Monday, June 29, 2015

The Rouge Report: Detroit City gets revenge on Lansing

Detroit City FC 1-0 Lansing United
Detroit City got a huge win Sunday evening in front of a record crowd of 3,701 at Cass Tech. They got a goal from William Mellors-Blair in the 38th minute to stifle Lansing's efforts to sweet the rouge and gold in 2015. The win also moves Le Rouge to the top of the NPSL Midwest standings with 20 points.

The Mellors-Blair goal was a real thing of beauty. He blew past four Lansing defenders near midfield and beat them all in a footrace towards the keeper. He slotted his shot perfectly past the keeper and inside the far post. It was his 11th career goal for Le Rouge, tying him with Zach Myers for the most all time for the club.

City was forced to defend their lead right away as Lansing put the pressure on. Their best chance of the game came shortly before halftime with a series of shots that ended in a fantastic save from Alex Bouillenec to preserve the lead.

After the half, Detroit City was content to retain possession and not allow their opposition anywhere near the goal, They got several shots off, a few were threatening, but, more importantly, they kept Lansing off the scoreboard. It was the second straight shutout for DCFC, who took care of Fort Pitt on Friday with a 1-0 win. It was the first time Lansing had been held without a goal since their NPSL opener on May 22.

Detroit City gets a bit of a break over the next couple weeks. Their next match is a home tilt with local foes Michigan Stars on July 11. Lansing looks to get back level on points with Le Rouge in their next match on July 3, when they welcome the Stars to East Lansing.

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