Central Jersey Friendship League O-40 “A”
Monmouth Coast 2–2 Veterans
Goal: Gazmend “Gazi” Belegu (2)
Sea Girt, NJ – March 22, 2009 – A frigid morning and poor field conditions made it very difficult to play but the nevertheless the game continued without incident.
The first half was played primarily in the midfield with the Veterans having the upper hand the first 20 minutes but unable to mount any serious attacks. The host took control of play later in the half and were able to score when keeper Abdulla “Lai” Cako was unable to hold on to a shot that bounced in front of a host forward who scored to give Monmouth Coast a 1-0 lead.
The Veterans came out strong in the second half scoring early. The offense stripped the ball from the defense who was trying to clear, won possession and Gazmend “Gazi” Belegu scored to even the score at 1-1. Not long after, Lai and Gazi combined to give the Veterans the lead when Lai punted the ball across two thirds of the field and Gazi raced past the defense and put a shop past a dazed host keeper.
With minutes to go in the game Monmouth scored on a scramble in front of the goalmouth to give the host the tie.