Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Rouge Report: Detroit City dominates Madison 56ers

Detroit City FC 5-0 Madison 56ers
This one started off kind of close. Madison had the first good chance of the game in the eighth minute when they got a strong header off a corner. The shot blasted right into the chest of City keeper Brett Mollon. The 56ers were able to control possession in the opening 20 minutes and the Le Rouge defense was called upon a few times to make some key interceptions.

After the opening salvo, Madion had trouble keeping up with Detroit City's pace on the attack. William Mellors-Blair, in particular, was very quick along the edges and was able to skirt past 56er defenders on several occasions. Despite a few early chances from the likes of WMB, Cyrus Saydee, and others, City wasn't able to penetrate the goal until the 32nd minute. Cyrus Saydee was the man receiving James Murphy's cross and shooting low beyond a clueless Joe White in goal.

Eight mintues later, Tyler Channel doubled the Rouge lead off another cross from.

Halftime came with Detroit City up 2-0. After the Detroit PAL youth soccer players entertained the 3,561 fans in  attendance during the break, Le Rouge came out on the defensive to open the second 45 minutes.

City weathered a few small Madison chances in the first ten or so minutes before they were able to sustain an attack once more. Goal number three came courtesy of Mellors-Blair. He was able to use his pace to weave in and out of several Wisconsinite defenders by himself on his way to giving City the 3-0 lead. He would score his second of the match in the 73rd when he completed a counter attack with another great run past a defender leading to an easy shot while one on one with the keeper. The final goal came at the death of the 90 minutes when Matt Ybarra scored his first ever goal for Le Rouge.

This was just the match Detroit City needed in order to get back on track after the Lansing United debacle on Sunday. They welcomed in an undefeated opponent and beat them into the ground. Despite scoring one fewer goal, they actually played better tonight than they did against the hapless Minnesota Twin Stars. they weathered an early storm before becoming the storm themselves that sent their home fans home happy.

Tonight's victory moves Detroit City to 3-1-1 and 10 points on the NPSL season. They hold a lead over Lansing United for first, but Lansing has an extra game left to play.

Next up for DCFC is three road games with a home friendly mixed in. They travel to face the Minnesota United Reserves on Sunday, June 14 before their brief stop home to face the Columbus Crew College Program in a friendly. After that it's off to Cincinatti to face the Saints on June 20 and Pittsburgh to battle Fort Pitt on June 26. The next time Le Rouge return to Cass Tech for league play will be June 28 for the rematch against Lansing United.

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