FC Motown Defeats Jackson Lions FC 3-1

By FC Motown

FC Motown was undefeated as it headed into its Father’s Day evening matchup against Jackson Lions FC.  Six games were played, but only five were won.  The outlier, a tie against the same Jackson Lions, was the only blemish in an otherwise fantastic season for Motown. 

Thirty minutes into its second match with the Lions, it seemed that the Lions were going to create an even larger blemish on Motown’s record.  A miscommunication between Motown back Joe Fala and goalkeeper Josh Schaffer led to an easy chip shot for Jackson to put them ahead by a goal.

 As it stood at the moment, Motown’s Keystone Conference lead was shrunken to a mere two points with Jackson right behind them.  It was a perilous moment for Motown who could put themselves in a contested race for first in the conference with a loss.  Instead of collapsing, however, Motown responded with a relentless assault of offensive force scoring three straight goals. 

“Our group showed a resilient effort, both defensive and offensive, to beat a good Jackson team,” Motown head coach Dilly Duka said. 

Less than five minutes after Jackson’s goal in the 31st minute, a pass from near Motown’s 18-yard box from Ben Assane Fall to Mo Germaine was the catalyst for Motown’s first goal.  After a silky touch from Germaine which put the ball past a Jackson defender, Germaine sprinted past the same defender and crossed the ball to Nate Zimmermann who buried the ball into the bottom-left corner of the net. 

The 1-1 score held to halftime but Motown did not slow its attack after the break. 

Less than three minutes after the second half had started and after a high-arching backheel assist from Danny Cordeiro, Joe Holland fired the ball underneath Jackson’s keeper to give Motown the lead.  This lead was one they would never relinquish.  The intensity and physicality picked up even further as Jackson was desperately attempting to reclaim the lead they had lost. 

However, a 73rd minute goal from substitute Luca Campbell silenced and deflated the Jackson side.  Duka praised the collaborative and comprehensive team effort. 

“It was a game where we needed all 18 players to contribute, and we got that from the players,” Duka added. 

After receiving a pass from Zimmerman, Campbell fired a rocket into the top left corner of the goal from outside the 18-yard box.  FC Motown stifled the rest of Jackson’s attempts to come back, earning three points with its victory.  Motown has now extended its lead to eight points clear of Jackson, who is in second place with 11, bolstering their already likely playoff chances.

“It was a great result beating a high quality team like Jackson,” FC Motown owner Dan Karosen said. “Our pressing and overall energy was relentless.  The coaching staff pressed all the right buttons today.” 

FC Motown’s next matchup is away against Philadelphia Union DS where they look to protect their unbeaten record and stay in form for the playoffs.    

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