OTTAWA, Ontario – A late goal by Marcel De Jong gave the Ottawa Fury FC a 1-0 win over the Jacksonville Armada in North American Soccer League action on Sunday afternoon at TD Place Stadium.
The majority of the match was a stalemate between the sides until the 88th minute when a De Jong kick from near the endline deflected off a diving Miguel Gallardo and into the goal.
Armada forward Charles Eloundou had a match-high seven shots, but only two went on goal, with the other attempts proving to be too strong and sailing over the goal or being blocked. Despite allowing the late goal, Gallardo made four saves, including a pair of second half clutch dives that kept Jacksonville in it.
“You have to make plays and you have to put the ball in the net,” said Tony Meola, Armada head coach. “It’s hard for the guys and the effort they put in. We battled and created as many chances as they did. Miguel made good saves and kept us in it. We just need to make plays.”
With the shutout loss the Armada have no gone scoreless in their last four matches (all losses).
Jacksonville is now 1-1-5 on the season, while Ottawa improves to 2-2-3.
The Armada will return home on Saturday to take on Indy Eleven.