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Atlanta Elephants FC 3-1 Seas Jamaica All Stars

Staff Writer
Marvin Walters

Atlanta Elephant FC eased to a 3-1 victory over Seas Jamaica All Stars on Sunday to keep alive their hopes of challenging for the division title in their first season in the UPSL.

The home team raced into a comfortable lead inside 25 minutes thanks to a first half strike by Moustapha Dante. Seas Jamaica equalized in the 65th minute courtesy of debutante and former Lacovia High School Dacosta Cup Super star Rajay Wright. The lead was extended in the second half with a wonder strike from captain Alpha Balde in the 71st minute, before substitute Franck Dibi put the game out of reach with an equally as good strike in the 74th minute.

Seas Jamaica 2 points off the bottom of the table was desperate for three points in last Sunday’s game but found goals hard to come by after losing their lethal striker and Golden Boot winner, Akinni James. The loss of some key defenders from last season had them finding it equally as difficult to shut out teams with a porous back four. On the other hand, Elephants FC making a serious surge to the top after losing only once from four games and now sits comfortable in second despite playing a game more than leaders LSA Limeño.

Seas Jamaica started the game nicely and was out of the blocks the quicker and should have taken the lead after a few early chances. Elephants FC took some time to get into gear, but when they did, they were amazing moving the ball in a tic-a-tac fashion across the lush green park of South Gwinnett Stadium.

Seas Jamaica got off the hook in the 16th minute after nice build up play found Mohamed Diallo who finished methodically but to his dismay the assistant referee flagged him for half side. Seas did not make use of their early exchanges and were now dithering. A minute later Elephants were again knocking loudly at the door of Seas. Former St. George’s College stand out goalkeeper Hakeem Francis brought off an acrobatic save to deny  Elephants and Diallo the opening goal.

Still 0-0 at this point and Atlanta Elephants with the better of chances but Seas Jamaica were not playing poorly by any stretch of imagination. As it was written “knock and it shall open unto thee.” That was the case in the 25th minute when Balde capitalized on a poor back pass from the shaky Seas Jamaica defense to slip through Dante for the opener. The jubilant Elephants’ spectators were happy to see a goal after a decent exchange from both teams. Elephants could have extended their lead, but poor shooting continued to haunt them. Seas Jamaica were a bit unfortunate not to have at least equalized as the half ended 1-0 to Elephants.

Atlanta Elephants had been brilliant throughout the first half but they let the visitors back into the match 20 minutes after the break. Seas’ Rayjay Wright found the net after collecting an incandescent pass from his strike partner Cameron Grassmyer to finish from a tight angle.

With current champions Atletico Atlanta dropping points in a Friday evening blockbuster against Club ATLetic in a 1-1 tie, it was important Elephants kept pace at the top of the table. With that in the back of their minds, Elephants pressed for the go-ahead goal and got their just reward in the 71st minute. Balde created a first-time superlative strike from 40 yards, the recipient of yet another poor clearance from Seas Jamaica Left Back Ryan Pugh.

Substitute Dibi showed the coach how much of an impact he can be whenever giving the chance. The spectators were still in awe over Balde’s goal but Dibi must be saying ‘anything you can do I can do it better’. In minute 74 he pulled the trigger from 35 yards and let fly a blinder that left goaltender Francis clutching at thin air to make it 3-1. Seas Coach David Largie was furious on the touch line and would have laced up his boots and roll back the years if he could in a bid to help his struggling team.

Both teams made some changes for the duration of the game though Seas where a little thin on substitution due to the absence of vital players. Elephants’ goalkeeper, Dante will hope to continue his impressive form in front of goal when they take on Club ATLetic in their next league game on April 17. Dante remains a key member of the Elephants and a promising young player for the future.

Atlanta Elephants FC Coach, Zana “Ahmed” Soro

“It is important because we started the game badly. I was pleased to see the team not nervous when they did not score earlier against Seas in the first half. We tried to continue believing in what we do. In the second half we improved, with better movement, and played the ball into space and into feet and players marked man-to-man. It would be more pleasing if we kept a clean sheet.”

 

Seas Jamaica All Stars Coach, David Largie

“I don’t know how we lost the game, let alone 3-1. You have got to put away your chances. The crowd were just about to turn and then we make it easy for them with two goals in 4 minutes and they do not have to worry about a system or anything. I was more pleased than I was against FC Matata. We are hanging in there. I cannot fault them for effort. We have not got enough in the squad; we need two or three extras. It’s a long season and we need to help some of the lads that need a breather now and then.”

Forest Rovers FC Hold Seas Jamaica United to a 1-1 Draw

Seas Jamaica FC were held to a 1-1 draw by an experienced Forest Rovers FC side looking for their first point of the season. With this result, Seas is already losing ground in the UPSL summit race to leaders Atletico Atlanta. But there is still a lot of soccer to play in the season.

A well-timed finish from Andrew Tanner gave the visitors the lead in the 27th minute but Seas Jamaica FC found a way back into the game when Adeola Oke leveled with a toe poke from a tight spot early in the second half. Both sides had chances to take all three points, with Seas Jamaica forward Cameron Grassmyer broke free one and one with the keeper on two occasions, while Forest Rovers striker Erasmus Freeman was thwarted by side netting. Forest Rovers substitute Mahmoud Tassiak had a last-gasp chance to win the game when he made a darting run in the box and fell to ground after a firm challenge by Seas Jamaica’s defender Kofe Yanke but his penalty appeal was waved off by the referee.

Substitute Calos Sevellion came on in the second half and immediately made his presence felt by setting up Freeman but he failed to wrap his foot around the ball to get a clean strike. Forest Rovers were heavily pressured late in the second and must thank the Alvarado in goal to walk away with a point. Forest Rover head coach Donald Schmidt said, “The boys were excited to play against Seas Jamaica they are a very strong team, however, we stuck to our game plan to offset them in the first half because we know how tough they are in the second half, luckily we got that all important goal, and we are happy with a point”.

Tyrese Powell picked out George Rodriguez with pinpoint accuracy whose towering header brought out an impeccable save by Eduado in goal who palmed it away for a corner. The resulting corner kick this time found an unmarked Rodriguez who headed wide of the gaping goal. Try as hard as they did, neither team could break the deadlock.

This seemed a game of two halves and Seas Jamaica clearly had a better second half and arguably could have pulled out the win comfortably but for some poor finishing. However, Forest Rovers net minder player\manager, Eddie Alvarado, had other plans with some acrobatic saves to keep his side in the game. “We started well but our opponents had studied us well, they put everyone behind the ball and tried to hit us on the break and it’s not a huge surprise we couldn’t win, this is usually a fixture we have handled well hence why we are a little disappointed, but we will fix it “ said Seas Jamaica head coach David Largie.

The draw now sees both team without a win since the start of the season with Seas Jamaica FC in 7th and Forest Rovers in 8th place. Although early doors, Seas Jamaica, last year’s beaten finalist, now finding life difficult without the services of last year’s golden boot winner Akinni James who now plies his trade with Atletico Atlanta. Grassmyer was brought in to fill his shoes but “those shoes are difficult to fill” bemoaned Seas head coach David Largie.

Both teams will be in action this weekend, Forest Rovers FC plays at home to Club Atletic who are yet to play a game this season while Seas Jamaica plays at home to second place LSA Limeño.

GURU@pithside

 

 

FC Matata 3 – 3 Potros FC

[UPSL GEORGIA FEATURE MATCH OF THE WEEK]

by Kurtis Krzyzanowski

The featured match of the week in the UPSL Georgia Division saw FC Matata take on Potros FC at Silverbacks Stadium, in Doraville Georgia. FC Matata went with a 4-3-3 formation, with plenty of attacking choices, whilst Potros choose a 5-3-2 formation giving them more defensive options. Potros are looking for their first points of the season as a new team in the division, but it won’t be easy against a Matata side with so much attacking emphasis.

Potros started off strongly getting their 5 defenders behind the ball to soak up early Matata pressure. Matata were on the front foot in the early going but unable to crack the solid defensive posture of the Potros back-line.

GOAL: However, Matata did open the scoring 6 minutes into the first half. Potros keeper Christopher Uranga tries to clear the ball but only landing it at the feet of Lionel Touroude who races past 3 defenders and slots it past the keeper. An ideal start for FC Matata with Potros needing to find some inspiration to get back into the game.

Potros restarted the game looking a little bit more lively. Creating chances and getting more players to attack the ball. Looks to be the response they were aiming for early on, but the question would be whether or not they can turn these chances into goals.

Evenly played and hard fought. FC Matata & Potros FC worked hard for this match.

GOAL: The breakthrough would come to Potros shortly later. Potros win a corner which swings in meeting the head of captain, Benjamin Uranga. Uranga, was given space for a free header plowing the ball into the net giving Potros the equalizer they’ve been trying so hard to get.

Both sides started to look strong as the game got back underway. Matata strike the ball well forcing the keeper to make a save landing the ball at the feet of the Matata forward who misses from just a few feet out. Shortly after that, Matata receives a free kick on the edge of the box which Lionel Touroude steps up to take but lofts the ball just over the crossbar.

GOAL: Half an hour played and Matata go 2-1 ahead. The ball gets lifted into the box, the goalkeeper comes off his line to catch the ball but misses entirely and a scramble in the 6 yard box leads to a goal from Matata’s Touroude for his 2nd of the match, despite handball shouts from Potros defenders. It’s difficult to make heads or tails of what happened, but it appears the Potros defender cleared the ball into his own net but Touroude was given credit for the Matata goal.

The half time whistle sounds as Matata go in 2-1 ahead from a brilliantly worked goal from Touroude and a defensive blunder. Both sides look to be evenly matched and Potros have had their fair share of chances to keep things close.

GOAL: Matata get the second half underway but it’s Potros who score instantaneously. Brilliantly worked play to make the goal. The ball comes in through a low cross and lands at the feet of an unmarked Amadou Kora who taps the ball into the back of the net equalizing for Potros, but it’s the build up which makes the goal such a sight to see.

Scary moment 52 minutes in as Matata goalkeeper Douglas Corvera clashes with his defender and takes to be what looks like a kick to his midriff leaving both players the floor after mis-communication in an attempt to clear the ball. Corvera gets up and looks to be okay, but his team-mate still lay on the pitch before getting up and continuing with the game.

FC Matata MOTM
FC Matata’s Man-of-the-Match was Lionel Touroude

Potros earn a free kick just under the hour mark but fail to make it past the wall, only seconds before Potros try to go ahead through a well placed header but Corvera makes a wonderful save to deny Potros a third. Matata looking in trouble here as the second half is dominated by Potros FC.

15 minutes from time, both sides look to be slowing down. Potros still pushing forward but are struggling to create dangerous chances but it’s Matata who come close to scoring next. A throw in finds its way to a Matata forward at an awkward position where he strikes the ball towards the far post, just going wide and out for a goal kick.

PENALTY: Moments later, Matata are fouled in the box which leads to the referee pointing to the penalty spot. Far from a difficult decision for the referee as Potros captain Benjamin Uranga wipes out the Matata player as he ran into the area with the ball.

Captain Touroude picks the ball up but hands it to Ade Adeniji Faud to attempt the conversion. Because of Touroude’s recent comeback from injury, he may have made the decision to give the opportunity to Ade to attempt the conversion even though Touroude was on a hattrick. Ade strikes the ball confidently to his bottom left sending the keeper the wrong way.

Potros FC MOTM
Potros FC’s Man-of-the-Match was Benjamin Uranga

Potros wins a late corner that leads to a foul and a free kick to Matata. Potros didn’t look short of ideas, but did look short of execution. Matata putting lots of pressure to try and see the game out and take all 3 points just moments from the 90th minute.

GOAL: However, there is late drama at the end of the second half. Potros receive a free kick deep in the Matata half which leads to a short ball and a strike which should land into the keepers hands, but the goalkeeper who made a great save earlier in the second half drops the ball to the feet of Potros captain, Benjamin Uranga who taps the ball into the back of the net for a late equalizer. Uranga more than making up for his mistake which lead to the Matata penalty. You have to feel for the goalkeeper here as it looked to be a comfortable save, but turned out anything but.

Potros not looking complacent with a draw as they continue to apply pressure, play the ball into the box and get behind the ball in an attempt to steal all 3 points. Potros get their chance late in injury time with a late free kick in a dangerous position just outside the penalty area. Matata fighting for their lives here with what surely must be the last kick of the game. Good effort with the free kick but just sails inches over the crossbar for a Matata goal kick.

Matata with a late chance as they find themselves in a 1 on 1 position but the referee pulls back play for offside. The final whistle would blow seconds later.

Full Time here at Silverbacks Stadium. Matata 3-3 Potros. (see full match on Mycujoo below)

New Clubs, New Season – Georgia Division 1, 2020 Fall Season

The long awaited announcement has finally come down from the league and the UPSL Georgia Division 1 has been cleared to safely return to competition for the 2020 Fall season.

No one could have foretold the unprecedented situation facing not only football but world events but here we are again! Back and ready to go with some alterations and safety procedures inserted into our normal routines which are dictated by the events of the year.

Below is  a preview of the season and teams to get you ready. Enjoy and get ready for action!!!

Match Week 1, Spring 2020 Results

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.

Click Here Read More about this match on Stone Mountain’s Webpage

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.

2019 President’s Cup – UPSL, Atlanta Caribbean Division

Both teams played hard for Cup glory! (CLICK TO ENLARGE);

The finale to the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL), Atlanta Caribbean Division’s season is the President’s Cup Final in honor of league president, Wesley Graham. The competition itself involves the top 4 finishers in the league table that play semi-final games that determine the finalists for this Cup Final weekend.

The previous week’s semifinal results had CLub ATLetic break open a very tight first half with Atlanta Generals to go away 4-0 victors by full time. FC Yardaz was forced to go into extra time before edging out the 2019 league Champion’s Kalonji Pro-Profile FC by the final score of 4-3 in a thrilling semifinal match. This set up the Final between 2 teams who only 2 weeks earlier missed out on a league title by fractions so both of these clubs would be hungry for silverware on the day.

Evenly matched, both teams played entertaining football (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

The weather for the start of the match was sweltering with temperatures nearing 90 degrees (F) and even hotter on the synthetic turf, but this did not deter the players from both sides. The action early on was fast and even as both sides looked to establish themselves in possession and it was Yardaz first to take that advantage.

In the 4th minute, Yardaz maneuvered forward to the left side near the final third of the pitch in attack where a square ball was sent to Kishane Perry central in attack. Perry turned on his marker and quickly launched a 25 yard looping shot over the outstretched arms of Bradley Bugg in the Club ATLetic goal where the ball ended up in the back of the net. It was an early 1-0 advantage to Yardaz even before either team had settled.

Club had their own chances in attack but the Yardaz back-line did just enough to keep them out and skillful Yardaz possession in the midfield kept danger man Ehjayson Henry from getting quality possession up front. But Club had strength in defense as well and aside from that early goal, were able to quell much of the Yardaz attack for the bulk of the 1st half.

Midfield play was just as exciting as action in front of goal.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Club immediately looked for a way to get back level and Yardaz looking to stretch the lead but it would be Club to find their success. In the 21st minute, a Javier Pace throw-in found the head of Club defender, Jack Fenley who flicked on to a leaping Eddie Robinson IV who coolly headed home the equalizer.

The match leveled out after that with both teams trading strategic blows but both defenses were holding firm and the score stayed all even at 1-1. Just as it looked like a certain for extra time, a foul in the Yardaz box after a strong run from Ehjayson Henry had the referee pointing to the spot for a penalty against Yardaz and Club has their break late in the match in the 80th minute.

Returning from a season in Spain, Ehjayson Henry provided vital play that contributed to victory (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Club ATLetic forward, Wilfred Tchoupa stepped up and coolly and calmly slotted in low and to the right just beyond the reach of the Yardaz keeper to give Club ATLetic the lead for the first time in the match very late at 2-1.

From there, Yardaz put on the pressure to try to force extra-time as the minutes ticked away but Club were up to the challenge and continued to have moments that threatened to lengthen the lead but there would be no further scoring and the game ended with Club ATLetic taking the 2019 President’s Cup by the score of 2-1.

Matchweek 7 – Atlanta Caribbean Pro Premier Division – UPSL

Seas Jamaica continue to bleed goals as they slip down the league table.

10:00am Match
VaHi ATLetic FC vs Seas Jamaica FC
After a bright start to the season when Seas Jamaica were at the top of the table 3 games in, they have since suffered a shocking period of form that has seen them sink in the league table after only gaining 1 point from 3 games since.

On Sunday during a driving rain storm, Seas were held by the league’s bottom club VaHi ATLetic FC in a 3-3 draw which exposed another issue for Seas in their inability to keep goals out. Currently holding the worst goals average allowing a colossal 27 goals in just 7 matches which is the highest in the division. With only 2 matches to go in the regular season for them, Seas will have to solve their defensive woes if they have any hopes of making one of the coveted 2 spots at the top of the table come the end of the season.

FC Yardaz won in dramatic late fashion against Club ATLetic

12:00pm Match (Feature Match Live Streamed)
Club ATLetic vs FC Yardaz
Our featured match of the day did not disappoint pitting 2 of the most in-form teams in the division against each other. Coming into this match, Club ATLetic had yet to lose a game while FC Yardaz were on a 2 game winning streak and without a lost in the last 3 games. Both of these teams are in great position to battle for the league title and one of the 2 playoff spots to determine the regional representative.

Club ATLetic were able to get the advantage in the 1st half climbing to a 2-1 lead after Yardaz had the early running in the the half when they scored first. Club had long periods of dominate possession, but there was methodical vibe running through Yardaz and there was a  sense that they were not far behind getting into the match and that would prove to be the case.

Yardaz experience showed as they first fought back to equalize in the 2nd half then dramatically take all 3 points literally in the 90th minute with a late strike which sealed the victory. For fans of the Caribbean league, this is the Yardaz most are use to seeing. A team that is never out of a match even when going down early. With this result, the race at the top of the table is even tighter than before.

Rovers maintain poll position despite losing to an in-form Honduras 5 Stars

2:00pm Match
Forest Rovers FC vs Honduras 5 Estrellas
League leaders Forest Rovers FC had a tough task coming into this match as they faced one of the most prolific teams in the league who before Sunday had scored the most goals of all teams in the division. Rovers has been very professional in their trek to the top of the table, but 5 Estrellas has been storming up the table by banging in goals for fun. Today, Honduras would continue that trend.

Rovers, suffering from an injury crisis faced Honduras with a somewhat depleted squad and Honduras were there to take full advantage, as they so often do, by jumping to an early 2-0 lead. But memories of the previous week when they did the same only to draw with Atlanta Generals by the score of 2-2, the question was, could that happen again with the quality Rover’s possesses.

But Rovers didn’t seem to have it in the tank as a 2 goal lead then went to 4 before Rovers could pull back a goal late in the 2nd half by their leading goal scorer, Martin Lugo. But Honduras would seal the match at the death with a 5th that meant that Honduras shot to 2nd place in the league table. All in all, Honduras got 2 goals from Kevin López, 2 goals from Brayan Rodríguez and 1 from Ángel Bonilla to finish out the match. But Rover’s 1st place position was such that even with this loss, they remain in 1st with an interesting match against Atlanta Generals in the coming week.

Generals continues their improvement with victory to rivals FC Stone Mountain.

4:00pm Match
Atlanta Generals FC vs FC Stone Mountain
These 2 teams have a history between them and is such that the game amounted to a derby match and the action on the pitch reflected a derby atmosphere. FC Stone Mountain are a talented but inexperience squad that is taking some time to find their feet in the season.

After the Granites jumped to a 2 goal lead early in the 1st half from a Generals own-goal and a silky goal from Hadji Miruho, Generals pegged them back and went past them in the 2nd half with 4 goals during a period of dominance for which the Granites found no answer. A hat trick from Lionel Touroude and a goal from Mohamed Lamin Gerewou were enough to get the victory in this hotly contested match.

The KSA derby proved to be a hot spirited and entertaining match.

6:00pm Match
KSA Pro vs KSA Pro Profile
Though, both of these clubs are founded from the same Academy, this truly did play out as a fierce derby where both clubs had a sincere dislike for one another. Perhaps bragging rights in the area was at stake but tasty challenges and colorful cards presented by the referee were on display as these 2 teams went at it.

It was a back and forth match and evenly played throughout and it looked that it might end in a 2-2 draw, but a late Pro-Profile goal was enough for them to take all the spoils on the day as they finished as 3-2 victors over KSA Pro U19 in a high paced and thrilling match that possessed all the drama you would expect from a top derby match.

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Matchweek 5 – The Atlanta Caribbean Pro Premier Division – UPSL

Another stellar weekend of action this week and every single match was a stunner. What we are learning over the past few weeks is that the race for the title is absolutely wide open. Just when you think you have a favorite for the title, a surprise result changes the entire picture. This was in play again this week with the results we will review below.

 

Atlanta Generals FC suddenly are relevant with a good win against KSA Pro-Profile.

10:00am Game:
Atlanta Generals FC vs KSA Pro U19
Atlanta Generals FC have found their footing in the last 2 weeks. After a slow start to the season with no points from 2 games, there now has been the 1-1 draw with defending champions FC Yardaz and this week, their first league victory in a dominating display against KSA Pro-Profile by the score of 2-1.

But for more clinical finishing, the margin for victory could have been greater, but coach Lyndon Naipaul would have been satisfied with the result as his team now look to be clicking on all cylinders.

 

Club ATLetic FC have yet to lose in 3 matches in the league as they spring into contention with victory against KSA U19.

12:00pm Game:
Club ATLetic vs KSA Pro
Another solid performance from Club ATLetic as they put in a competent performance in their 3-1 victory over KSA Pro U19. A first half goal from Santy Mokgoatsana and a brace from goal machine Fuad Adeniyi were enough to distance them from a 2nd half KSA Pro U19 goal. Club now find themselves bubbling up the league table to 3rd position having games in hand over the teams above them.

 

Forest Rovers FC go top of the table with victory over VaHi ATLetic FC

2:00pm Game:
Forest Rovers FC vs VaHi ATLetic FC
One of the most memorable moments of this match was Rover’s Martin Lugo again with a long range goal for the 3rd time this season to cap anther victory that puts them in sole possession of 1st place in the league. Additional goals by Juan Carlos Castrejon and Ariel Almendarez were enough to cancel out the single goal from VaHi ATLetic in a match that lacked the electricity of the 1st two matches on the day, but did have the drama of a highly skilled game between two teams that wanted victory.

 

FC Yardaz finally getting maximum points as they returned to victory over the Granites!

4pm Game:
FC Stone Mountain vs FC Yardaz
Though the Granites of FC Stone Mountain have improved over the past few weeks, they could not stay with FC Yardaz as the defending champions secure their very first victory of the season in a very professional manner. More bad news for the Granites is seeing their 1st team goalkeeper limp off in the first half to a leg injury for the 2nd time this season and was a factor in the match.

While FC Stone Mountain stay mired near the base of the table, they are an improved squad but perhaps need some shoring up to compete at a higher level as the season goes on. FC Yardaz in contrast are now instantly in contention as they bounce up to 7th place with a pedigree to tell you they have the potential for a move forward in the table in the coming weeks.

A dominant performance from 5 Estrellas was too much for Seas Jamaica on the day.

6pm Game:
Seas Jamaica FC vs Honduras 5 Estrellas
Arguably the most amazing match of the day was between these 2 giants battling it out with Honduras 5 Estrellas throwing the knock out punch to the previous league leaders Seas Jamaica United FC by the tune of 8 goals to 3. Honduras always brings great fan support and today was no different as they were urged on by their fans and scored early and often in a game that Seas found no answer to the attacking prowess of 5 Estrellas.

5 Estrellas are now in 2nd place behind Forest Rovers FC with a game in hand. It’s a real dog fight throughout the league in the battle for the title and also the regional representative for the Caribbean Pro Premier Division.

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Matchweek 4 – Atlanta Caribbean Division – UPSL

After a couple of match weeks of runaway goal scoring and defensive frailties, we return to balanced and more dramatic football this week! The league championship race took some unexpected turns with the results on the day. Let’s take a look at a brief recap…

The torrential rain did not dampen the action on the field.

12:00pm Game:
Honduras 5 Stars 2-0 KSA Pro
The kickoff game of the day was in a downpour and between 2 teams we expect to be hot contenders for the league title this season and the action in this match did not disappoint. As usual, 5 Stars brought a large throng of supporters in the stands which added to the footballing atmosphere.

On the pitch, it was like watching two prize fighters battle it out as both sparred back and forth with effective attacks mixed with resilient defenses. These are 2 skillful teams but it was 5 Stars that got the better of KSA on the day scoring a penalty and later a close range goal to take all 3 points and a clean sheet to take the victory!

The current 2 best teams in the league played to a 2-2 tie

2:00pm Game:
Seas Jamaica FC 2-2 Forest Rovers FC
The 2nd match on the day found the clouds parting and the sun peeking through and set the scene for a hotly contested match between 2 teams looking to go top of the league with maximum points. In the previous week, Seas Jamaica United won an emphatic victory by 4-1 against Atlanta Generals while a injury hit Forest Rovers FC took a heavy defeat to KSA Pro Profile by the score of 6-1 for their first loss of the season to set up this weeks encounter.

This game was as even as they come with both teams displaying equal attacking prowess and a resolute defense. Rovers opened the scoring in the first half with Seas storming back with 2 goals to take the lead by the 2nd half. But Rovers would equalize late to cap off a thrilling match for the fans. All the drama you would want to see with 2 teams now lying in 1st and 2nd place in the league table.

The Granites seemed to have solved their early season woes

4:00pm Game:
VaHi ATLetic FC 0-3 FC Stone Mountain
Vahi ATLetic FC initiate their competitive campaign in the league with a 0-3 loss to a resurgent FC Stone Mountain. Vahi ATLEtic competed last season in the league but this is virtually a new team with a revamped roster and a fresh approach.

VaHi just finished a campaign in another competition so are prepared for the season, but the Granites are just reaching their potential as adjustments from early losses in the league paid off in this match with an emphatic win. VaHi did not help their cause with a badly taken penalty that could have brought them back in the game and giving up a soft early goal that set the tone for the match. Look for coach Felipe Lobelo to also make changes as VaHi get their challenge back on course in the coming weeks.

Both teams struggled early but provided an exciting end to the match.

6:00pm Game:
FC Yardaz 1-1 Atlanta Generals FC
A dour and dull first half was replaced by a more exciting 2nd half as defending champion’s FC Yardaz drew with Atlanta Generals in a match that failed to impress overall. FC Yardaz’s sputtering start to the season continued today failing to reach any sort of fluency and were weak in attack though still solid in defense.

Generals on the other have shown great improvement since their embarrassing opening day defeat to Club ATLetic by the score of 8-0. But to be honest to Generals, they were playing with what amounted to a youth side as many senior members were still not available for that match. Now at full strength, they match the defending champions and could have easily taken all 3 points had the ball bounced a different way at times. Both teams still have a lot to do to get their league challenge cranked up and revving.

Note: Both KSA Pro-Profile and Club ATLetic both were involved in the State Amateur Cup competition and will have their match rescheduled for later in the season.

Matchweek 3 – UPSL Atlanta Caribbean Division

Matchweek 3 came and coincided with our launch of live streaming with Mycujoo video platform and there were again games worthy of that partnership.

This match was one of the 5 most viewed Mycujoo matches of the week.

12pm Game:
FC Stone Mountain 2 – 4 KSA Pro
In our first match of the day, FC Stone Mountain was looking to bounce back from 2 defeats in their first 2 games when they matched up against a strong KSA Pro team. But it was KSA Pro that put the Granites on the back foot in the first half storming to a 4-0 lead by half time.

It could have gotten worse for Stone Mountain in the 2nd half, but adjustments were made by manager Owen Clarke and they looked a different team in the 2nd half. It was Stone Mountain now with energy grabbing 2 goals back and narrowly getting a 3rd late on and even saving a penalty, but it was not enough as KSA Pro held on for the victory vaulting them to 2nd in the league table on 6 points and on goal difference.

An even first half was blown open by KSA Pro-Profile in the 2nd

2pm Game:
KSA Pro-Profile 6 – 1 Forest Rovers
The 2nd match of the day saw KSA Pro-Profile match up against league leaders Forest Rovers FC in what was building to be the marquee match up of the weekend. The first half fulfilled that billing as they played to a 1-1 tie going into the break. This included a 43 yard equalizing goal from Rovers forward, Martin Lugo notching his 2nd long range effort in as many weeks.

The 2nd half was all Pro-Profile however as they turned up the heat and eventually running out 6-1 winners with 5 second half goals! To be fair, Rovers 2nd half efforts were hampered by injury to 3 of their players with one staying on to play at 50%. The race just got tighter at the top of the table!

Seas kept their attacking prowess and tightened up their defense to win.

4pm Game:
Seas Jamaica FC 4 – 1 Atlanta Generals
In our 3rd match of the day, possibly one of the more consistent performers, Seas Jamaica United FC were attempting to rebound from an embarrassing result the previous week where they gave up 8 goals to KSA Pro though scoring 4 of their own. Today’s opponents were the league’s bottom club, Atlanta Generals.

Generals are looking to forget their drubbing at the hands of Club ATLetic in a 8-nil mauling the previous week. Though the performance was better for Generals this week, they still fell short by the score of 4-2. Generals will need to steadily work to improve results going forward while Seas will need to build on this recent success to challenge at the top of the table.

The match of the day was action packed and end to end.

6pm Game:
Honduras 5 Stars, 4 – 4 Club ATLetic
The last match of the day but certainly not the least was the match-up between Honduras 5 Stars and Club ATLetic. Action went back and forth between these 2 teams as Honduras was first to be on top of the match shooting to a 3-1 lead in the first half only to have Club ATLetic claw their way back in the match and arguably were the better side in the 2nd half.

The final score would end all equal at 4-4 and would be a fair result for the efforts put in from both sides. Both will have tough tests next game with Club ATLetic playing defending league champions FC Yardaz and Honduras 5 Stars to play a Forest Rovers team that will be looking to come back from a disappointing result this week.