Forward Madison Comes from Behind for 2-2 Draw at Fort Lauderdale
Forward Madison pulled off a late comeback to secure a point on the road Wednesday, drawing 2-2 at Fort Lauderdale CF. The Flamingos went down by two goals, but tallies from Paulo JÃºnior and Christian Diaz turned the game around in its waning minutes.
The draw means FMFC stays alive in its pursuit of a spot in the USL League One Final, but now sits six points out with three games to go.
Forward Madison took the initiative early, creating numerous chances on goal in the opening half. Noah Fuson, Paulo JÃºnior and Don Smart all came close to scoring within the first 20 minutes, but couldn't quite find the target.
Instead, it was Fort Lauderdale which found the net first, taking a 1-0 lead through Eduardo Sosa in the 38th minute after pouncing on a loose ball in the Flamingos' penalty area.
Head Coach Daryl Shore sought to change his team's look in the second half, bringing on Christian Diaz and moving Jiro Barriga Toyama up to the wing.
Still, it wasn't enough to stop Fort Lauderdale, which doubled its lead through substitute Dairon Reyes in the 67th minute. Reyes found space close to goal, tucking a tidy shot past goalkeeper Chris Brady.
Just when the match looked over, though, Forward Madison came roaring back. Forward Paulo JÃºnior got one back for the Flamingos in the 73rd minute, capitalizing on a mistake by the opposing goalkeeper to knock home a rebound.
The substitute Diaz then tied the game in the 85th minute, heading home from close range after Paulo's initial shot was parried into the air.
Even at 2-2, the drama wasn't over, with Forward defender Connor Tobin earning a red card for a challenge just outside the Flamingos' penalty area in the fourth minute of stoppage time. Fort Lauderdale whiffed on the ensuing free kick, and FMFC's chance to win the game in the final moments was only undone by a very close offside call.
Following Wednesday's draw, the Flamingos will travel to Tennessee to take on Chattanooga Red Wolves on Saturday, Oct. 17 at noon C.T.
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