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CONCAFA CL: Adelphia tame the Tigres!

CONCAFA CL: Adelphia tame the Tigres!

CONCAFA Champions League | Final

ccl_2017256px-transxWednesday May 24 2017 |Mardis, Marida

adelphiaarsenal2k152  ADELPHIA ARSENAL 2  [Thomas (pen) 4, Martinez 31]
Escudo_de_Tigres_2016   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!

Line-ups:

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

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ALFA Claim ESL Championship in Dramatic Climax to Season

ALFA Claim ESL Championship in Dramatic Climax to Season

ESL Round up | Final Round (34)

Who would win the Championship, who would be relegated… all decided in the only round of matches to be played at the same time… the ESL Big Finish!

ALFA 1-0 LSG

ALFA, knowing they had to better Adelphia’s result and hope went into this game a little nervously. Zeca, playing in his last game, after ten seasons at the club tried to set the tempo- but there were nervous touches abound. Goalless at half-time, there was a sense of panic at the ALFA Arena. Just after the restart, though, Zeca threaded a pass through to Danny Marshall who beat LSG ‘keeper Zuniga at the near post. ALFA held onto their lead to the final whistle, where they all just waited for news from the NECOM.

ELVERPOOL 1-1 ADELPHIA ARSENAL

Another nervous affair, with Elverpool hosting Adelphia at the NECOM Stadium. Both teams went close in the first half, but both goalkeepers stood firm. When the lines were broken, Cooper cleared Johnson’s shot off the line. With the game still deadlocked and about fifteen minutes to go, the Captain stepped up. Jerome Mowabé played a one-two with Jordan Wilcox before letting rip a rasping shot into the top corner- Captain Fantastic had done it! Unfortunately for the visitors, they temporarily switched off and shortly afterwards they conceded  the goal that cost them the title. Following a stern challenge from Axel Heinz on Mowabé, the visitors expected the whistle to blow- but it didn’t. Klein slid the ball into Eriksen who easily beat Alberto.  they tried to mount one last assault on the Elverpool goal, but could not beat Button.

POTTSBURGH ATHLETIC 0-4 OAKLAND FOREST

Pottsburgh were left nervously awaiting the result of Carlton’s game after a terrible performance to close out the season. Oakland dominated possession and shots on goal, with Muller grabbing two goals, Escalalda and Boogarde rounded off the scoring.

OLYMPIANS 1-0 CARLTON

the defending champions ended their defence with a home win that relegated Carlton. The end of a very disappointing season, Olympians will be looking to rebuild. Martijn Bockel set up Nelinho for the only goal of the game. Will that be both players last games? We will have to wait and see if they join Hernandinho out the door.

ANGEL FC 0-0 HARTEFORD HAMMERS

Angel ended all hope of claiming the title by shooting blanks against a well-organised and patient Hammers team. They came close twice; van der Kamp hitting the bar from a free kick, Giovanni heading wide from a Suárez cross. Harteford remained resolute.

AMORGAN CELTIC 0-2 NEW JORG UNITED

New Jorg claimed third place, with a spirited outing against Amorgan. The hosts maybe had one eye on next weeks cup final. United scored either side of half time, with Michael Ameche scoring on his swansong, taking his tally up to 15. Jake Carter brilliantly set up Kevin Kelly for his tenth of the season, from a cut back.

Other results:

Hallas Hostpurs 2-2 San Andreas Spirit
Hillsborough 2-1 Victoria AC
Seafax Strikers 1-1 Melborg

So, ALFA won the 2016-17 ESL, with Adelphia, New Jorg and Angel claiming place in the (CONCAFA) Champions League next season. At the bottom, Victoria and Hillsborough were joined by Carlton in the relegation end of the table.

Final Table: 

ESL_16-17(Final)

Ending in style! Adelphia vs Elverpool

Ending in style! Adelphia vs Elverpool

And so the winter break cometh. Round 17 saw the 2016 finale of ESL action.

adelphiaarsenal2k152   ADELPHIA ARSENAL   2

(Martinez 41, 57)

everborg2017_v2256pxELVERPOOL    0

Adelphia Arsenal maintained their lead at the top of the ESL with a fine display against title-contenders Elverpool. Elverpool haven’t won in five games now and there needs to be a regrouping over the winter break. Diego Martinez opened the scoring, heading in from Bartowski’s corner kick. Twelve minutes after the restart, he doubled the lead with a superb one-two with Henry Thomas. Continue reading “Ending in style! Adelphia vs Elverpool”

CCL Group Stages: All four ESL teams in

CCL Group Stages: All four ESL teams in

CONCAFA | CONCAFA Champions League 2016-17

Following ALFA’s aggregate win over Florencia (3-2) in the Qualifying Round, all four ESL teams will take part in the group stages of the CONCAFA Champions League (CCL) in 2016-17.

Olympians, ALFA and Adelphia Arsenal had qualified automatically as the top three teams, ALFA had to take part in the qualifying round to cement their place in the tournament.

The draw for the group stages takes place tonight!