Toronto FC II dropped their third straight match on their travels Saturday night, losing 2-0 to Ottawa Fury FC at TD Place.
Azake Luboyera grabbed the first in the 24th minute as Ottawa dominated the first half. TFC II came to life in the second, but a long-range bomb from Sito Seoane extinguished any hopes of a comeback.
Playing a third match in eight days, Jason Bent changed his starting XI once more. In came Dante Campbell and Anthony Osorio in the wing-back positions, while Brandon Aubrey returned to the back three, taking up the central role with Mitch Taintor moving out to the left. Liam Fraser anchored the midfield in place of Brian James, while the attacking quartet of Aidan Daniels, Sergio Camargo, Ricardo John, and Shaan Hundal was unchanged.
There were early warning signs that it could be a long night for Toronto. Inside three minutes, Mark Pais was called upon to make a fine save, clawing a Tucker Hume header off the line after Gerardo Bruna's corner kick was met and directed towards the right side of goal. It was the first of 10 corners from the Fury in the half.
TFC II had gotten the better of the Fury in their two previous meetings, taking a point from the first match in Ottawa and winning the second courtesy of a Luca Uccello screamer. Back home and well rested, though, it was clear Ottawa were intent on making amends.
The past two matches featured some physical play, a trend that looked to continue when Osorio and striker Steevan Dos Santos clashed in the eighth minute. Osorio took offence to an errant arm from the big striker, thundering into a challenge late. Though it appeared that both were shown yellow cards at the time, only Osorio's was recorded on the official scoresheet.
Corners aside, Ottawa's first good look came in the 20th minute when Bruna found space down the left to send a low ball through the goalmouth. Beyond the reach of Hume, it skipped dangerously through the six-yard box. Two minutes later Dos Santos sent a shot wide of the far post from the right after 19-year old Azake Luboyera found him in space.
Carl Haworth was a spark plug all night. He forced a massive block from Aubrey after beating Julian Dunn to a bouncing ball to burst down the left. But it was the debutant Luboyera who found the breakthrough in the 24th minute from another Bruna corner.
Aubrey followed up his block with a hefty challenge on Haworth as the ball trickled out of play, fuelling Ottawa's desire to reply. Bruna's subsequent outswinging delivery from the left sailed to the back post, where Luboyera rose up to nod in unmarked.
First-round pick Aubrey was called upon again in the 30th minute to get a vital block on a Luboyera shot after a deft back heel from Dos Santos set up the teenager at the top of the box.
Eddie Edwards would whip another ball through the six-yard box in the 42nd minute having gotten past Osorio on the right, but nothing came of the threat.
Toronto's only real look at the Ottawa goal came as the half neared its end. A solid counter saw Hundal find John down the right side of the area, but the striker could not wrap his foot around the ball enough to keep it on frame.
The Fury should have made it two in stoppage time, Haworth cutting in on Dunn from the left only to send his right-footer inches wide of the near post.
Stung by the poor showing in the opening frame, TFC came out with intent for the second half.
Straight from kick-off they crafted their best chance of the match. Daniels guided the ball over his head to Hundal, who slipped John into the area only for Edward to arrive with a timely tackle.
Toronto played with an urgency, stringing passes together and maintaining possession while advancing upfield, that was unseen in the first half. Camargo would send a right-footer from range just wide of the top right-corner from some 30 yards in the 53rd minute and then won a foul in a dangerous position wide left in the 55th minute, but the ensuing free-kick was cleared easily.
Bent made his first two changes around the hour mark, replacing Osorio, on a yellow, with Ryan Telfer in the 58th minute and bringing in Malik Johnson for John two minutes later.
Luboyera picked up a knock and was subbed off in the 61st minute for another teenage debutant: 17-year old Canadian prospect Adonijah Reid.
TFC II would continue to press. Camargo sent in a ball after some good work through the midfield from Johnson to win a corner, but his ensuing delivery to the back post would not fall for a lurking Taintor.
Fraser pressed up on the second phase, swinging an inviting ball to the six-yard box where Hundal got a slight redirect, but it was not enough to elude Callum Irving, who stayed big to make the sliding block-save.
Ottawa would survive the pressure, bringing on a few subs of their own – Jonathan Barden for Bruna in the 64th and Seoane for Hume in the 70th – to regain control of the match.
Reid won a dangerous free-kick atop the box in the 67th minute, a strong run prompting Fraser to stick in a boot, though Haworth's attempt on the dead ball could not beat the wall.
Bent made his final roll of the dice in the 71st minute, replacing Camargo with Aikim Andrews, but the next few plays fell in Ottawa's favour.
Reid slipped Haworth down the left a minute later, who in turn pulled back to Seoane, only for the midfielder to snatch at the chance.
He made no such mistake on his next look in the 75th minute, turning quickly on the ball some forty yards from goal to sail a left-footed shot over Pais who was caught off his line, doubling Ottawa's lead and all but dooming hopes of a Toronto point.
Eager for more, the Fury crafted a wonderful chance in the 84th minute when Seoane was played behind the back line by a Haworth clip over the top, but Dos Santos stormed in, taking the ball off his teammates foot with a mishit that foiled the opportunity. Both were displeased with the result of the mix-up.
Haworth then nearly beat Pais straight from a corner in the 87th minute, bending his left-sided delivery on goal and neatly under the crossbar, but the TFC II keeper was alert to the danger this time. Haworth then rattled the bar with a superb blast at the end of a dangerous counter in stoppage time.
Despite a stronger showing in the second half, TFC II could not find a way back, losing 2-0 to the Fury on the night.
A difficult week behind them, TFC II must dust themselves off and prepare for a pair of home matches in quick succession. They host the Charleston Battery on Saturday, August 5 at the Ontario Soccer Centre and then face off against the Charlotte Independence on Wednesday, August 9, a match was it was recently announced will be played at BMO Field.
OTT – Azake Luboyera (Gerardo Bruna) 24’
OTT – Sito Seoane (Jonathan Barden) 75’
TFC II – Anthony Osorio (Caution) 9’
|Toronto FC II||Ottawa Fury FC|
|Toronto FC II||Ottawa Fury FC|
|Shots – 5||Shots – 27|
|Shots on Target – 1||Shots on Target – 5|
|Blocked Shots – 1||Blocked Shots – 10|
|Possession – 46.5%||Possession – 53.5 %|
Toronto FC II: Mark Pais; Julian Dunn, Brandon Aubrey, Mitchell Taintor©; Dante Campbell, Sergio Camargo (Aikim Andrews 71’), Liam Fraser, Aidan Daniels, Anthony Osorio (Ryan Telfer 57’); Ricardo John (Malik Johnson 60’), Shaan Hundal
Unused subs: Angelo Cavalluzzo, Brian James, Jordan McCrary
Ottawa Fury FC: Callum Irving; Eddie Edward, Shane McEleney, Ramon Martin Del Campo, Andrae Campbell; Lance Rozeboom©, Gerardo Bruna (Jonathan Barden 64’), Azake Luboyera (Adonijah Reid 61’), Steeven Dos Santos, Carl Haworth; Tucker Hume (Sito Seoane 69’)
Unused subs: David Paulmin, Kyle Venter, Sergio Manesio, Jamar Dixon
Toronto FC II (W-L-D): 3-12-5, 14 points.
Ottawa Fury FC (W-L-D): 6-6-6, 24 points.