Tobacco Road FC Falls to Myrtle Beach Mutiny
DURHAM, NC- An early goal from Eli Garner put the Tobacco Road FC up but the hosts couldn’t hold onto the lead as the Myrtle Beach Mutiny took first place in the South Atlantic Division with the three points in a 4-1 victory on Friday night at Durham County Memorial Stadium.
Tobacco Road FC veteran Eli Garner got the match started on the right foot. A foul in the early moments of the match visibly angered Garner, motivating him to fight hard and make an impact on the match. Sure enough, he did. Garner scored his second goal of the season for Los Toros with a right-footed rocket across the goal that pinged off the bottom of the post.
Tobacco Road kept the lead through the half. In the second half the Mutiny had success with a flurry of goals. The first was in the 59th minute. A turnover in possession gave the Mutiny the ball in their attacking third. Romario Piggott played a great chip over the top of the Tobacco Road defense and Yaw Amankwa finished with a volley to equalize.
In the 68th minute things got worse for the Tobacco Road as the referee awarded the Mutiny a penalty. Jon Ander Ibarrondo converted the penalty to give the Mutiny the lead. Six minutes later Yuta Yamamoto gave the Mutiny a two-goal advantage off a corner kick. Ibarrondo whipped in a corner and Yamamoto rose up to finish. Piggott recorded his second assist of the night as he slid the ball to the back post and Neville Morgan scored with a sliding finish in the 83rd minute.
HEAD COACH CEDRIC BURKE:
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. And we played a team that was not only talented but worked extremely hard. I thought we had a great first half and simply did not compete in the second half.”
“If we play our game we’re fine. We just have to play our game for 90 minutes. I thought we had a great first half, executing the game plan. We faced a little adversity in the second half and we didn’t respond. We are going to stick to our game plan and put guys out there that will hopefully compete for 90 minutes.”
- Tobacco Road FC falls to 3-6-3 while the Myrtle Beach Mutiny improve to 7-2-3.
- Tobacco Road FC falls to 1-3 all time against the Mutiny, with their one win coming on the road.
- Eli Garner earned his second assist for Tobacco Road, tying Mustapha Wadda for most of the season.
- Tobacco Road stays at fifth in the South Atlantic Division in the PDL with 12 points, sitting behind Charlotte Eagles (12 points), Lionsbridge FC (15 points), NCFC U-23 (22 points) and Myrtle Beach Mutiny (24 points).
Tobacco Road FC faces Myrtle Beach Mutiny again on Wednesday for their last road trip of the year. The match begins at 7 p.m. and will be at North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex. The match will be live streamed by the Mutiny. Follow Tobacco Road FC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get updates on Los Toros this season