Detroit City FC (U-23) at Lansing Common

July 4, 2021
Midwest Premiere League Regular Season
Lansing Eastern High School, Lansing, MI

Lansing Common 3, Detroit City FC 0
LC:  Nolan Canlas (Shady Omar) 43′
LC:  Julian Birge 45+’
LC:  Aidan O’Connor 78′

The morning after the night before.

Last night, Detroit City FC won the 2020-21 NISA Championship with a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Force.  Less than 24 hours later, the U-23 team traveled to Lansing to play Lansing Common, on a blistering hot afternoon.

City came into the match atop the table, with a perfect 9-0 record for 27 points with five matches remaining.  Lansing Common is their closest competition, with a 5-1-1 record for 16 points and seven remaining matches.  A victory by Lansing here would make the final matches of the season interesting.

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LANSING COMMON
Starting XI

Zac Kelly – GK
Dante Morrissette – D
Josh Adam – D
Aidan O’Connor – D
Alex Scott – D
Leutrim Shefkui – M
Julian Birge – M
Noah Canlas – M
Munir Sherali – M
Shady Omar – F
Ty Usiak – F

DETROIT CITY FC
Starting XI

Sean Ellis – GK
James Lee- D
Josh Wates – D
Lachlan Hepburn – D
Will Perkins – D
Benedek Tanyi – M
Brady Walker – M
Shion Soga – M
Kellan Landefeld – M
Bosh Tanyi – F
Zion Beaton – F

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In the 39th minute, Lansing was awarded a PK for a weak handball call.  Sean Ellis was up to the task, making a diving save on Shady Omar’s shot targeting the lower corner.

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Unfortunately, that was City’s highlight of the match.  Lansing scored two goals just before halftime – Nolan Canlas in the 43rd minute, after Shady Omar sent the ball forward, giving Canlas a 40-yard run down the right channel and beating Ellis to the far corner,  and Julian Birge with a massive shot from over thirty yards out in added time.  Lansing added a third in the 78th minute from a header by Aidan O’Connor from a corner kick.

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Player of the Match:  Sean Ellis

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The U-23s suffered their first loss of the season to the only team that has a chance of catching them, setting up a key match at Keyworth in two weeks.

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