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Match Report - Ocean City Barons 2, Ottawa Fury 1
Monday, July 4, 2005
By Paul O'Donnell
The Barons made their quick start and two early goals hold up Sunday night for a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Fury.
Ocean City set the tone early when Ruben Mingo setup Byron Carmichael whose hard shot was well saved by Angus Wong in the 2nd minute. Then in the sixth a curling free kick from Tony Donatelli was superbly finished by a glancing header to the back post by Ryan Hiens and it was 1-0 Barons.
In the 26th Donatelli put Carmichael in again and his drive made it 2-0 Barons.
The offensive minded Barons forced six first half saves from Wong in the Fury goal the best of which was in the 33rd when Carmichael put Mingo in space and his blistering drive was nicely held by Wong. Meanwhile in the Barons goal Ryan Carr had to make only one save in the opening 45 as Fury offensive moves were held off before any real danger came from them.
That would change in the 2nd 45 as the Fury came out intent to get back into the match. In the 54th it looked as if they'd done just that when their primary danger man Francis Mavula made a nice turn on the ball at the penalty spot but his attempt hit the bar at the corner behind Carr.
In the 62nd Carr made a terrific leaping, left handed save tapping Omokhua's high drive over the bar to keep the score at 2-0 Barons.
In the 66th Michael Todd came on for Mingo and he soon had his chance to change the scoreline when Carmichael let Adam Williamson's nice cross run through to Todd putting him alone against Wong who again made the save. Todd would see an even better opportunity as the game was wearing down.
That save by Wong suddenly seemed even more important when two minutes later (the 76th) the Fury's Omokhua was setup by Brito and he made no mistake. Barons 2, Fury 1.
The action was end-to-end and several dangerous threats on goal at both ends made the final ten minutes the most intense of the match. The Barons produced what might have been the highlight when Williamson's hard cross was taken out of the air first time by Todd and Wong was there yet again frustrating the Barons forward who was alone inside the six and couldn't believe the ball didn't find the back of the net. A wonderful play by the Barons to create the opportunity and an even better save by Wong to keep them off the scoreboard. A Baron's goal or not it was the highlight of the match.
The Fury had several chances of their own but their hard shots sailed wide or over the bar and the night would end in a Barons win 2-1 keeping their undefeated record intact at Carey Field at 6-0-0. The Barons Steve Wacker's key role in this win with his hustle and skillful play in the midfield made him a consensus pick for Man of the Match.
The Barons will face these same Ottawa Fury next Sunday in Ottawa, July 10, after being the guests of the Vermont Voltage on Saturday night, July 9 in their next regular season match.
The Barons will then travel to University of Richmond Stadium to face the professional USL Div 1 leading Richmond Kickers in US Open Cup 3rd Round action on July 13.
The Barons next match at home will be Friday night, July 22 versus the Westchester Flames. The regular season ends that same weekend on Sunday, July 24 when the Barons will face the Brooklyn Knights at Carey Field.