After a couple of match weeks of runaway goal scoring and defensive frailties, we return to balanced and more dramatic football this week! The league championship race took some unexpected turns with the results on the day. Let’s take a look at a brief recap…
Honduras 5 Stars 2-0 KSA Pro
The kickoff game of the day was in a downpour and between 2 teams we expect to be hot contenders for the league title this season and the action in this match did not disappoint. As usual, 5 Stars brought a large throng of supporters in the stands which added to the footballing atmosphere.
On the pitch, it was like watching two prize fighters battle it out as both sparred back and forth with effective attacks mixed with resilient defenses. These are 2 skillful teams but it was 5 Stars that got the better of KSA on the day scoring a penalty and later a close range goal to take all 3 points and a clean sheet to take the victory!
Seas Jamaica FC 2-2 Forest Rovers FC
The 2nd match on the day found the clouds parting and the sun peeking through and set the scene for a hotly contested match between 2 teams looking to go top of the league with maximum points. In the previous week, Seas Jamaica United won an emphatic victory by 4-1 against Atlanta Generals while a injury hit Forest Rovers FC took a heavy defeat to KSA Pro Profile by the score of 6-1 for their first loss of the season to set up this weeks encounter.
This game was as even as they come with both teams displaying equal attacking prowess and a resolute defense. Rovers opened the scoring in the first half with Seas storming back with 2 goals to take the lead by the 2nd half. But Rovers would equalize late to cap off a thrilling match for the fans. All the drama you would want to see with 2 teams now lying in 1st and 2nd place in the league table.
VaHi ATLetic FC 0-3 FC Stone Mountain
Vahi ATLetic FC initiate their competitive campaign in the league with a 0-3 loss to a resurgent FC Stone Mountain. Vahi ATLEtic competed last season in the league but this is virtually a new team with a revamped roster and a fresh approach.
VaHi just finished a campaign in another competition so are prepared for the season, but the Granites are just reaching their potential as adjustments from early losses in the league paid off in this match with an emphatic win. VaHi did not help their cause with a badly taken penalty that could have brought them back in the game and giving up a soft early goal that set the tone for the match. Look for coach Felipe Lobelo to also make changes as VaHi get their challenge back on course in the coming weeks.
FC Yardaz 1-1 Atlanta Generals FC
A dour and dull first half was replaced by a more exciting 2nd half as defending champion’s FC Yardaz drew with Atlanta Generals in a match that failed to impress overall. FC Yardaz’s sputtering start to the season continued today failing to reach any sort of fluency and were weak in attack though still solid in defense.
Generals on the other have shown great improvement since their embarrassing opening day defeat to Club ATLetic by the score of 8-0. But to be honest to Generals, they were playing with what amounted to a youth side as many senior members were still not available for that match. Now at full strength, they match the defending champions and could have easily taken all 3 points had the ball bounced a different way at times. Both teams still have a lot to do to get their league challenge cranked up and revving.
Note: Both KSA Pro-Profile and Club ATLetic both were involved in the State Amateur Cup competition and will have their match rescheduled for later in the season.