Forward Madison FC couldn’t get the job done Saturday night, falling 0-1 to the Richmond Kickers at Breese Stevens Field. Although the Flamingos fed off the energy from a fervent crowd of 4,510, it wasn’t enough to maintain the team’s club-record three-match winning streak.
According to Head Coach Daryl Shore, his team looked “lethargic” during too many stretches of the game.
“Maybe we did a little too much this week trying to push the guys, but at the end of the day, just not a good performance overall from our whole group and it starts with me,” Shore said. “Our fans are great, we owe it to them to do better and we’ve just got to take advantage when we’re at home.”
FMFC came out the stronger of the two teams, and arguably should have taken the lead in the 29th minute. Fullback Christian Díaz, tearing down the right flank, was tripped up by a Richmond defender, but got back on his feet and whipped in an inch-perfect cross to Oliver White, who rattled his shot off the upright.
With Richmond playing five men in defense, the Flamingos struggled to break down their opposition for most of the evening. Although FMFC had a few opportunities off free kicks from threatening positions, the ‘Mingos failed to put a single one of their 11 shots on target.
Midfielder J.C. Banks, who put one of those free kicks into the side netting in the 49th minute, said the Flamingos must now learn from their mistakes.
“We just didn’t have the urgency,” Banks said. “We talk about it, but we didn’t bring it. We know we can play better than that, we’ve got to learn from this game, watch film, get better and try to get three points next week.”
The Kickers scored the lone goal of the game in the 69th minute, forward Daniel Jackson finishing off a deflection from a Forward Madison defender. Jackson, a veteran who has been playing in the U.S. lower divisions since 2014, had just come on as a substitute before scoring the goal.
With its loss, Forward Madison FC has now dropped out of the USL League One playoff positions and down to sixth place.
Forward Madison will return to USL League One action next Saturday as it travels to South Carolina to take on Greenville Triumph SC. The Flamingos won't have to wait long to seek revenge on the Kickers, as they host them again in two weeks' time on Saturday, Aug. 24.
“This is our third loss at home, which is unacceptable,” Shore said. “We’re by no means out of it, [but] we’ve just got to get back to work and put this one behind us. We’ve got to learn from some of our mistakes.”
Forward Madison FC
Head Coach: Daryl Shore
Goalkeeper: Dayne St. Clair #97
Defender: Christian Diaz #27
Defender: Connor Tobin #13 (captain)
Defender: Shaun Russel #15
Defender: Jiro Barriga Toyama #77 (77’ - #21 Louis Bennett)
Midfielder: Eric Leonard #3 YC
Midfielder: J.C. Banks #29
Midfielder: Josiel Nuniez #70
Forward: Don Smart #7
Forward: Paulo Jr. #11 (86’ - #10 Danny Tenorio)
Forward: Oliver White #20 (68’ - #14 Brian Berment)
G- Brian Sylvestre #92
D - Carl Schneider #23
M - Ally Hamis Ng’Anzi #12
M - Louis Bennett #21
F - Zaire Bartley #17
F - Danny Tenorio #10
F - Brian Berment #14 YC
Head Coach: David Bulow
Goalkeeper: Akira Fitzgerald #1 (captain)
Defender: Ivan Malachaes #4
Defender: Conor Shanosky #5
Defender: Eli Lockaby #17
Defender: Wahab Ackwei #18 YC
Midfielder: Josh Hughes #7
Midfielder: Matthew Bolduc #11 (74’ - #21 Maxi Rodriguez)
Midfielder: Braeden Troyer #31 YC
Midfielder: Mutaya Mwape #80 (59’ - #3 Scott Thomsen)
Midfielder: Joe Gallardo #10
Forward: Dennis Chin #15 (66’ - #9 Daniel Jackson)
G - Joe Rice #23
D - Scott Thomsen #3
M - Maxi Rodriguez #21
M - Jannik Eckenrode #22
F - Daniel Jackson #9 ⚽
F - Charles Boateng #77
69’ - #9 Daniel Jackson
Forward Madison FC
81’ #14 Brian Berment
84’ #3 Eric Leonard
49’ #18 Mahab Ackwei
77’ #31 Braeden Troyer
Breese Stevens Field - Madison, WI
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