Abing­ton edges ear­ri­ton to move to sec­ond round

Glenside News - - LETTERS - By Nick Iuele

Teams that show re­siliency in the playoffs are gen­er­ally the ones which move on to the later stages. Abing­ton showed that trait on the road at ear­ri­ton in their Dis­trict One Class AAA opener.

The Ghosts won the match O-1 de­spite be­ing down 1-M and move on to play Cen­tral Bucks South in the sec­ond round on Thurs­day. Goal­keeper Austin Brot­man and the Abing­ton back line fu­elled the vic­tory as hyle Rocks bagged the win­ner late in the sec­ond half.

“I think it was a pretty even gameI it was just a mat­ter of who was go­ing to JHW WKH VHFRnG JRDO fiUVW,” Abing­ton coach Randy Gar­ber said. “Our goal­keeper GLG D finH MRb, KH PDGH VRPH bLJ VDvHV ODWH.”

“The de­fense means ev­ery­thingI we couldn’t do LW wLWKRuW WKH bDFN OLnH,” Brot­man said. “We made a cou­ple mis­takes in the back from play­off jit­tersI but we worked through it and SODyHG D JUHDW JDPH.”

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The Ghosts did have some good chances how­ever. In a span of two min­utesI Chris Tracey hit a rocket off the cross­bar and Danny Shep­pard headed the ball off the SRVW. AIWHU WKH fiUVW 20 PLnutesI Abing­ton was clearly the bet­ter side. eow­ev­erI the ball would not go into the net for ei­ther team and the two sides went into half­time at M-M.

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The sec­ond half was one of the more ex­cit­ing halves of soc­cer you will see. Due to the fact that a loss meant the end of the sea­son for both teamsI the at­tack­ing play opened up in the sec­ond stan­zaI mak­ing for an end to HnG bDWWOH. AbLnJWRn finDOOy IRunG LWV OHJV Ln WKH fiUVW IHw min­utes of the halfI es­tab­lish­ing pos­ses­sion early and con­tin­u­ally pres­sur­ing the ear­ri­ton keeper.

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