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OCFC vs Cincy Kings Hammer

OCFC 0 - 1 Cincy Kings Hammer
22 May 2021 - 19:00Clawson Stadium
Composed by OCFC Writing Staff
Oakland County Football Club was dealt their first loss of the season by Kings Hammer FC. The 1-0 loss marks the first for County since July 27th, 2019. Saturday night’s game was a very even matchup, with tempers flaring as County pushed fruitlessly for a late equalizing goal. OCFC now hit the road for two matches before returning to Clawson Stadium on June 2nd at 7 PM, to play Kalamazoo FC
 

Saturday night’s game was highlighted by key saves and defensive stops; both teams had numerous scoring opportunities in the first half. In minute 16’ the first and only goal was scored by Kings Hammer FC’s Melker Anshelm. A headed goal from a corner kick. Following the goal, Oakland County put pressure on Kings Hammer and created several scoring opportunities. After a heat related water break, Kings Hammer created their own scoring opportunity, only for Eric Cotton to make his best save of the game. 
 

In the second half, tensions rose as the visitors held their lead and slowed the game down. Four yellow cards were administered in the second half, two of which were earned in a 60’ scuffle in the County penalty area. Niko Papakyriakopoulos earned a second yellow card near the end of the game as well. Despite being short-handed for the final moments, the home team fought until the end for the equalizer, but fell short as a second half stoppage time scoring opportunity was brought to a halt by an offside call.
After the game, Coach Vinnie Vasilevski explained his thoughts on the game. The OCFC head coach felt his team came in a little tight, and not mentally ready for the physicality of the game. Despite this, coach Vinnie pointed out how well the defense played, and their ability to create several scoring opportunities improved from the last game. The boss was also impressed by Michael Melaragni, who showed great speed and created several scoring opportunities.
 

Photos from the match can be found here: 2021 Gallery
Oakland County Football Club now makes a quick return to the field for the first road game of 2021 on Tuesday night. County will take on Toledo Villa, a team standing on a 2-1 record and will be looking to break even more positive on the season. OCFC would like to thank all of its fans, sponsors, and partners for supporting and helping create a memorable gameday environment.
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