Ottawa Fury 0-2 TFC
The first leg of the Canadian Championship semi-final couldn’t have gone much smoother for a much-changed Toronto FC. The two sides meet again for the second leg back in Toronto in a few weeks, but it looks like TFC can start planning for the final.
Ottawa came into the match as the underdogs since they came up against the MLS side, but after holding out for 30 minutes their defence was finally broken by Drew Moor.
The Fury defended well to keep it down to one, but their efforts were in vain as Tsubasa Endoh scored the second after 91 minutes. In truth, TFC could have won by more goals but two should be enough to secure the passage through to the final.
TFC had three golden opportunities in the opening five minutes. But they were unable to make the break through.
Marky Delgado fired a shot over the bar from inside the area in just the second minute. Seconds before that, Patrick Mullins found himself closing in on Irving after sneaking between two Fury defenders. However, his shot went agonisingly wide.
The pressure continued in the fourth minute when Irving made a great save off Endoh. TFC again got in behind the Fury defence for an opportunity.
The Fury got their early-game nerves out of the way. Because they had two great chances of their own midway through the half.
Haworth was awarded a free kick in the 23rd minute. However, his shot was wide of the target to the left.