Reds Earn Second Away Point In Draw at Timbers U23

May 29, 2017

By Keeler McJunkin

SALEM, Ore. — Lane United held two one goal leads over the Portland Timbers U23’s Monday before giving up a late equalizer in a 2-2 draw to earn an away point in front of more than 1,000 fans at McCulloch Stadium.

It was an exciting match from start to finish and an atmosphere to remember with supporter groups of both sides drumming, chanting and singing throughout the night hoping to help their side to a win.

Jordan Jones opened the scoring early for the Reds (3-1-2) when he turned a Timbers giveaway into a goal, slipping it past the goalkeeper after taking possession from a defender in the box. It was the second time in as many matches Jones was able to find the back of the net early.

Jones followed up his early goal with Lane United’s second of the match in the 58th minute. Midfielder Hassani Dotson centered a wonderful ball to Jones and all that was left was a left-footed tap in for the score.

“I came in with confidence scoring last week and as a forward confidence is how you live,” Jones said. “My pressing ability was decent, I saw the ball go over the top and figured just try to get something on it.”

The Timbers (1-1-1) showed a sense of urgency after Lane United’s early goal, knowing they needed to claw back into the match before the Reds could take a two goal advantage. Ultimately finding their first equalizer in the final play of the first half off a set piece.

Minutes away from earning the three full points on the road, both the players and head coach John Galas weren’t happy with conceding the equalizer so late in the match on a giveaway in a tough spot on the pitch.

“I’m obviously pleased with a point on the road, but I’m disappointed with the manner in which we let them back into the game twice,” Galas said. “Overall probably a fair result, but the boys aren’t happy in the way we allowed them back in and conceded goals the way we did.”

Galas mentioned it’s the little things here and there like being smarter in where fouls are committed and ultimately managing the game better that Lane United needs to clean up that will allow the Reds to put together a full match and take a win on the road.

Even after giving up a lead twice and conceding the second equalizer with just minutes remaining in the match, earning a valuable away point could come into play as the season continues along.

“I thought it was a good performance overall,” Jones said. “We’re disappointed not to get the full three points. We played well as a team and deserved to win there, but on the road you always gotta take what you can get.”

It’ll be another short week of training for the Reds as they prepare for a visit from first place Seattle Sounders U23 to the Les Schwab Sports Park Friday. A chance for the team to put this one behind them and focus on staying undefeated at home with a tough club coming in.

As each match passes Lane United has looked more comfortable playing with each other and knowing where teammates will be on the pitch. Paying attention to detail and playing a full 90 minutes will lead the Reds in the right direction.

“They’re a very good team,” Jordan Jones said. “We’ve watched video and I think we’ll be prepared. We need to keep doing the little things right. Details are huge in this league and if we prepare well we’ll be alright.”

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