It was the Oklahoma City Energy FC who came out on top in Saturday night's Black Gold Derby against the Tulsa Roughnecks, as the boys in green put on a dominant 3-0 performance against the visiting side.
As many would have predicted ahead of the Oklahoma rivalry match, the OKC Energy took complete control of the game, commanding most of the possession as well as dominating on both ends.
At the beginning whistle, both sides looked competent, switching off possession back and forward. The first half would not have much to offer as it was noticeable both clubs were trying to feel out the situation. As the half prolonged, it was clear that the Energy became comfortable, beginning to take full control of the game.
For a while, everything the Energy threw at the Roughnecks' defence would be frustratingly blocked. However, in the dying embers of the first half, the Energy were awarded a last-second penalty in the 45'. To step up for the shot was OKC captain Michael Thomas, who calmly placed the shot into the bottom left corner, giving the Energy a 1-0 lead going into the half.
Bursting out the second half with energy was Oklahoma who applied pressure early. As the 51' minute drew near, OKC received a throw-in near Tulsa's goal. As the ball floated into the box, a Roughnecks' defender was only able to clear the throw-in to the Energy's Sebastian Dalgaard, who smashed it from past the 18 to give his club a 2-0 lead.
In the 72' minute, FC Dallas loanee Timo Pitter made an appearance as a substitute, igniting life into a tired Oklahoma Energy side. Two minutes after Pitter's arrival, the Tulsa Roughnecks went down-a-man as Sammy Ochoa earned a straight red for a questionable tackle.
In the 78' minute, another FC Dallas loanee made an appearance in the match. This time, it was striker Colin Bonner who would make a late substitute appearance for the Energy. As the match prolonged to the 89' minute, it was Michael Harris who played in a beautiful cross into the box, finding Bonner's head, flicking the ball into the back of the net and giving OKC a 3-0 win.
Overall, the Black Gold Derby resulted in a simple and easy win for the OKC Energy. With this win, the Energy have now gone seven matches unbeaten as well as record a +10 goal differential in the league.