The Silverbacks welcomed up-and-coming club Lowcountry United to Atlanta Saturday afternoon. The patchwork side for the ‘Backs was lacking the usual star power of Mitch Garcia, D.Z. Harmon, Keka, and others, but veteran forwards Joao Johanning Mora and Alex Nyarko Harlley looked to lead the way to a victory.
A comfortable afternoon began with a back and forth affair. Both teams had a few offensive chances in the first 20 minutes, but yielded no scores. It was the visitors from Charleston that drew first blood when forward Azami Eddine had a shot on goal saved by Atlanta GK Juan Carlo Montoya. The rebound came right back to Savage’s feet and he buried the chance to take a 1-0 lead.
Atlanta continued to prod, but failed to connect on any chances in the first half. In the 38th minute, Lowcountry struck again with a highlight reel score. Midfielder Austin Savage lobbed a half-field bomb over and behind the GK Montoya, who was playing outside the 18-yard box. That gave Lowcountry United a 2-0 advantage at the break.
Atlanta’s patchwork attack brought more pressure in the second half, with Joao Johanning Mora having a few chances to finish in front of the net. However, it was Lowcountry who would capitalize next. Savage gathered a loose ball off a corner kick and buried a goal beyond the grasp of Montoya. The visitors claimed a 3-0 lead in the 46th minute.
More consistent pressure from the ‘Backs finally yielded results. The quick feet and decision-making of Joao Johanning Mora helps him navigate Lowcountry defenders. The cross came into the box from winger Ferrety Sousa. Joao’s 69th minute shot dribbled by Lowcountry GK Brendan Callahan and into the back of the net. The goal seemed to give Atlanta’s offense a jolt, as they threatened to rally from the large deficit. But the Lowcountry defense tightened down the stretch to secure the 3-1 road victory.
“I liked the team effort. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the win,” said winger Ferrety Sousa after the home loss. “Every time I come on, I try to make a difference, a spark, and try to change the game.”
“I think we started playing better in the second half. We recovered from mistakes, giving up two goals, communication,” said Joao Johanning Mora. “Some of the younger guys came up to help today. I thought they played well. We’ll see what happens next year.”
The Silverbacks conclude their scheduled 2017 season with the 3-1 loss to Lowcountry United. Stay tuned to Silverbacks social media and here at atlantasilverbacksfc.com for off-season activities and possible future friendlies.