ST. PETERSBURG, FL. (Sept 8, 2012) -- The Tampa Bay Rowdies tied 1-1 against the Atlanta Silverbacks Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium. The Rowdies played a man down for over 20 minutes as defender Eddy Ababio received his second yellow card of the match and was ejected from the match.
Atlanta scored in the 30th minute after forward Matt Horth trickled the ball past Rowdies goalkeeper Jeff Attinella, scoring his ninth of the season.
In the 42nd minute the Rowdies scored the tying goal after defender Takuya Yamada picked up a rebound and was able to get a shot off. Atlanta goalkeeper Eric Ati got a hand on the shot but was unable to make the save. The goal was Yamada’s third goal of the season.
In the 8th minute, the Rowdies had their first chance on goal. Midfielder/forward Evans Frimpong picked up a rebound but his shot went over the bar from six yards out.
The Rowdies continued to pressure the Silverbacks and in the 12th minute forward Mike Ambersley made a great individual run. His powerful strike went just wide of the left post.
In the 30th minute, Horth took advantage of the Rowdies defensive mistake. On the break away, Horth slipped it past Rowdies goalkeeper Jeff Atinella putting the Silverbacks up 1-0.
The Rowdies kept their concentration looking for the tying goal and in the 40th minute, midfielder Stuart Campbell shot from 19 yards out after he received a great pass from Frimpong. His strike was sent out for a corner kick by Ati.
Tampa Bay scored the tying goal in the 42nd minute, when defender Takuya Yamada picked up a rebound in the Atlanta’s box, and shot it past Ati. The Silverbacks goalkeeper was unable to prevent the tying goal, as Yamada picked up his third goal of the season.
The momentum carried on in the second half, as the Rowdies looked for the goal that would put them ahead. Midfielder/forward Luke Mulholland had back to back chances in the 50th and 57th minute as both his shots from 19 yards out were saved contained by Ati.
The last chance of the match for the Rowdies came in the 84th minute, when Mulholland curled a great free kick towards the top left corner but Ati made a great diving save to his right, sending the ball out for a corner kick.
Atlanta had a great chance in injury time, when midfielder Danny Barrera took a shot from just outside the 18-yard box, but Attinella dove to his right and was able to deflect the ball out for a corner kick.
Tampa Bay remains unbeaten in their last nine at home, including five wins and have lost just two game of their last 14 regular season matches. By virtue of other results, the Silverbacks are still alive for a playoff spot.