By FC Buffalo
Nevado Elliott’s tour de force first half helped set up a pair of Kieran Toland goals as FC Buffalo defeated Syracuse FC 5-0 at Robert Rich Sr. All-High Stadium on Friday.
Elliott recorded an FCB single-game record three assists and drew a foul that led to Toland’s second goal in the win.
After a nervy start, FCB took the lead when a swept-in corner kick was pushed back across the box by Elliott for Robert Williamson to finish into the side panel.
It was 2-0 moments later when Elliott raced down the left side of the pitch to collect a Chris Walter diagonal ball, hitting Toland with a stunning 30-yard pass through a sea of Syracuse defenders. Toland touched around the keeper and slotted home.
It was Warren’s turn to score when Elliott held up a long ball near midfield before turning to square for the Canadian. Warren cut past a defender, then rolled a low shot inside the far post for 3-0.
Elliott’s masterful half helped produce the fourth, as a frustrated Syracuse defender fouled him from behind atop the 18. Toland zipped a rocket through the wall to give FCB a four-goal halftime lead.
Hunter Walsh completed the score line just after halftime when he ran in front of a sloppy back pass to dribble the keeper and pot a low strike.
The win evens FCB’s record at 1-1 heading into Friday’s home Erie County Derby.
Photo Credit: Cay North