Back in May the Crystal Palace Football Club easily beat the Wilmington Hammerheads at home 2-0. Last night in Wilmington, NC the Crystal Palce side had their hands full with the Hammerheads this time.
Eventhough the Crystal Palace side was out shot in the 1st half of the game 10-3 by the Wilmington Hammerheads, the three shots that Crystal Palace had led to 2 goals.
In the 2nd minute of the game Dan Lader sent a pass to Pat Healey who sent the ball into the upper left corner of the goal for his 5th goal in the last 5 games.
Brian Rowland was tested throughout the game and ended the game with 7 saves. In the 20th minute of the 1st half Brian made the biggest save of the game when he stopped a penalty kick by Wilmington to keep the score at 1-0.
5 minutes later Wilminton regretted missing that penalty kick when Crystal Palace’s Larry Mark made a cross into the Wilmington box. The ball was deflected off a Wilmington defender right to Crystal Palace’s Val Teixeira, who placed his left footed shot into the net to give Crystal Palace a 2-0 lead going into half time.
In the 2nd half Wilmington’s persistence paid off when in the 67th minute Wilmington’s Jerrit Thayer sent a cross from 40 yards into Crystal Palace’s box. Jamie Holmes was home on the receiving end of the cross which he placed pass Crystal Palace’s goalkeeper Brian Rowland on a header from 8 yards out. This made the score 2-1 Crystal Palace.
Wilmington Hammerheads made their comeback complete when they were awarded another penalty kick in the 80th minute of the game. This time Trey Alexander placed the kick pass Rowland into the back of the net to tie the game at 2 all.
The game ended ina 2-2 tie and by the way the Crystal Palace team had played I believe that they were happy to get out of Wilmington with the point for the tie and come home.
With the tie, Crystal Palace ran their record to 6-3-1 for the season. This places Crystal Palace into third place in the USL2 Division with 19 points, 4 points behind league leader Charlotte and 2 points behind 2nd place Cleveland.
Crystal Palace’s next game will be Tuesday June 24th at 7:05 PM in Harrisburg, PA for the 2nd Round US Open Cup against the Harrisburg City Islanders.
If Crystal Palace beats Harrisburg it will set up a third round matchup with MLS’s New York Red Bulls. The Red Bulls are currently next to last in the standings of the Eastern Division of the MLS with a record of 4-4-3.