Baltimore, Maryland - June 24th
Spartans wasteful infront of goal
The Spartans traveled down to Baltimore optimistic after a battling 1-0 win at Bermuda in their last game gave them their first away victory of the season. In addition to trying to build on this fact they were also seeking to win back to back games for the first time in 2012. Their opponents were in a fine run of form having won their previous two after a tough start to the season that saw them fail to win in their first seven league games of the season.
The hosts were tested early by the Spartans, as goalkeeper Jordan Tatum had to palm away a fierce half-volley from Evans Asiamah before the game was four minutes old. In the 17th minute, a Spartan throw found its way into the box, where it was bobbled by Tatum, but the keeper was fortunate that no attacking player could poke the ball home into the open net.
After 25 minutes, Bohemians Kyle McCord had to leave the match with an apparent shoulder problem, but his replacement, Brian Graham, stepped up immediately, coming within inches of giving Baltimore the lead. However, his low shot from an acute angle could only find the side netting of Dan Louisignau’s goal. In the 34th minute Central Jersey went on the counter attack and Guy Ballo fired a shot from just outside the 18-yard box. The strike beat the goalkeeper Tatum but could not beat the post and it cannoned away. Back at the other end of the pitch, Pete Caringi had a close-range attempt in the 41st minute, but his effort was brilliantly tipped aside by Louisignau for a corner kick. Moments later, Oumar Ballo’s half-volley sailed just inches over the crossbar.
After the halftime break the Spartans resumed their attack only to see another quality chance strike the woodwork as a drive from Jon Louisignau in the 48th minute rattled off the crossbar, much to the relief of the Bohemians players and fans. Just past the hour mark Baltimore's Pete Caringi again found himself in space in the Spartans half, but his header from six yards out was punched away by the Central Jersey keeper.
With 20 minutes remaining, Christian Barreiro charged up the left flank, delivering a pinpoint pass up the wing to Kingsley Onwuka. The second half substitute dribbled into the box delaying his shot until he closed to within six yards, where he then lofted the ball just out of the reach of Louisignau to give the Bohemians a 1-0 advantage.
Central Jersey’s best chance to equalize came in the 77th minute, where some good passing play led to Chris Wysocki taking a crack at the Bohemian net. His drive sliced across the face of goal, missing the far post by a couple of yards. Some late frustration by the visitors led to two yellow cards being shown in the dying minutes of the match, limiting the Spartans’ chances at earning a point in the standings. One last shot by Matthew Farrell flew over the bar and as the full-time whistle sounded the Spartans were leaving Baltimore empty handed despite a much more positive performance than in some previous games.
Head Coach John Newman was understandably disappointed saying "we've played much worse than that this season and earned points out of games so to play so well and come away with nothing to show for it is a kick in the teeth. We now need to build on that display and make sure with have the same level of performance at home to Bermuda on Wednesday".
The Central Jersey Spartans entertain international side the Bermuda Hogges this Wednesday June 27th at Rider University, Lawrenceville with a 7.30pm kick off.
Baltimore Bohemians - Tatum (GK), Roberts, Meyer, Fernandez, Ballo, Vaeth (Cannon), Raley (Molloy), Barreiro, Caringi (Onwuka), McCord (Graham), Somerville Subs Not Used - Benzing (GK)
Central Jersey Spartans - D.Louisignau (GK), Tessler, Whalen, Farrell, Makowski, Christiansen, Butcher (C.Wysocki), Ballo, B.Wysocki, Asiamah, J.Louisignau (Mulinge) Subs Not Used - N/A