The Tampa Bay Rowdies and Carolina RalHawks reached the end of the first half tied at 0-0 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC. With the teams sharing moments of possession, a Rowdies red card in the 37th minute opened up the match as defender Andres Arango was sent off for taking down midfielder Ty Shipalane.
"We’ll have to be more focused and retain possession when we get the opportunity to give ourselves a breather," said Rowdies coach Ricky Hill. "We are still in the game and we might revert to a 4-3-2 formation and we took Mike Ambersley off only because the timing of the sending off. It is going to take a lot of hard work and organization on the field for us to get a result."
Ty Shipalane found an early opening for the RailHawks when freed by through ball from Nick Millington but was just unable to hit the right side of the target.
It was midfielder Luke Mulholland who created the first chance for the away team in the 18th minute. After midfielder Shane Hill played him the ball, Mulholland found space and fired a shot on goal. The strike was deflected by a Carolina defender, forcing goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald to make a save and send it out for a corner kick.
The speed of Shipalane and Ababio down the right flank were constant threats for the Rowdies defense, but for the first 30 minutes they were able to deny the RailHawks any scoring chances.
Shipalane was brought down outside the box by Arango the referee showed the Rowdies defender a red card in the 37th minute. With the Rowdies down a man, Carolina took advantage of the spaces in the final third, but the visitors continued to play with a solid defense, denying the RailHawks the goal.
The ensuing free kick resulted in one of the RailHawks best scoring opportunities. Austin da Luz played a square ball to forward Brian Shriver, whose first time shot narrowly missed the top right corner of the Rowdies goal.
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