Nor'easters Celebrate July 4th With A Win

The Ocean City Nor’easters welcomed their supporters to join them on the 4th July to celebrate the independence of a nation, and celebrate they did. A 2-0 victory over in-state rivals New Jersey Rangers put everyone in great spirits for the fireworks just yards away on the Ocean City, NJ Boardwalk. 

The Nor’easters are set to play the NJ Rangers twice in four days as the playoff picture becomes clearer. Ocean City Nor’easters opened the scoring early as Timothy Mulgrew drilled a direct free kick up and over the wall to beat the keeper low against the post in the 4th minute. Ocean City went on to take control of the first half even though it began to fizzle out towards the end of the 45 minutes. The first half saw some of the Nor’easters best “possession with purpose” that they have been focusing on all season. 

The second half didn’t start with a bang but the Nor’easters took control and scored again on 52 minutes through attacking right back Sean McLaws who followed in a Zoncher Dennis shot that the Rangers keeper parried towards him. Ocean City survived some scares with Michael O’Keeffe, New Zealand Olympian from the 2012 London Games, looking confident and allowing Ocean City to use all their allotted substitutions and get the fringe players some good minutes.

The game finished 2-0 and the supporters made the short walk up onto the Ocean City Boardwalk for an outstanding firework display. Independence Day is a great day in Ocean City, NJ and it looks like the Nor’easters organization will become a big part of that and coming to see the game before the fireworks will become the new July 4th tradition in town. 

Coach Tim Oswald was happy with the result after the game, “We needed a win to keep our momentum going and a clean sheet for O’Keeffe was vital. Hopefully our performance will be better on Sunday but I would take the same result.”

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NJ LUSO Rangers FC   at   Ocean City Nor'easters   0:2
  Carey Stadium Thursday, July 4, 2013 6:00 pm EDT  
Weather: Sunny   Attendance: 559

 

Summary:

OC: Timothy Mulgrew 4'
OC: Sean McLaws (Zoncher Dennis) 54'

Cautions 
NJR: David Cornwell

 

NJ LUSO Rangers FC
Pos Jer Name Min G A S F
M 20 Cornwell, David 90     2 1
M 15 Hamza, Yusuf 69        
M 13 Hemme, Samuel 90     1 2
M 8 Mclaughlin, Jeffrey 90     5 -
M 5 Rasoilo, Daniel "Danny" 81     3  
M 22 Stecyk, Curtis 90     2 2
D 14 Andre, Luis 90        
D 23 Brito, Alex 90        
D 17 Vilar, Pedro 90     1 1
F 19 Stennett, Rahim Ali 90     2  
GK 26 Killian, Paul 90        
Substitutes
M 11 Herrera, Fredy -        
M 7 Sommer, Mathew 21        
D 4 Santos, Nuno 9       1
GK 1 Krauze, Rafal -        
Ocean City Nor'easters
Pos Jer Name Min G A S F
M 12 Pataia, Michele 54     4 3
M 16 Perea, Nick 90        
M 21 Tribbett, Ken 72     1 1
D 4 Curran, Kevin 90        
D 5 Hyde, Jhamie 83       1
D 14 Machingauta, Tapiwa 90        
D 20 McLaws, Shawn 55 1   2 1
F 22 Dennis, Zoncher 78   1 2  
F 10 Mulgrew, Timothy 54 1   3  
F 3 Tweneboa, Frank 90     2  
GK 13 O'Keeffe, Michael 90        
Substitutes
    Halliday, Sonimi 7        
M 9 Balle, Keegan 18        
M 7 Davis, Scott 12        
D 2 Chapman, Glenroy "Junior" 35     1  
F 10 Kollie, Emmanuel 36     2 2
F 11 Reid, Dwayne 36       1
GK 13 Billings, Brian -        
NJ LUSO Rangers FC
Pos Jer Name GKM GA GKW GKL GKT SO Saves SHFC
GK 26 Killian, Paul 90 2   1     10 12
Ocean City Nor'easters
Pos Jer Name GKM GA GKW GKL GKT SO Saves SHFC
GK 13 O'Keeffe, Michael 90 - 1     1 7 7
  Team Statistics
Goals Half1 Half2 OT1 OT2 Final
NJ LUSO Rangers FC 0 0     0
Ocean City Nor'easters 1 1     2
Shots Half1 Half2 OT1 OT2 Final
NJ LUSO Rangers FC 11 6     17
Ocean City Nor'easters 6 11     17
Saves Half1 Half2 OT1 OT2 Final
NJ LUSO Rangers FC 3 7     10
Ocean City Nor'easters 4 3     7
Fouls Half1 Half2 OT1 OT2 Final
NJ LUSO Rangers FC 4 3     7
Ocean City Nor'easters 5 4     9
Offsides Half1 Half2 OT1 OT2 Final
NJ LUSO Rangers FC 2 0     2
Ocean City Nor'easters 2 5     7
Corners Half1 Half2 OT1 OT2 Final
NJ LUSO Rangers FC 7 4     11
Ocean City Nor'easters 2 5     7

MVP: Michael O’Keeffe

 

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