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Game Preview: Liquid Football at Thundercats SC

Get ready for an exhilarating start to Liquid Football’s MWPL 2024 regular season campaign as they face off against Thundercats SC. The game is set to ignite the field at Anchor Bay High School on May 12 at 8 p.m.

The previous season was a testament to the fierce competition between Thundercats SC and Liquid Football. With a commendable record of 5-4-3, Thundercats were just a step behind Liquid Football's formidable 8-2-2 record.

When the two clubs faced off last season, Thundercats visited University Liggett undefeated, and the game had significant implications for the title race.

The previous match was a rollercoaster of emotions. Liquid Football got off to a dream start when former Michigan State Spartan and MLS player Greg Janicki fouled Waseem Muthana in the box early in the first half. Muthana's successful penalty conversion within 20 minutes set the score at 1-0 in favor of Liquid Football.

Ten minutes later, with all the momentum, Liquid Football earned a corner. The corner went over everyone but was chased down by Beni Tanyi, who would turn and get off a curling shot that would sneak into the top corner. 2-0 Liquid Football. 

The first few minutes of the second half had been in trouble all last season. Thundercats took advantage of Liquid’s complacency and pounced. A Thundercats attacker stole the ball from a Liquid defender. He made no mistake and slipped it past Liquid Football’s keeper, Esmail Haidan.

Moments later, Cyrus Saydee was subbed on for Liquid Football and made an instant impact. He played a great through ball to Bosh Tanyi, who had made a great run. Tanyi was behind the defense and slotted it past the keeper to make it 3-1.

Thundercats kept fighting. They were on the counter, and an attacker was fouled as he crossed the ball into the box. Another Thundercats attacker won the header, and the ball went into the back of the net. However, the referee blew the whistle for the foul. After a pow-wow with the assistant referee, the head referee called it a goal because the ball was deemed in the goal before he blew the whistle. 3-2 Liquid Football with ten minutes to play.

As the final whistle blew, Liquid Football survived by the skin of their teeth after avoiding an onslaught of Thundercats offensive opportunities. They claimed the critical three points to cut into Inter Detroit’s lead at the top of the table.

This season, The new-look Thundercats could be one of the top teams again. They are a young team primarily made up of the Vardar U19s. Many 18-year-olds committed to college or just finished their first year at college, playing for schools such as Michigan, Michigan State, and Notre Dame. 

Thundercats will be on a revenge tour, and it will be a good test of Liquid Football’s youth and veteran mix. The game is set to be played at Anchor Bay High School on May 12 at 8 p.m. Location: Anchor Bay High School, Fair Haven MI. Date and Time: Sunday May 12, 2024. 08:00pm. Tickets: Free Entry

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