Hammerheads headed in right direction in 2016

WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) — The sun shined and the sky presented a fitting blue hue as the Wilmington Hammerheads beat FC Montreal 2-0.

Legion Stadium in Wilmington, NC was filled with 3,182 enthusiastic fans that came to support the Port City’s only professional sports team. The Hammerheads started strong against the determined FC Montreal team who joined the USL in 2014. Although they are newcomers to the league, their strategy displayed differently.

Within the first 10 minutes of the game, number eleven, Qudus Lawal, eagerly placed the ball in the bottom right corner, sending the crowd into an exciting uproar. The Hammerhead’s controlled the game beginning with midfielders number six, Liam Miller, number ninety-nine, Josue Currais Prieto, number ten, Justin Moose push, and number eight, Mael Corboz. The powerhouse midfielders set the tone in the first half, as the Hammerheads aggressive offensive push resulted in numerous opportunities to score.

During the 30th minute, the Hammerhead’s offensive push produced a yellow card against Montreal’s number fifty-eight, Louis Beland-Goyette.

Although the Hammerhead’s started the first half with aggressive passion, Montreal came out on top during the second half of the game dominating the offensive strategy. In the 50th minute Hammerhead’s number forty-seven, Ashani Fairclough, received a yellow card, resulting in a too close for comfort free kick in their defensive end. Regardless of the close shots and dominating offensively, Montreal’s goalie Maxime Crepeau, let Hammerhead’s number nine, Matthew Barnes-Homer, score header goal during the 58th minute.  Barnes-Homer explained, “We have a great team spirit this season. Everybody knows what’s at stake and what’s required to make the playoffs. That’s what we concentrate on doing. We take each game as it comes and we just have to concentrate on the win today and keep winning games and keep working hard for each other. Montreal prepared us for Friday’s game for sure.”

Head Coach Mark Briggs elaborated, “It’ll be the same as any other week. We’ll have to look after our bodies. We’ll have to prepare properly. Training this week will probably be a little bit lighter. Other than that it’s just a normal week of preparation, just slightly shorter.”

Regardless of a 2-0 win for the Hammerheads, Montreal gave Wilmington a good fight right until the end.  Both teams received another yellow card in the 60th minute and the 85th minute.

The Hammerheads prepare for their next home match of the 2016 USL season when they host the New York Red Bulls II on Friday, April 22, at Legion Stadium. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased by calling 910.777.2111 or online at www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com.

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