By FC Columbus
Returning home for the first time in three matches, FC Columbus welcomed Detroit City FC to Ohio Dominican University to close out the season series. Featuring two teams at opposite ends of the conference table, FC Columbus looked to get back to winning ways after suffering three consecutive defeats.
Starting off strong, FC Columbus forward Damani Camara forced Detroit City FC’s Hunter Morse in to a sprawling save in the 14th minute of the match. With the momentum, fueled by possession of the ball, FCCLB’s Pedro Goncalves put another shot near the frame in the 18th minute.
But, as it has been all season, FCCLB’s failure to convert on early opportunities came back to haunt them. Following a poor turnover in the defensive third, Shawn Lawson turned and outpaced the FCCLB defense to the end line, where he found Max Todd for the lead in the 23rd minute.
Trailing 2-0 at the half, FCCLB made three changes to the lineup looking to provide a spark early in the second half. However, the home side struggled to find and maintain possession early on. The DCFC pressure again forced the home side into a frustratingly similar turnover in the 49th minute. Attacking the same weakness that lead to their first goal, Danny Deakin pushed to the end line and found Cyrus Saydee for a 2-0 lead in the 50th minute.
Detroit City FC would put the game out of reach seven minutes later off of a set piece in the 57th minute. Floating to the back post, Shawn Lawson found himself unmarked and easily converted a header for the 3-0 lead.
In the end, the visiting side’s ability to convert on their chances was the difference in the match. Struggling to find consistency and goals, FC Columbus fell for the fourth time in their past five matches, 3-0 to Detroit City FC.
With the loss, FC Columbus moves to 2-3-7 on the year and 2-1-6 in the Great Lakes Conference. Columbus returns to action against Toledo Villa FC on Friday, June 28th as they travel to Toledo, Ohio for the first time in club history. The match begins at 7:00 pm and will be played at St. John’s High School in Toledo, Ohio.
Photo Credit: Justin Anderson/FC Columbus