Tag: Semi-pro

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

 

 

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.