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Recap: Toronto FC dominate Ottawa Fury FC to secure spot in Canadian Championship final

Four straight CanChamp final appearances for The Reds

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Toronto FC booked their place in the 2019 Canadian Championship final on Wednesday night with a victory over the Ottawa Fury.

TFC got the scoring underway in the 14th minute. After a pass from Richie Laryea, Nick DeLeon curled the ball into the bottom left corner with his first touch, giving Toronto FC a big 3-0 lead on aggregate.

Erickson Gallardo had a chance to score his first TFC goal in the 17th minute, but he sent it way over the bar.

Liam Fraser also fired one over the bar in the 24th minute, volleying a rocket over from the edge of the penalty area.

Ottawa’s best chance of the opening 45 minutes came in the 25th minute, as Christiano François broke free behind the Toronto FC defenders. He fired his shot right at Alex Bono, a poor effort that pretty much summed up his side’s performance on the night.

Tsubasa Endoh nearly curled a free kick into the top right corner on the half-hour mark, but his effort was stopped by Ottawa goalkeeper Callum Irving.

In the 37th minute, Patrick Mullins put the tie to bed (if it wasn’t already), redirecting a Nick DeLeon cross home from a couple of yards out. It was his second goal in two games, after scoring a late equalizer against Orlando on Saturday.

Nick DeLeon rubbed salt in the wound for Ottawa in the 40th minute, slotting the ball into the bottom right corner from well outside the box. After dancing around a couple of defenders, his effort beat Callum Irving, giving TFC a dominating 3-0 lead.

At halftime, Greg Vanney gave a first-team debut to midfielder Noble Okello, a move that was received very well among WTR staff members. He came on for Jonathan Osorio, who was solid in the first half, but was likely taken off to rest ahead of Saturday’s match.

He put in an incredible 45 minute shift, and impressed with his passing and movement off the ball in particular, catching the eyes of TFC fans.

Toronto FC were unable to find the back of the net in the second 45, but dominated, nearly scoring on multiple occasions. The young trio of Liam Fraser, Noble Okello and Ayo Akinola ripped Ottawa to shreds, creating chance after chance, but failing to capitalize on any of them.

TFC were solid enough defensively to keep a clean sheet, giving Alex Bono his 6th win of the season, equalling Quentin Westberg for the team lead (as per Martyn Bailey).

With the 3-0 victory (5-0 on aggregate), Toronto FC have now beaten Ottawa in the last four Canadian Championship semi-finals, and move onto their fourth consecutive Canadian Championship final. They won each of the last three, and will be looking for their 8th Voyageurs Cup in about a month’s time.


Here are full highlights of the match: