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Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-17/18s Defeat Concorde Fire 4-1

CARSON, Calif. (July 11, 2010) – Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-17/18 opened their 2010 Development Academy Finals week with an emphatic 4-1 victory against the Concorde Fire at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. After the Fire opened the scoring in just the third minute, the Baltimore Bays responded with four straight goals to take the victory and all three points.

John Davidson headed in a Kevin Rodriguez free kick to give the Fire an early lead. It would last nearly until halftime but Jeremy Kirkwood hit back from close range after receiving a pass from Moses Makinde in the 43rd minute. The Baltimore Bays would add three goals in the second half as they used their man advantage well after Concorde Fire was reduced to 10 men in the 32nd minute.

The Concorde Fire converted the first chance of the game in the third minute when Rodriguez served a dangerous inswinger after a foul on the right flank. Davidson rose to meet it before the Bays’ ‘keeper Tim Peitsch and put the Atlanta side ahead 1-0.

Although the Fire would have two more set piece opportunities, they could not capitalize before the turning point of the game in the 32nd minute. Baltimore won a free kick just inside the Fire half and as player jostled for position at the top of the box, the referee whistled for a red card infraction and sent off the goal scorer, Davidson just half an hour after he put his side ahead.

With the man advantage, Baltimore began to exert their personality on the match, pushing numbers into attack with Geaton Caltabiano pulling the strings in the midfield. Their equalizer came in the 43rd minute as they pushed forward in numbers with left back Moses Makinde entering the final third. His lofted pass over the defense was found by Jeremy Kirkwood who blasted a shot from close range which found its way through the ‘keeper’s legs to tie the match at 1-1.

With momentum on their side, Baltimore opened the second half with patient build up play, searching to unlock the Fire defense which was left to chase the game with only 10 men.

The breakthrough came on 64 minutes which started a three minute flurry of three goals that put the result beyond reach. The first came from Mamadou Kensave when he followed up a Peter Karingi shot that was saved well by Brendan Moore in the Fire net. Kensave collected the long rebound and slotted his finish low past the ‘keeper for the 2-1 lead.

Caltabiano recorded the first of his two assists just two minutes later when he crossed from the left to find Karingi at the far post to nod home Baltimore’s third. Almost immediately, Caltabiano repeated his effort as provider when he collected the ball at midfield and pushed forward into the Fire defense. His touch lifted the ball over the advancing left back to Michael Raley who found himself with space just inside the area to settle and hit a hard half volley from 15 yards.

After the flash of goals, the game settled with Baltimore attempting to keep possession to kill off the match and avoid any dangerous Concorde Fire counterattacks. The Bays’ defense held firm and the Maryland side took the victory and the lead in the Group 2 standings.

Baltimore Bays will face local side Real So Cal on July 13 at 6 p.m. PT on Field 3 at The Home Depot Center looking to take a big step towards the placement matches at the end of the week. The Concorde Fire will look to rebound against Vardar at 7 p.m. PT on Field 2 at The Home Depot Center, also on July 13.

- Development Academy Finals Week Match Report -

Match: Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-17/18 vs. Concorde Fire U-17/18
Date: July 11, 2010
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week
Venue: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. PT

Scoring Summary:   1   2   F
BBC                           1   3   4
CON                          1   0   1

CON – John Davidson (Kevin Rodriguez)      3rd minute
BBC – Jeremy Kirkwood (Moses Makinde)     43
BBC – Mamadou Kansaye                            64
BBC – Peter Caringi (Geaton Caltabiano)       66
BBC – Michael Raley (Geaton Caltabiano)      67

BBC: 14-Tim Peitsch (24-Robert Benzig, 88); 1-Joseph Meyer, 15-Oumar Ballo, 12-Joseph Cahalan (17-Marquez Fernandez, 25, 5-Jonathan Guzman, 80), 9-Moses Makinde (20-Alexander Bullington, 65); 3-Eli Dennis, 23-Jeremy Kirkwood, 10-Geaton Caltabiano (8-Brian Graham, 68), 18-Mamadou Kansaye; 7-Peter Caringi (16-Jackson Weiner, 74), 6-Michael Raley (11-Michael Molloy, 83).
Subs not used: 4-Diego McQuestion, 19-Mikias Teketele, 25-Matthew Tyrie
Head Coach: Steve Nichols

CON: 24-Brendan Moore; 22-Sawyer Hemmer, 15-Nolan Hemmer, 18-Nikos Papanikolopoulos, 23-Alex Sullivan; 2-Malcolm Miller (32-Ehiosasele Aburime, 61), 6-Stephen McGill (10-Greg MacKenzie, 54), 7-Alex Sandland (16-Sean King, 45), 11-Kevin Rodriguez; 28-Carlos McCrary (4-Connor McWhorter, 79), 29-Arturo Cruz (25-John Davidson, 2).
Subs not used: 0-Simon Carter, 8-Mitchell Williams, 12-Chris Duvall, 17-Tyler Daly, 21-Jordan Levine
Head Coach: Ken Kurilec

Stats Summary: BBC / CON
Shots: 18 / 6
Shots on Goal: 8 / 3
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 10 / 14
Offside: 5 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
BBC –Joseph Cahalan (caution)          21st minute
CON – John Davidson (sent off)         32
CON – Stephen McGill (caution)          37
BBC – Peter Caringi (caution)             46
BBC – Marquez Fernandez (caution)    52
CON – Sean King (caution)                 78

Referee: Sorin Stoica
Assistant Referee 1: Baboucarr Jallow
Assistant Referee 2: Justin Mack
Fourth Official: Reed Christy