July 13, 2016
Reading United blank Express to win division
ELIZABETH, NJ – Four different scorers found the back of the net, as Reading United AC clinched the divisional title with a 4-0 win over the Jersey Express Wednesday night.
With the win, United claimed their ninth appearance in the PDL playoffs in ten years.
Ismael Noumansana started the scoring for Reading in the 35th minute. A lofted corner from the far sideline found the top of defender Kai Fernandes' head, and skimmed across the box to a waiting Noumansana. A one-timed laser from the Frenchman at the top of the box flew past a helpless keeper for a 1-0 advantage that stuck going into halftime. All three of Noumansana's goals have come in the past two games.
Reading struck early in the second half to double their advantage. Jelani Pieters mirrored his first goal of the season against Jersey Express, cutting across the box to his left, and placing a well struck ball into the left corner.
The 47th minute goal was more than enough to put away a Jersey Express team that has struggled to find the net all night, forcing Reading backstop Steffen Kraus to make only two saves. The shutout was United's fifth of the season.
Pieters contributed again in the 67th minute, feeding a through ball to Frantzdy Pierrot, who slotted home his fourth goal in three games. The Coastal Carolina and Northeastern product nearly netted more goals on the evening, but some diving stops from Jersey keeper Brandon Barnes were required to stifle the red hot forward.
Newcomer Aaron Malloy put an exclamation point at the end of the game, with a goal in the 89th minute off a feed from Gilbert Waso.
The loss was the first at home for Jersey Express, who had been 4-0-1 at their friendly confines. All but three of the 16 points they've tallied this season have come away from New Jersey.