Flames defeated by Reading United 8-0
Tough road loss for Westchester to start 2013 season
Flames goalie Brian McPartland defends a Reading corner kick - Photo by Glenn Riegel Photography / Reading United A.C.
Reading, PA - Westchester Flames F.C. opened their 2013 USL PDL season with a difficult road loss to Reading United A.C. by a score of 8-0. Reading started the game applying a lot of pressure on the Flames defense and never looked back from there. Reading forward opened Mario Pinto Neto opened the scoring in the 17th minute. Flames goalie Brian McPartland was under siege throughout the game and made some nice early saves to keep the team in the game. Reading forward Larry Ndjock scored a beautiful goal in the 30th minute that was quickly followed by 2 goals from midfielder Manolo Sanchez in the 41st and 44th minutes, which effectively ended the game.
Reading took the 4-0 lead into half-time and continued the onslaught in the second half starting with a goal by midfielder Darius Madison in the 54th minute. Neto scored in the 59th minute and followed that with another in the 66th minute to complete his hat trick. Fullback Ben Sweat completed the scoring with Reading’s 8th goal in the 88th minute.
Flames coach Gus Skoufis was understandably upset with the result and stated "Reading started very strong and just when we seemed to be finding ourselves in the game, they scored the first goal and grabbed the momentum right back. From there they never let up and maintained the pressure throughout the game, never allowing us to really get anything going offensively. Full credit to Brendan Burke, Ged Quinn, Art Auchenbach and the entire Reading organization for putting together a terrific team. They are a credit to the USL PDL and American soccer. I hope our fans in Westchester come out to the game on June 26 when Reading come to City Park Stadium. Hopefully our boys can demonstrate more of their talent and give Reading a much more competitive game."
The Westchester Flames continue their USL PDL season on the road for the next game against the New Jersey Express on Wednesday, May 22nd at 8:00 PM at NJIT Stadium in Newark, N.J.
Reading United AC 8, Westchester Flames 0
REA: Pinto Neto (Sanchez) 17
REA: Ndjock (Charpie) 30
REA: Sanchez (Sweat) 41
REA: Sanchez (Sweat) 44
REA: Madison (Neuman) 54
REA: Pinto Neto (Ndjock) 59
REA: Pinto Neto (Plumhoff) 66
REA: Sweat (Plumhoff) 88
WES: Heredia 38
REA: Ndjock 39
WES: Ruiz 44
REA: Slogic 64
WES: Zubillaga 65
Reading United AC – McCarthey (Bono 60’), Charpie (Campbell 82’), Dolezal, Slogic, Sweat, Plumhoff, Madison (Snoh 60’), Sanchez (Baker 78’), Neumann (Marini 62’), Pinto Neto, Ndjock (Follensbee 71’)
Substitute Not Used: Ockford
Westchester Flames FC – McPartland, Kramarchuk, Waters, Folla, Kane, Ogoo, Berisha (Heredia 38’), Zubillaga (Sanchez 66’), Ruiz (McClain 45’), Poetzsch, Reid
Referee: Ryan Dos Reis