Hadji Barry Hat Trick Lifts Fury over Hartford
OTTAWA - It was all Ottawa Fury FC, all the time on Sunday afternoon at TD Place as the home side, led by a Hadji Barry hat trick, dominated in a 4-1 win over the visiting Hartford Athletic.
Coming off a a thrilling, last-minute win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Wednesday, Fury picked up right where they left off against Hartford. While Wednesday's game saw Fury earn a penalty kick in second-half stoppage time, Sunday's game began the same way with Barry scoring on a PK in the second minute. Barry would score on yet another penalty kick in the 16th minute before Christiano Francois, who just returned from international duty, made it 3-0 two minutes later.
The second half was equally exciting. Despite Hartford getting on the board in the 65th minute, Fury stormed back a moment later with Barry firing home his third goal of the match to restore the three-goal lead.
Fury will continue their push to lock up a USL Championship playoff berth on Saturday, September 28 when Ottawa visits North Carolina FC.
Sunday marked the first time since 2017 that Fury FC has scored three goals in the first half.
Hadji Barry's third goal in the 66th minute completed the first-ever hat trick in Fury FC history at TD Place.
Barry now has five goals in nine games since joining Fury FC.
Fury outshoot Athletic 16-10 overall, with Ottawa holding an 8-4 edge in shots on target.
Hartford had nearly 57 % of the game's possession.
Head Coach Nikola Popovic
"It was an exciting win and we showed a lot of energy and a lot of will. This is the culture that we are trying to implement in this club, players that will fight for you no matter the circumstances. It's very important for us because a good 11 wins one game but good rosters win championships. This was a good example that the players that we have we can count on. It was a very good performance and I'm pleased with that."
Hadji Barry, forward
"I couldn't have done it without my teammates, but most importantly we got the three points.
Every game I take as a new opportunity to get better and get used to my teammates. I haven't been up to the standard I know I am capable of so hopefully from know on I can keep this going. I'm just trying to do everything I can to help my team win. I'm very happy."
Ottawa Fury FC (4-3-3): Irving; Dixon, Tissot, Meilleur-Giguere, Boskovic (Barnathan, 45'); Mannella, Ward, Thiago; Oliveira (Coupland, 90'), Francois (Gagnon-Lapare 70'), Barry.
Hartford Athletic (4-4-2): Cropper; Hord, Lee, de Wit, Gdula; Jorgensen, Downs (Bedoya, 72'), Williams (C), Alexander Dixon; Angulo (Gentile, 84'), Swartz (Wojcik, 72').
2' - OTT Barry (PK)
16' - OTT Barry (PK)
18' - OTT Francois
65' - HAR Angulo
66 ' - OTT Barry
71' - OTT Mannella
Next match: Saturday, September 28 vs. North Carolina FC - Kickoff 7:00 p.m. ET
Next home match: Wednesday, October 2 vs. Indy Eleven - Kickoff 7:00 p.m. ET
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