Regional Cup: Club The Strongest ATL vs Limeño GA U20

Division One’s Limeño U20 shot to the top of Group B of the 2022 UPSL Georgia Regional Cup after a comprehensive, upset victory over newly promoted Premier Division side, Club The Strongest ATL. Both teams came into this match after 1st week wins in the group to put them in prime position to challenge for 1st place in the group. Winning the group will qualify them for the Regional Cup Final set for March 5th.

Right from the kick off, Limeño U20 took charge with the majority of possession which game them more opportunity to threaten in the attack. This early control allowed them the first breakthrough in the match when The Strongest lost possession that contributed to a clean counter attack from Limeño U20. This attack found Christian Suazo running past The Strongest back line defenders where he slotted home for an early 1-0 lead in the first half.

A 2nd goal from Suazo followed close to the half time break on an eerily similar break only this time, Suazo latched on to a long clearance from his goalkeeper and then proceeded to beat 2 Strongest defenders and the keeper after gaining control of the long ball directed toward goal.

Limeño U20 went into the break leading 2-0 and would extend that lead 69 minutes into the 2nd half. A penalty call by referee Ethan Bruns led to Oscar Avila confidently converting to give the Division 1 side a shock 3-0 lead.  The Strongest, up to this point, had yet to show any conviction to start to chip away at that lead but just 3 minutes later The Strongest would do just that.

Another penalty call, this time for the benefit of The Strongest gave the opportunity for a turnaround from the spot. Krishna Clarke stepped up and fired an unstoppable shot into the top right of the goal to grab a goal back for The Strongest.

Though this brought the score to 3-1, Limeno did not look to relinquish control of the match and on 83 minutes it got worse for The Strongest. A long freekick arched it’s way into the box where an unmarked Oscar Avila was allowed room and space from The Strongest defenders who in this case had a wooden quality about them. Avila simply fired a low shot under the keeper for his 2nd on the day and a commanding 4-1 lead for Limeño U20 with virtually no time left for The Strongest.

Despite the lateness of the match, Krishna Clarke got his 2nd of the match when he converted a consolation penalty to cut the lead to 4-2 on 86 minutes. But the scoring was not done yet.

Limeño U20 cemented their dominance with a 5th goal just a minute after the penalty from Clarke almost directly from the restart. A long past forward found a U20 winger on the right side of the box who one timed a low cross to a waiting Oscar Avila who tapped in his hattrick while all alone in the 6 yard box with The Strongest defenders all looking at each other in a bit of shock.

An end to an unusual match and one of the biggest upsets of the day with Limeño U20 now taking an important lead in Group B with only one more game in the group stage. The Strongest still have an opportunity but will need help from Potros FC next week and win their own game again Pre-College DA in order to have any chance at winning the group.

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