Crystal Palace Baltimore News Release - www.crystalpalaceusa.com
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
LOS ANGELES, CA -- After three consecutive losses in the league, Crystal Palace Baltimore had to travel 2,500 miles for a change of fortunes. They defeated the L.A. Legends of the PDL by a score of 2-1 in the 1st round of the US Open Cup on the campus of Azusa Pacific University 24 miles east of Los Angeles.
The result means Palace will have a slightly easier trip in round two. The Baltimore side will visit fellow USL-2 team, the Harrisburg City Islanders on Tuesday June 24th with the contest kicking off at 7:05pm.
The opening 45 minutes were a scrappy affair on a tight field, with each team creating the occasional chance but unable to take control of the match.
But that all changed in the closing minutes of the half as an Andrew Marshall throw in was flicked on by Mike Lookingland to Pat Healey waiting at the back post. Healey struck a sweet volley into the net to give Palace the advantage going into the break.
The second half saw Palace start to win the possession battle and they gained an unexpected advantage in the 55th minute when the referee showed a straight red card to the Legends’ Ross Schunk for what appeared to be an innocuous enough tackle.
Palace were keeping the L.A. defense busy with Dan Lader and Pat Healey looking confident moving the ball through the middle, while Larry Mark, Val Teixeira and David Feazell were making runs to the byline and whipping over plenty of crosses. But the Legends held on and still looked dangerous themselves when they had the ball.
With 10 minutes left, the Legends broke through after a free kick that was initially cleared but which ended up back with the Legends, who put a perfect through-pass to an on-rushing forward in the middle of the box and suddenly the Legends had equalized despite being a man down courtesy of Kevin Gallaugher.
Soon after, another Legends’ player had a great opportunity as he took a pass standing on the penalty spot, swiveled and fired but his shot hit the post and bounced out of danger.
In the 90th minute, Andrew Marshall took a huge throw-in from near the half-way line which reached the Pat Healey in the box. He took it down with one touch, turned his marker and smacked a low strike inside the right post to give Palace the lead for good.