CONCAFA Champions League | Final
Wednesday May 24 2017 |Mardis, Marida
ADELPHIA ARSENAL 2 [Thomas (pen) 4, Martinez 31]
UANL TIGRES 1 [ Álvarez 6]
Adelphia Arsenal got revenge for last season’s cup final defeat to Juvenese, with a frantic opening to this year’s final. Left Back Ryan Givens broke free down the left and was tripped inside the box by Hugo Ayala, resulting in a penalty kick. Henry Thomas stepped up and broke the deadlock in the fourth minute. Just two minutes later, perhaps mirroring last Sunday’s switch-off against Elverpool, Adelphia dropped their intensity for a moment and Tigres capitalised. A good move involving Pizarro and Gignac set up Damián Álvarez for the equaliser, a low crafted shot past a helpless Alberto in goal.
Both teams traded chances in a very open first half; Gignac and Pizarro going close for Tigres, Thomas, Mowabé and Bartowski going close for Adelphia. The Arsenal converted a chance out of seemingly nothing after two successive over-hit crosses had opened up the Tigres penalty area. Luis Cesar popped the ball back in and Diego Martinez, playing his very last game for Adelphia, reacted first and slotted the ball past Guzmán.
Tigres pressed heavily for the equaliser in the second half, but found Adelphia’s two lines of four impossible to fully break down. Thomas and substitute Jordan Wilcox missed chances to put the tie beyond any doubt with counter-attacks. Adelphia’s Captain Jerome Mowabé kissed the turf in joy at the final whistle- Adelphia, for the second time in their 21 year history, were CONCAFA Club Champions!
Adelphia (4-2-2-2): Alberto, Givens, Robinson, Ayandele, Cooper, Mowabé (c), Bartowski (sub James 73), Luis, Cesar (sub Wilcox 45). Gbaja-Muamba, Thomas, Martinez (sub Velasquez 88).
Tigres (4-4-2): Guzmán, Sergio (sub Advíncula 49), Ayala, Juninho (c), Torres Nilo, Dueñas (sub Damm 80), Pizarro, Álvarez, Sosa (sub Vargas 64), Gignac