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Three first-half goals propel Bohs to first league win of 2014

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The Bohemians picked up their first clean sheet of the season Saturday night, as three goals in the first 37 minutes of play gave the hosts a comfortable 3-0 victory over New Jersey LUSO-Parma.

After a fairly calm opening quarter-hour, Baltimore's Austin Martz was fouled inside the box by Parma's Philip Cunha on 18 minutes, giving the Bohs a chance for an early advantage. Martz stepped up and calmly slotted the penalty past Ryan Baird's left side for a 1-0 lead.

Ten minutes later, Baltimore doubled their lead, as Kingsley Onwuka coralled the ball near the endline and made a deft turn to feed the ball back to Malcolm Harris. Harris' low drive found the lower right corner from 10 yards out; it was the midfielder's first career goal for the Bohemians.

As the clock hit 37 minutes, the Bohs made it three, as Onwuka received a cross from Marquez Fernandez at the far post. Just yards from goal, Onwuka coolly hit home his sixth career goal for the club, moving him into second place on the Bohs' all-time league scoring charts, behind Pete Caringi (18).

Starting Baltimore goalkeeper Andrew Harris was given a rest as the second half started; he was replaced by Billy Heavner. The new keeper was called upon to make two saves in the second half, and was lucky to see a rare quality Parma chance hit the crossbar with just ten minutes to go.

The hosts had one final chance to add to their lead in the 89th minute, as Cunha was sent off for a foul in the box. This time, however, Martz's penalty went wide and struck the far post before rolling out of play.

Baltimore (1-2-1) wraps up their short two-game homestand next Saturday against Jersey Express.

Statistics:

Goals: BAL – Austin Martz (18'-PK), Malcolm Harris (28'), Kingsley Onwuka (37')

Yellow Cards: LUSO – none; BAL – none

Red Cards: LUSO – Philip Cunha (89')

Shots: LUSO – 8, BAL – 13

Saves: LUSO – 2, BAL – 5

Fouls: LUSO – 10, BAL – 6

Offsides: LUSO – 3, BAL – 5

Corners: LUSO – 1, BAL – 5

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