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For the Duncan Demons Tuesday night, it was a case of close but not close enough.
Despite taking an early 1-0 lead over Lawton MacArhur, the Demons were unable to extend the advantage and were eventually made to pay the price.
Two first half goals from Antonio Ervin were enough to deny Duncan its first home victory of the season as MacArthur claimed a 2-1 win.
“I thought we played hard, but didn’t posses the ball like we normally do,” Duncan coach Marcus Williams said. “Overall our boys fought hard and played a good game for each other. We wanted to see if we could rise to the occasion tonight, and I feel like we did that. Saul (Garcia) was unlucky not to have tied the game late on.”
At the 16:46 mark of the first half, Ervin took the pass off a throw-in and sent a chip shot to the far post which found the net, giving MacArthur the lead.
It was perhaps a cruel twist to a game which saw Duncan get off to a fast start, literally.
Less than two minutes into the game, Justin McCall took a pass out wide and finished a long run down the wing off with a clever finish at the near post.
The goal took the Highlanders by surprise and brought the Demon players to life as they looked to get win number two of the season.
However, the celebrations were short lived as Ervin scored his first goal of the night at the 19:06 mark when he gathered a long pass from downfield and chipped in over DHS keeper Saul Garcia to tie the game.
In the second half, Duncan was unlucky not to have tied the game as Josh Adamson’s free kick attempt was almost sent in, but it was saved by Highlanders goalie Alex Cox.
DHS goalkeeper Saul Garcia had the best chance of the half, as he sent a header attempt just wide of the goal with less than a minute left on the clock.
Duncan will look to get back on track Friday night at Durant with kickoff set for 7 p.m.