|Phantoms' Ambry Moss|
PORTSMOUTH, NH - Tonight's matchup against the newest addition to the division, the Real Boston Rams, proved to be a physical matchup that earned both teams with a point in the standings. The first half saw the two teams combining organized defending with midfield playmaking, though neither side could add much in the final third. Creative play by Quinnipiac University player of the year Robbie Mclarney and the fast-paced wide play of new Phantoms player Ambry Moss gave the home side their best chances in the first half.
The second half started where the first half left off, with high energy defending and hard tackles. Second half subs Steve Palumbo and Eddie Jones gave the Phantoms energy offensively, which resulted in numerous quality chances. The closest the Phantoms got was a 65th minute goal that was called back for offsides. The Rams had their best chance of the day when they broke through and hit the post in the 57th minute.
The Seacoast United Phantoms have seen 0-0 results in their first two matches of the season.
Head coach Iain Scott was pleased once again with his team's performance.
"The back four looked very tight, we didn't give our opponent much," noted Scott. "We're unbeaten still and are looking forward to our next game."
In the end, the game was marked by inspirational play from the Phantoms' defenders Ryan Dunn, Jordan Thomas, and the Blue Water Mortgage 'Man of the Match', Simon Cox.
The Phantoms travel to Portland, ME on Saturday for the 2nd meeting of the season with division rival GPS Portland Phoenix. The Phantoms next home game is scheduled for Saturday, June 8th vs. Vermont Voltage at Southern NH University. The event is a special club night for all players within the Seacoast Express United and Manchester Soccer Club organizations.