The last match of a triple header Sunday at South Gwinnett Park put debutante Atlanta Rovers FC against The Granites of FC Stone Mountain. Rovers FC recorded a victory in their first ever United Premier Soccer League match, as they pulled off a surprise 2-0 win over a youthful but seasoned campaigner in FC Stone Mountain. Peter Martinez sent the visitors ahead in the 35th minute while Nick Bell made the three points safe in the 65th minute.
The tricky, twinkle toes Peter Martinez opened the scoring in the 35th minute after capitalizing on an error from young goalkeeper Evatt Graham. Graham was left with his head hung low in embarrassment after collecting cleanly a header towards goal from Pablo Luque from a well taken free kick, but in a bid to restart the game quickly he accidentally throws the ball in the back of his defender which then fell kindly to Martinez to pounce and slot home from close range in a gaping goal-mouth.
Striker Nicholas Bell doubled the lead 20 minutes into the second half. A comedy of errors in defense allowed an unmarked Bell to rifle home a thunderbolt from inside the box, his first of the season and the second for Rovers FC.
FC Stone Mountain Granites, though 2-0 down, decided to mount a fight back and looked for a penalty call in the 70th minute when Dami Oyenuga was brought down theatrically in the box but his appeal was agonizingly waved on by referee.
The Granites dominated the final quarter of the game stringing together some nice slick passes however, the chances were far and few in between.
Both teams now turn their attention to their match-week 2 games where, Rovers FC will have a real test at home facing division and national champions, Atletico Atlanta at the Coca-Cola field at Silverback’s Park and FC Stone Mountain will play away to LSA Limeño who’s game against Kalonji Pro-Profile on the day was postponed.