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The Zanesville Athletic Football Club opened its inaugural season with a loss on the road, and the home slate had a similar result. ZAFC lost at the Maysville Athletic Complex 3-2 to the defending league champion AFC Cleveland Royals.
The turning point in the match came in the 66th minute when Smart Osadolor was given a red card for what looked to be like an accidental play. At the time Zanesville Athletic was down 2-1 and on the attack, but after Osadolor left, the game took a swing back towards AFC Cleveland.
With the loss the ZAFC falls to 0-2 on the season and won't return home until June 2 when they host FC Buffalo.
Zanesville Athletic 2 AFC Cleveland Royals 3
ZAFC: Cedric Bruce-Kotey: Goal (49); Tim Findall: Goal (92)
AFC Clevenad: Tom Beck- Goal (5);Vinny Bell- 2 Goals (31,78)