San Antonio FC has sealed their first ever derby win, getting a perfect start to their season as they managed a 1-0 win over RGV FC Toros on Sunday Evening. Forward Billy Forbes was the hero in his first match for the club as he scored the only goal of the match.
There was a perfect return to San Antonio soccer for Forbes as he scored his first competitive goal for the club. The goal came after San Antonio FC forward Cesar Elizondo was able to cut the ball back for Forbes who was left wide open by the RGV FC defense allowing him to score a perfectly placed goal in the 15th minute.
After an even start San Antonio FC looked to get control of the match after the first five minutes putting plenty of pressure on the RGV FC defense which finally told with the 15th minute goal.
There was an horrific miss for RGV FC in the 30th minute after a big error from San Antonio FC defender Cyprian Hedrick allowed RGV FC forward Ruben Luna to steal possession and run clean through on goal. Luna ran in and cut the ball back for fellow RGV FC forward Kyle Murphy, with the goal at his mercy Murphy somehow sent the ball well wide of goal when it seemed harder to miss. That would turn out to be Hedrick’s last involvement as he was substituted following an apparent injury in that play.
Late in the first half San Antonio FC were forced to defend more and more but they were able to effectively back the box, which kept RGV FC from having the space. As the ball approached their box San Antonio would narrow their defense, keeping RGV FC from having space, which they needed to play their style of soccer, choking the Toros and keeping San Antonio in front at half-time.
San Antonio FC goalkeeper Matt Cardone showed his value in the 53rd minute when he atoned for his poor clearance. His ball found RGV FC midfielder Eric Bird who ran at goal and was pushed wider by San Antonio defender Sebastien Ibeagha which forced the shot from Bird at a tighter angle allowing Cardone to make a strong save, smothering the rebound.
RGV FC was denied by the post in the 58th minute and again it was Murphy who was left frustrated on the finish. After the ball bounced around in the box it fell out to Murphy whose effort was much better than his first attempt but still let San Antonio off the hook as it only found the post.
In the 73rd minute RGV FC had shouts for a penalty after Luna went down in the box after a challenge from Cardone. The shouts were waved away as the referee pointed for a corner which replays suggested was the correct decision with Cardone getting a strong palm on the ball, a vital save in sealing the win.