A fine afternoon for the Pelicans
EAST POINT, GA (February 28, 2010) — Screaming Pelicans moved into 4th in the table standings by hitting a depleted AMG Silverbacks for seven at Atlanta Christian College.
The Pelican side proved they can prosper without their duo of Hollaway and Wells on the outside as goals from Josh Abebe (two), Lawrence Monroe, Drew Millett, Luqman Abdur-Rahman, Jem McAbee and Mike Lamond set the seal on a fine afternoon for the Pelicans.
It moved them up to 4th ahead of Havoc with a +4 goal differential.
AMG managed two consolation goals but the Silverbacks side has now failed to win in their last ten league games.
Pelicans dominated from the start and Josh Abebe could have put them up in opening minutes. But the Ethiopian international failed to beat the goalkeeper with his early shot. The Ethiopian International, also known to his fellow Ethiopian fans as JopoSumbaHopo BopoBopo, put the Pelican side ahead in the seventh minute with his second strike.
The buildup was beautiful and paid off when BopoBopo placed the ball into the net with swift precision of a toe ball.
Lawrence Monroe went for a header inside the 6 when Ricky Well’s cross found him cutting across only to be fouled for the PK. Abebe added a second for Pelicans in the 17th minute with his clinical finish on the PK.
AMG’s first real attempt on goal arrived in the 23rd minute but AMG big man striker’s shot from the edge of the six area was saved by Cantonis leaving a rebound that left him scrambling to make a second save.
AMG had not won in the league since beating Wings Select in November and they were not in the same class as the Pelicans. Playing shorthanded did not help their cause either.
The gulf was underlined in the 28th minute when the Pelicans went 3-0 in front with another simple move.
In the 37th minute, McAbee got clear of the AMG defense yet again and finished his first goal of the season for the Pelican side. But it mattered little as Pelicans made it 4-0 a few minutes later with Mike Lamond cleaning up a loose ball after the AMG keeper was unable to hold on after making a great save.
Pelicans were now playing some vintage stuff and moments later Lawrence Monroe was only denied by his own doing before Pelicans were cheered off the field at the interval.
Pelicans made a few changes at half-time. Captain duties were given to Abebe aka BopoBopo as Monroe took a rest. Luqman Abdur-Rahman got a second half start up top in place of Lawrence Monroe, who collected a slight knock midway through the first half.
But Pelicans still dominated and in the 52th minute, Drew Millett notched his first goal after being sidelined for 3 months and it was pure simplicity for Pelicans.
AMG hit back in the 70th minute when the AMG midfielder fired home a free kick after Pelican defender Justin Patteson was tossed from the match. Justin thought for a minute he was reenacting the Nick Forester Charleston bar fight where Nick got slapped by a woman who stood all of 4 feet tall.
But Pelican’s sixth duly arrived in the 73rd minute when Luqman tallied his 3rd goal on the season when he beat the keeper from just inside the 18.
AMG got another one back on a counter attack, making it 6-2 and the Pelican side finished making it 7-2 in the 85th minute when Monroe tallied his first goal of the match.
Next week, we play Ga Tech FC at 1pm at SPSU. Remember to go to the website, or if you can’t, shoot Steve a text or e-mail stating your attendance. It’s imperative that you do that or you too will be given a new name using the African Name Generator and feel the wrath of Steve “SumbaTopoVumba CopoNopoTembeNembeSumba” Cantonis! Josh… I love you man!
ON Sunday 3/7, it will be our first game against a Tech team that now has 2 Pelican players from last seasons squad. As Josh said last week, I want them to remember us and to do that we will need to out work them and pressure to the very end to earn a W in this much anticipated match up.
- Pelicans FC Match Report Details -
STARTING SIDE: A. Zhelyazkov, C. Reilly, J. Patteson, J. McAbee, D. Sanogo, L. Monroe, M. Skurski, J. Abebe, D. Millett, D. Johnson, S. Cantonis
SUBSTITUTE: L. Abdur-Rahman, M. Ricketts, M. Lamond
MATCH: Screaming Pelicans FC vs. AMG Silverbacks
DATE: February 28, 2010
TIME: 1pm ET
COMPETITION: League Match
VENUE: Atlanta Christian College
ATTENDANCE: A lot