Hamilton FC PDL Men’s team travelled to Michigan on Saturday to play the league leading Michigan Bucks. This was always going to be a tough contest for Hamilton as they set out without key players Alex Mitchell, Andreas Guenter, Sean Pike, John Nardozi, Dominic Bell and Khody Ellis who all stayed home as a result of various injuries.
Nick Kurtz saw his first action of the season as he was handed the start in goal for HFC. The game started brightly for the hosts when they went 1-0 up after just 4 minutes through Luckymore Mkosana. This was obviously not the start HFC were looking for. They did, however, manage to settle things down and enjoyed good spells of possession in the first half with shots from Aaron Boyd and Scott McCoubrey giving the Bucks goalkeeper some challenges to deal with.
Hamilton FC head coach, Brett Mosen, made some adjustments at half time bringing on Justin Silveira to replace Nick Kurtz in goal as well as Evan James to replace Josh Bennett to set up more of an attacking formation. The changes seemed to work as HFC took the game to Michigan for the early part of the second half but were unable to capitalize on the pressure exerted. Michigan also enjoyed good periods of attacking pressure with both teams winning a good number of corner kicks in the second half.
Hamilton’s attempts to get the equalizer were costly in the end as Michigan scored two goals in the final eight minutes through Stefan St. Louis and Luckymore Mkosana, sealing the victory for the Bucks.
Head coach, Brett Mosen, commented after the game, “It really was a disappointing result tonight. I thought we played well, I’m please with the effort from the lads, it’s just disappointing to continue to play well and not be able to get a result. We will continue working hard and I’m sure it will come.”
Hamilton’s next game is on Friday night when they travel to London to face FC London for a 7:30pm kick off at The German Club.