Ottawa Fury FC v Charleston Battery
Not long after a splendid showing in Nashville that pushed its unbeaten streak to nine straight, and on goalkeeper Callum Irving’s 50th match played for the club, Ottawa Fury FC was facing a tough, but familiar, opponent in Charleston Battery on June 26 at TD Place. The skies cleared up in time for fans to witness a resilient 3-2 come from behind win for Fury FC.
The visiting team got things going in the 19th minute on a headed goal by midfielder Candela. Fury FC captain Carl Haworth made sure to level the playing field again not too long after, when he expertly curled in a free kick from just outside the left corner of the box. Haworth would add one more on a beautiful combination between Fall, Oliveira, and François setting up the goal in the 74th minute. Charleston levelled the score back to 2-all with a little more than five minutes to play. But it would be Fury FC that would get the final goal of the night, claiming a convincing 3-2 win in the final minutes of the game.
This Fury FC match marked the 50th played with Ottawa for goalkeeper Callum Irving. The 26-year-old Canadian had had a stellar 2017 season in Ottawa, recording 7 clean sheets in 32 league games. After featuring in only two USL Championship games in 2018, he has been back at the helm for Fury FC this season, starting the past 12 games, earning 4 clean sheets and maintaining a success rate of 70% on saves.
Fury FC’s captain Carl Haworth contributed two goals on two shots on target and one assist on the night. He now has 4 goals, 4 assists on the season, surpassing his 2018 totals not quite halfway through the calendar year. In 2018, in 30 games played, he had 3 goals and 3 assists.
Next home match: Sunday, July 14 v Louisville City FC (Dog Day Afternoon).