The two early kickoff games on the second weekend of NASL Spring Season action are deadlocked and scoreless, but again the woodwork and the width of a post is all that has prevented one of the evenly-matched teams from taking a lead into the interval.
After the Carolina RailHawks forced two corners in the opening minute, FC Edmonton enjoyed the upper hand in the first half. After Michael Cox had seen a shot parried by opening weekend’s Player of the Week Akira Fitzgerald, Daryl Fordyce rifled a shot against the foot of the upright with a quarter of an hour played.
Fordyce was a constant thorn in Carolina’s side, but the best chance of the half fell to Ty Shipalane, who flashed a shot across the face of goal after 33 minutes.
Shaun Saiko had the final say of the half for Edmonton with a free kick that flew over the cross bar.
“I thought we were the better side there,” said FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller. “We looked far more dangerous. If we can keep that up in the second half we build on it and can go home with a win. I thought it was a nervy start and as the game has progressed I think we’ve grown in confidence.
“We work very hard as a club on our back four and I’ve been very pleased with how we’ve acquitted ourselves so far.”
RailHawks coach Colin Clarke said: “I thought we possessed it pretty well and moved the ball forward well, but need to be more decisive in the final third.”
At a packed Atlanta Silverbacks Park, where cars were line up three lanes wide to get to the Silverbacks’ opening game of the season, chances between Atlanta and visiting Fort Lauderdale were few and far between.
“We didn’t possess with as much purpose as I would like,” said Silverbacks coach Brian Haynes. “There is a nice crowd here and that might have made the team nervous but they should be over that now. What we need now is more working off the ball to make sure we get some chances in front of goal.”
Strikers coach Daryl Shore, whose side were held to a 1-1 draw last week by FC Edmonton, said: “If we can figure out how to get control of the ball we should be a good passing team but it’s a bit of a helter-skelter game right now
“It’s a game that has been played in the midfield and there haven’t been many good chances for either team. Hopefully we can make something happen in the second half.”