Kelvin Omondi's First Half Hat-Trick Helps Eagles Earn Three Points
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Eagles Earn Three Points on the Road in Durham
Charlotte, NC – The Charlotte Eagles (3-0-0, 9 pts) earned a 4-1 win against Tobacco Road FC (1-2-1, 4 pts) on Thursday night in Durham, NC. A Kelvin Omondi first-half hat-trick helped pace the Eagles offense to a 3-0 halftime lead. Ryan Williams added his third goal of the PDL season in the second half to secure the three points on the road.
Charlotte got on the board in just the fourth minute as Kelvin Omondi picked up a loose ball in the Tobacco Road penalty area and rolled in the game’s first goal.
Omondi added his brace in the 28th minute on a beautiful counterattacking goal. Following a Tobacco Road corner that was cleared by Gio Bejarano, David Koloko found Omondi down the left side of the attack. Omondi then released Joao Costa at midfield. Costa was in one on one with Hawthorne, the Tobacco Road goalkeeper, but drew his attention before playing in Omondi for the tap in goal to extend the lead to 2-0.
The Kenyan added his third goal of the game only two minutes later. Gio Bejarano got involved in the action again as he curled in a right footed effort to an unmarked Omondi on the backpost, rising and finishing to make it 3-0.
Tobacco Road got on the board in the 53rd minute as Jonathan Ray took advantage of a loose ball in the Eagles penalty box. Ray won a challenge with Siaj following the loose ball before putting the ball past James Pyle to bring the Durham club within two at 3-1.
Ryan Williams restored the visitors three goal lead in the 60th minute. Williams was played in off a throw-in from Bejarano and slotted the ball through Hawthorne’s legs to put Charlotte up 4-1 with thirty minutes left.
The game took an ugly turn in the second half as there were a bevy of cards shown to both teams. Second half substitute Kosi Nwafornso was shown a straight red in the 90th minute after an altercation with a Tobacco Road player.
With the Eagles down to 10 men for injury time, neither side was able to break through and the match ended 4-1.
Charlotte will be back home on Saturday night as they host the Myrtle Beach Mutiny at Charlotte Christian School at 7 pm.
Keep the Orange Flag Flying High and we’ll see you on Saturday night!