Seacoast United Phantoms travelled to Ottawa for their last away game of the season, resulting in an unlucky 2-0 defeat. Seacoast, with only 13 players able to travel after a season plagued by injuries, started the game very well and were unfortunate to not take the lead after a long throw was flicked on at the near post. Phantoms’ Brad Hilton was on the receiving end with a free header four yards out but the midfielder directed his header straight into the arms of the goalkeeper.
Ottawa took the lead midway through the first half when a slow lofted cross from fifteen yards inside the Seacoast half on the right sideline was flicked on by the Ottawa striker and floated over goalkeeper Travis Worrell’s head and into the goal.
The Phantoms were then subjected to a horrendous refereeing decision when Mark Djessoudh was clear through on goal and rounded the goalkeeper. Just as he was about to convert from four yards, the Ottawa goalkeeper used is hand to grab Djessoudh’s leg preventing him from scoring. For some reason the foul was not called sparking a reaction from the Seacoast coaching staff who was sent off after protesting strongly.
Seacoast United continued to press for the equalizer but Ottawa were holding firm and managed to do so until the end of the half.
The second half started with Ottawa taking a 2-0 lead on a good passing move from the left allowed their striker clear to score high into Worrell’s left hand corner.
Seacoast responded with Hilton hitting the post, striker Charlie Roach shooting over the bar from seven yards, and three shots from Dylan George all well saved.
The game ended with the Phantoms picking up a further two injuries and they had to see the game out with nine men.
Coach Iain Scott expects Robbie McLarney and Steven Palumbo to be available for the two remaining home games, which take place Thursday July 12th vs. GPS Portland, and Saturday July 14th vs. Worcester Hydra. Both games kick off at 7pm at Portsmouth High School.