For the second time this season, a meeting between The Mighty Oak and Kalamazoo FC ends in a draw. The two sides each had a couple of chances each, but at the end of the day Kalamazoo proved to be too tough of a nut to crack. With the match being played on natural grass, a different style of play was certainly favored and that in itself played into the hands of the home side. At the end of the day, the final result ended in a 0-0.
AFCAA started the match with perhaps their most positive chance of the entire first half. In the fifth minute, Yazeed Matthews played William Eskay through on goal and the wide-man sent a shot just wide of the frame. The first shot on target would come from Matthews in the 25th minute, but the well-hit attempt was straight at the keeper. Those were the key chances of the half as The Mighty Oak dominated possession, but found the KZFC defensive block difficult to puzzle out.
The first big chance of the match came to Kalamazoo in the 53rd when Dalton Michael was played through clean on the left wing. Ian McGrane, who has been so essential in net all season, made a big kick save to keep The Mighty Oak’s clean sheet intact. Just minutes later, it was AFCAA’s turn to great a great opportunity as Matthews found the ball in the box at his feet, but his attempt hit the post and Eskay’s follow-up attempt was saved, and offside, regardless.
From there, the match heated up. AFCAA continued to control possession and find space on the wings, but Kalamazoo FC grew into the match as well. Still, though, neither side could find a winner. AFC would push forward, but two stoppage minutes drew ire from Eric Rudland and the match ended in a scoreless draw.
The Mighty Oak’s best chance came on Matthews’s shot off the post, and McGrane’s save was absolutely essential. AFCAA will be disappointed to come away with just one point, but with this being a two-match weekend it will be important to get back in positive spirits. AFCAA host FC Columbus on Sunday at 3 PM.