After suffering a mid-season slump, FC Denton were able to find their form, taking maximum points from their final 2 matches and finished the regular season in 2nd place (due to head-head tie breaker) and now, advance to the semi-final round for their 7th consecutive season of competitive play!
The final 2 matches of the season were make-up matches from the first 2 rain out dates of the season and first up was a rematch against Retro United; one week after Denton let the last place team earn the only point they would go on to win the entire season.
This time at home...
5/6/18, Denia Park, Denton,TX
A big reason for the draw Denton suffered the previous week to Retro United was attendance, and this game was no different. For the 2nd week in a row, FCDTN were
forced to play with only 10 men (including back-up Keeper, Damian McClintock filling in as a striker), but thankfully, Denton had a great crowd of supporters, on hand and they provided the team with their 11th player!
Playing on great conditions at Denia Park, Denton were able to control the game from the outset and were able to put away 5 unanswered goals, thanks to efforts from Edward "Lalo" Valadez, Preston Baker, a double from Ewahia "Lucky" Amhanesi, and back-up keeper, turned striker; Damian McClinotck (pictured below)!
With one game left to play in the season, the top 8 teams found themselves within 3
points of each other and that meant that FC Denton would have to take all 3 points from from the final match of the season to guarantee a place in the Div. 1B semifinals.
Next up, for the final match of the season, was a rematch against Clearly Offside; one of the 3 teams to hand Denton a loss and in a position to leap frog them in the standings with another win.
This time at home...
5/13/18, Denia Park, Denton,TX
The last time these two teams met, Clearly Offside were able to walk away with a 2-1 victory mainly due to careless errors and this game began the same way, when a miscommunication on Denton's back line lead to them trailing 1-0 early in the first half.
Spirits remained high, however, as Denton were able to pick up play and were rewarded shortly after when, in the 10th minute, Joakim "Ewa" Coleman rose above the Clearly Offside defense and finished Irvin Pinales' corner kick with a glancing header toward the far post and into the back of the net!
FCDTN - 1 / Clearly Offside - 1
Then the flood gates opened...
12:05 - Goal #1 for Ewahia "Lucky" Amhanesi
22:55 - Goal #2 for Lucky
25:20 - Goal #3 for Lucky
27:50 - Shane Duniya plays Lucky through with a well timed pass and one-times a screamer to the far post and buries his 4th goal! That's 4 goals in 15 minutes!
Halftime: FC Denton - 5 / Clearly Offside - 1
Amhanesi comes out for Fabian Zuniga.
The second half saw FC Denton continue to enjoy much of the ball and it only took 10 mintues for halftime substitute, Fabian Zuniga, to pick up where Amhanesi left off; fighting off a defender on top of the 18 and floating in a sultry chip over a helpless keeper for his first goal.
FCDTN - 6 / Clearly Offside - 1
3 minutes later, Vincent Opara plays a perfectly weighted ball to send Zuniga through; he turns his defender in one move and AGAIN sends an absolutely filthy chip over a dejected Clearly Offside keeper, completing his double for the day!
Clearly Offside were rewarded a consolation PK and were able to pull one back, but striker, Irvin Pinales made sure that Denton would be the last team to score at Denia Park this season when, in the 30th minute, he was able to break through the Clearly Offside defense and around their keeper to finish them off and put the cherry on top of great game!
FCDTN - 8 / Clearly Offside - 2
With the victory, FC Denton finished the regular season with a +24 GD ( 36 GF, 12GA) and 2nd from the top, tied on points with F.F. Premier; who finish 1st due to the head-head tie breaker.
Denton will face 3rd place, Crusaders S.F.A. in the semifinal round Thursday 5/31, 8:45PM at Premier Park #1 in Blach Springs.
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