Posted on June 18, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. — Antigua Barracuda FC continued its bumpy ride in USL PRO on Sunday night, dropping a 2-0 decision to first-place and defending champion Orlando City at the florida Citrus Bowl.
Kieron Bernard scored his first goal of the year and Matt Luzunaris added the second of the match in second-half stoppage time for Orlando before a crowd of 6,148.
The Barracudas (six points) fell to 2-8-0 as Orlando (9-1-2, 29) holds a five-point lead.
“Overall I was pleased with the result,” Orlando City coach Adrian Heath said. “The game was very one-sided all evening. I’m happy with the win and now we’ll look toward Friday and the game against Harrisburg.”
Orlando got on the scoreboard through Bernard’s header. After a Kevin Molino shot was punched out by goalkeeper Molvin James, Luke Boden sent in a corner kick. The Sheffield, England, native found a leaping Bernard in front the Antigua goal to give Orlando a 1-0 advantage in the 14th minute.
The hosts’ defense kept the Antigua attack in check throughout the evening. Led by goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo and his fourth shutout of the eason, the City defense was on point all night. Gallardo made four saves to anchor the Orlando backline in an impressive showing. Kyle Davies was especially solid for the Lions, cutting off attack after attack.
Luzunaris, brought on as a second-half substitute, put the game on ice for the Lions in second-half stoppage time. After he was sprung by Ian Fuller, Luzunaris gave himself extra space before sliding a far-post strike past James. It was Luzunaris’ first goal since returning from an illness that saw the forward miss three matches.
Antigua moves on to play in the final stage of the CFU Club Championship, where it faces Caledonia AIA on Tuesday night for a place in the CONCACAF Champions League.
Categories: Antigua and Barbuda, Caribbean
Tags: Adrian Heath, Antigua Barracuda FC, Caledonia AIA, CFU Club Championship, CONCACAF Champions League, Molvin James, Orlando City, USL PRO