National Premier Soccer League | 09 June 2018 | University of Scranton | Scorers: Palle Finn Jespersen 17; Bill Walleekendeh 25, Deron Joe 38, Nyakeh Kamara 61.
Hurting from two successive losses in the NPSL Keystone Conference, the Stars had to come from behind to defeat Electric City Shock 3-1 with Bill Walleekendeh, Deron Joe, and Nyakeh Kamara all on target.
The Stars travelled to the University of Scranton on Saturday knowing that any result without a win would hurt their chances of qualifying for their first ever playoffs and suddenly they found themselves behind again through an early goal in the 17th minute from a set-piece scored by Palle Finn Jespersen.
After the goal, the Stars began to exert pressure which paid off in the 25th minute when Anthony Allison set up Bill Walleekendeh for the equalizer, his first of the season.
By the 38th minute, the Stars were ahead 2-1 when the young academy winger Kanibah Kutu-Akoi dribbled past his marker to release the ball for midfielder Deron Joe who buried the ball at the back of the net for his third goal of the season and the Stars’ second of the night.
The score remained 2-1 at half-time.
After the break, there were few missed chances by both teams but the Stars were able to convert one of theirs in the 61st minute with Nyakeh Kamara increasing the Stars’ lead to 3-1 off a pass from Zoncher Dennis. This was Kamara’s third goal of the season.
The Stars were able to hold onto that 3-1 score line as the game fizzle out for the final whistle.
The win takes the Stars to a 3W-2L-0D record in the Keystone Conference with 9 points from five matches. The Stars currently sit third in the Keystone Conference, just three points behind West Chester United in second and FC Motown in first.
STARS LINE-UP AT ELECTRIC CITY SHOCK
Starting XI (3-5-2): Vincent Tasca; Tim Turay, Kouassi N’Guessan, Mohammed Mayah (Aba Zoegar 77); Deron Joe (Dailee Tyler 77), Yaya Fane; Nyakeh Kamara (Alvin Dahn 70), Zoncher Dennis (Edgar Garcilazo 89), Kanibah Kutu-Akoi (Foray Thoronka 70); Bill Walleekendeh, Anthony Allison (c) (Edward Slueue 82).
Subs not used: Prince Monyan.
Goals: Walleekendeh 25, Joe 38, Kamara 61.
Booked: Y. Fane 57, Allison 80.