Late-Game Dramatics Power North Carolina FC Past Miami FC

Aug 5, 2017
MIAMI (Aug. 5, 2017) – A stoppage-time game winner from Christian Ibeagha led North Carolina FC to a dramatic 3-2 victory over NASL Spring Season Champions Miami FC on Saturday night.
With the latest win, the club has not lost to the NASL leaders yet this season and has won its last two matches against Miami.
North Carolina struck first in the contest, as Jonathan Glenn scored his first goal for the club in the 27th minute. Steven Miller started the play, as the defender won the ball on the right flank. Miller then fed Glenn who finished from close range.
North Carolina's 1-0 lead held through the first half with help from Brian Sylvestre. The goalkeeper saved both of Miami FC’s attempts on goal, including a dangerous free kick from Ariel Martinez in the 43rd minute.
Following halftime, NCFC went to its bench. Head Coach Colin Clarke brought on Matt Fondy in the 62nd minute and Marcel Kandziora in the 65th.
The substitutions paid off, as Kandziora doubled NCFC’s lead in the 72nd minute on his first touch of the match. The German took advantage of his chance and buried a strike from 22 yards out for the first NCFC goal of his career. Miller picked up his second assist of the night on the play.
Despite the lead, the score line wouldn’t hold. Michel converted a penalty kick for Miami FC in the 88th minute and Stefano Pinho tied the match in the 92nd.
NCFC responded almost immediately with a late goal of its own to win the match. Tiyi Shipalane appeared as a substitute in the 91st minute and provided the game-winning assist in the 93rd . Shiplane whipped a free kick into the box, which found the head of Ibeagha. The center back’s header hit the back of the net to ensure a massive victory for NCFC.
  • Jonathan Glenn earned his first start and scored his first goal with a tally in the 27th minute.
  • Marcel Kandziora was subbed into the match in the 65th minute and scored his first goal for NCFC in the 72nd to give NCFC a 2-0 lead.
  • Steven Miller picked up assists on NCFC’s first two goals, the assists were his second and third of the season.
  • Christian Ibeagha scored the first goal of his NCFC career with a game winner in the 93rd minute.
  • All three goal scorers were first-time goal scorers for NCFC.
  • Tiyi Shipalane recorded his second assist of the season on the game-winning goal.
  • Danny Barrow appeared on the bench for the first time.
  • For the third match in a row, NCFC started the same back line, it marked only the first time the team has started the same back line three times in row since April 8, 15 and 22.
Coming Up Next:
NCFC returns home on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. to host the Jacksonville Armada at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park. The game is presented by PNC Bank and will be the seventh annual Kicks 4 Kids Night. Tickets are available online or over the phone by calling the North Carolina Football Club Ticket Office at 919.458.8144.
Box Score
MIA: Daniel Vega; Blake Smith, Tyler Ruthven, Rhett Bernstein, Jonathan Borrajo © (Kwadwo Poku 60’); Dylan Mares (Calvin Rezende 85’), Richie Ryan (Michel 46), Michael Lahoud; Jamie Chavez, Ariel Martinez, Stefano Pinho
Subs not used: Ryan Herman, Brad Rusin, Jonny Steele, Lionel Brown,
NCFC: Brian Sylvestre; Paul Black, Connor Tobin, Christian Ibeagha, Steven Miller; Dre Fortune (Marcel Kandziora 65’), Austin Da Luz, James Marcelin, Nazmi Albadawi ©, Jose Carranza (Tiyi Shipalane 90+’); Jonathan Glenn (Matt Fondy 54’)
Subs not used: Macklin Robinson, Bolu Akinyode, Brad Ruhaak, Danny Barrow

MIA: 2
MIA: Michel (PK 88’) Pinho (Rezende 90+’)
NCFC: Glenn (Miller 27’) Kandziora ( Miller 72’) Ibeagha (Shipalane 90+’)
MIA: --
NCFC: Ibeagha (42’) Miller (90’)
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Attendance: 5,022

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