FURY SEE OFF EVERTON
On a hot and humid Tuesday evening, the Ottawa Fury defeated Everton (England) at Keith Harris Stadium
in Ottawa, by 1 - 0 in front of a good crowd of 1200. The goal by Stacey Stocco in the 59th minute was sufficient
to give the Fury a victory over their English opponents. Everton were the runners-up to Arsenal in the U.K.'s
Nationwide English Premier League last year, and on this 4 game pre-season tour, the Fury's victory
was the Everton ladies'only defeat.
Everton started well with good technical passing, but it was the Fury who exerted the pressure.
Unfortunately, they were unable to convert this into a goal in the first half. First, Rhian
Wilkinson fed Diana Matheson, but her cross in front of goal was saved by Danielle Hill. Then
Rhian Wilkinson shot over the bar before Robyn Gayle worked herself into a good position, but
again the shot was high.
In the 36th minute, Kelly Parker continued the litany of misses, when she headed a Wilkinson
cross over the bar, and three minutes later a Leah Robinson free kick was saved at the foot of the
post by Hill. Evertonís English international Fara Williams worked tirelessly to contain the strong
Fury midfield of Diana Matheson, Stacey Stocco and Leah Robinson. A score looked likely just as the
first half was coming to an end. First, the Fury's Robyn Gayle went close. Then Fara Williams made
Everton's first notable strike from 20 metres which flew over the bar. However, at half time the
In the second half, the match seemed more of the same. Evertonís back line of England Women's
Player of the Year Rachel Unitt, Jayne Eadie, and Fern Whelan continued to repel the Fury attacks,
but most of Everton's opportunities remained from long range.
As the game wore on the pace of Rhian Wilkinson, in particular, began to trouble the Everton
defence. In the 50th minute Matheson put Wilkinson clear on the left, but her shot drifted wide of the
far post. Then, in the 58th minute, Parker fed Stocco who shot wide. However, in the 59th minute the
same two players broke the deadlock. The ball was brought down the right flank and Diana Matheson
controlled the ball at the top of the 18 metre area. She slotted the ball through to Kelly Parker,
who crossed the ball in front of the net and Stacy Stucco came sliding through to put the ball in the
net. It was a good team goal.
The Fury continued to press home their advantage and lead, with Hill saving from Wilkinson and Kelly
Parker in quick succession.Two minutes from full time Amy Vermeulen found Leah Robinson on the box and
her first-time volley was brilliantly saved by Hill.
In the last seconds of the game, there was just time for Everton to fashion a decent chance and give
the Fury a scare, as a flicked ball from Fara Williams fell to Everton substitute Amy McCann, but her
volley was straight at the Ottawa's Taryn Swiatek qwho handled the shot well. Swiatek shared the shutout
with Leisha Alcia. The Fury out shot the Everton squad by 14 to 3.
Rhian Wilkinson enjoyed the match as "Everton is a really well-organized, and a good team. They were
awesome as great competition for us, which lets us see where the Fury ranks by international standards."