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Second half surge fuels Steel City FC to season opening 3-0 takedown of Flower City Union

NPSL Great Lakes Conference

Final: Steel City FC 3, Flower City Union 0

Steel City FC opened regular season play by defeating newcomers to the NPSL’s Great Lakes Conference, Flower City Union, 3-0, with a second half scoring surge at Rochester Community Sports Complex on Saturday.

Scoring goals for the defending Conference champions included veteran midfielder Nicky Kolarac, forward Eben McIntyre (Pitt/Charleroi) and midfielder Michael Sullivan (Pitt/Deer Lakes).

In the first half, Steel City opened up with a high press that started to cause some problems for Flower City’s back line and keeper.

Steel City’s Anthony DiFalco (Duquesne/Franklin Regional) had the match’s first shot on frame in the 12th minute, but the close range chance was saved.

Flower City finally broke through with a couple of promising counter chances in both the 21st and 27th minutes, one hitting the right post and the other — a low shot from distance that was pretty easy save for Steel City’s Diego Gomez.

After that, Steel City FC brought more pressure and it would eventually pay dividends.

Late in the first half, McIntyre was on the end of a breakaway, facing FCU keeper coming way off his line.  McIntyre’s attempt to chip it over was tipped by keeper’s hands, forcing the match official to pull out red card, putting Steel City at a man advantage for the rest of the match.

In the second half, with a man advantage, Steel City stepped up its attack, with former Riverhounds Academy and Memphis standout Anders Bordoy leading the charge from the left, and Victor Koah (Robert Morris), creating space on the right.

It was Koah who sent a cross into the middle of the box for Kolarac, as the ball slipped by everyone, the veteran midfielder was happy to tap it home.

There was little let-up from the boys in Blue and Gold.

Bordoy, after creating a shot opportunity in the first minute of the half on the edge of the box, would send a dangerous ball into the goal box in the 53rd minute, which forced a Flower City defender to scramble to clear, but the ball deflected upward, hitting the bar, then landing off the bounce in front of McIntyre, who headed it home for the 2-0 lead.

The scoring spree was capped in the 73rd minute, when another Pitt Panther added to the onslaught of goals.

Pitt’s Michael Sullivan moved into the center of the box as Ryan Mertz (Delaware / Upper St. Clair) made a run toward the right end line, then cut back a pass toward the middle.   Sullivan angled his body perfectly to place a clever, one-time finish into the goal for the 3-0 lead, which would hold up.

Steel City will face a return match vs Flower City Union for its home opener at Founders Field, on Sunday, May 19, with kickoff scheduled for 5 p.m.

Match Notable Moments:

Second Half

53′ — GOAL — STEEL CITY FC – Eben McIntyre

The sequence started with a nice ball in from Anders Bordoy — it was deflected onto the crossbar by the defender. The ball lands nicely for Eben to head home

48′ — GOAL — STEEL CITY FC – Nicky Kolarac

That was Victor Koah with the assist.

47′ — early shot from Anders Bodroy, who moves in from left width — but it is saved by FCU keeper.

First Half

12′ — Steel City FC high press creates turnover, and scoring chance.
 
First shot of match for Steel City comes from Anthony DiFalco with a close range chance, but right at keeper!
22′ — Give away at midfield leads to Flower City counter chance which pings off the right post!
27′ — Another clean shot for Flower City in transition from distance — a low ball — this time right at Steel City keeper Diego Gomez who makes routine scoop save.
34′ — Steel City FC high press effective again — DiFalco takes away clearance attempt by Flower City keeper, and attempts to play ball to Eben McIntyre — but defender steps in to deny McIntyre from having a shot opportunity.
38′ —  RED CARD — Flower City Union keeper is sent off for using hands outside box to deny Eben McIntyre chip attempt on breakaway.

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John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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