June 23, 2014
DOWN BUT NOT OUT
Shorthanded Nor'Easters comeback for 3-1 win
OCEAN CITY, NJ--- A second-half comeback that included scoring two goals with ten men and one with only nine players on the field gave the Ocean City Nor'Easters a 3-1 win over the Northern Virginia Royals on Sunday.
The Nor'Easters got goals from Leon Brown, Shawn McLaws, and Brendan Hines-Ike. Jason Plumhoff, Jidell Roach, and Tyler Hilliard chipped in with assists.
Ocean City scored two goals with a one-man disadvantage after Jhamie Hyde’s ejection and one goal with just nine men, following Emmanuel “Gogo” Kollie red card.
Just five minutes into the second half, an acrobatic clearance from Hyde warranted what the referee deemed to be a red card after clipping a Royals player, and the Nor’easters were down to ten men.
The Royals took the lead in the 71st minute when Nor’easters defender Leon Brown fouled a Northern Virginia player in the box during a Royals corner kick. Eber Martinez shot left as Ocean City goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky dove to the shooter’s right and the Royals took a 1-0 lead.
The Nor'Easters tied the game in the 78th minute. Plumhoff took a corner kick and delivered a dangerous cross into a box flooded with Orange Nor’easter jerseys. Brown rose above the fray snapping a header into the back of the net.
The breakthrough goal came three minutes later after a brilliant individual effort by Kollie who sprinted with the ball down the left sideline and delivered a cross that Roach collected and passed back to a wide open McLaws, who shot a dart from the ride side of the penalty area into the left side-netting making it 2-1 Ocean City.
In stoppage time, the referee handed Kollie a straight red card after a confrontation with a Northern Virginia player. Playing with nine men, Ocean City managed another goal in the 93rd minute on a sweeping cross from Hilliard that beat the entire Northern Virginia back line, resulting in a breakaway for Brendan Hines-Ike who coolly dribbled past a sprawling keeper and slotted the Nor’easters third goal.