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RECAP | Armada Shuts Out Deltas To Close Out The Year

The victory was not enough to secure a postseason berth
Oct 28, 2017

FINAL STATS | HIGHLIGHTS

 

Despite a 2-0 shut out victory against the San Francisco Deltas in the final match of the Fall Season, the Jacksonville Armada FC will not make a postseason berth this year. The New York Cosmos defeated Puerto Rico FC 5-2 and claimed the fourth and final seat to the NASL Championship with the victory Saturday night.

“It’s obviously bittersweet right now,” said head coach Mark Lowry. “We have to try and see past the situation of just missing the playoffs and truly appreciate and value the many things this group has achieved this season.”

Jacksonville finished in fifth place in the Fall Season and Combined Standings. Saturday’s victory marked the second win against the second-place San Francisco Deltas and left the Armada FC undefeated by the West Coast rival in their inaugural year.

Jacksonville performed well under the pressure of the Deltas.  The cold and wet Saturday night in San Francisco was a tough, physical battle, but Jacksonville ended the season on a high note.

J.C. Banks put Jacksonville on the board first, midway through the first half. Bryam Rebellón sent a cross into the box where Ciarán Kilduff headed it to Banks. Banks then headed it just past the hands of goalkeeper Alex Mangels.

The Deltas continued to fight for a goal of their own in the second half, but Jacksonville was able to double their lead to stay ahead. In the 60th minute, a corner kick by Jack Blake found Drew Beckie in the middle of the box.  When the ball got loose, Tony Taylor collected it and curled it around into the corner of the net.

San Francisco had their best chance of the night in the 79th minute. Devon Sandoval passed the ball to Pablo Dyego right outside of the box. Dyego sent a laser toward the net to force a huge save from Caleb Patterson-Sewell.

A few minutes later, Sandoval made his way into the box again and attempted a header just after Patterson-Sewell punched away the ball. Jackson tried a bicycle kick on the rebound, but it went just wide of the net.

Patterson-Sewell’s effort Saturday earned his 10th clean sheet of the year. His prowess in front of the net kept the Deltas off the scoreboard all night.

The Deltas attempted one more goal when Sandoval tried a bicycle kick of his own in the 90th minute in front of the net. His attempt went up and over the crossbar though.

The final whistle blew and Jacksonville celebrated their victory. Although the Armada FC will not be advancing to the postseason, Lowry was pleased with the performance.

“This final performance away at San Francisco symbolizes everything that we are about,” said Lowry.

As 2017 comes to a close for the Armada FC, Lowry reflected back on the year.

“There are too many firsts and too many accomplishments to list. For me, the most important thing, and that will always be the most important thing, is how this group of individuals came together at the beginning of the year. They worked tremendously hard and finished the season as a team to be proud of. A team this city can be proud of, a team our fans can be proud of, and a team that each and every one of us who has been involved on the inside can be proud of.”

 

 

MATCH REPORT

STARTING XI:

JAX (4-4-2): Patterson-Sewell, Beckie, Jerome, Rebellón, Ryden, Steinberger (Pitchkolan 87’), Banks (Doue 90’+3’), George, Blake, Taylor (Gebhard 80’), Kilduff

SFD (3-1-4-2): Mangels, Hopkins, Ferreira, Ouimette, Gibson, Burke, Bekker (Stephens 76’), Tissot, Teijsse (Sandoval 53’), Dyego, Dagoberto (Jackson 68’)

 

SCORING SUMMARY:

JAX: Banks 27’

JAX: Taylor 60’

 

DISCIPLINE:

JAX: George 40’

SFD: Tissot 43’

SFD: Bekker 73’