Written by Robert Kerr, Staff Writer
Oakland County FC hosts the Michigan Jaguars, to a cross-county battle, under the Friday night lights at Clawson City Park Stadium. Tonight’s game is the fifth of eight OCFC home games presented by Diversified Members Credit Union. County return to action just 48 hours after their midweek triumph over AFC Ann Arbor in the Michigan Milk Cup. The team will be looking to translate their excellent form in the knockout tournament into a much needed win in league play.
The Purple Gang will look to shake off their 3-0 loss in the season’s first meeting between the two clubs. OCFC’s June 1st loss to the Jaguars was County’s first defeat of the season, and was the club’s only multi-goal deficit of the year. The match was played under unusual circumstances, too, as it was delayed and relocated to an indoor venue, at kickoff, due to approaching storms. A win on Friday night, would give County a huge three points, and a big confidence boost, heading into July.
The Michigan Jaguars haven’t fared much better since the teams June 1st encounter. The Novi, MI based club, will be looking to get back into the win column themselves, after back-to-back defeats in UPSL action. Both teams will no doubt be hungry for a win against their cross-county foes.
OCFC’s leading scorer, Mike Melaragni, will have his fitness and durability put to the test Friday. The Western Michigan Bronco played a full 90 minutes, in a physical battle against Ann Arbor. The striker was immense throughout the game, scoring his seventh of the season for County, to win the game. The coaching staff used all of their available substitutions, Wednesday, with an eye to keep the squad as fresh as possible against the Jaguars.
OCFC Collecting Donations for those in crisis
This Friday, we welcome charity partner #CommonGround to Clawson Stadium! They will be collecting donated items for their Crisis Center in Royal Oak. There will be a collection box right outside the main gate.
— Oakland County FC (@OaklandCountyFC) June 26, 2019