Atlético Ottawa passes 3 in front of York United and takes 1st place
July 25, 2022 – Canadian Premier League (CPL) – Atletico Ottawa News Release
Atlético Ottawa are the new leaders of the Canadian Premier League, as they scored two penalties plus one in open play en route to a comfortable 3-0 away win over York United on Sunday afternoon at York Lions Stadium .
Hoping to string together two wins for the first time this season, York United made three changes to the XI that beat Cavalry FC on Tuesday. Portugal winger Kevin Dos Santos settled on the left wing, while Noah Verhoeven and Cédric Toussaint played in midfield ahead of suspended Isaiah Johnston and Jordan Wilson. Ottawa, meanwhile, made just two changes to the squad playing Valor in midweek, as Brian Wright replaced Vladimir Moragrega up top and Carl Haworth came on the right flank.
Atlético Ottawa got the party started after just 11 minutes into the first half. Zakaria Bahous dropped a stray ball near the top of the box and tried to spin towards goal, but York’s Santos was a little too impatient with his challenge and sent Bahous to the ground – prompting referee Mo Mohseni to point the penalty spot. Ballou Tabla came forward and scored the free kick with a fine shot to the left post, which goalkeeper Niko Giantsopoulos nearly saved but couldn’t reach.
The next 20 minutes of halftime passed uneventfully, with only a handful of half chances either side, but eventually Ottawa struck again near the 35-minute mark. The visitors quickly moved upfield on the counter as Maxim Tissot pushed the ball forward along the left sideline, and he spotted striker Brian Wright in good position for a through ball behind York’s back line. Wright, managing to stay in the game, beat his defender to the ball and went into goal on his own, making no mistake with a cool finish inside the right post to make it 2-0.
Coming out of half-time, York looked to have improved considerably, making a lot more trips into the attacking third and coming close to the goal on a few occasions, but their hard work didn’t pay off and things rather got worse for the hosts around the hour. . After Ottawa advanced the ball uphill, Diego Espejo slammed his way into the box and was stopped by Roger Thompson, who brought Espejo down with a late tackle and Atleti were awarded another penalty.
This time it was Ollie Bassett who stepped in for the visitors, making no mistake with a low shot to the left post and giving his side a 3-0 lead.
York manager Martin Nash made a handful of substitutions to try and find at least one goal, as Lowell Wright, Mateo Hernandez and Lisandro Cabrera all entered the game. They had a few good chances – including a header from Osaze De Rosario which narrowly missed, and later a strike from Toussaint which hit the goal post – but the frustrated Nine Stripes attack still fell short. to make their way.
So the referee blew full time on a game Atlético Ottawa saw comfortably, moving from fourth place to the top of the table on goal differential after a massive road victory against a York side that struggled for momentum.
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