OFFICIAL MATCH STATISTICS
Timbers, RailHawks battle to 1-1 draw at PGE Park
Railhawks tie Timbers 1-1
Missed opportunities, late goal take toll as Timbers settle for draw against the Carolina RailHawks
JUNE 6, 2010
Timbers give another win away, this time to Carolina
It's become like a broken record for the Portland Timbers this season: dominate for 90 minutes, then walk away with nothing to show for it. So once again in a match when the Timbers controlled play for almost the entire 90 minutes, it only took one defensive lapse very deep into stoppage time to allow a tying goal by the Carolina Railhawks, and another dominating result that disappoints at the end as the Timbers outshot Carolina 16-7 on the night. Ryan Pore got the Timbers go-ahead goal, while Daniel Paladini got the stoppage time equalizer in front of 8,119 on a rainy night at PGE Park.
The Timbers would take control of the match right from the start, with Mandjou Keita playing a nice through ball to Alex Nimo in the 5th minute, but the midfielders strike was well over the bar from 15 yards. Five minutes later, Ryan Pore would have a good free kick chance from the edge of the Carolina box, but his curling shot was a yard over the bar, though Carolina goalkeeper Eric Reed appeared to have the play covered.
In the twentieth minute, it was Pore again with a good chance for the home side, with a nice run to the top of the box but his shot was right at Reed and easily saved. Five minutes later, Bright Dike created a great scoring chance for the Timbers when he slipped in behind the defense and tapped the ball wide of Reed, who had charged out of the box, but by the time Dike recovered the ball, he had gone very wide and his tight angle shot was blocked by midfielder Cory Elenio, who had retreated to cover the goal. Off the ensuing corner kick, the ball was cleared back to Timbers defender Ian Joy, who chipped a pass into the run of Keita, the Timbers striker's shot was right at Reed.
It would be until the 30th minute when the Railhawks had a decent look at goal, with Amir Lowery's shot from 30 yards out going wide right. Three minutes later, it was Carolina forward Sallieu Bundu through on a nice through ball, but he was just unable to redirect the pass, and Timbers goalkeeper Steve Cronin collected the ball.
Around the 40th minute, the Timbers would produce a good series of chances, with passes from Pore, to Dike, then across to Keita only producing a weak header that was easily collected. Then during first half stoppage time, the Railhawks had a great chance to take the lead when Cronin was forced to punch clear a dangerous cross, and Carolina forward Gregory Richardson was able to chip a shot towards the Timbers net with a side volley, but Timbers defender Ross Smith was in a position to head the ball clear of the Timbers goal, and the half would end tied at 0-0.
Two minutes into the second half, it appears the Timbers were ready to take the lead when a nice pass from Nimo at the top of the arc found Pore alone on the left side, but his blast from 15 yards out was wide left. Ten minutes later, the Railhawks had a good look of their own as Bundu had an open look from the top of the box, but his curling shot was smothered by Cronin.
Then in the 61st minute, the Timbers would finally make all the pressure pay off when Dike played a nice touch through ball to Pore, who settled just inside the Carolina box and blasted a shot in of the right post, and the Timbers had grabbed a 1-0 lead.
The Timbers did not do well to protect their lead, and Carolina started to get more chances, with Bundu missing just high on a shot in the 64th minute, and Josh Gardner blasting a curling shot right at Cronin 10 minutes later.
In the 84th minute, with Carolina still keeping most of the possession, off a failed clearance on a Carolina throw in, it was Gardner again with a blast from 20 yards out that was stopped on the way to goal by defender Stephen Keel.
With Carolina now pushing forward for the equalizer, the Timbers would get a few great late chances to seal the win, with Pore getting an open look from 15 in the 88th minute, but hitting hit shot off the left post. In stoppage time, the Timbers had another great chance as George Josten found James Marcelin near the top of the Carolina box, sliding the ball to Pore, who blasted just over the bar from 20 yards out.
Then, unbelievably, with two minutes of stoppage time appearing to be over, and Timbers fans waiting for the final whistle, Etienne Barbara attacked down the right side, and sent a low cross into a packed Timbers box, that somehow found Daniel Paladini who knocked into into the net in front of a stunned crowd, and with the final whistle not longer after the restart, had stolen a point from a Timbers team that has been generous in giving away late goals this season.
Steve Cronin recorded two saves for the Timbers, while Eric Reed had two for the Railhawks.