SCU Host’s AFU
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AFU traveled to Charleston, SC to play South Carolina United in another divisional match up. The u-16’s were up against an undefeated SCU team that was 8-0-0 coming into the game. SCU jumped to a quick 1-0 lead when the AFU defense was caught flat and an SCU player was allowed to race away and score. AFU got right back into the contest when Andres Pena was allowed to, in similar fashion, breakaway and finish sliding the ball under the SCU goalkeeper. AFU took control of the game and should have gone ahead when Chris Harrison beat his defender and went 1v1 with SCU’s goalkeeper who this time made an excellent save. The it was SCU’s turn and against the run of play they overloaded the left side and capitalized on some confusion in the AFU defense to take a 2-1 lead into half time.AFU tried to raise the tempo in the 2nd half but SCU were now the team in control and doubled their lead when a deep cross was not dealt with by AFU and knock down in the box gave the SCU strider a simple tap in. The paced slowed after that goal as AFU could not find a way back into the game and SCU controlled the tempo and saw out the game quite comfortably.AFU’s u-18’s were looking to get back to winning ways against SCU but took some time to get comfortable in the game as SCU were motivated and full of runningo early in the game. AFU had to do some stout defending to keep SCU out and needed to up do a better job of keeping the ball. As the half wore on AFU did start to find the rhythm of the game and started to create some half chances of their own. Starting the 2nd half at 0-0 the game was there for taking but again SCU started brighter and but for some excellent saves from AFU goalkeeper, Mitch Kupstas, could have gone a couple of goals up. Then with less than 15 minutes to go AFU’s Ryan King got up high in the box to head home a well taken Brady O’Brien corner and give the visitors a 1-0 lead. This spurred SCU on even more and with less than 2 minutes to go they finally got their equalizer when a long throw was headed past Kupstas.A well fought contest that in the end provided a fair result for two honest hard-working teams.AFU have a fortnight off and are on the road again on November 21st when they travel to Birmingham to take on BUSA.

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