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South Jersey Soccer:
Match Report: Knights @ Barons

Sunday, July 24, 2005

By Paul O'Donnell
Ocean City Barons Correspondent

In the final regular season game the Barons produced a dominating performance defeating the Brooklyn Knights 6-0 on Sunday evening. It was easily the Barons best effort at both ends of the pitch over the final month of the season.

A bit of irony too was part of the story as the Barons starting keeper was Nicolas Talarico, a 16 year old from the Barons youth programs. The Barons #1 GK, Ryan Carr suffered a shoulder injury in Friday night's win over Westchester and watched from the sideline as the Barons produced their only clean sheet of the regular season in this final match.

Brooklyn threatened early when a nice flick off a throw looked to be dangerous in the 6th minute and then in the 8th a dangerous looking strike went off the crossbar.

The Barons answer to that early pressure from the Knights came in the 14th when Adam Williamson drew the keeper out and found Donatelli whose effort was cleared off the line by a defender. A minute later a dangerous cross from Carmichael was deflected over the end line and the ensuing corner snuffed out by a nice take from Landers in the Knights goal.

In the 21st an attempted chip by Mingo sailed just over the bar as the Barons kept the pressure on. In the 26th Steve Wacker cut a ball out in the midfield and found Williamson wide left and his nice cross put Carmichael in alone and it was 1-0 Barons.

The Barons came right back off the restart and Williamson's attempted chip was tipped by the fingers of Landers and hit the bar. Williamson hustled for the rebound to the left and his shot from an acute angle was just wide of the far post. His next effort would find that same right post side net in the 29th when Mingo put him in and it was now 2-0 Barons.

The Barons pressure continued and in the 34th a strong 40 yard run from right back Matt Maher lead to his fine pass setting the table for Donatelli and he made it 3-0 Barons.

Brooklyn was now working hard to get back in it pushing up and catching the Barons offside on numerous occasions with their very high trap but the Barons broke that in the 43rd and a hard drive from Mingo sailed narrowly wide of the left post. Mingo would get another opportunity in stoppage time off another nice effort from Maher and this time he made no mistake burying his drive and the half would end 4-0 Barons.

The second period began much like the first ended with the Barons applying intense pressure in the final third. A Carmichael cross found Williamson who took it first time producing a save by Landers and Williamson gathered the rebound and put Carmichael in good position and his shot produced another save by Landers when he deflected it by the post and out.

In the 54th more pressure up top by the Barons lead to another corner and this time there would be no take by Landers. John Thompson's run and Donatelli's precisely delivered corner resulted in the play of the match. The timing was perfect, the delivery right on target and so was Thompson's header. Barons 5-0.

In the 88th Adam Sternberger would find Michael Todd for the Barons sixth on the night.

Byron Carmichael was named Man of the Match for his strong play up front. Williamson, Maher and Mingo all had strong performances on the night as the Barons end the regular season on stride and in good form as playoff weekend is next.

The Barons will be back in action at Carey Field on Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 in the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Richmond Kickers Future. The first playoff match will kickoff at 5pm with the Cape Cod Crusaders facing the Raleigh CASL Elite.

The winners of the Saturday games will face one another for the Conference Championship on Sunday at 7:30.

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