Eagles and Bantams end all square on Thursday night.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Eagles and Bantams end all square on Thursday Night.
Charlotte, NC – The Charlotte Eagles (6-1-2, 20 pts) let one slip on Thursday night as they gave away a two-goal lead in the second half to draw with the Bantams of SC United (3-3-3, 12 pts) 2-2.
Charlotte thought they got on the board in the 6th minute as a bad Bantams touch in the midfield sent Joao Costa in 1v1 with the Bantams keeper. Costa rounded the keeper and managed to get a tight-angle shot off and found the back of the net. However, the Assistant Referee judged Kelvin Omondi touched the ball before it entered the net and ruled the goal offside. Keeping the score deadlocked at 0-0.
Costa finally got his goal in the 21st minute. Curren Page played in a wonderful ball from 40 yards out to find Costa a couple yards in the Bantams penalty area. Costa with a brilliant touch to bring the ball down before firing it past McGrane to put the hosts up 1-0.
Charlotte doubled their lead three minutes from the half as Gio Bejarano scored his first of the season. Paul Afful had time and space a hair inside the Bantams half of the field and was able to pick out Bejarano down the right-hand flank. Bejarano took a touch and held off the Bantams defender before slotting it past McGrane to put the Eagles up 2-0.
The Bantams got on the board in the 56th minute to cut the lead to 2-1. A beautiful dummy led to the Bantams right back having time and space to cross to Harrison Roberts whose shot beat James Pyle to his far post.
Both teams had chances as the second half wore on, Joao Costa came close late in the 2nd half as Ryan Williams laid off a ball to Costa but he couldn’t keep his shot on frame as it sailed over the bar. Narrowly missing giving the hosts a 3-1 lead.
Charlotte would come to rue the missed chance as the Bantams mounted one final attack in stoppage time. A Bantams cross was headed over the crossbar but was judged to have been deflected out by an Eagles defender. On the ensuing cross an Eagles defender was called for a push which gave SC United a penalty kick in the 90th +2. Leandro Brown stepped up and sent Pyle the wrong way finishing to Brown’s right and leveling the match all square at 2-2.
Charlotte now has to recover quickly as they head to Myrtle Beach on Tuesday to take on the Mutiny. Tuesday’s match will go a long way in determining the South Atlantic winner as both teams are 6-1-2, 20 pts, on the season.