Regional Cup: Augusta United FC vs LGSA U17

This match would be the 3rd match on the day in the Georgia Regional Cup and only the 2nd match of the Cup for Augusta United FC due to a 1st group week postponement between them and Limeño Georgia. Augusta’s opponent on the day would be the young LGSA U17 team who are new to the UPSL and will be playing the spring season in Georgia Division 1.

United would be heavily favored against the inexperienced U17 team but that is the magic of a Cup competition. You can have relative minnows matching up with a chance to slay a giant which Limeño U20 have already accomplished earlier in the day by being a division 1 team to win Group B with 2 Premier division teams in it.

LGSA U17 were in no position to win the Group A, but could have a say in who does with any type of result against Augusta today. Augusta on the other hand have a chance to go clear to the summit of Group A with a victory with Limeño Georgia already drawing on the day against FC Matata. Limeño Georgia being their next opponent in the Cup for the last group weekend match.

As expected, the well disciplined and coached United took command of the game from kick off. Controlling possession and closing down the U17s and not allowing them to breath on the ball. This early dominance was rewarded with a beautifully executed goal from a long ball over the top and a one touch volley by Samuel Danner to put United in front after only 12 minutes.

The lead was doubled in the 28th minute from Jason Redmond Jr when a good run up the left wing by Nicholas Cenek resulted in a low cross from which Redmond was able to tap in from inside the 6 yard box for the 2-0 advantage for United.

Only moments later and it was 3-0. Possession from the left side outside the box produced a cross toward goal from which the U17 goalkeeper reached but could only parry into the path of a waiting Ethan Smith and LGSA U17 found themselves with an mountain to climb having not produced any attacking threats up to this point.

It would get worst for the U17s just before the break when penalty call allowed Nicholas Cenek to coolly step up to convert and it was 4-0 going into the break.

After the break, a 2nd penalty was converted by Niall Monahan and at 5-0, the U17s would really be looking for a consolation goal before the end of the match as their new goal. But it was United that held all the cards and on 60 minutes, they had a 6th. Redmond again found the back of the net from a spectacular header from a in-swinging free kick. Some argued that this should have been one of the “Goals Of The Week” when Redmond jumped higher than anyone else to head in and gave no chance to the U17 keeper.

Augusta capped off the route 2 minutes later when LGSA U17 lost all defensive discipline while trying to pass out of their own defensive third only to pass the ball almost to a shocked and waiting Oliver Mercado who made no mistake when his one touch slotted home for an Augusta 7th. This cemented victory and sprang Augusta United to the Group A summit with one game to play in the group stage.

It was a heavy defeat for LGSA U17 but a learning one as well. One of the reasons for the U17s being in this Cup competition was to play top opponents and prepare for the Spring season. It will speed the development of these young players as they look for a pathway to higher levels of play in their young careers.

Augusta United FC are also in the process of preparing for the season but also have a real chance at Cup glory being perfect so far in the Cup. Now only a single group game remains for them against Group A rivals, Limeño Georgia, with the match now being virtually a playoff game with the potential winner earning their place in the Cup Final on March 5th, at 3:00pm at South Gwinnett Park.

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