It was a beautiful sunny afternoon in Ann Arbor as The Mighty Oak hosted Carpathia FC at Hollway field for the first home match of the 2017 campaign.
The match kicked off in a positive manner for AFC Ann Arbor. Lots of possession and several good opportunities came early for AFC, but no one was able to capitalize in the first half. The sides went in deadlocked at the break, 0-0.
The men started the second half in much the same fashion as the first, controlling the ball, creating chances and looking dangerous. Dario Suarez and Jesse Muskwe were linking up well, creating several good goal chances early on.
In the 67th minute Audi of Ann Arbor Man of the Match Dario Suarez converted a good chance, pouncing on the ball at the top of the 6-yard box after some good work down the left by Amadou Cisse to make it 1-0 for The Mighty Oak.
It didn’t all go according to plan however, as Hector Morales was sent off after a second bookable offense. Down to ten men with just under 15 minutes to go, The Mighty Oak had to work extra hard to ensure a home victory. The extra work was worth it, as Tendai Jirira found himself one-on-one with the Carpathia keeper. He seized the opportunity, lobbing the keeper from 18 yards out to round off a well-earned 2-0 Victory for the Mighty Oak.
AFC Ann Arbor will have a lot of positives to take into the next match, Sunday, April 30th at Saline HS in the Saline Showcase. The match will kick off at 6:00 pm, as AFC Ann Arbor will take on Oakland County FC in the Battle of the Oak.