Hammerheads fall in first road game at Richmond

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A pair of goals by Jason Yeisley and a key save by Travis Worra on a penalty kick led the Richmond Kickers to their first win of the USL season as they defeated Wilmington Hammerheads FC 3-0 at City Stadium in Richmond, Virginia on Friday night.

The Kickers, who entered the game with two draws in the early goings of the 2015 USL campaign, wasted little time getting their offense involved, led by the performance of Yeisley.

Wilmington suffered its first setback on Friday. Photo courtesy- Wilmington Hammerheads FC
Wilmington suffered its first setback on Friday. Photo courtesy- Wilmington Hammerheads FC

Four minutes in, Richmond midfielder Brian Ownby drove the ball down the right side of the Wilmington half and send a cross through the Hammerheads’ penalty area, finding Yeisley on the run. A first-time volley by Yeisley sailed past Wilmington goalkeeper Larry Jackson and gave the Kickers an early 1-0 lead.

Fans looking for more did not have to wait long as Yeisley found himself in the right place at the right time in the 25th minute. Thanks to an accurate through-ball from Fred Sekyere, Yeisley was able to carry the ball into the Wilmington penalty area, jump past a defender to gain space and fire a shot into the top-right corner of the net.

The Hammerheads’ came close to pulling a goal back in the 79th minute when Sunny Jane stepped up for a penalty kick, but his effort to the left corner was palmed onto the post by goalkeeper and D.C. United loanee Travis Worra. The Kickers defense cleared the rebound away from danger.

Richmond added a third in the final minute, thanks to the efforts of forward Eli Garner.

The Kickers remain undefeated through the first three games of the 2015 USL season, with a record of 1-0-2 and a total of five points.

Wilmington heads to New Jersey for a date with New York Red Bulls II on April 12.