Monarchs Cruise to Victory in Finale
Real Maryland Ends Regular Season With 3-0 victory over Fredericksburg
ROCKVILLE, Maryland –Real Maryland FC finished their inaugural season in the USL Premier Development League just like they started it, with a commanding 3-0 victory. The Monarchs were able to open strong at home once again scoring all three of their goals in the opening half to defeat Fredericksburg Hotspur in their season finale. Forward Daniel Ankrah opened the scoring in the tenth minute of the match and follow up goals from Val Teixeira and Sean Coleman sealed the match for Real Maryland.
The Monarchs came out as hot as the sweltering heat, looking to finish the season strong following a disappointing result in Carolina the day before. Real Maryland took the lead in the 10th minute when Monarch forward Sean Coleman finished a run down the right flank with a low cross into the penalty area, where Daniel Ankrah was able to attempt a shot that took a fortunate bounce high off of the Richard Montgomery High School turf and just over the outstretched arm of Hotspur goalkeeper Ryan Taylor.
Less than ten minutes later the Monarchs were on the board again when forward Val Teixeira was able to carry the ball into the box and turn his defender around with multiple deft touches before firing home from close range to double the Real Maryland lead. Then, just five minutes later, Monarch midfielder Karou Forbess dropped a pass from deep in midfield directly into the path of an onrushing Sean Coleman who had snuck behind the Hotspur defense for a breakaway. Fredericksburg goalkeeper Ryan Taylor rushed out in an attempt to cut down the Monarch’s forward angle on net, but Coleman was able to play the ball just past the keeper and then calmly finish with a pass into the back of the net for the third goal of the first half for the home side.
Fredericksburg best chance of the match came five minutes later when forward Jambaar Stills was able to beat a Monarch defender to a ball in the penalty box. Stills was unable to steer his shot attempt on goal though, and the first half would finish with a three to nothing score line.
The second half started just like the first, with the Monarch attack continually pushing forward, and, in the 57th minute, it looked as though they had opened up their second half account when Sean Coleman again put the ball in the back of the net. This time Coleman cleverly finished off a cross from Daniel Ankrah with his chest, but Coleman had just strayed into offside position and the goal was disallowed. It looked like the Monarchs wouldn’t have to wait long before scoring again though when Daniel Ankrah found himself one on one with Hotspur goalkeeper Ryan Taylor following a magnificent blistering run from midfield. However, his shot, which seemed destined for goal, bounced just off the inside of the far post.
The game would then slow down for the final twenty minutes after the Monarchs found themselves a man down for the remainder of the match due to an injury to midfielder Karou Forbess and having already used all of their available substitutes. The Monarchs defense and goalkeeper Dustin Butcher were able to stay organized though and keep Fredericksburg from generating any scoring chances en route to their sixth and final shutout of the season.
Despite the disappointment of not making the playoffs, the Monarchs were able to finish the season just as they started it, with a victory. The three points from the win means Real Maryland will finish in third place in the South Atlantic Division, just one spot short of a playoff berth in their first Premier Development League Season.
RMD – Daniel Ankrah 2 (Sean Coleman 1) 10
RMD – Val Teixeira 1 (unassisted) 19
RMD – Sean Coleman 9 (Karou Forbess 2) 24
RMD – Thomas Zimmerman (caution, Unsporting Behavior) 75
Real Maryland FC – Will Swaim (Dustin Butcher 46), Shane Johnson, Josh Danza, Andy Streinlein (Ian Hendrie 63), Draymond Washington, Julio Arjona, Karou Forbess, George Fochive (Howard Rivers 63), Daniel Ankrah (Scott Bukoski 63), Sean Coleman (Thomas Zimmerman 63), Val Teixeira
Substitutes Not Used: Santos Ramirez
Officials: Michael Donovan; Alexander Luttmann; Matthew Nelson
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