July 24, 2016
Reading United, Nor'easters in PDL title game
READING, Pa. -- Reading United coach Stephen Hogan is looking forward to meeting archrival Ocean City Nor’easters in the PDL Eastern Conference Championship Game at 7 p.m. Sunday at Don Thomas Stadium.
“It had to be them,” Hogan said after Reading took a 2-1 win over the Carolina Dynamo in a semifinal match Saturday night. “I think it’s going to be a massive game. It’s going to be great for one of us to be in the national semifinal, I just want it to be us.”
Carolina scored in the 16th minute, United rallying in the second half on goals from Pierre Reedy (46th minute) and substitute Gilbert Waso (63rd), who scored with his first touch.
United pressured early, Reedy leading the attack from the wing and finding target forward Frantzdy Pierrot for a fourth-minute header, saved by Matt Jegier.
Carolina scored against the run of play. Reading failed to clear a free kick, Brian Anunga poking past Steffen Kraus after a deflection.
Reading recovered and outshot Carolina, 5-3, in the first half, then tied the score 40 seconds into the second half. Reedy fired past Jegier off an Ismael Noumansana cross after center back Rob Sagel played a long ball down the right flank.
Reading gained momentum and went ahead as midfielder Aaron Molloy played a long diagonal cross to the left to Reedy, who turned his defender and found Waso, making a late run.
The Dynamo mustered a flurry of chances late. The center back duo of Sagel and Kaique Fernandes snuffed out threats and Kraus made four second half saves.
“We dominated very quickly,” Hogan said. “We had two or three chances that didn’t bounce our way. We conceded a pretty lucky goal, with the deflection. After that, we started to come into the game even more. At halftime, it was one of the simplest team talks I probably would have ever had to give because all we needed to do was switch the play quicker and win our second balls. We took care of defensive set pieces throughout the night and once we started to switch the play more quickly and win those second balls, we just started to take over even more.”