Written by Robert Kerr, Staff Writer
Oakland County FC takes to the road one final time in 2019 this weekend. County will venture to the west coast of Michigan’s lower peninsula, to play the return leg of the cross-state exhibition series with the Muskegon Risers. OCFC scored four, at home, against the Risers, in the 4-0 win on July 13. The win leveled the all-time record between the two clubs, at 3 wins apiece. Club original, Mario Morana, netted twice that day, bringing his season total to eight. Morana is now tied with Mike ‘Big Mike’ Melaragni, as OCFC’s top scorer of 2019. Kickoff is set for 7:15 PM, on Saturday night, at Kehren Stadium.
In the teams’ first meeting of the summer, the game was truly a tale of two halves. The first of which was sun drenched and featured big saves and missed chances. The second saw OCFC’s superior fitness and teamwork shine, as the day’s hot sun faded behind the County goal. OCFC’s Fred Prest, Mario Morana, and Jonah Kibirige, then made the most of their chances, in what turned out to be a four goal second half performance.
— Oakland County FC (@OaklandCountyFC) July 15, 2019
Repeating July 13th’s result will be no small task for County. The Risers will, no doubt, be highly motivated to reverse the 4-0 scoreline in front of their hometown fans. Saturday’s game will serve as MKG’s last of their transitional 2019 season, too. The Risers are operating as a league independent team, this year, playing only in exhibitions, as they departed the UPSL in 2018, to play in the NPSL in 2020. A win on Saturday, would be a major boost for MKG, as they head into their Men’s summer offseason.
— Oakland County FC (@OaklandCountyFC) July 23, 2019