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Forward Madison battles on the road in a tight 1-1 draw against Union Omaha

By Forward Madison FC, 07/16/21, 10:15PM CDT

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Flamingos use a hot second half to gain a point against the league leaders

Forward Madison FC, via the head of Connor Tobin, gained a huge point against the league leaders in Union Omaha on the road. 

With the draw, Forward Madison moved into fifth position in the USL League One table, putting the team into a playoff position. The Flamingos currently have 17 points after 12 matches played.

Omaha got the party started early with a breakaway goal in the 11th minute by midfielder Devin Boyce to give the home team a 1-0 advantage. 

Both teams fought a tightly contested battle for the rest of the first half, neither getting many opportunities to score.

The best chance for Forward Madison in the first half came in extra time as forward Jake Keegan barely missed a goal on a point-blank opportunity. 

The second half started the same as the first with neither team gaining much of an edge. That changed in the 67th minute as Madison Defender Connor Tobin headed a ball into the back of the net to tie the game at 1. 

The Flamingos return home on July 20 for an international exhibition game with Club Atlético Morelia of Mexico.

Union Omaha: Kevin Piedrahita; Ferrety Sousa, Damia Viader, Daltyn Knutson, Jacob Crull; Elma N’For (Austin Panchot 78’), Conor Doyle, Tobias Otieno (John Murphy 57’), Emir Alihodzic; Greg Hurst, Devin Boyce (Ethan Vanacore-Decker 81’)

Unused Substitutes: Rashid Nuhu, Blake Malone, Nicolas Firmino, Chrisitan Molina, John Murphy,

Forward Madison FC: Phil Breno; Jiro Barriga Toyama, Connor Tobin, Gustavo Fernandes, Christian Diaz; Aaron Molloy, Eric Leonard, Christian Enriquez (Noah Fuson 80’); Justin Sukow (Carlos Gomez-66’), Derek Gebhard (Tyler Allen 76’), Jake Keegan

Unused Substitutes: Aidan Hogan, Ronaldo Lomelli

Goals
Union Omaha 

Devin Boyce - 11’ 

Forward Madison
Connor Tobin - 67’

Discipline
Union Omaha
Yellow Card - Elma N’For - 31’ 

Forward Madison
Yellow Card - Jiro Barriga Toyama - 32’ 

Yellow Card - Derek Gebhard - 60’

Yellow Card - Gustavo Fernandes - 74’ 

Referees
Kevin Fickar

Christian Little

Justin Mack

Esad Omanovic

Venue
Werner Park - Papillon, Nebraska

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