Action from Amway Canadian Championship preliminary round, second leg game between FC Edmonton (blue jersey) and the visiting Ottawa Fury FC on April 30, 2014. (Photo courtesy of FC Edmonton)
EDMONTON, Canada -- FC Edmonton posted a 3-1 win over the visiting Ottawa Fury on Wednesday at Clarke Stadium to win their two-legged Amway Canadian Championship preliminary round series by the same score.
With that result, the North American Soccer League side advanced to the competition’s semifinals, where it will face the defending champion Impact de Montreal.
After a bright start from Ottawa that featured Sinisa Ubiparipovic striking the crossbar with a free kick, Daryl Fordyce gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute with the first of his two goals.
Hanson Boakai beat Ottawa defender Drew Beckie down the left side and drove a low cross to the feet of Fordyce, who then one-timed it past goalkeeper Devala Gorrick.
Despite the continued fast pace of play, neither team was able to find the back of the net again before the break.
The host doubled its lead three minutes into the second half, when Boakai was sent in alone on Gorrick and capitalized on his own rebound after an initial save. The 17-year-old Canada youth international entered the record books as the youngest player to score in an Amway Canadian Championship game.
Edmonton struck again in the 64th minute to put the game out of reach. Off a counterattack, Boaki fed Fordyce at the top of the box, allowing the forward to slot home his second of the match past and make it 3-0.
Vinicius Dantas held off two defenders to pull one back for the Fury in the 90th minute.
“I’m delighted with the result,” said FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller. “With missing six first team players and starting two 17 year-olds, how could I not be delighted with the result?”
The Eddies will host Montreal next Wednesday in the first leg of their semifinal series.
The Amway Canadian Championship champion qualifies for the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League.