2009 First Round: Ocean City Barons fly by Crystal Palace Baltimore again; first PDL upset of 2009

Posted by | June 10, 2009

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2009 (Postponed from June 9 due to field conditions)
Carey Stadium – Ocean City, N.J. | 7 p.m.
Match Reports: Ocean City |  Press of Atlantic City
Video Highlights (Courtesy: NBC40 – Best with IE)
Twitter: @oceancitybarons

Byron Carmichael (Melchionni) 9’
Byron Carmichael (Swetra) 34’
JT Noone (Richter) 78’

The Ocean City Barons became the first PDL team to beat a USL professional squad in the 2009 tournament, winning a 3-0 decision over Crystal Palace Baltimore of the USL Second Division. Baltimore was attempting to avenge a 1-0 upset in the First Round of the 2007 tournament at the hands of the Barons. That game two years ago was also played at “The Beach House” in Ocean City and for the Barons, it was their third upset of a pro team in franchise history.

Byron Carmichael opened the scoring in the 9th minute, with an assist from Neal Melchionni. Carmichael struck again in the 34th minute on a feed from William Swetra give the Barons a 2-0 halftime lead. The game had been postponed on Tuesday due to a flooded field from heavy overnight storms.

With 12 minutes remaining, JT Noone left no doubt as to who the winners were with a Ryan Richter-assisted goal in the 78th minute. Ocean City will host the Real Maryland Monarchs next Tuesday in the Second Round with a date with DC United of Major League Soccer on the line.

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