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Reading United AC shut out by Ocean City in first loss of season

Reading United AC fell behind early and was handed its first loss of the season on Saturday night in a USL League Two match.

Ocean City scored twice in the first half before cruising to a 2-0 win over United at the Turf Field at Alvernia University.

“We could’ve put out a better performance collectively as a team tonight,” Reading coach Casey Moore said. “We have to find ways to execute and finish chances.”

The Nor’easters (3-0-1) got off to a fast start, as forward Matt Myers scored in the ninth minute to give them a 1-0 lead. Midfielder Alessandro Arlotti was credited with the assist.

Arlotti had an opportunity to extend Ocean City’s lead just five minutes later on a penalty kick. However, Arlotti’s shot blasted off the crossbar.

The penalty kick was the byproduct of one of 10 fouls committed by United. Reading committed four fouls that drew yellow cards, three of which came in the second half.

Myers scored his second goal of the game in the 24th minute on a header from just inside the six-yard box. Defenders Gianluca Arlotti and Abdi Salim had the assists.

The goal was the culmination of several highlight-reel passes from the Nor’easters, as Arlotti fed the ball through the air to a streaking Salim, who was well positioned inside the 18-yard box. Salim quickly sent a header over to Myers, who finished the play with a goal.

“(In the) first half, we were a bit slow with our tempo,” Moore said. “Off their turnovers, we found some of our attacking guys quickly and had good moments, but didn’t put chances away.”

Trailing 2-0, United (2-1-3) played with more pace and control in the second half, but was unable to find an equalizer. Reading finished the game with just five shots on goal, two of which came in the second half.

“(The) second half overall was better,” Moore said. “(I) felt like if we got one goal, it would have made a huge difference.”

United’s best opportunity came in the final minutes of the game when midfielder Tim Timochenko fired on a near-empty Ocean City net. However, Timochenko’s shot was blocked by a Nor’easters defender just feet away from the goal line.

“We were happy with the response in the second half,” Moore said. “We would like to play that way for 90 minutes, (and) then maybe it’s a different result.”

Source: Berkshire mont

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