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UPSL Match by Match Review of 2019

2019 Season Review
Published Nov 2, 2019

Match Week 1: FC Stone Mountain 1 - 2 Forest Rovers FC

Opening day festivities had FC Stone Mountain as one of 3 opening day matches. It was a spirited performance but The Granites fell to a strong Rovers team to open the season with a loss at South Gwinnett Park.

 

Match Week 2: FC Stone Mountain 2 - 4 Kalonji Pro

The last match of match day 2 started out much like the matches from opening day with an even “chess-like” high quality match up between Kalonji Pro and FC Stone Mountain. This was truly a game of 2 halves as FC Stone Mountain had the majority of possession early on but Kalonji Pro were getting quality attacks forward and looked more threatening.

It was the 2nd half when it all fell apart for FC Stone Mountain with mistakes in possession in their own half contributing to goals that they could not recover.

Stone Mountain were a team that struggled with form the previous season but have always been a very disciplined team. The foundation is there, but they need to play both halves of matches with quality and so far in 2 match weeks, they have started strong and finished poorly.  

 

Match Week 3: FC Stone Mountain 2 - 4 Kalonji SA

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 Kalonji SA team. But it was Kalonji SA 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.

 

Match Week 4: 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. 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.

 

Match Week 5: FC Stone Mountain 1 - 3 FC Yardaz

Though the Granites of FC Stone Mountain had improved over the previous few matches, 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. 

 

Match Week 6: FC Stone Mountain 2 - 6 Club ATLetic

A 2nd minute penalty to FC Stone Mountain gave the Granites the perfect start they could have wanted as their inexperienced but talented squad had a vital early lead. But CLub ATLetic soon were back level when a few minutes later, forward Eddie Robinson found himself unmarked and alone in the penalty area where he placed his shot for the equalizer.

From that point, Club controlled the majority of the half as they dominated possession with the Granites not finding their true rhythm though managing moments of positive movement forward as they worked against a tough Club back-line.

The Granites did fight their way back into the match with a penalty conversion by Bahquajhu Mahnassi and a goal from Hadji Miruho in the 2nd half to get to 3-2, but from there, Club took full control with goals from Jeisson Palencia, a brace from Wilfred Tchoupa, and additional goals from Kevin Garcia and Brayan Palencia.

 

Match Week 7: Atlanta Generals FC 4 - 2 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.

 

Match Week 8: FC Stone Mountain 0 - 7 Honduras Five Stars

The hottest team in the league, Honduras 5 Estrellas vaulted themselves into 1st place with a resounding 7-0 victory in match week 8 over FC Stone Mountain, helped by the fact that former league leaders, Forest Rovers loss with co-contenders FC Yardaz also losing and Club ATLetic dropping points in their efforts to challenge Honduras for honors.

The Granites of Stone Mountain have the foundation to become a great club but they are not there yet. Some of their naivety of play showed against a seasoned team like 5 Estrellas and mistakes were pounced on for some soft goals. For the Granites, the remaining game they have will be preparation for the Fall season as off-season prep will be critical for them.

 

Match Week 9: Seas Jamaica United FC 7 - 2 FC Stone Mountain

Two teams already out of the playoff and league title race were playing for pride and preparation for the next season in the final match week of the season. Though there is no relegation to worry about at this time in the division, there was still the need to put in a good performance to set up for off season training and the subsequent competition to come.

FC Stone Mountain has a youthful enthusiasm that will need corralling and grooming in order to become a competitive force in the league and the Granites manager, Owen Clarke will be eager to get that training started immediately in preparation for the next season to come. The Granites fell to Seas Jamaica by the score of 7-2 in a game where Seas showed what they can do if they are working on all cylinders which has not been consistent enough for much of the season.