For the second time in four days, the Bohemians only conceded a single goal, but again failed to net one of their own. The Long Island Rough Riders got past Baltimore, 1-0, on a warm Saturday evening at Paul Angelo Russo Stadium.
The hosts once again got off to a good start just minutes into the match, as Connor Thompson’s pass found Austin Martz at the right corner of the 18-yard box. Martz’s shot flew just inches above the crossbar. On the 10-minute mark, Thompson’s free kick from 20 yards swerved slightly, but Rough Riders’ goalkeeper Joe Martin was able to snatch on the shot. Another link-up play a minute later was set up by Martz to Ian Heinrich, but the midfielder could only find the side netting with his attempt.
Long Island was awarded a penalty kick in the 16th minute, looking to convert on their first shot of the match. Dominick Sarle stepped up to the spot, but Baltimore netminder Andrew Harris dove to his right and slapped the ball away to deny the visitors from taking the lead.
Seven minutes later, Martz again played the role of set-up man, finding Thompson ten yards from goal. His shot was well tipped away by Martin.
In the 26th minute, Adriano Gabriele swooped in a free kick towards the goal mouth. Harris looked to have the shot handled, but he lost control of the ball off his gloves, allowing Shaun Foster to creep in and knock home the rebound from five yards out.
The Rough Riders nearly doubled their lead a minute from halftime, as Glen Reid fed Joe Holland on a breakaway, but Harris was able to come up with the crucial save this time around.
Within the first 20 minutes of the second half, Ryan Tuck was shown two yellow cards, leading to an early shower for the Baltimore defender. After going down to ten men, Baltimore had difficulty creating any real offensive threat. Thompson had a tame attempt saved minutes after Tuck was dismissed, and Austin Martz saw his drive go over the bar in the first minute of second half stoppage time. Baltimore was outshot 10-2 in the second 45 minutes of play.
The Bohemians (4-4-2) will finish their four-game homestead on Wednesday against Reading United. Reading sits in third place with 15 points in the Mid-Atlantic Division, three behind Long Island, but with two games in hand. Baltimore remains in fourth place with 14 points.
Goals: LI – Shaun Foster (26′)
Yellow Cards: LI – none; BAL – Ryan Tuck (52′)
Red Cards: BAL – Ryan Tuck (63′ – second yellow)
Shots: LI – 15, BAL – 9
Saves: LI – 3, BAL – 7
Fouls: LI – 12, BAL – 8
Offsides: LI – 2, BAL – 1
Corners: LI – 5, BAL – 5