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FC Edmonton advances to Amway Canadian Championship semis

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The Canadian Press
5/1/2014 1:45:46 AM
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EDMONTON -- Daryl Fordyce scored twice as FC Edmonton defeated the Ottawa Fury 3-1 on Wednesday to advance to the Amway Canadian Championship semifinal.

Hanson Boakai also scored and assisted on both of Fordyce's goals for Edmonton, which beat its North American Soccer League rivals after the teams' scoreless draw in the first leg last week in Ottawa.

Edmonton now moves on to host Major League Soccer's Montreal Impact in the opening leg of the semifinal next Wednesday.

"I'm delighted with the result," said Edmonton manager Colin Miller. "With missing six first team players and starting two 17-year-olds, how could I not be delighted with the result? We have a busy week ahead of us, but tonight I am very happy."

Ottawa possessed the ball for most of the opening 30 minutes, creating five corners and a dangerous free kick from Sinisa Ubiparipovic that struck the crossbar in the 27th minute.

But Edmonton was on the board first after Boakai beat Ottawa defender Drew Beckie with speed down the left side and drove a low cross to the feet of Fordyce, who one-timed it past Devala Gorrick into the short side to open the score at 1-0 in the 29th minute.

Edmonton doubled its lead in the 47th minute. Boakai was sent in alone on Gorrick and capitalized on his own rebound after the initial save. The 17-year-old got himself into the record books by becoming the youngest player in the history of the ACC to score in the competition.

Boakai and Fordyce connected again in the 63rd minute with Fordyce firing a shot from the top of the box for a 3-0 lead.

"It is great to see Daryl getting in there and he was our top scorer last season," said Miller. "Once he gets in the box, nine times out of 10 he's putting the ball in the back of the net. I am really pleased for him because he works so hard and he worked hard here tonight."

Vini Dantas scored a consolation goal for Ottawa in the 90th minute while holding back two defenders.

Frank Jonke (Photo: FC Edmonton)

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