Cornerstone Top Pro 2 – 2 FC Matata
In our first match of the day, 2 new teams to the league squared off to get things rolling on a beautiful opening day for football. Cornerstone Top Pro lead by their manager, Tornubari (T-Bone) Nyonebue had prepared a young and talented squad for the UPSL going up against a more experienced but also young FC Matata squad headed by coach Hippolyte Medjibe Mekourou.
This was a high paced match which saw momentum swing back and forth all game. Quick passing but poor finishing by both sides punctuated a scoreless 1st half. The second half brought more action to each goal mouth with Matata first with a score on a fast counter-attack by Touroude Lionel, followed by a Cornerstone score from Jeffrey Anyado off a goalkeeping error.
Later Matata scored again from Lionel after another quick counter later in the half to go up 2-1. The urgency increased as the clock ticked down and it was a penalty awarded to Cornerstone that was converted by Eddie Anguiano to level the score at 2-2 before the final whistle.
Seas Jamaica FC 7 – 1 FC Stone Mountain
The next match of the day was between 2 returning teams, Seas Jamaica FC and FC Stone Mountain. Both of these teams finished the previous season below their desired expectations. Seas did secure the Community Shield trophy in post season play. But both clubs will be hungry for more this season with refreshed squads and ambitions.
Seas performed on the day while FC Stone Mountain stumbled out of the blocks as they fell hard to what looks like a resurgent Seas Jamaica FC team by the score of 7-1. Poor defense and squandered chances in attack were the problems that coach Owen Clarke will have to remedy in the BYE week for them before returning to league play.
David Largie’s Seas shoot to 1st place, even on points with LSA Limeño and a superior goal difference to start the season. But it’s early doors yet and any of these teams can still make a mark on the season.
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Yardaz FC 2 – 3 LSA Limeño
Arguably the match of the day was this beauty of a contest between veteran club FC Yardaz and new boys LSA Limeño. LSA are new to the Georgia Division but not new to the UPSL having played last season in the Central conference before a move this season to the Georgia 1st Division.
Both clubs are skillful on the ball and quick in attack and resolute in defense. LSA opened the scoring with a goal on either side of the half from Marcos Tovar. But Yardaz forward Erasmus Freeman pulled one back with a free header after good approach play by Yardaz to take the score to 2-1.
LSA answered with an opportunistic goal after a good shot was parried by the Yardaz goalkeeper into the path of LSA’s Erick Bonilla who beat his marker to the loose ball to stab it in for a then 3-1 lead.
Erasmus Freeman rounded out the scoring with a penalty conversion in the 90th minute. There was precious little time to do anything further in added time and the match ended with LSA taking all 3 points by the score of 3-2.