|South Jersey Soccer:
Barons cruise into Open Cup Second Round
Thursday, June 3, 2004
By John Thompson
A brief thunderstorm 45 minutes before kick off on Tuesday night did little to unsettle the Barons as they found the scoring touch again against amateur team Allied SC who are the National Indoor Amateur Champions playing for the first time in the US Open Cup. With this 5-0 win the Barons will face a much tougher test in the next round as they have been drawn against Syracuse Salty Dogs from the A-League, Americas second tier of professional soccer beneath the M.L.S. The winner of this 2nd round tie will get a crack at one of the 10 M.L.S. teams in the Third round. The Barons are now 5-0-1, there best start to a season since the clubs inception back in 1997. The club has drawn the best local players from South Jersey and Philadelphia this season. The team have amassed Twenty goals for, and only Three against, in their first six games of the season.
Against Allied FC on Tuesday night the Barons got of to a flying start, Ruben Mingo put the Barons ahead after 2 minutes when his shot squirmed under the visiting keeper and trickled over the line. 20 Minutes later Matt Maher (Cape May, NJ) cut through two defenders and wrong footed the keeper for a neat second goal and his 3rd of the season. Two minutes later Byron Carmichael (Lumberton, NJ) effectively finished off the game as a contest with a spectacular diving header from Brian Devlin's (Philadelphia, PA) left wing cross. The game began to fizzle out as the first half drew to a close ending with the Barons 3-0 up.
The Barons continued to dominate in the second half of the game, however, it took a lucky cross come shot from Center Defender Joe Banks (Sicklerville, NJ) for the Barons to find the net. Byron Carmichael then added his second goal of the game in the 62nd minute after a strong run down the right wing. In the last fifteen minutes the Barons made five substitutions, Ryan Heins (Medford, NJ) came back into the team after three weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury.
The Barons will play Syracuse on Tuesday, June 15th, 2004 at Winslow High School, 6.00pm Kick Off.
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