Sunday, May 28, 2017

Late goal from returning Tyler Moorman enough to lift Detroit CIty FC over Northern Ireland's Glentoran FC

Saturday evening's international friendly between Detroit City FC and Northern Ireland's Glentoran FC may have been a commemorative and celebratory match, but deeper than that it was a chance for DCFC head coach Ben Pirmann's men to have a low-pressure match to reset after a lagging start to the league season.

An 86th minute goal from the returning Tyler Moorman saved the Le Rouge faithful from baring another win-less match up, but also allowed Pirmann to grab onto a rallying point for the rest of the season with a 1-0 victory.

"My message to the team was that it feels good to win and that our performance was really good," Pirmann told FTLOF. "We've had more games where we've attacked more and shot more, but our possession was spot on and we were patient.

"Our defensive structure was way more organized. We finally kept some good balance.

"Tonight was a step of how to get ready for Friday night [against Grand Rapids FC]."

The match was the definition of a battle for the midfield, as both clubs had trouble piercing into their respective attacking thirds. Action was pretty balanced between DCFC and GFC with a battle for possession hindering scoring chances for either side, resulting in a slow first half.

The first clear chance of the match fell to Glentoran in the 35th minute when midfielder John McGuigan took a shot from inside of the box, but luckily the ball went wide of DCFC goalkeeper Colin Miller.

The rest of the half went on with no chances from either side, leaving the match at an even nil-nil scoreline after the opening 45 minutes.

The second half saw a slew of substitutes for both Detroit City and Glentoran, understandable for a friendly match, where managers want to allow every player that is available to experience the atmosphere and have a part of the historical match.

But for Pirmann, the substitutions had more purpose than allowing players to hit the field. Pirmann used the opportunity to allow players to continue to gel and build a chemistry, with substitutions being carefully planned instead of picking and pulling players from the field.

"It's building blocks. The communication and the organization is key. But now the task is finding the best eleven players, and especially for this weekend coming up with two games in three days, maybe even the best eleven players," the manager said. "That's the task at hand."

The match restarted with, what looked like a typical DCFC second half beginning, seeing Miller (yes, the goalkeeper) misplay the ball almost at midfield, allowing a Glentoran forward to fight a defender in a foot race to the goal.

Luckily for Miller, the ball was cleared before Glentoran could get the shot off.

Detroit City started to amp up the offensive pressure after 60 minutes, starting with a short free kick off the foot of Jeff Adkins, but the effort was saved by Glentoran 'keeper Dwayne Nelson.

Shortly after, Spencer Glass had his own chance, but that was also saved by Nelson.

A glimmer of hope for Detroit City was found in the 83rd minute when eventual game-winner, Tyler Moorman, was fouled inside of the Glentoran 'keepers box, resulting in a penalty kick.

Adkins stepped up for the Rouge and Gold, but the shot was saved, keeping the match level.

Three minutes later, Moorman furthered his Detroit City profile with a third opportunity shot that finally found the back of the net, giving Le Rouge its first victory at Keyworth Stadium in 2017.

Le Rouge will host Grand Rapids FC on Friday, June 2 in another home match, and will look to turn around its league misfortunes after results on the weekend worked in the clubs favor.

"If we do stuff right, we'll win games. We've been doing some stuff right, but not everything. I thought tonight we did 75-80 percent things right," Pirmann said. "That's what we have to do come Friday. They've [GRFC] have a big target up top, pace on the wings.

"They're going to come in like they did last year and try to make things difficult for us. Our home match against them last year was probably our best of the year, so if we play like that agan and don't win, I can swallow it.

"But we're going all in for Friday night."

You can find the full photo gallery from Saturday's match by clicking this sentence.

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