straight home game of the 2013 NASL Spring Season to draw level on points with second placed Tampa Bay Rowdies and Minnesota United behind league leaders the Carolina RailHawks.
Colin Miller’s side beat the Atlanta Silverbacks 3-0 at Clarke Stadium and like the Rowdies and United have won twice and drawn twice for a haul of eight points and sit in fourth place only because of a goal difference that is inferior by only one strike. Atlanta themselves could have claimed second place with a win, but now sit fifth, still only a point off the three teams locked in second place.
The Eddies led 2-0 at halftime through goals from Daryl Fordyce and Michael Cox, with the visitors down to ten men after keeper Joe Nasco saw red. Cox added his second and his team’s third with a spectacular overhead kick only five minutes into the second half to effectively seal three points.
“We played like it was Christmas and not Mother’s Day,” said frustrated Silverbacks coach Brian Haynes. “We were giving away gifts out there. It’s difficult to play against a team that is hungry when you’re playing against each other because there’s been more arguing than there has passing out there today.”
Edmonton coach Colin Miller said: “I wanted to get a good result here and move up the league and I want the players to learn to be absolutely ruthless.”
Clarke Stadium, featuring new seating, was ready and so were the fans, but within the first five minutes it was the Silverbacks who came out the strongest. Striker Pedro Mendes managed a header from close range but directed it wide of the near post and in the 13th minute, they had another great chance when a low cross came through the box in front of Lance Parker but no
Silverbacks player was able to get a boot on the loose ball
In the 23rd minute, the Eddies gained the momentum as Cox was chasing down a through ball but before he could a decisive touch Atlanta keeper Nasco handled the ball outside of the area and was shown a straight red card.
Lance Laing stepped up to take the resulting free kick from just outside the 18-yard box and hit a blistering left-footed shot that struck the bar.
The Eddies kept up the pressure and it was Daryl Fordyce with the next good opportunity who managed to get a quality shot off through the Atlanta defence, but substitute ‘keeper Eric Ati made an athletic save to keep the hosts at bay.
Fordyce got a second opportunity in the 41st and this time buried a Lance Laing through ball with a diving header to make it 1-0 to FC Edmonton.
A mistake by the Atlanta keeper allowed Cox to get on the end of a bouncing ball three minutes later and the striker made no mistake, firing into the empty net, earning a 2-0 lead going into the half.
When Cox found the net again with the second half only starting to warm up, his spectacular overhead kick finish signaled the end of the Silverbacks’ resistance.
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