FC Edmonton forward Daryl Fordyce struck in each half to lead his side to a 2-1 win over the Carolina RailHawks and remain in touch with the pack of teams chasing leaders the New York Cosmos at the top of the North American Soccer League standings.
The defeat for Carolina means they remain among a group of four teams sitting seven points behind the Cosmos having failed to close the gap at the top.
Fordyce headed home a flicked on long throw-in after 30 minutes then doubled the advantage with a close range finish on the hour mark. Former Eddies defender Paul Hamilton halved the deficit, but the hosts survived a nervous final quarter of an hour to win for the first time in eight games.
“It was a genuine team commitment and a win I thought we deserved,” said FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller. “Carolina threw a lot at us at the end but we always looked really good on the counter attack. I’m really pleased for the owner and the great fans here that we got the three points today.”
In the 21st, the home side was awarded a free kick just outside the 18 but Lance Laing’s free kick bounced around the box and was eventually cleared to safety.
In the 31st minute the Eddies took the lead. Corey Hertzog sent a long throw into the box and Albert Watson flicked it on for Fordyce who headed it by Akira Fitzgerald in the RailHawks net for his first of the afternoon.
The RailHawks had an opportunity at the beginning of the half and close to the end but not enough to trouble Lance Parker in the Edmonton goal.
15 minutes after the break it was Fordyce who put the Eddies up by two after Eddie Edward made an aggressive run up the right side and crossed it between the legs of a defender, right to a wide open Fordyce who made no mistake for his second of the game.
Edward put another cross in from the right side in the 66th minute but Chris Nurse wasn’t able to touch it past Fitzgerald.
Shortly after Edward was forced off the field with an injury and was replaced by Antonio Rago.
In the 75th minute, former-Eddie Paul Hamilton cut the lead in half when he finished a RailHawks free kick from just outside the 18. 2-1 Edmonton.
The Eddies had to hang on as Carolina continued to press but the RailHawks couldn’t find the tying goal and the Eddies win for the first time since Aug. 11.
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