Birmingham, Alabama — A first half that was played at breakneck speed which included three goals from Detroit City FC was enough for Le Rouge to come home with all three points after an all-time classic match against Birmingham Legion FC.
After a relatively quiet opening 27 minutes to the match, the action would pick up in the 28th as Birmingham was awarded a penalty after minimal contact was made inside the Le Rouge penalty between Rhys Williams and Enzo Martinez.
Neco Brett would make no mistake from the spot to give the Legion the lead.
Williams would make up for this penalty just two minutes later, receiving the ball in a dangerous position with time and space before playing it across to an unmarked Ben Morris for the tap-in to level it up at 1-1.
Then, just five minutes later, Birmingham would have another penalty kick awarded after contact between Micheal Bryant and Birmingham’s Diba Nwegbo. This time it would be Enzo Martinez tasked with converting the spot-kick and he managed to squeeze his shot under Steinwascher to restore the Legion’s lead.
In the 44th minute, a clever heads-up play by Ben Morris would see him win possession in the midfield and catch Birmingham’s keeper way off of his line to once again level the match. This time at 2-2.
Le Rouge and Morris wouldn’t be done yet, however. Morris was able to dribble his way into a dangerous area after receiving the ball outside of the area, his toe poke attempt at goal was deflected and into the back of the net to give City a 3-2 lead.
There were no goals in the second half of play and most of the half was played between the attacking thirds. Birmingham came inch-close on two occasions, seeing two strikes cannon off of the posts and out of harm.
The match would enter a weather delay in the 84th minute before being resumed just forty minutes later and Le Rouge did enough to hold onto all three points by a scoreline of 3-2.
With this win, Detroit City FC moves into the final playoff spot with eight matches remaining, leapfrogging FC Tulsa and Miami FC. Le Rouge will welcome Memphis 901 FC to Keyworth Stadium on Saturday, September 2.
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