Atletico Ottawa Bests Halifax, Secures Team’s First Cup Match Win
After facing eachother less than a week ago, the Halifax Wanderers and Atletico Ottawa battled once again in a knockout cup match, this time at a neutral venue.
Both sides entered the match on a strong note, with Halifax’s attack looking lively (though Patrice Gheisar urged his team for a more clinical approach), whilst Ottawa had found joy later on in the previous matchup with an aerial approach to progression.
Tonight saw Halifax succumb to a three-nil loss against the capital city club despite bagging the go-ahead goal, which came off a first half set piece from Massimo Ferrin:
Ottawa would find some rhythm as the match wore on, however, and moved the battle about fairly quickly. It was a quick ball from the flank which saw Shaw nod the ball in for an equalizer just before half-time.
It seemed like the match would be echoing the previous week, but lightning – or Ottawa, rather – struck twice before half-time this time around, once again catching the Wanderers out with an aerial attack:
The second half would see both sides largely cancel eachother out, with the final minutes seeing an incredible end-to-end run from team captain Maxim Tissot seal the deal to complete a masterful counter-attack:
Atletico Ottawa will now go on to face Forge FC, who bested FC Laval in their own preliminary round matchup yesterday. For them, it becomes an early opportunity for revenge after suffering defeat against the hammers in last year’s CPL Final.
That’s one of the most interesting matchups we thought might happen, and should be a cracking match. The Canadian Championship quarter-final stage will take place between May 9-11.