NPSL Finals Set: Hollywood United v Jacksonville United
The 2011 NPSL Final will be a battle of Uniteds as Hollywood United will take on Jacksonville United on Saturday at 7:30PM at the Madison City Schools Stadium.
Semifinal 1: NPSL newcomer and West Region champion Hollywood United scored three second half goals on their way to defeating Midwest Region champion Milwaukee Bavarians. The teams ended the first half scoreless despite several good chance from Hollywood. The second half would see Hollywood continue the pressure and a golazo from Emmanuel Bentil two minutes after the break opened up the match. Bentil roped a drive into the top corner of the goal from outside the area. Shortly after, second half sub Brent Whitfield made the most of his fresh legs as he paced the Hitmen with a brace of goals on their way into Saturday nights final.
Semifinal 2: The second semifinal was a wild affair. Twice the Erie Admirals took 1 goal leads and twice Jacksonville United battled back to equalize before adding two late goals to take seal JUFC's place in the final. Erie started the scoring in the 22nd minute with a headed goal from Gavin Falconer off a nice cross from Shane Howard. Jacksonville United got the equalizer before the break when Tyler Williams scored on the second effort after his first shot was knocked down. Erie then benefited from a deflected cross from Michael Kennedy that found the net for the 2:1 lead in the 58th. JUFC only took 3 minutes to respond with a blast from Tommy Krizanovic. Just 10 minutes later, JUFC took the lead for good with a Akinwale Leyimu tally followed two minutes later by a Nick Salafrio's effort that just crossed the line before the Erie defense could clear. The wild game wasn't over yet as JUFC keeper Stuart McCrory turned away an Erie PK attempt in the waning minutes to keep the score 4:2 in favor of JUFC.
The third place match between the Erie Admirals and the Milwaukee Bavarians will take place Friday night at 5:30PM at the Madison City Schools Stadium.
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