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San Francisco Derby, Round 1!

San Francisco Glens SC



June 2, 2018 5:00 pm
Photo courtesy of Nap Badillo
Photo courtesy of Nap Badillo

It was a historic weekend for SF City FC, who defeated the SF Glens SC in the inaugural ‘San Francisco Derby’ match at Boxer Stadium in Balboa Park. The match was well attended by supporters of both sides, who enjoyed beautiful weather and breathtaking views of McLaren Park on the horizon. While this local PDL match-up is brand new, both teams came out looking to take three points and establish dominance over the budding rivalry.

In the first ten minutes of the match, SF City FC applied heavy pressure and generated a couple of chances, while allowing the Glens just one quick counter attack. The Iron and Gold dominated early possession, and caught their first break just twelve minutes into the match. Left-back Kameron Crow, #12, went surging down the line, and whipped a cross towards goal. The ball deflected off the leg of an outstretched Glens defender, and found its way into the side netting, just out of reach of the goalkeeper. The Northsiders, SF City’s most avid supporters, erupted with song, absolutely delighted to see their team in the lead after a few challenging weeks.

With the 1-nil lead, SF City continued to press towards goal, playing aggressively and creating chances. The Glens found their first real opportunity near the twenty minute mark. Just moments after his open header ended up high and wide of the woodwork, Glens #10 midfielder, Minh Vu, was fouled in the box resulting in a penalty kick. Tawwab Emiola, Glens #17 forward, stepped up to the ball, but was denied goal by a strong save from SF City goalkeeper, Remi Prieur.

The momentum began to shift, and both teams appeared hungry to find the net, but only SF City would tally another goal before halftime. In the 40th minute, #9, Ryder Bell took strides down the left flank before striking the ball just beyond the outstretched arms of the Glens keeper at near post. The final minutes of the first half provided a few dangerous chances for the SF Glens, but the scoreline remained 2-nil at halftime.

SF City navigated a very nervy second half, with key saves from Prieur, huge stops from defender Robbie Hines, and a controversial yellow for Emiola of the Glens following a deliberate push to the back of the aforementioned SF City defender. The SF Glens managed to exploit the sloppy play of SF City in the midfield, and earned a corner kick in the 64th minute. Prieur managed to push away the initial on-target header, but the rebound was buried by Emiola. With their first goal of the match, the SF Glens were energized, but the steadfast Iron and Gold defense managed to hold on. At the final whistle, the 2-1 scoreline held and SF City claimed their first victory of the season.

Coach Paddy Coyne was elated after the match, and elaborated on the result. “The guys were anxious for their first win of the season {and we} managed the game and the ball well. We were simply the better team on the day.” SF City’s key defender, Robert Hines, agreed with his coach, “This is a big weight off our shoulders.” When asked about the key components that fueled the result, Hines noted “The team chemistry was on today and the fan support gave us the energy we needed.” SF City looks to build upon that chemistry and energy, hosting the Ventura County Fusion at Kezar Stadium this Sunday, June 10th with kickoff slated for 2 PM. See you in the stands!

13350305_1298587316837873_4294593974291900050_oFor the first time in their PDL era, City will take part in a proper San Francisco Derby! The newcomers to our division are the SF Glens, and the Iron and Gold will surely be motivated to deliver a very rude welcome in Balboa Park.