RSL play to draw with Harbour View
Real Salt Lake came out firing on all cylinders Wednesday and out played Jamaican power Harbour View F.C. throughout the friendly match before settling for a 1-1 tie at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Lovel Palmer scored in the 56th minute to give the visitors the lead, but Nelson Akwari countered for RSL in the 64th off a service from former Harbour View midfielder Robert Scarlett.
Controlling the pace of play was Scarlett, whom Real acquired within the last month. He gave the home side its first real chance in the 11th minute.
Showing his tremendous speed Scarlett streaked into the corner before sending in a nice cross to fellow Jamaican Andy Williams on the back post. But Real came up empty as Williams sent the ball over the crossbar.
Just two minutes later it was Harbour View on the offensive when William Richards made a nice run into the box. Richards pulled up and fired off a rocket from 15 yards out that looked like it was going to sneak just inside the post. But Real 'keeper Jay Nolly used every inch of his 6-foot-3 frame to send the ball just wide.
Scarlett again proved to be more than his former teammates could handle in the 33rd minute. He received a through ball, wound up and unleashed a left footed shot that was heading for the upper corner, but Harbour View 'keeper Leighton Murray was just able to get a hand on it, sending is harmlessly over the crossbar.
Despite going in at half knotted at 0-0, Real had easily out played Harbour View, notching 10 shots to Harbour View's three. But it was Harbour View who notched the game's first goal in the 56th minute.
Halftime substitute Marcelino Blackburn intercepted a ball in the midfield and was able to connect with Lovel Palmer, who had used his speed to get behind the Real defense. D.J. Countess, who had replaced Nolly at half, came off his line to try and cut Palmer's angle, but was unsuccessful as Harbour View took the 1-0 lead.
RSL continued to pressure Harbour View and it paid off in the 64th minute when a Jamie Watson shot was saved out of bounds giving Real a corner. Scarlett bent the ball in to Nelson Akwari who used his head to put the ball squarely in the back of the net, knotting the score at 1.
As the game wore on Real had many chances to score the game winner, but could not connect, settling for tie.
David Hale is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.
Harbour View FC vs. Real Salt Lake
August 24, 2005 -- Rice-Eccles Stadium
HBV -- Lovel Palmer (Marcelino Blackburn) 56
RSL -- Nelson Akwari (Robert Scarlett) 64
Harbour View FC -- Leighton Murray (Dennis Clayton 83), Nicholas Dodd, Jermaine Taylor, Oneil Smith (Richard Kentish 79), William Richards (Orville Campbell 64), Lovel Palmer, Loxely Thomas (Ondino Griffiths 79), Richard Edwards, Anthony Christie (Keith Kelly 50), Kevin King (Marcelino Blackburn 54), Kemar Petrekin (Leon Strictland 64).
Substitutes Not Used: NONE
TOTAL SHOTS: 4 (Lovel Palmer 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (William Richards 1, Lovel Palmer 1); FOULS: 13 (Marcelino Blackburn 3); OFFSIDES: 4 (Kemar Petrekin 3); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Nicholas Dodd 1, Lovel Palmer 1); SAVES: 10 (Leighton Murray 8)
Real Salt Lake -- Jay Nolly (D.J. Countess 46), Nelson Akwari, Brian Dunseth, Gustavo Cabrera, Paul Broome, Seth Trembly (Adolfo Gregorio 46), Clint Mathis (Brian Kamler 71), Kenny Cutler (Leslie Fitzpatrick 46), Robert Scarlett, Jordan Cila (Jamie Watson 46), Andy Williams.
Substitutes Not Used: Matt Behncke, Cameron Knowles, Michael Lookingland, Kevin Novak.
TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Andy Williams 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 11 (Andy Williams 4); FOULS: 11 (Brian Dunseth 3); OFFSIDES: 3 (Andy Williams 2); CORNER KICKS: 10 (Andy Williams 6); SAVES: 1 (Jay Nolly 1)
HBV -- Richard Edwards (caution; Reckless Foul) 38
RSL -- Brian Dunseth (caution; Tackle from Behind) 53
RSL -- Paul Broome (caution; Reckless Foul) 68
HBV -- Marcelino Blackburn (caution; Reckless Foul) 70
HBV -- Marcelino Blackburn (caution; Tackle from Behind) 74
HBV -- Marcelino Blackburn (ejection; Second Caution) 74
HBV -- Lovel Palmer (caution; Dissent) 88
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee's Assistants: -Feliciano Palomino; Tyler Pluegger
4th Official: Brandy Griffiths
Time of Game: 1:52
Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-87-degrees
All Statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial.