Month: February 2017

CONCAFA CL: 1/4 Finals Draw

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The draw for the quarter-finals of the CONCAFA Champions League has been made:

RC Santos (Marida) vs Adelphia Arsenal

ALFA vs Pachuca (Mexico)

Olympians vs Angel FC

Pumas (Mexico) vs Tigres (Mexico)

The teams listed first will play the first leg at home. The final eight teams are represented by four Eborian teams, three Mexicans and one Maridian team. MLS teams and representatives from Aguador and Latania did not advance.

The draw means that both Mexico and Eboria are guaranteed one team  each in the semi-finals and one will have at least two (winner of ALFA and Pachuca).

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CONCAFA Last 16 2nd Leg shock!

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CCL 2016-17 | Last Sixteen 2nd Legs

We’ll start with the stunning news coming out of the capital city- ANGEL FC have beaten Juvenese in an absolute stunner, following a 5-2 win after 90 minutes- 6-5 on aggregate.

First, there was the performance by Carlos Suárez- a hat-trick and two assists- a stand-out man of the match performance and maybe performance of the tournament so far!
Angel led 2-0 at half-time (both Suárez strikes) before Mulder scored two with a Jackson goal in-between them. Suárez scored his third with ten minutes to go- the place went bananas! With the scores tied on aggregate at 5-5 going into the last five minutes, Angel still needed one more as Juvenese had two away goals to Angel’s one. Enter Suárez’s stunning work to get to the byline and cross for Tracy Jackson to get his second of the evening and send Angel FC in to dreamland. Juvenese were devastated. I’ve not seen a two-leg game go this way in many a year. Fantastic viewing!

In the other ties involving ESL sides:

Adelphia Arsenal held Nova Porto to a 1-1 draw to go through on away goals. A slow and resolute defence job- Adelphia did just enough to advance.

ALFA beat Rosano 1-0 with a late Danny Marshall strike, catching  the Latanians on the counter. ALFA won 3-0 on aggregate.

Olympians held Saprissa to a dull 0-0 draw, meaning Olympians went through 2-1 on aggregate.

GOTW: New Jorg vs Adelphia

ESL Round 23| Top of the table clash

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ADELPHIA ARSENAL 0-0 NEW JORG UNITED

The game between two of the top three sides in the ESL ended goalless today. Both teams had good chances to win the game, especially late in the second half. Both goalkeepers performed admirably. The shared point means more for Adelphia, as ALFA had already drawn on Saturday night 1-1. Adelphia Arsenal remain two points clear at the top of the table.  Henry Thomas and Eddie James went close in the late stages for the hosts, whilst the visitors managed late efforts from Kevin Kelly and Jake Carter, the latter requiring a goal-line clearance from Ayandele.

The possession was split, the cards (two each) and offsides were all the same. Nothing between these two giants today.

With eleven games to go there is still plenty to play for, so coaches Frank Lebeau and Chris Miller will have not given up anything at this stage. Elverpool are lurking in fourth place, with Aaron Johnson already having scored 17 league goals this season- they can’t be counted out of the race either. This title run-in should last the course.

Adelphia (4-1-3-2): Alberto, Cooper, Givens, Henrique, Ayandele, Mowabé (c), Bartowski (sub James), Mora, Gbaja-Muamba (sub Wilcox), Thomas, Martinez (sub Velasquez).

New Jorg (4-4-2): Lemmon, Kalenko, Solomon, Kranic, Dawkins, Korsten (c), Wall (sub Robson), Carter, Odonkwa, Ameche, Williams (sub Kelly).

 

CONCAFA CL Last 16 first legs

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CCL 2016-17 | Last Sixteen 1st Legs

There were positive results for three of the ESL teams in the CONCAFA Champions League.

Adelphia Arsenal were held to a 2-2 draw against Nova Porto- having scored what may be two important away goals.

ALFA got an even better result, 2-0 away to Rosano Centrale. This was an unexpected result, with two first-half goals from the now talismanic centre-forward Roman Baric sealing the first leg. Centrale will have their work cut out next week in the ALFA Arena.

Olympians beat Saprissa 2-1 in Costa Rica on Wednesday, again two away goals scored- thanks to Nelinho and Bockel.

Also on Wednesday, Angel FC lost 3-1 away to Juvenese. Although we still wonder why Juvenese chose to play the first leg at home, perhaps this was their vindication. The defending champions looked very comfortable for 70 minutes against the Landor side. However, a late consolation goal, by Giovanni, has at least given them some hope for the second leg. Can they mastermind a 2-0 win?