LAS VEGAS – A second-half goal by Jeremy Kelly proved the difference as Memphis 901 FC took a 1-0 victory against Las Vegas Lights FC on Saturday night at Cashman Field to claim the first meeting between the clubs in the Championship.
Lights FC had the first good chance to open the scoring as a low cross from the right came through the penalty area to Danny Musovski, but Memphis goalkeeper Trey Muse made a brave save before his defense cleared the ball to safety. Memphis also threatened on the half-hour mark, but Phillip Goodrum was unable to make clean contact on a diving header at the top of the six-yard area as it glanced wide of the left post.
901 FC took the lead six minutes into the second half when Laurent Kissiedou threaded a fine pass for Jeremy Kelly as he broke forward into the left side of the penalty area, and Kelly lifted his finish over the advancing goalkeeper and into the net. Las Vegas tried to find a way back into the game in the final half-hour and applied consistent pressure in the 901 FC defensive third, but after the side’s midweek outburst in El Paso the decisive finish wouldn’t arrive as Memphis claimed a second consecutive victory.
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Jeremy Kelly, Memphis 901 FC – Kelly scored the decisive goal and produced a solid performance on the left side to help the visitors earn a shutout for the first time this season.
MEM – Jeremy Kelly (Laurent Kissiedou) 51’