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NEM CT Stadium
Spectators: 10850 (Terracing: 8139,
Seating: 2495, VIP seats: 216) New England Minas's Shaun Mahoney started the match with a crisp pass. The crowd had been anticipating this game for weeks and the excitement in the stadium was easily visible. New England Minas's Jeremy Nicholas played magnificently when he managed to stop the ball from hitting the goal, after a sharp shot by Armen Gabrielyan in the 5th minute of play. Jermaine Richmond made a wonderful reflex save on a shot from Shaun Mahoney in the 9th minute of play. If Shaun Mahoney had kept his shot down it would have been a goal in the 11th minute. The ball went over the crossbar instead. In the 11th minute Shaun Mahoney shot on, it seemed, an open goal, but Jermaine Richmond saw the ball coming and threw himself on it before it passed the goal line. With a couple of smart ball manuevers Shaun Mahoney in the 12th managed to get into a good position. With a left leg Jermaine Richmond saved Khachatryan from getting behind. A nice corner shot did that Werner Castillo got away a dangerous shot. Despite this Jermaine Richmond quite easily got ahold of the ball to make the save. In a very dangerous position, a player in New England Minas fell when an opponent tried to get the ball from him in the 18th minute. Penalty! With a little luck, Khachatryan's Jermaine Richmond got control of the ball when Shaun Mahoney tried to sneak it across the goal line. With a couple of smart ball manuevers Shaun Mahoney in the 27th managed to get into a good position. With a left leg Jermaine Richmond saved Khachatryan from getting behind. In the 29th minute, Mervin Starnes hit a crossing free kick to the open man running down the field. Xavier Duff received a nice pass in the box and took a hard shot in the 30th minute. Jeremy Nicholas tensed up and prepared to dive, but the shot went over the goal with him having to interfere. An unexpectedly hard shot by Xavier Duff in the 41st minute of play forced New England Minas's goalkeeper Jeremy Nicholas to throw himself to the left, to be able to save the ball. Armen Gabrielyan took the ball and in the 44 minute, shot a rapid shot to the right of a surprised Jeremy Nicholas. Jeremy Nicholas dived to the right, and did manage to get a hand on the shot, but it still went into the right corner making it 0-2.
Khachatryan made a substitution. Reinaldo Varela replaced Xavier Duff. The players of the home team were most fresh-looking when they entered the field to play the second half. Sung McKinley was the one to do the kick off. When the match had gone on for 54 minutes, Bernardino Erruki put it in 1-2 from a short distance just to the right of Jermaine Richmond. A hard shot 57 in the game by Armen Mkhitaryan from a close distance when the talented Jeremy Nicholas managed to make a qualified save. New England Minas's players were relieved. Sung McKinley fired away a screaming shot towards the goal in the 60th minute, but the shot went just over the crossbar without Jeremy Nicholas having to interfere. Jermaine Richmond showed his good apprehension of the play when he made a fantastic save on a shot from Joseph Lockwood, who was totally free with the ball in the 62nd minute. The audience was convinced that Joseph Lockwood's extremely hard shot when he got free in front of the goal was going in, but Jermaine Richmond was relentless in the 70th minute of the game. In the 72nd minute New England Minas were awarded a corner. Werner Castillo went to the cornerflag to take it. It was a well-played corner which Jarrett Waller managed to volley towards the net. Unfortunately, he didn't get a great hit on the ball and it went out into the grandstand. After 78 minutes, Piti Hidalgo mouthed his way into the referee's book. The tension between the Khachatryan and the New England Minas players grew even worse after the yellow card. After recieving a nice pass, New England Minas's Werner Castillo tried to score from far away in the 79th minute, but the ball went over the crossbar. Jermaine Richmond made a wonderful reflex save on a shot from Shaun Mahoney in the 82nd minute of play. Jermaine Richmond showed his good apprehension of the play when he made a fantastic save on a shot from Shaun Mahoney, who was totally free with the ball in the 86th minute. When New England Minas's Joseph Lockwood in the 92nd minute got a chance for a shot 92nd didn't hesitate and placed the ball to the right of the goalie. A beautiful save bye Khachatryan's goalie prevented a goal. In the 93rd minute Joseph Lockwood shot on, it seemed, an open goal, but Jermaine Richmond saw the ball coming and threw himself on it before it passed the goal line. The away crowd were delighted with the way their team had played and cheered loudly when the final whistle sounded. Khachatryan walked away with the win, even though the match was close until the end.