2012 PDL Match :: House Park
New Orleans, LA
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Patrick Eavenson (10') - OG
Kristopher Tyrpak (20')
Kristopher Tyrpak (67')
Chuy Cortes (75')
Callum Riley (76')
Kekeuta Manneh (79')
Patrick Mullins (81')
|Attendance :: 500*|
* Although the report from the Jesters is that the attendance was 500, I'm suspicious this.
It was a good crowd, but I'd question whether it was 500 (likely 300-400).
Tuesday, July 3, 2012 :: The report on this match is a bit delayed, as "The Gaffer" was traveling back from New Orleans on Monday, after spending an extended weekend in The Crescent City. Although my time was spent eating, walking around, listening to music and eating some more, there was no doubt the main purpose of this trip. From the moment the schedule came out, I knew that I was going to be going. I, along with my family and other members and friends of the Army, were on hand at NOLA's Pan American Stadium to watch the Aztex continue their fight for a 2012 PDL Playoff position. In addition to the fans, we had the parents of Matt Boullt, Aztex Owner David Markley, and the CEO & President of the Emergo Group (2012 kit sponsor) Rene van de Zande on hand. From almost the opening whistle, the Aztex controlled the game through their attacking efforts and their strong defensive positioning. Khiry Shelton and Kekuta Manneh gave the Jesters defense fits, that resulted in the first goal of the match, a bumbled defensive play resulting in a NOLA own goal. On the back line, the combination of Boullt and Ross Kelly continued to hold strong, with the knowledge that the mouth of the goal was protected by wonder keeper Devon Cooke would protect the Aztex.
Although the Aztex went into the first half with only a 2-0 lead, the consensus amongst the Aztex faithful was that it could've been much more. The Aztex had the ball management and aggressive performance that we say in several early season matches. We were not disappointed as the Aztex came out continuing the attack. In fact, it was so aggressive that one of the Aztex fans went to the loo when the score was 3-0 Aztex. When he returned, we were up 6-0, after Tyrpak completed his brace followed by goals by Cortes and Manneh. The Aztex allowed only one goal, which the Aztex fans were as relieved to see as the Jester's fans. By the 82', the blue and gold were simply hoping we'd let the Jesters off the field with some semblance of dignity, including being glad to have Manneh bounce one off the post in the waning minutes of the match.
The Jesters were very hospital in their hosting. I was glad to have some beer (okay, it was Miller Lite) while watching a live match. However, the organization needs some help. There was no 4th official, which resulted in Paul Dalglish having to yell to the main referee in the 90+ minute to find out that there would be 2' added. Although this team is struggling, it's a franchise that I have grown fond of and wish them luck in stepping their operations up a notch.
Next for the Aztex will be their final regular season home match on Friday, July 6th at House Park. As usual, Eberly's Army will be pre-gaming at The Tavern beginning at 5:30 p.m., then marching to the stadium at 7:00. Be sure to come join us as we continue to fight for the playoffs.
You can also view images from the Aztex match by visiting the Austin Aztex Facebook page!!