By AFC Mobile
Port City FC remains unbeaten in the U-19 pilot after beating AFC Mobile 1-0 on Friday night. The Junior Azaleas are still looking for their first points in the U-19 pilot.
The lone goal of the game was scored just before halftime by Port City’s Demarcus Hawkins. Hawkins picked up a loose ball and fired a shot from 35 yards out, which found its way past Mobile keeper Cael Collins and into the top right corner of the net.
First-team assistant coach Hatem Morsy took the reigns as manager for the U19s. This match was Morsy’s first match as the main manger for the Azaleas. After the game, Morsy praised his team’s defensive shape but emphasized the need to be more clinical in the attacking third.
“We need to work more on attacking because our finishing was not great,” Morsy said. “So that’s what we will be working on for the next game.”
Morsy will take over as the manager of the U19s for the remainder of the pilot. Despite the result, technical director and AFC Mobile first-team coach Steve Wieczorek sang Morsy’s praises.
“Coach Hatem did a fantastic job tonight taking the team,” Wieczorek said. “He had an excellent plan, and the boys responded very well to him and the tactical framework. He put the team in the best possible position to great a result tonight, and we were unfortunate not to in the end.”
Wieczorek will continue to join Morsy on the bench as an assistant manager along with former AFC Mobile player and current AFC Mobile Academy coach Eddie Dakwa.
Port City FC will look to remain unbeaten in the pilot when they travel to the Big Easy later this weekend to face New Orleans Jesters U19. Coincidentally, the Junior Azaleas will look to secure their first points of the pilot next weekend when the Jesters visit Mobile.
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