Zajec rescues point for NYRBII against 10-man Fury

The New York Red Bulls II struggled to break down a bunkering Ottawa Fury FC, squandering a nearly game long man advantage.

The Fury scored early, and sat back, forcing the Red Bulls to pass through them. While NYRBII created many chances, they struggled to take them. NYRBII held a massive shots advantage, 25 to 5, and Vincent Bezecourt hit the post twice. Ultimately, Kyle Zajec rescued the point, and the match finished 1-1.

NYRBII helped the Fury open the scoring in the 20th minute. Preston Killwien and Allan Yannes collided during an attempt to clear a routine lofted pass towards the Red Bulls backline. With both players falling to the ground, Carl Haworth picked up the ball and walked into the box. He placed a shot near post, beating Evan Louro and finding the back of the net.

The rest of the first half proved difficult for NYRBII, despite going a man up in the 24th minute. After Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé’s red card, the Fury retreated into a defensive shell, limiting space, and frustrating NYRBII. The home side took a narrow approach, clogging the space they looked to occupy, and ignoring the flanks. The approach played into the Fury’s defensive plan, and they kept danger at bay.

In the second half, NYRBII brought on Janos Loebe and utilized the wings to create more space. Wolyniec’s change paid dividends, and NYRBII levelled the match in the in 55th minute. Following a corner kick, Jared Stroud sent a low cross back into the box. Kyle Zajec ran onto the ball and powered a shot past Callum Irving.

The Red Bulls improve to 9-4-4 following the draw. Next up, NYRBII head on the road to take on Bethlehem Steel FC Wednesday night.

About Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein is the managing editor of RBNN as well as the co-host of the Seeing Red and Raising Bulls podcasts.

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