The Quad City Eagles continued their defence of their Central Conference championship as they travelled to Madison, Wisconsin, to face the Madison 56er’s at Breese Steven Field on Saturday May 17th.
The game started evenly with both teams attempting to gain an early foothold in the game. In the opening exchanges Eagles winger Javi Bautista broke down the left-wing and fired the ball across the 56er’s six yard box, before a 56er’s header hit the crossbar.
The 56er’s began to possess the ball well with the Eagles struggling with the pitches long grass.
And it was the 56er’s that took the lead in the 21st minute. A quickly taken free kick on the left-wing caught the Eagles defense out of position. 56er’s midfielder Maclean Johnson rose highest at the back post to head the ball into the bottom left corner beyond Eagles goalkeeper Chris Higgins.
The Eagles reshuffled their midfield at halftime and came out the stronger side. Bautista broke down the right-wing and fired narrowly wide, before Kendrick Tyson blazed the ball over the bar from 12 yards. The 56er’s had a golden opportunity to put the game away with a header that hit the bar before the Eagles gained a well-earned equalizer in the closing minutes of the game.
Levi Fistrovic cut inside from the right-wing, found Tyson who played the ball into the penalty area for Charles MacInnes. MacInnes placed the ball between the goalkeepers legs to bring the game level at 1-1 in the 84th minute.
The game finished 1-1 to give the Eagles a well-earned point on the road.
Defensive midfielder Paul Ledsham took the man of the match award as his determination and strong tackling set the tempo for the Eagles midfield.
The Eagles now prepare for a tough double-header weekend as they face Minnesota Twin Stars on Saturday June 7th and Aris FC on Sunday June 8th. Both games are away.
Quad City Eagles (4-2-3-1): Chris Higgins, Simon Brown, Javid Wood, Geraldo Garza, Mark Hiller, Paul Ledsham, Emlyn Jacoby, Kendrick Tyson, Ryan McEvoy, Javi Bautista, Charles MacInnes
Subsitutes: Jack Rubin, Alejandro Paredes, Drew Merideth, Levi Fistrovic, Danny Campagna, Nathan Kyes, Juan Espinal