Photo by Paul Rudderow/Philly Soccer Page
After rounding off their schedule of road games on Wednesday night at Long Island this weekend sees the Nor’easters return to Ocean City and Carey Stadium with Sunday’s home game against Jersey Express. After their good form on the road, unbeaten in 6 games and top of the league, the Nor’easters are hoping that Sunday’s game will provide the first win in a series of eight home games which could see the Ocean City fans cheer the boys all the way to the Mid-Atlantic division title.
To celebrate the first game of the summer in Ocean City the Nor’easters are also delighted to announce that Sunday will be schools day at Carey Stadium, this means that any child who attends a school which has received a visit from the Nor’easters players and staff can come along and watch the game for free. We are hoping this will encourage lots of families and the Nor’easters young fans to visit the stadium, watch some top-quality soccer and hopefully cheer the boys on to another victory!
As part of the Ocean City Nor’easters community schemes, children who attend the schools in the areas that our Nor’easters players have attended over the last few months will be given free entry. These school districts are Ocean City, Atlantic Christian School, Slaybaugh and Maurice River Township.
The Ocean City Nor’easters are promoting a "Cleat Drive" to help communities in Kenya. The Nor’easters would like young players to donate their old cleats and jersey’s so that we can give them to young players in Kenya who need them.
As well as being a notable occasion marking the Nor’easters homecoming the game is also a vital one in the league, as the team try and replicate their early season victory against a Jersey Express side that looks sure to be in play-off contention at the end of the season. In the reverse fixture on June 5th the Nor’easters secured a hard-fought 3-1 victory over their Newark-based rivals thanks to two goals in the first ten minutes from top-scorer Anthony Asante followed by a late strike from Frank Tweneboa to seal the points. Since that game, however, The Express have been on a three game unbeaten streak which has propelled them back towards the top of the table and into play off reckoning, this run, combined with a desire to avenge that earlier result make them a difficult proposition for the boys from Ocean City and one that they will have to be at the top of their game to overcome.
This game marks the end of the tough stretch of road games and begins the Nor’easters final push towards the playoff, as Coach Oswald said after the Reading United game “A season isn’t defined by 1 game. It’s defined by 14 of them.” Now, after a great first half of the season comes a run of games that the management team have been targeting all year, with Coach Oswald stating “I love our chances late in the year with 8 straight home games”
Come down to the stadium on Sunday June 23, 7pm kick off, to welcome the boys’ home and cheer them on for the start of these 8 home games.
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