Hammerheads open road trip with setback to Harrisburg

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Harrisburg City earned a 1-0 result against Wilmington Hammerheads FC on a late Cardel Benbow goal as the Islanders recorded their first victory in almost two months.

Benbow’s speed and skill had been frustrating the Wilmington defense all night, but had just enough left to blow passed the defender after he received a ball from Jason Plumhoff for the one-versus-one opportunity and rifled a shot over the shoulder to put the Islanders up for good.

The Hammerheads fell 1-0 on Independence Day. Photo courtesy- Wilmington Hammerheads FC
The Hammerheads fell 1-0 on Independence Day. Photo courtesy Wilmington Hammerheads FC.

After controlling pace of play for the majority of the match, Harrisburg was finally rewarded with a goal that keeps them undefeated at home and puts them right back in the playoff hunt.

Wilmington dropped to 2-9-6 overall and were shutout for the 10th time this season, while the Islanders moved to 5-4-4, three points from the sixth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference of the USL Soccer League.

Benbow kept pressure on the Hammerheads early and often as his speed up the side gave Wilmington trouble.

In the second half both sides had trouble stringing together quality play to result in any real threats on goal.

The Hammerheads are idle for the next two weeks before returning on the pitch for a date at Charleston Battery on Saturday, July 18.