The second game of the day in the 2022 Spring Georgia Regional Cup would pit Premier Division’s Potros FC against Division 1 opposition, Limeño U20. Already with a Premier division team scalp taken after a shock victory over Club The Strongest ATL and a 1st group week victory over new boys Pre-College DA, Limeño U20 were in the driver’s seat needing only a draw to advance to the final.
Potros on the other hand were in a must-win situation sitting on 3 points after 2 games and needing to win today and hope that a goal difference advantage would give them the edge to get on to the Final pending other results.
When crunch time comes for teams in a Cup competition like this one, nerves can affect play. Hesitation and desire not to make mistakes can curb attacking instincts and for these clubs there might have been a bit of that as play started.
Early on, it was Limeño U20 with the bulk of possession though there was no early threat on the Potros goal. For Potros, they seemed to wait for their moment, soaking up the pressure and carefully looking for an opening to take possession and punch through to threaten the U20 side.
This cat and mouse continued through the 1st half and the game stayed level at 0-0 as the half-time whistle blew. The 2nd half would be similar but the urgency would become apparent, especially for Potros.
Potros got us kicked off for the 2nd half and immediately pushed forward in an attempt impose themselves on Limeño U20 and possibly grab an early 2nd half goal. But try as they might, they just could not put together a cohesive attack to take advantage of their new attacking surge in the half.
The U20s looked to be content to now soak up the pressure and hit Potros on the break knowing that a draw would be enough for them. This proved to be an effective tactic as the half drew on and Potros became more desperate to make the breakthrough.
Both teams came close to scoring at times in the half and the neutral would have thought that a single goal would be the decider in a toe to toe match like this.
Time was not on Potros side and the lack of a decisive attacking punch doomed them to share a point on the day as time ran out and the match ended scoreless confirming Limeño U20 as the group winner on 7 points. Limeño U20 now have confirmed their place in the Georgia Regional Cup Final to be played on March 5th at the same venue, South Gwinnett Park in Snellville Georgia, 3:00PM.
It was am impressive run for Limeño U20 getting results against 2 Premier Division teams and a decisive victory over another division 1 team. Now the chance to go on and possibly make history in the UPSL by challenging for the 1st ever Georgia Regional Cup trophy and doing so as a division 1 team. The term “Giant Killer” would be appropriate here if they were to pull off the upset.