KSA Pro U19 vs Forest Rovers FC
League leaders Forest Rovers FC remain in 1st place with a solid win against a young KSA Pro U19 team by the score of 2-0. A clean sheet and strong attack confirms intent by Rovers who have an eye on both the league title and spot representing the league in the UPSL regionals.
KSA Pro started the season scoring for fun but have found it difficult finding the back of the net in recent weeks. Still lots of talent and still a slight chance for the league’s post season, they have some work to do on their offensive side if they hope to realize that dream.
FC Yardaz vs Seas Jamaica United FC
This match up between 2 of the league’s juggernauts was a mouth-watering prospect going into the day’s action. The most famous derby match up in the league would not disappoint for action and drama.
Yardaz have found their way in recent weeks after a poor start to the season and today, they performed as their old selves in a thoroughly dominate fashion against one of the strongest teams in the league by the score of 3-1. This puts Yardaz into 4th place and challenging position when just a few weeks ago they were flirting with the cellar of the league. Quite a change of direction but not surprising given the colossal talent in the squad.
Seas on the other hand find themselves in a mini slump of 2 defeats in 2 weeks after being at the top of the table just 3 weeks ago. The heavy defeat last week to up and coming Honduras 5 Stars by the score of 8-3 and now the derby defeat have sunk Seas to 6th place on 7 points. But this change in fortune simply illustrates the extremely competitive nature of the Atlanta Caribbean League.
FC Stone Mountain vs Club ATLetic FC
A 2nd minute penalty to FC Stone Mountain gave the Granites the perfect start they could have wanted as their inexperienced but talented squad had a vital early lead. But CLub ATLetic soon were back level when a few minutes later, forward Eddie Robinson found himself unmarked and alone in the penalty area where he placed his shot for the equalizer.
From that point, Club controlled the majority of the half as they dominated possession with the Granites not finding their true rhythm though managing moments of positive movement forward as they worked against a tough Club back-line.
The Granites did fight their way back into the match with a penalty conversion by Bahquajhu Mahnassi and a goal from Hadji Miruho in the 2nd half to get to 3-2, but from there, Club took full control with goals from Jeisson Palencia, a brace from Wilfred Tchoupa, and additional goals from Kevin Garcia and Brayan Palencia.
The victory for Club means they jump to 2nd place on 10 points having 2 games in hand over Forest Rovers FC who currently sit in 1st place.
KSA Pro-Profile vs VaHi ATLetic FC
Pro-Profile’s claim to fame is it’s ability to get their academy players professional contracts and moved on to professional careers and this they have done expertly in recent years and particularly this season. The down side of this success is the depletion of their squad for the day’s match up with VaHi ATLetic FC.
Though vastly under strength and outnumbered on the day, Pro-Profile will be happy about keeping a clean sheet and grabbing an unlikely point with a convincing display where they gave up a ton of possession, but rarely looked threatened though they also lacked an attacking punch which meant a result of 0-0. VaHi were solid in possession, but also lacked a certain edge in attack but lots for both clubs to build on in the balance of the season.
Honduras 5 Stars vs Atlanta Generals FC
Our marquee match-up of the day was between 2 of the more exciting sides in the league, Hondras 5 Estrellas and Atlanta Generals FC. Both of these teams possess exciting attacking threats with Honduras finding more success in the season so far than Generals, but Generals have nabbed 4 points in 2 games to crawl out of the bottom of the table to mid-table stability.
Honduras was coming off a surprising and complete victory over Seas Jamaica and came into this match surely brimming with confidence. Jumping to a 2-0 lead in the first 8 minutes was a carbon copy of the start against Seas and one could be forgiven for thinking of a similar result here but that would not be the case.
Atlanta Generals came alive after given up what could be considered 2 very soft goals and took the match by the collar taking the majority of possession and having more attacking chances to grab a goal back in the middle of the match and a 90th minute equalizer which to the neutral would be a fair result after the effort by both teams.
Though dropping points, Honduras sits in 3rd place and still ready to challenge for a play-off spot for the regionals and possibly a league title. Atlanta Generals still uncomfortably down in 8th but with a bright prospect for the future with the talent on hand.